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Hi Folks.This is The Old Grouch liking to pick your brains a little. You see, I received a temporary lay-off the last day of 2008. I worked in a tourist-related business that is slow in the winter months. I decided this might be a good time to retire. I want to spend more time in my wood shop doing what I love to do most – work with wood. Since Social Security isn’t quite enough to live on I need to make my shop generate a little profit. That is where you all come in. I need to find some products to build and retail but I need ideas! Here is a list of things to consider when you are thinking of ideas:1. Made mainly of wood.2. Something that won’t be found at every Flea Market.3. Small enough to be shipped UPS.4. Something that does not come from China to every Walmart.5. High quality is a plus.6. Unique.Any ideas anyone can come up with will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your input.Sincerely,Bob – The Old Grouch
Here are some ideas that may work:
- Personalized plaques for new babies - can you burn in the info? Like NAME, DATE, TIME, WEIGHT, LENGTH, etc.I think if you had samples at the local hospital, that would be a good outlet. Also, though I like the painted idea - too labor intensive. Just varnish for a nice shiny finish. MAYBE put a cute samll bow (pink/blue) at the top. I would make it an oval. Only offer one size - or you'll be at the whim of every new parent/grandparent. Also, you could rout out a spot for a photo. Include a hanging thing on the back. Varnish front and back for a more finished look.
- Same idea but larger (maybe a rectanlge) with spaces for school pictures, or sports, etc.
- Same idea but for pets - for people without kids but still nuts about their "babies"! You could make a sample and take it to the vet's office or local pet shop. Don't forget the space for Fido's picture! Instead of a bow at the top you could glue a doggy/kitty treat. You could also create the same but include the breed's name - Like "My Favorite Westie" (I'll take one of those!).
- Take any hobby and create a "Memory Board" for that. "QUILTING" and provide spaces for pictures of thier quilts. (This is knda lame - I must be running out of ideas!)