Your favorite sale

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  1. Don Leydens

    Don Leydens

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    Just wondering what your favorite, most rewarding or strangest sale might have been. I'm sure they are some good ones out there.

    Here's mine:
    I was at the doctors office last week getting a chemo treatment and sold two bowls while the I V bag was dripping and a GIANT needle was in my chest slowly being plunged (no kidding).

    A woman (husband was a patient) came into the chemo room and said, "hey, I know you, you sold me the Zebrawood vase at the craft show. Do you still have that big vase that was elevated up in the back of your display?". I said yes, and she said she wanted it. Then the nurse with the Fred Flintstone needle, said "could you make me a big bread mixing bowl/". Sure!

    Next chemo treatment (Tuesday) I'm bringing a bunch of stuff to the doc's office and set up a little display in back of the receptionist (got the OK already). All the nurses congregate back there, so who knows....more sales while getting chemo? Why the heck not?
     
  2. charlie knighton

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    great doctor's visit, i wish you well
     
  3. Don Leydens

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    Thanks Charlie!
    All is going very well.

    Should have mentioned in the orig thread that it doesn't have to be a sold item. I give away story is also welcome. They can be even more rewarding!

    Thanks again, Don
     
  4. MichaelMouse

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    Well, here goes.

    Wife and I were spending a fine morning in the park meeting people and selling occasionally at our county Art Association show. I had a section of gnarly soft maple turned with the heart exposed on either side, which was one of my favorites. Young couple came by and held and showed it to one another at some length, but left with a "beautiful." The man came by a half hour later and studied everything about it, including the price (marked on the bottom). About then I got a page, because I was on ambulance standby.

    When I returned after an hour and a half, the bowl was gone.

    "What happened to the dark maple?" I asked.

    "After you left the woman came by and asked if she could take some pictures of it, so I let her take it to get a good background."

    "Don't tell me she walked off with it?"

    "No, she and her husband came back about a half hour ago and bought it. I asked them where they were going to display it, and she said 'first we have to get it to Toronto (~600 miles) on the motorcycle.'"
     
  5. Steve Worcester

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    We helped dissect a large box elder locally about 5 years ago and as is customary (for me) I told them I would make them a bowl. I did, but hadn't finished the finish (I hate putting on salad bowl finish).

    A few years later, I was at a physical therapy session and the same lady recognizes me and say "hey you were making a salad bowl for us". I finished the bowl that week and gave it to her the next.

    Good luck with your chemo man.
     
  6. Don Leydens

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    Mike- Toronto on a bike, gotta love it!

    Steve- Good man, and thanks.
     
  7. Gretch Flo

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    nice sale

    A few years ago I got some Katsuro wood from Mich St Univ grounds dept (boring white wood), A year later a landscaper from MSU called an asked if I had any bowls from the Katsura (I had a few). She wanted a gift from that tree as her best friends were married under that tree many years before and she wanted one for an anniversary present!!! That is so neat when the wood brings together a family!!!
    Also the potential sale (never did follow through) when A former client called (she was i her "cups" I am afraid) after seeing a couple of my wooden bowls in a gallery "up North" . Said your remember "Bingo" don't you (as a matter of fact I did!!) , a dog whose cruciate ligament I repaired 6 years before. Well Bingo later died and had been traveling to Florida in a coffee can for 2-3 seasons, and wondered whether I could make something more befitting her beloved dog. I asked her to send me some wood from the homestead, and I would try. She never did, and probably didn't remember calling me either. -good thing as I don't do hollow forms!!!!Gretch
     
  8. Paul Bennett

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    About 40 years ago a friend brought in a small antique cabinet for a minor repair. She was in a hurry to get it done as she wanted to give it to her son and wife who were to be married in one week. I hurried and turned a small bead molding for the cabinet and fixed a door.

    The lady never returned for the cabinet. Recently I was at a party and was introduced to a Mrs. H. I said are you related to Anne H? She said yes that is my mother-in-law. I told her the story about the present which she never received. I asked her if she wanted it. She picked it up the next day,and as she looked in one of the drawers found the original repair slip for $25.00. She insisted insisted on paying the bill and handed me $25.00. :D
     
  9. Rick H

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    Favorite give away

    Well as some of you may know I don't like the sanding. This group was one day's turning with no sanding just turned green walnut to finished in one shot. My house cleaner was here admiring them and said she had no problem with sanding and finishing, that would be fun. Her goal is to have all wooden dishes in her home.
    So guess what, I bagged up to whole lot and said " Here take these home and have fun, No Charge". She left here very happy, will be fun to see how she makes out with then when she comes back to clean next time.
     

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    Give away

    As I think back there was one giveaway better than that. We had free karate broke wood 1x12. We made 500 cars and 500 puzzles on the scrollsaw. Our scroll club started this project, but they were too slow cutting the first 50, so I cut the rest before the next meeting.
    Didn't seem like enough to give to the underprivleged kids. So I had about 200 turned boxes that I made when I first started turning. I threw them in with the cars and puzzles.
    From what I remember the stuff was divided up to about 15 different organizations by Woodworking club. A lot of very happy kids that year.
     
  11. Don Leydens

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    Excellent stories guys!!! Funny how things turn out some times.
     
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    Not a "Sale" Story...

    ...but a story none the less. About 2 years ago, I received a piece of wood which I was told was Mexican Cherry from my wife's grandfather's house. They were clearing up the house to make it look nice for my wife's grandmother's funeral reception. Anyway, the piece of wood was about 8" in diameter and about 40 inches long. It ended up in my pile of "Will get to someday" wood.

    About 12 months later, the Witch Creek fire obliterated my wife's grandfather's house and everything on the property leaving a smoldering mess with a couple of stumps from some palm trees. I decided to break into the "Mexican Cherry". I cut two bowl blanks out of it because it was extremely checked all the way through. Once my wife heard I was working it, she immediately claimed all the pieces I made or was going to make.

    One bowl ended up with my mother in law, one with my wife's uncle. I've made 4 pens out of it for each of her aunts and uncles, and I have just enough left to make a pen for her grandfather.

    To be honest, the wood looks and smells a lot like hickory or pecan - but it doesn't really matter - all that matters is it is the last remaining piece of history from that generation's home.
     
  13. Don Leydens

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    I love stories like that. :)
     
  14. Keith Krebs

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    In the early 90’s an aunt asked me to make her a cookie jar. I put together a segmented piece with a nice maple burl lid. She was so happy with it she made it known that she wanted to use it as her burial urn when the time came. In 1999 she passed and it was asked of me to take the cookie jar to the funeral home and have her cremates put inside and sealed. The Funeral Director was impressed with the uniqueness of the container and inquired if I could provide him with some pictures of my work to use as samples. Since then this single contact has accounted for over 40 funeral urn sales generated from a single cookie jar made for the sweetest aunt anybody could have ever had.
     
  15. Don Leydens

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    WOW Kieth! I bet that would make your Aunt happy too. Nice story.
     
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    I don't know if this qualifies for my best sale. It does qualify as my only sale. The University where I work decided to have a fun raiser flea mkt/craft sale. I thought it would be fun to participate since most of the faculty and staff don't know I am a turner.
    It was a complete and utter disaster from a sales standpoint. I had a lady on my left selling absolute junk, I mean things like 3 hubcaps, a quilt with worn areas etc. The one to my right had really crappy jewelry made from low end plastic beads. I had fun talking to all the people but it was blatantly obvious my work was both overprices for that venue and out of place. I did most segmented work back then so it was really grossly underpriced for the time and skill involved.
    Late in the day a lady (who has since become my boss when they merged departments) bought one my pieces. The only piece I sold all day and was also my favorite piece.
     
  17. Ruth Niles

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    Keith, I would love to spend eternity in a cookie jar! Your aunt got a chance to love her final resting place way before she needed it.

    Ruth
     
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    I'll try and give you the readers digest version of this one. A year ago at an event that included an art show for 2 days we had an interesting close. The event included banquets, guest speakers, politicians and business people from around the US. The final evening their banquet got over at 10:00PM and artists were told they could break down after that or stay open but had be gone by 6:00 AM the next day. We always stay open until everyone else is packed up and gone, easier to pack & load that way. Plus all the guests are still milling about with drinks in their hand. One individual comes up and wants to buy a bowl, haggles with my for about 5 minutes while I'm talking to another customer. When I turned to my wife and the individual he said hey come on it's $55 I'll give you $45, I just laughed and said hey I like your hat and it's a deal! Sold, as far as hats go it was a limited edition collector type hat. Just about done for the evening a couple walks, staggers up, they want a bowl cause his wife has been bugging him for 2 days. They look and look and look, we un-pack a few more and they keep looking. Finally she lands on one $225. Husband pulls out 3 $100 bills, I start to get him change he says hell with it just give me another bowl. She was very happy. I would have told them to get a room but they had one and were headed there. We were finished at 2:00 AM, it was my best show ever.

    Frank D
     
  19. Keith Krebs

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    Ruth, Thank you for the kind words. I have been surprised at how many urns I have sold to the end user long before they are prepared to move in. The Funeral Director I work with tells me that when a person is picking out an urn for a family member they rarely want to spend as much on it as when they are picking one out for themself. As my urns tend to sell retail in the $1500.00 to $2500.00 area the end user looks at the purchase as an art piece first and then as an eternal condo second. Kind of funny how it all works out in the end.
     
  20. Don Leydens

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    Thanks for all the great stories. Some heartwarming and some funny!
    Any more?
    Don L.
     

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