I attended the Woodworking in America show in Covington Ky. I spent Friday at the marketplace and enjoyed it very much. For a Friday the show had good attendance. I never felt crowded at any of the demonstrations but there were always several visitors in front of the booths. I did not see much buying going on but that's typical for the first day.
I didn't take my full camera gear with me but I did shoot a lot of video with my iPhone. I put together a sampling of what the show had to offer. If you have never attended one of these show you might enjoy seeing some of what they have to offer.
The video is best viewed full screen in HD
For a size reference the ruler in the picture is 12 inches long. This is the large set of letters.
I sized the base for each letter so the spacing is correct when the letters are sit side by side.
This could be a nice demonstration for a craft show. Charge $1.5 per letter. Cut the letters onsite. Each letter can be cut in under 2 minutes. Cut lots of blanks from MDF before the show. MDF is cheap and you can get approximately 200 blanks for the large letters from a 4' X 4' sheet. At the current price of MDF that would be about 10 cents per blank. You will leave the letters bare and inform the customer how to paint with their favorite color.
The biggest cost will be copying the patterns before the show. Using the letter frequency chart below to make copies have the pattern ready to go and in folders by alphabetical order. You could have the patterns pre-cut. If you start out with 15 or 20 copies of the letter E (two E's per page) you are going to spend about $20-$50 on copies. Don't over do it. When you run out you will know how many to make for the next show. Don't forget to take a hand drill for the entry hole of QROPADB letters. Take an extra battery if you have one.
After expenses not including time. If you cut 20 names at the show you would make ~ $150 after expenses. That's a nice payoff considering you are cutting to bring customers into your booth. These are easy to cut leaving you free to talk with the customers. They will love to see you cutting the letters. Make sure you show them how small the blades are.
You will need an assistant to run your booth so you can cut.
This is just a suggestion to give your craft booth an interesting demonstration.
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DVD and the 2013 update DVD at this link. DVD #1 is $20 and contains over 1,100 patterns. The 2013 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 178 patterns. The 2014 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 223 patterns.
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