Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
MN Shutterbug

Bad hair day.

7 posts in this topic

This little guy was sure interested in my Audubon bird call. I believe it's a song sparrow, but I could be mistaken. Anyway, it's my best of the morning. frown

2793094159_8760394355_o.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

X-

How did your time in Battle Lake work out? I was really tempted to stop over and see your setup, but we had other commitments. I hope it went well. I am definitely heading to South Dakota for the spring migration this next year (provided I don't break anymore bones when the time comes). From Detroit Lakes, it's a whole lot closer than it is from Duluth! If you're interested in heading that way, let me know and we can keep it in mind as it approaches.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice environmental portait, Mike!

That's the way I like them.

Mike, after motel room expense, show expense and gas, I lost about $20. I know others did even worse. Some that come very year said this was their worst year yet. There were probably a couple thousand people that came thru, so it wasn't for lack of traffic. There must have been over 100 vendors. There was an elderly gent next to me that was selling a lot of handmade furniture. He said he's done better, but I thought he sold quite a bit. However, it was proof that consumers are interested more in saving money than buying quality. He did an excellent job, but everything was made out of cheap pine. It looked nice, but you know how well it will hold up to knocks and bumps.

I set up at a local art show put on by out art gallery, last week. There were only 9 of us vendors and maybe 500 came thru. Surprisingly, I sold more here than I did at Battle Lake. I would never have guessed that would happen. This one cost me just $25 to set up and was only 3 blocks from my house. My profit from this small show was about $150. I was quite satisfied and surprised. I'd have been happy with $100 in sales.

I've booked myself into another one for next month. This is a huge one that has 150 vendors and last year drew about 30,000 peoplelast year. This one should be interesting. It cost me $250 to get in and the motel room for 2 nights will be $150. If nothing else, it will be a tax deductible mini vacation. wink It's just so tough to know how much inventory to have on hand for a show this large. If I base it on the results from Battle Lake, which was about 8c per person, I'd need at least $2000 worth of inventory. If I based it on the results from Marshall, I'd need over $10,000. Personally, I'm expecting results similar to the Battle Lake show. I think the more vendors, the tougher it is to sell. People are in too big of a hurry to see everything and they don't spend enought time at each booth. Like someone mentioned, at a small show, they have enough time to go by each booth a couple times.

This is definitely a learning experience for me. Eventually, I may have it kind of figured out. There is no shortage of shows in the state. One vendor told me that it took them 2 years to figure which shows made them money and which shows lost them money.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like it Mike. Our lake cabin is about 10 miles from Battle Lake X, didn't know that was the show you were hitting!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Yes, you do have to have at least a weak cell signal and battery for the GPS to work. I know that can be challenging at times in the woods.
    •   Not sure about the new V6, but the old inline 6 was bulletproof, and had a lot of low end torque, which is a desirable feature in an off-road vehicle.       Any 1/2 ton pickup truck from the 70's and early 80's in particular, had a much better frame than a Jeep.  Body panels rust in all of them.   Not saying this is a deal-breaker for a Jeep, just something to watch for, since it is a very common problem.    
    • After doing a little looking there are a lot of options to these things. Anyone know how that new V6 compares to the in line 6? Some of the stuff I would like is the bigger tires and because I would consider putting a plow on it a lower rear end gear. The Dana 44 rear axel would be nice and would want a hard and soft top. I'm in no hurry to get one so Ill wait till the right one comes around. There are a lot of them out there that never leave the tar. More options in the later models as far as transmissions to. So it also comes down to how much I want to spend on one and how late of a model to buy. Sure don't want to spend 35K on a new one.
    • Well yeah but can you name a vehicle built for off road including any domestic pickup truck that doesn't have issues with rust. Fenders, rockers, frames etc. If you play in the mud and salt you need to maintain them. UTVs are no different. Ask yourself why Polaris would put the air filter canister intake in the rear wheel well so it is sucking in the air from the dustiest area they could possibly draw it from resulting in a 4k bill when the motor grenades.    Jeeps are fun, used ones can be had at a reasonable price but by their nature you need to be careful when you purchase because if the previous owner drove them the way they were marketed then they may have some issues.   But the aftermarket has an amazing amount of mods,upgrades and accessories to make your Jeep into anything you want and because the generally go 10 years between major design changes there are a large number of parts available if you need them.     
    • Anyfish it's still points and way better than a zero for points! Congrats on the fine eating bird.
    • Pick up a Jake morning.  Not going help the team score, if at all.  But it sure will taste good.
    • It's been very quiet in the woods the past few days.  Some gobbling this morning.
    • Nice! Way to go! Hope I'm able to get out and enjoy hunting when I'm that age.
    • Well, one of the advantages to owning a Jeep is there are always plenty of Jeep owners out there looking for parts, so if you get ahold of one with a bad frame, you could always part it out and sell the parts to another Jeep owner who believes they have a good frame....      
  • Our Sponsors