Friday, September 30, 2011
Norma has 1000's of pictures of her Santas and she sent me around 300 of them so I could make a slide show so her collectors could see her past and recent work. I felt kind of honored to be entrusted with this.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about my business. My business is me. I choose everything I sell. I take all the photographs, write all the descriptions, answer all the questions, and pack all the boxes. Always, I want to improve and grow. I want this little business to provide a living for me. I've already found the most important thing is to keep the customers I have. I know I can't compete on price alone. There is always someone smarter and bigger who can charge a dollar less and there is always someone dumber who will charge a dollar less until they realize one day their business is a hobby.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Today, Holt-Howard's Pixiewares are over a half century old one of the hottest nostalgic collectibles!"
Walter has written Price Guide to Holt-Howard Collectibles and Related Ceramicware of the 50s & 60s available on Amazon He also wrote Vintage Christmas Ceramic Collectibles. He sells the wonderful set of Pixieware in the first picture on ebay under the user id twingableseast You can contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
PS---if you look in my latest Holt Howard book 2nd edition on pages 32-33 these pixies are in there--if you would like a personally autographed copy of my book $19.99 + shipping-or I can mail the pixies & book together and save you the additional shipping, thanks again, Walt
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I was reading Inc. magazine the other day and came across some of the best ideas for a business now. One was for a cupcake shop. The premise being that in a down economy we may put the big purchases on hold, but we're quite happy to treat ourselves to a fancy cupcake. The absolute other side to this are all the discussions being held about "The latte factor", that those little purchases add up and are what is putting us in debt. You've heard the story, give up your $4 morning chocolaty coffee drink and in 40 years you'll have $810,764 or something like that. I've lived for many years like Scrooge, seeing myself in Silas Marner--forgoing the latte, the cupcake, and a good many other things. Undoubtedly it did build my savings account, and I was good at it, but anything taken to an extreme like a diet can lead to anorexia. How to know when to stop. Living that way can lead to a feeling of scarcity, that if I don't save this dollar another one may never come my way. Better that I learn to make a few extra dollars here and there and have my little luxuries. It's hard to believe that the pretty roses in the first picture are actually soaps. I came across them in the etsy shop Satin & Birch http://www.etsy.com/shop/SatinandBirch They're raspberry roses with a splash of lemon. I saw them and lusted after them for days. I just ordered and I'm awaiting their arrival. I will update when I get them in. (They arrived and are sitting on a rectangular Japanese plate and sweetly scenting my bathroom, really lovel soap.) You get a set of 4 and I'm keeping 2 and giving 2 to a friend. One of those little luxuries.