When we first opened the wood shop way back in the 90’s, we tried selling wood signs with no luck. So when we reorganized the shop earlier this year, we found these “Beware of . . .” signs. They needed a little paint touch up but I still think they are a great decoration any time but especially for Halloween. What do you think?
Since opening the wood shop I have been making several signs. I’ve gotten pretty good at making them. I find a piece of flat wood, paint it, stencil the letters and paint with a contrasting color. This is our “OPEN” sign that hangs on the wood shop door which can be seen on the road when the shop door is open. You’ll notice I have placed a credit card logo sticker that came with the Square (which is a phone attachment to take credit payments).
Our “ORDER NOW” sign hangs on the gate. As you can see it list the tables at the top and my phone number on the bottom.
The only other signs I will need to make are for the different holidays.
I had a furniture and home decor sale yesterday at the wood shop. I should have done it on Saturday also but wasn’t quite ready. I had my wine displays,
I was hoping to sell something or at least get an order for a flag or picnic table. No such luck yesterday. I have learned that I need to have this type of sale at least for 2 days and make sure to advertise it on Nextdoor maybe a day before. I learn as I go. My next sale will be for Memorial Day. I’m hoping to have some different things done by that time. Wish me luck.
The final decision – no changes. Just cleaning it well and then selling it next weekend for our Mothers Day Sale.
This seems the perfect time to mention that on Mothers Day weekend, May 13th and 14th, we will be having a furniture and home décor sale at our Wood Shop here is sunny southern California. This will be a perfect opportunity to use our Square card reader for payments. We can now take credit card payments which hopefully will help with our sales.
We will have our wine displays, American Flags, mirror stand, oak wood table, outdoor furniture and metal candle holders. This past weekend I put up signs trying to get some conversion picnic table orders so we can get them made by Mothers Day. No orders maybe because it rained all weekend.
As we have a wood shop and are our own bosses, Mac & I can be considered a Mom and Pop business. This is a day to celebrate small businesses all over the country. If you do nothing else, shop local from the small businesses in your community.
*National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is observed on March 29, 2017. Mom and pop business is a synonym for small business. Mom and Pop Business Owners Day celebrates small business owners therefore. In this case this special had been dedicated to a literal mom and pop business, namely that of the parents of Rick Segel from Florida. His mom and pop started a small hat shop which arose to a million dollar business. Parents who decide to run up their own business have the chance to provide a great opportunity in career for their children, if they are willing to join in the business. Small businesses in general keep the variety in alive and all that is honored with National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day.
In our wood shop we started making these wine displays which can be purchased on our etsy shop. Each one is a little unique whether it is the design or the color. A couple designs remind us of transformers so we did one in gold with sponged blue and then one is stained with Colonial Maple. The one I wanted to look like Bumble Bee has not turned out the way I wanted so I am still working on it.
We have been trying to find a way to market the items we are making in the wood shop. We have the conversion picnic tables, horseshoe door hinges, American and Mexican Flag, as well as “Beware of the . . .” sign. We decided to try a flea market at a Vintique store a couple of weeks ago. I also took some other smaller items such as: cross-stitched shirts and towels, Precious Moments pillows, collectible Elvis Presley and Marilyn plates and a classic car.
We printed flyers and business cards so customers would have our information if they decided to order something. We set up before 7 a.m. with the flea market running from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It was a beautiful day but started getting hot around noon. Although we made many contacts, we did not make a sale. Very disappointing ;-(