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    I have just finished loading up the car and i am all set for my first craft show tomorrow with things I have made on the scroll saw. I am not new to craft shows as I do wood turning as well but this is the first for the scroll saw work. I am a little nervous, it's a bit like going into the unknown. Have I made the right things, have I made enough of everything. Well, I made about ten of everything, the car is full. It's mainly Christmas type stuff along with a selection of trivets, children's name signs, house numbers and lots of things with love on them. I will let you all know how it went.

  • #2
    Don't forget the camera....
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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    • #3
      Good Luck and hope you have lots and lots of $ale$!!
      ~ Kim

      A day in my shop is like a day at the beach...full of sunshine and ya never know where the sawdust may end up!

      www.gonecoastalart.com

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      • #4
        Good luck. I hope you sell a lot. MOST importantly have fum.

        PS. Show us some pics of the booth.
        Scott
        Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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        • #5
          Hi Everyone. I have been home a couple of hours now and totally worn out. It was my best craft fair ever. I had an hour to set the booth up and just as I finished the people started coming in. I had split the booth up into two main sections, one was for things I had made on the lathe and the other for the new things I had made on the scroll saw. I had a dry run at home with the scroll saw display and was pleased with everything. I was just overwhelmed by how well everything went. I sold very little of the wood turning stuff but with the scroll saw stuff I sold out of a lot of things by lunch time, especially the Christmas tree decorations. I sold out of welcome signs and a few other things. After taking out by expenses such as fuel and the booth cost etc I was left with what would be round about $400. I am in Wales in the UK. I was very pleased with how the day went. Now I am going to make twice as much of everything I sold today ready for the next craft fair in two weeks and I should do even better than I did today. I just love this scroll saw work. I have a Dewalt 788 and on Tuesday I pick up an Excalibur 21 so I am a very happy man.

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          • #6
            By the way. I took lots of photos but have a lot of trouble trying to get them on the forum, I don't know if having an apple i-mac is the problem, seems to be okay with a windows pc but I just cant seem to get it to work.

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            • #7
              That's a great result. What other types of crafters were there? Did you notice them doing well, and any other scrollers?
              Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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              • #8
                Looking forward to those pics. Great job at the fair.

                Just a tip...

                Here is the preferred way to post photos. This method will apply a thumbnail so that messages load faster, keeping those who are still on dial up in mind.

                If it is a new thread scroll down below the message box to additional options and look for manage attachments,Click on Manage Attachments, click Browse, find your file name on your computer, click it, then click Upload. It may take a few seconds to load.
                Once you see the file name under current attachments you can close the window.
                If you want you can Preview Post (a wise choice) then if all is well, click on Submit reply.

                If you are uploading a picture to an existing thread (conversation)
                Click on the Go Advanced button under the reply box, Click on Manage Attachments, click Browse, find your file name on your computer, click it, then click Upload. It may take a few seconds to load.
                Once you see the file name under current attachments you can close the window.
                If you want you can Preview Post (a wise choice) then if all is well, click on Submit reply.
                Good luck
                "Still Montana Mike"

                "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
                Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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                • #9
                  Good Job, You'll have fun with the Ex.
                  Regards
                  John
                  "The Golden Mile"John Wayne
                  Some of my Stuff
                  Retired Medically Unfit Police Officers ***.

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                  • #10
                    Many thanks Mike. I shall do my best and have a go. Mayo Farmer, There were lots of booths there. A good friend of mine had a wood turning booth, he also makes children's chairs and he did well, the lady next to me made beautiful jewellery and she took well over $1000. Other crafters included an artist with nice paintings and small prints of her work. Another did well with her home made preserves and had to ring home twice for more stock. Another lady did hand made children's clothes. There were about 20 booths. Over here in the Uk we only have one table so we have to make the most of it and I have a three tier shelf unit and have added some extensions for my Christmas tree ornaments and then I put screw in hooks underneath the shelves to hang more stuff on and it works out pretty well. I display one or two of everything and as items sell I replace then from boxes underneath the table.
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                    • #11
                      Freatnot, I hope you had fun with your show. What is the wegde thing on the left side of your table,it looks like a door stop? Lance

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                      • #12
                        Hi Lance. Yes, you are right, it was a door stop, they are very popular here. I also do one with a mouse on it with leather ears and tail with two black shiny eyes and they are a best seller. I made 50 a few weeks back and now I have three left. I will see if I can upload a photo of one.
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                        • #13
                          Nice display. The turned items go well with the scrollwork.

                          Good job
                          Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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                          • #14
                            Fretknot,
                            Glad your show went well, hopefully your net one will be even better
                            Mike

                            Mike Fehring's Artistry in Wood
                            http://www.mikefehring.com
                            Mike Fehring's Free Patterns

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                            • #15
                              fretnot, Thanks for posting the picture of your door stop,looks cool.Lance

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