One of our fun things to do is to shop the Flea Markets, Thrift Stores, and an occasional yard sale for items to use as a mold for our papercrete containers. My wife will experiment with almost any shape just to see the results. This year she has found several ceramic bowls in the shape of leaves which she lines with dry cleaner bags and molds the containers pictured above. These containers have been a big hit with customers.
Monday, July 18, 2016
What our pile of inventory looks like at the beginning of a sales season!
A picture of that same place today after selling from the pile all Spring and Summer! We are taking the month of August away from events to somewhat restock or inventory and rest a little!
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
This time of year we have a little extra time to experiment. A "rustic trough" has been an idea I have wanted to try for a while. Peggy came back from a walk in the woods a few days ago with some sections of curved grape vine to use as a handle so I built a mold to fit the handle. We will play with this idea until we get the finished product up to our standards. Considering the amount of grapevine growing on our property we should have handles to experiment with for some time!
Friday, December 4, 2015
I just took the last few "smalls" we had built during the last two weeks of November out of the cold frame, sanded them, and put them on the finished pile outside to weather until it is time for the Spring sales season. One pallet stacked three and four deep is now ready for market. We sold out of the little ones early last year so I vowed to build enough surplus this year to keep a good inventory available. All these containers are priced from two to four dollars each and sell like hotcakes. Just five more pallets of smalls to build before mid March '16.
Monday, October 12, 2015
After spending a month on the road it is time to stay home for a few days, clean up a mess or two, and relax just a little. Our papercrete inventory is down to the nubbins due to good demand for our product but my notepad is full of new ideas to try. Our time spent vending, speaking, or teaching is also the time we have to listen to customers and students who come up with some great suggestions. Show vendors always gather to compare notes, discuss trends, and share their experiences and we relish the opportunity to meet new folks and occasionally meet someone who inspires us to try a new technique or presentation.
This is the latest idea and though they are not in papercrete containers they will be for the 2016 sales season. We are at the end of our horticultural season and our plant supply for 2015 is almost exhausted. We have been buying lots of flea market containers to repurpose without a firm idea as to how they were to be used. With a pile of accessories and a box full of containers the gardens just seem to flow together. We will come up with something unique in papercrete to hold this type garden over the Winter I'm sure. Fun, Fun, Fun!
Friday, August 28, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
August is typically set aside to stay at the farm and replenish inventory. Spring/Summer sales were heavier than expected so this month we have worked overtime to fill the mat with new inventory. Mother Nature has been generous with rainy days as of late so drying time has been extended. Today I sanded off the rough edges on a wagon load and got them ready for the finished pile. There is another wagon load drying and several pieces still in the molds...........
An earlier selection of rain rinsed papercrete shells ready for market. I do not expect them to stay in inventory long.