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Dad’s Retirement Project / Craft Show

29 Oct

If you’ve been on the Etsy shop lately, you may have noticed I’ve added a new shop section called Dad’s Retirement Project. It does what it says on the tin!

Dad’s been dreaming of retirement lately and started contributing some of his garden products to the shop which he plans to expand on in the coming years. He works with both wood and PVC. At the moment, the majority of the pieces featured in the shop are his cedar wood nesting boxes for our feathered friends, stenciled and painted by Mom, his partner in crime.

They open up on the side by slipping out a little pin at the back so they’re super easy to clean. The size of the hole attracts creatures like wrens and bluebirds, and they’re perfect resting and nesting places for the winter months when the snow blows in.

He was even featured a few times (and on two different front covers) of Langenbach magazine and in a couple of others. They called him a “master woodworker”.

Here’s his PVC feeder too:

Check it out and keep watch for more…

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In other news, I’ll be doing another craft show tomorrow. Stop by if you’re in the area and say hi!

Date: October 30, 2011
Place: St. Andrews Church (Gym) – Sheridan and Elmwood in Kenmore, New York
Time: 9:30 – 3

I have two lined up in November as well. More on those later.

Hope everyone’s having a great weekend!

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First Craft Show

23 Oct

 

 

 

I did my first craft show yesterday at a small church in North Tonawanda, New York. It wasn’t really a show that reached my target market, but it was very close to my house and I managed to make six sales. Not great, but covered the cost of the table and then some.

More importantly I got to do a bit of networking, met some great people in the area including some fellow Etsians who stopped by to show their support and say hi. I handed out a whole bunch of business cards, online discount codes to people who attended the show and got a lot of great feedback on the products.

People were very interested in the story of how Made in Mogotes came to be. I put together a display book of photos from the village, how fique and guadua turn into bags and jewelry. I heard a lot of life stories. I learned a lot – about what people actually purchase at churches in small towns, about things I need for the display, about bits and pieces that may have come in handy.

Overall, even though I didn’t exactly make a killing, I didn’t ever expect to in the first place and I think it was a successful experience.

The next one will be a shopping night in Lancaster on November 11, but more details on that closer to the date.

On a side note, I added a section called Vinyl Ventures to the shop. It’s for some garden products like bird feeders made by my dad. They’re perfect for winter, maintenance free and classy so check it out if you get a sec.