Tuesday, February 19, 2013

so.....i did it again

I know, you are dying to know what I did again right?   Mr. Know-it-All is actually secretly hoping I am about to confess I wasn't looking at my surroundings and I tripped on something again, and then he can shake his head....nope.... not even close Mr. Know-it-All. 

Well, I applied for the show "Shark Tank" last year and didn't mention it because I apply for a lot of things.  Then the "Shark Tank" producer called me up and wanted more information, and then I really wasn't supposed to say anything because I might be on the show.  But it was not to be, I wasn't picked for this last season.  And don't you know every time I watch an episode and see a company on there and they have a silly invention I think, "why did the producers pick that? Why???" 

So.....I did it again, and I am going to talk about it.  I applied.  This time I am not as nervous about it.  I have my "Brave" bracelet that I got from a great friend, I am not going to think about it, I am not going to obsess about it, and I am just going to wait.  And if divine intervention is to be, and I am supposed to be on that show, then it will be. 

I decided to write about our Wine Bottle Cutting Board being the best seller!  I even did a name drop of "you know who" (with the photo) because I didn't do it last time, so what the heck?  And I gave them a new picture of our board that you see on the right. 
All in all its been a great day trying to sell cutting boards and get on shows like "Shark Tank."
 
your custom cabinet girl

 
 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

the follow up game

How much time do you wait before you follow up with a phone call or an email you sent?  Personally I have been waiting a week or so before I try to re-establish a connection, but is that too much time?  Too little time?  Does the person not want to talk to me if its been over a week and I have not heard back?  I don't like to be pushy, its just not me.  If you want a cutting board or a cabinet, great! If you don't that's fine too, see ya later! 
 
I know I am being a little weird but I just can't wait to find out from the "Home Goods" buyer!  I mean its 2500 stores for goodness sake!!!!  If I get to make even one board for each store, well........you can do the math.  This is nuts! 
Its like when you go out on a first date and you can't wait to find out if they liked you and if they want to see you again.  But this is the dating of the mega store.  The phone call follow up with the answer that will make you cry for happiness or break your heart.  Which one will it be? 
Only time will tell.....and the waiting really sucks.....
 
your custom cabinet girl

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

new york gift show recap

Firstly I have to say my booth was the most pathetic looking.  I have to use the word pathetic because compared to the others around me, well here it is…..

 with the exception of my beautiful mom of course!

Secondly these are the booths around me…….

and across from me........
 

 

The most interesting questions/conversations;

“What kind of wood is this?” 

My answer; “North American Maple & Cherry Lumber”

“Well bamboo is the best.  I have all bamboo cutting boards in Both my homes” said the lady who never built a custom cutting board in her life.

 
Another funny one;

“Is this your first show?”

Me; “Doesn’t my booth look like its my first show?” 

We had a good laugh…. At my expense. 


And yet another funny one; 

“Don’t you sell barbeques?” 

Me; “NO!”

 
And of course the question you all have been waiting for that I get asked at least once a week,
 
“You don’t build these do you?”

Me;  “Yes I do.”

“No you don’t”

Me;  Yes I do” (Laughing, and really getting irritated)......I am NOT LYING!!!!

 Overall I had a wonderful time and was enamored with all the big buildings and lights I got to walk by every night on my way to the hotel because I was too tired to go out.  I need to stay a little longer next time or try vivran with a triple grande mocha to keep myself going for the extra fun!
I will let you know on all the prospects as they come available.  Until then....
 
your custom cabinet girl