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    I realize this is nothing compare to some of you veterans, but I find it personally rewarding that I finally broke $1000 in sales. I started scrolling 6 months ago and started trying to sell my wares about 4 months ago. My restaurant sales have only amounted to 1 dog and John Wayne. Evidentally, it's not a prime location. It was the christian book and gift store that put me over the top. They just had a Friday night Christmas sale on everything in their store. The last hour was suppose to be everything discounted 50%. I told them "no way" with my stuff but they could reduce it 25%. In the last 45 minutes they sold everything I had. This included an eagle portrait, Jesus portrait, an inspirational indoor and an inspirational outdoor plaque (Jesus Got er Done), a praying hands plaque and 4 different crosses. Of course, after the 25% discount and the 20% consignment fee, it cut down on my profits. But what the hey. I enjoy it and I pretty much have my total investment back for everything including tools, pattns, materials, ( which I'm well stocked up on) and things I bought and didn't need. My hobby is paid for.
    Mike

    Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
    www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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    CONGRATS Mike, well done!!!

    And feel free to sprinkle whats left to us here.........
    ‎"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They're easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

    D. Platt

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    • #3
      Great job Mike,
      now that your a seasoned veteran the sky's the limit for 2007.
      Bill
      Delta P-20

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      • #4
        Big congrats Mike! We all scroll for the fun and of course anything extra to apply towards more supplies just makes it that much sweeter. This hobby by and large does pay for itself.
        As far as the sales not being so good at the restaurant, well obviously the customers don't have much in good taste (or they would be buying your work) so I kinda question the quality of the food.......
        Bill

        DeWalt 788



        aut viam inveniam aut faciam

        God gives us only what we can handle.. Apparently God thinks I am one tough cookie.....

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        • #5
          Congratulations, Mike. I just got my first "commission"over the holidays - from my sister though so I'm not sure it counts ..lol
          Ian

          Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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          • #6
            Mike I know the feeling! Isn't great? Wait till you sell stuff and it is a direct profit as your investment in stock had been covered already by your other sales. It only gets bettter!

            Eric

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            • #7
              Congrats! You must be doing something right to have sold everything. Gives new hope to us newbies!
              Mike

              Craftsman 16" VS, Puros Indios and Sam Adams!
              Scrollin' since Jun/2006

              My Gallery

              http://scrollcrafters.com (reciprocal links welcomed)

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              • #8
                Hey, Mike, that's terrific! I've been wondering how you've been doing.

                My own career has been sketchy. Google hasn't indexed my site yet (!!) so I started advertising, and sold $500 the first week even after turning down 3 orders for various reasons, so I thought I was on a roll. Then it went dead for a couple of weeks, but today I sold two small puzzles and turned down an order due to a short lead time (fellow wanted a custom puzzle tomorrow).

                Just hang in there and word will spread. You'll have people going to the bookstore for your woodwork rather than for books. By the way, do you put a label on your products?

                Pete

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PeteB
                  Hey, Mike, that's terrific! I've been wondering how you've been doing.

                  My own career has been sketchy. Google hasn't indexed my site yet (!!) so I started advertising, and sold $500 the first week even after turning down 3 orders for various reasons, so I thought I was on a roll. Then it went dead for a couple of weeks, but today I sold two small puzzles and turned down an order due to a short lead time (fellow wanted a custom puzzle tomorrow).

                  Just hang in there and word will spread. You'll have people going to the bookstore for your woodwork rather than for books. By the way, do you put a label on your products?

                  Pete
                  That sounds like a pretty good start, Pete. Just grinning here at the thought of someone who wanted a custom puzzle for the next day - come on you don't need sleep do you? Mind me asking where you advertised/
                  Ian

                  Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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                  • #10
                    wooohoooo and way to go!! Congrats!

                    Sue Chrestensen

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PuzzledMoose
                      That sounds like a pretty good start, Pete. Just grinning here at the thought of someone who wanted a custom puzzle for the next day - come on you don't need sleep do you? Mind me asking where you advertised/
                      Google ads. I don't think they care if they ever index me, as long as I'm paying them!

                      Pete

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                      • #12
                        Congratulations Mike. How nice and just in time for the Holiday. Now you can buy again!!! with all that loot.,
                        Dragon
                        Owner of a nice 21" Excalibur
                        Owner of a Dewalt 788
                        PuffityDragon on AFSP

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dragon
                          Congratulations Mike. How nice and just in time for the Holiday. Now you can buy again!!! with all that loot.,
                          I wish. Instead, I can now pay off a credit card. I've been placing all my scroll saw proceeds in a special envelope hidden from my wife, just for this purpose.
                          Mike

                          Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
                          www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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                          • #14
                            Congrats Mike! I dont have enough time to cut all my gifts, Im still cutting Christmas gifts on Dec 30th, with 5 more to go!Id never have time to cut things to sell!! I think for sales though, I'm up to $360 lifetime (3 items). Your really doing great! Dale
                            Dale w/ yella saws

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                            • #15
                              Good for you Mike!

                              Maybe it can become your main source of income, but don't forget: do not get pressured in it, you need to like what you do so it doesn't become a burden but stays a pleasure.

                              Think of yourself as an artist.

                              Regards,
                              Marcel
                              http://marleb.com
                              DW788. -Have fun in the shop or it isn't a hobby anymore.

                              NOTE: No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

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