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Holiday Shopping With Mr & Mrs M   Leave a comment

Mr-Ms-Logo---LargeI’m scared.

Honestly, I’m scared.

Last year, in all of 2014, I sold about 200 cutting boards & cheese boards.

This year, through August, I’ve sold over 250 cutting boards & cheese boards … and the busy season is still to come. This summer, I’ve sold as many “out of the shop” as I have at formal events. That’s great, isn’t it?


Now, how am I going to make everything people seem to want?

If you’re thinking about gifting a cutting board this holiday season, GREAT! Two things:

  1. If you want me to make you something to order, then, please, order it today. This week. Next week. Please, please, please don’t wait until November, because my shop time will be at an absolute premium as we approach Christmas. I want to help you … but I’m hoping that I’ll have enough time to eat & sleep after Thanksgiving, too. Don’t delay!
  2. If you would like to come see me – or the Mrs M’s – at a holiday boutique, then you’re in luck. We’re going to be at an event almost every week from now until Christmas. Look for our updated events calendar on MowryJournal’s menu at the top of this page … or just click here.

Our first fall event is on Saturday, 9/19, and we’re currently scheduled to exhibit at 14 different events before the end of the year. Yes, we’re double booked on some days, and yes, we’ll be adding more events before we collapse on December 20.

Which we will.

How can we help you?


Posted September 4, 2015 by henrymowry in Craft Fairs

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The Board Chronicles: Handmade In South Bay   2 comments

The Board Chronicles is an ongoing series of articles about the adventures of Mrs M’s Handmade as a vendor at community festivals & craft fairs. Mrs M’s subsidiary, Mr M’s Woodshop, has been approved to create this chronicle for the good of vendorkind.

Handmade in South BaySometimes, there’s just not much to say. This event disappointed. It was underwhelming and sparsely attended. At least one vendor had zero sales.

This was a 2nd annual event, and the idea of an exclusively handmade pop-up event next to Crafted in Los Angeles is a good idea, we thought.

The marketplace did not agree.

There is a successful holiday boutique in this location the first weekend of December, but we’re booked so we’ll miss that one.

New Ideas

  • Mrs M handled the booth, with the help of Little Girl on this day. I was handling the Santa Clarita Home Show, and chose not to clone myself.


  • Very difficult to find your way into this fenced off warehouse compound. GPS took Velda to the wrong place for the entrance. The entrance was not well marked.
  • Once inside, the choice was climb 8 steps into the warehouse, or go up a ramp at the other end of the building and walk the length of this large warehouse to get to the booth setup back in the front. Difficult load-in, in other words.
  • No one came. Well, almost no one came.
  • The producers had several ideas implemented to maximize this event. They raffled off merchandise to people that turned in their receipts. They had a vendor meeting to encourage social media promotion. Charitable contributions were dedicated out of proceeds. They definitely tried to create an event, but ….

The Food

The ladies didn’t remember. Boredom was overwhelming.

The Facts

  • Total miles driven: 118
  • Booth cost: $69
  • # of people the ladies met at the event from the producer: 4
  • Total sales: $158
  • # containers of product taken: 6
  • # boards available: 23
  • Saturday alarm: 5:45am
  • # transactions: 7, 5 were for lotion & 2 were for boards
  • # soap & lotion vendors: 4
  • # woodworkers: only 1
  • Edge grain vs. end grain: 1:1

Boards sold: 2

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