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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Central Illinois

    Talking What a DAY THIS HAS BEEN

    What a Rare mood I'm it!

    Up at 6:15 (early for me). Stop at Mickey D's for sausage biscuit. get to the riverfront market location (usually just drive to my spot and set up). The opening is only wide enough to get one vehicle through at a time with a seven car backup - I think "Where the heck did all there folks come from?" This is the most vendors we've had on one day, 76, only have room for 85!

    Obviously they have no idea where they are supposed to unload and park (Well, they are Nobie's!)

    Finally get to my spot and there's a truck parked in my spot. (You are supposed to unload on the grass and immediately move to parking area.) I spent five minutes locating the young lady who owned the truck and she said "I was waiting for someone to tell me to move it!" I said, you have been asked!

    Finally I get into my place and just barely get set up by opening.

    Start turning some bottle stoppers since I'm almost out. A few people come in and one falls in love with a Brazilian Rosewood piece. SOLD!!! Within 1/2 hour a previous customer walks in, who loves Dalmatians. I had told her I had some Dalmatian wood and would make her a bowl. She looks around and says "That wood is beautiful!" and I say "That's your Dalmatian. SOLD!! Another customer buys a combo Bottle stopper/ corkscrew.

    By now it's coming up on 10:30. A lady falls in love with the WALNUT Crotch "Horn" bowl. Says she will have to discuss with her husband and will I be at the show next week, so he can see it. I say YUP!

    At 11:30 it starts to rain and customers are running to their cars while other booths start tearing down. I have a rule - DON"T PACK ANY STOCK TILL THE SHOW IS OVER!!! At 11:55 I see her walking back, talking on her cell phone. She says that her husband said yes! - SOLD!!!! BTW Larry, that is the Walnut I showed you.

    All in all, the years booth rent is paid back and over $100.00 in profit. Now I really have a problem. NEED MORE INVENTORY - no more loafin!:
    Last edited by Bruce Shiverdecker; 06-07-2009 at 12:31 AM.
    Bruce Shiverdecker - Retired Starving Artist ( No longer a Part timer at Woodcraft, Peoria, Il.)

    "The great thing about turning is that all you have to do is remove what's not needed and you have something beautiful. Nature does the hard part!"

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    GREAT DAY I hope you have many more days (the sellin part) like this

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Congrats Bruce, sounds like quite a day.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    well i can see you had a good day and that walnut was ano brainer it was one nice chunk of walnut!!! good deal fer yu bruce see i brought ya good luck
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  5. #5
    Nothing wrong with that sort of day. (Aside from the usual "ME" generation and their parking problems) Set up fees and a profit is best you can ask for.

    Get rich at Craft sales
    Make a fortune.....
    Pay for my pleasures

    was agood day, Indeed

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Way to go Bruce, good to hear about a great day!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Shiverdecker View Post
    ...Now I really have a problem. NEED MORE INVENTORY - no more loafin!...
    That's a nice problem to have indeed. Congrats on the good day.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  8. #8
    Go! Bruce...
    Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it
    still sings!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Tampa & NC

    What a day

    WTG,now lets get the chips a flyin

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Way to go!!
    Maybe the economy is starting its upswing.
    We don't care, a woodworker made some money! You earned it!

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!



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