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Aug 29th, 2009 at 10:27am
 
Just wondering what your favorite, most rewarding or strangest sale might have been. I'm sure they are some good ones out there.

Here's mine:
I was at the doctors office last week getting a chemo treatment and sold two bowls while the I V bag was dripping and a GIANT needle was in my chest slowly being plunged.
A woman (husband was a patient) came into the chemo room and said, "hey, I know you, you sold me the Zebrawood vase at the craft show. Do you still have that big vase that was elevated up in the back of your display?". I said yes, and she said she wanted it. Then the nurse with the Fred Flintstone needle, said "could you make me a big bread mixing bowl/". Sure!
Next chemo treatment (Tuesday) I'm bringing a bunch of stuff to the doc's office and set up a little display in back of the receptionist (got the OK already). All the nurses congregate back there, so who knows....more sales while getting chemo? Why the heck not?
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Reply #1 - Aug 29th, 2009 at 5:05pm
 
Congrads on the sale's and wish you more on your return visit.

The only thing I can come up with is I was finishing up an antler pen at my 1st show when this young man came walking by, looked at my display and then came over to where I was polishing the antler pen on the lathe, he told me not to sell it because he wanted it over my wooden pen. Didn't even ask the price and left a 20 to hold it while he went to re-leave himself, on his way back he stopped and picked it up and left, shortly after wards, I had others wanting antler pen's which I had already started making and sold all the antler pen's that I made that day. Turned out to be a very nice first show thanks to that young man.
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Reply #2 - Aug 29th, 2009 at 6:43pm
 
Very good Mike (or is it Wizzy, still trying to get the lingo down).
Hey, I would like one of those antler pens myself! I have a neighbor who has given me LOTS of walnut (4 entire trees so far) and that would make a great Christmas present for him. He's an avid hunter. Could you PM me and we'll work it out? Might want one for myself too.

Also, I have a bunch of walnut, maple, sycamore and other cut offs that will wind up in the fireplace if no one wants them. No charge of coarse, just flat rate shipping. They're odd shapes that might work out to approx. 4x4x4 lets say. Anyone interested give me a shout.
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Reply #3 - Sep 1st, 2009 at 10:27pm
 
I was doing a craft show and Dale Nish walked up to the table. After about 30 minutes of him looking at my stuff, and my BEGGING him just to take something for free, he gave me $35 for a lidded mesquite vessel.
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Reply #4 - Sep 1st, 2009 at 10:47pm
 
I think going to a "presentation" at a senior center and selling $1750 in pens in 2 trips.

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Reply #5 - Sep 2nd, 2009 at 12:35am
 
At my second show, I had a couple walk up to me asking if I had anything related to Japanese culture.  Their son was marrying a Japanese woman and needed a dowry gift.  I directed them to the Ikebana combo's I had and even had one made from Asian Ebony.  How perfect!  They then proceeded to look around and purchased everything I had made from Asian Ebony; 6 items if I recall.  They left extremely happy, and me too.
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Reply #6 - Sep 2nd, 2009 at 6:33am
 
All great stories. Thanks!

Hey Leo, I better check my shop and see if my lathe is missing (LOL). I'll bet you love yours as much as I do mine!
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Reply #7 - Sep 2nd, 2009 at 7:07am
 
I hope I can find this thread in 10 or 12 years time when I might make my first sale.
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Reply #8 - Sep 2nd, 2009 at 12:19pm
 
Brendan McAreavy wrote on Sep 2nd, 2009 at 7:07am:
I hope I can find this thread in 10 or 12 years time when I might make my first sale. 


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Reply #9 - Sep 2nd, 2009 at 5:39pm
 
tHE LAST ONE!  smiley=lolk.gif
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Reply #10 - Sep 2nd, 2009 at 10:49pm
 
Very good Mike (or is it Wizzy, still trying to get the lingo down).
THERE THE SAME TWIT  Smiley Smiley
Sold so much junk over the yrs can't pick one out,just can't remember any special one Smiley

Flintstone needle,OUCH,all kiddin aside,I admire your for the way your handling this.Seems like a little something good is happening for you  Smiley
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Reply #11 - Sep 3rd, 2009 at 2:45am
 
Ken Ward wrote on Sep 2nd, 2009 at 10:49pm:
Flintstones needle,OUCH,all kiddin aside,I admire you for the way your handling this.Seems like a little something good is happening for you  Smiley


What did he say... or what did he mean to say... NUN of it made any sense to me... and you can call me Wizzy if it makes ya happy, I've been called worse ya know... hehehe
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Reply #12 - Sep 3rd, 2009 at 6:48am
 
Hi Wizzy! Ken was referring to the first post I made on this thread. When I said "Fred Flintstone needle", I just meant a really LARGE needle. Thanks for getting back to me about the pens also.
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Reply #13 - Sep 3rd, 2009 at 7:00am
 
Thanks Ken! You're right, something VERY good is coming out of all this. Ever since the first craft show a couple weeks ago, all heck is breaking loose. Lots of word of mouth sales are still going on, one gallery already has 20 of my pieces and another VERY high end gallery is also interested (I'm having another meeting with them today).
After loosing my business because of the economy and finding out about the cancer in the same week, I knew something good had to come out of all that. Looks like it is. I'm certainly enjoying the ride so far!!!
Thanks again for the kind comments,Don L.
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Reply #14 - Sep 3rd, 2009 at 9:54am
 
A few years ago an elderly man stopped by my booth and was admiring a NIP bowl. His daughter offered to buy it for his birthday and they left with the bowl. This year she stopped by my booth to tell me her father had passed away and let me know how much joy he got from being the proud owner of my bowl. It's now known in their family as grampas bowl and sits proudly on her shelf. George
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