Well, my first show is history and I'm greatly encouraged by the results. I had invited a turning buddy to share a booth with me (and split the $200 entry fee) and over the two day festival, we did over $2000 in business.
He had one table selling primarily wine bottle stoppers, ceiling fan pulls and pens. (the bottle stoppers went like hotcakes at $17 each, especially the first day).
I had two tables set up with bowls, hollow forms, vases, lidded boxes and even some small Hickory 'shrooms. The bowls sold the best. I think I only sold two vases and a couple of lidded boxes. The shrooms all sold at $5 each (my inexpensive items). I also had some antler and Mesquite Americana pen/pencil sets that didn't sell at all. That really surprised me.
Saturday there were tons of people there the entire day...10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Today there weren't as many folks but still a good crowd for the 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. show period. I did about half as much business today as Saturday.
The weather could not have been better with sunshine, a low of 50 deg. and a high around 75 deg. with low humidity. I took down a bunch of notes for things to do differently/better at future shows and really had a great time as the wife went with me. She enjoyed the experience immensely.
Best of all, she didn't bat an eye when I started talking about upgrading my lathe this spring (to a PM 3520B). She was more impressed with the take than I was...and I was pretty happy.
Now, I've got to start replenishing my inventory. I swapped a couple of bowls, an antler pen/pencil set and a hollow form to a friend of the wife's who promised me some wood in return. The friend called a few minutes ago and they already have me a large Cherry burl waiting for me to pick up.
Life is extremely good!
Okay, Okay, here's some pics. LOL
L-R, me, my wife and my friend "Boodrow" at early set-up
Me and Boodrow with our wares
Me, looking glum for some reason...probably because of the pic
Boodrow with a couple of patrons in the background
A ~30" diameter Pecan tree near our booth that had a burled trunk. I told the show promoter that if it ever died or blew over to call me...I wanted it!