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Old 04-02-2012, 12:33 AM   #1
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Smile 3rd and final craft show day

I am tired!! Ended up with a slower sales day today, but did have a buyer for one of my mini clocks. YAY We sold a few things, no large $ stuff, but at least we made some sales.

SIL and I split whatever $ remains after booth and license fees. It wasn't a lot, but we each ended up with $110, and that will buy more wood to make more stuff to add to the inventory to sell to make $ to buy more wood to make more stuff to add to the inventory to sell...................you get the idea.

Not only do I have the puzzle job for the Oatman, AZ vendor, I have goat and pig magnets to create for a local ranch, and breed-specific rabbit mini clocks for trophies at rabbit shows! I think I'm happy about that.......am I? LOL yeah, these will be fun and easy to cut and the extra few $ in my pocket will be nice, too. Just as long as I don't get as popular as Jan and her intarsia. I am retired, ya know.

SIL is taking her portraits and other items back to Utah and will try to get a vendor spot in a large craft fair in the fall, since she and her hubby will not be able to return to AZ this year, due to a relative's serious illness.

After we packed up and loaded the stuff in the SUV, we ventured into the casino for a 30 minute session. I wanted to get home before dark...rural roads have no street lights and it is DARK, so a short play time was all we could do today. I came home $70 ahead and my SIL was $10 to the good. Works for us!!

That's my story. Had fun, made a few $, met nice people; can't complain at all.

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Old 04-02-2012, 12:55 AM   #2
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Well done Nancy. I can imagine how you feel and it must have been real nice to get back home and just unwind and re-charge your batteries. At least you made some money and will be able to buy more wood to make more lovely things.It is strange when you make an item and you are convinced it will be a best seller and you don't sell one but at the next craft fair it will be your best seller, you just don't know what will sell on the day.

I had my first craft fair on Saturday and did not do well, there were other events going on and the town was like a ghost town, I almost expected to see Clint Eastwood walking down the middle of the road. My next fair is April 14th and then I have one every Saturday right up until Christmas. Better luck next time Nancy and I hope you do well.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:28 PM   #3
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Yep, a slow show one time doesn't mean the next one will be the same. Just depends on what the customers are looking for at that time. I do know for sure that if my inventory of magnets had been greater, they would have sold. oh well, I have time to make more.

Good luck on you next shows.

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Hey Nancy - coming home from a show in the blue ain't so blue but I'm not sure that I would want to risk possibly going into the red in a casino. I imagine though that you had a little fun which can't be bad and definitely a better finish to what started out as being a painful week. Well done on both counts!
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Oatman. I visited there years ago and found it a unique place to see. I'm curious what type of puzzle have you created for it. Nice that you picked up a few more commissions.
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Oatman. I visited there years ago and found it a unique place to see. I'm curious what type of puzzle have you created for it. Nice that you picked up a few more commissions.
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Hi Roger,

Oatman is a definite tourist attraction, and the wild burros that wander the streets are a big hit.

I didn't design the puzzle, the vendor bought it at a garage sale a few months ago and brought it to me during the craft show to see if I could cut some. She also wants a larger version to give to her autistic nephew.

It's a standup puzzle, with a large cactus, a snake, a cowboy boot, hills and a sun. I'll post pics when I get one cut. I have the patterns made, in 3 sizes, just have to get out to the wood stash and see if I can find what I need.

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Jim,

Thanks for posting. A little $ ahead is a good thing. Knowing how fickle customers can be, I don't get stressed if my wonderful, clever, cute things sit on the table and don't sell. LOL



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Nancy -- Go and buy more wood to make some things to sell to buy more wood. Sounds like an endless circle. I was speculating that you'd spend some time in the casino reinvesting your earnings. Guess I'm getting to know you. <grin> Take care and enjoy! Do post pics of the Oatman puzzle.
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As long as you came out ahead all is well. And you met some new people, got a few comminsioned pieces. You are well on your way to competing with Jan. LOL
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You are way ahead of the game if you ended up pain free of any gravel your body decides to make. Congrats on the sales.
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