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    We just finished our Calico Christmas crafts show. Key rings of any type didn't sell ($10). Larger (4 inch tall) Santa faces and Elf faces (Gargac style) sold very slowly (4 total at $25). 5-minute Wizards (painted, BLO, wax) sold at $5 each. Flat type ornaments of snowmen, bells, etc. (painted, BLO, wax) sold slowly at $5. The "wizard wand" for kids sold at $7. None of the flat plane men or Santa's sold ($25). For a first try at a crafts show, I sold about $250 worth. Remember to factor in that this is a small town, not NYC...

    Of course my wife's pottery was flying off the tables.

    Although there was a lot of interest in carving ("I used to carve...") I expect only one person to actually show up at our carving club meeting.

    Oh well, I met a lot of fun people and had a good time! Plus, I bought a book signed by the author and by the illustrator, and a calendar signed by the cowboy artist.

    Joggernot

    (PS: does this make me a professional since I actually sold something?)

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    Not bad for today's economy. Professional, nah, unless you are totally dependent for your income by carving. Just my take on it.

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      Congratulations on your sales! At the risk of starting another definitions thread (hand carved vs power carved etc) - I would agree with Kenny that one show and some sales does not a "professional" make. I don't know if I'd go as far as Kenny and say ALL your income must come from carving, but I'd certainly agree that a significant chunk should come from carving to label someone a pro. Someone who does holiday & other small show sales, covers their costs etc, I would call a semi-pro or serious amateur. That's just my take though - and that along with $2.00 will get you a cup of coffee.

      Cheers - and congrats on your sales.

      ChuckT

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      • #4
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        yay! you sold stuff! That just means your awesome!!!
        Congrats to your wife as well! I am a pottery nut...I would love to see it

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        • #5
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          Congrats on the sales. Sounds like it was a good learning experience.

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            $250 think of all the carving tools or supplies you can buy with that.

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            • #7
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              Congratulations, To you and your wife, I would think in this economy any sales would be great.
              Kathy

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by TreeWizard View Post
                $250 think of all the carving tools or supplies you can buy with that.
                Bouncing SThis means I can buy some more basswood over the Internet! Mesquite bush is good for BBQs, lamp bases, and canes, but not for general carving.

                Final tally was $978 for two days.Cheers

                Nope, I don't consider myself a "professional", so I'll keep my signature the same as before "Beginner".

                Joggernot

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                • #9
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                  Made some $$$, had a good time, in my book well worth it. What book did you get ?

                  Dave

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