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What do you do with most of your turned pieces?

Do any of you sell them? If so, how? If not what's stopping you? What else do you do with them?
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I sell at craft shows, farmers markets and holiday bazaars. I also give lots to friends and family.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Do any of you sell them? If so, how? If not what's stopping you? What else do you do with them?
I'm sure that some of the people here sell their turnings. Some people live to go to arts and crafts shows or other venues and sell stuff. Doing that has absolutely no appeal to me. Woodturning is my hobby so why ruin it by doling something that I hate doing?

What else do I do with them? Well some are good for target practice, some are good for kindling in the fireplace, some I keep, some I donate to worthwhile charities, and the rest I give to friends and relatives who care to have them (maybe they need kindling).

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I've been selling salad bowls at a local farmers market once or twice a month. Like Bill, that sort of thing never appealed to me at all. In fact it goes totally against my personality but my wife was selling handmade toys out there so I gave it a try one terrifying Saturday and decided it was fun. Now I really look forward to it and it gives me a little direction in my turning sessions, and it's only 5 hours out of my weekend. Sales have been paced perfectly with my rate of production (which ain't too fast) and I've met some great folks along the way. I also have hollow forms in a couple of galleries but sales are virtually nonexistent. Either my HFs suck or they aren't in the right galleries. I'll try them in a different market or two before pulling them all and joining Bill at the range.
Of course my friends and family get their share and I always try to make a bowl for someone who helps me score some timber.
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mine are sold by word of mouth or at a local gallery. I hate doing craft shows. I also donate stuff to local charity auctions although if you do that don't ask how much they got for it. People around here won't pay much for turnings even to support a charity cause.
Consequently I have lots of turnings all over the house and really do need to find a way to sell them. I like Bill's idea of using them for target practice. A 3" box at 100 yards would be a challenge.
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I've only been turning for 9 months or so, but I've made a lot of "trinkets". Bottle stoppers. Ice cream scoops. The like. I've given most away. However, my boss has asked for a few that she's paid for to give to auctions and family members.

The rest of my stuff is sitting around the house collecting dust.

I like giving my stuff away to people I know will appreciate something hand made. However, the high quality SS stopper and scoop kits can get expensive when you buy lots.
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I'm sure that some of the people here sell their turnings. Some people live to go to arts and crafts shows or other venues and sell stuff. Doing that has absolutely no appeal to me. Woodturning is my hobby so why ruin it by doling something that I hate doing?

What else do I do with them? Well some are good for target practice, some are good for kindling in the fireplace, some I keep, some I donate to worthwhile charities, and the rest I give to friends and relatives who care to have them (maybe they need kindling).
Exactly my feelings doing something to make money only takes the fun out of it and this way no pressure. Sometimes you have to take time to smell the flowers or in this case the sawdust
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I do sell form time to time, it helps defer the cost of the hobby. I don't get much, never enough to cover the time it takes. Love giving them away as gifts. Love the look when someone get one they where not expecting. Other wise they sit around the house.
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I sell at craft shows, farmers markets and holiday bazaars. I also give lots to friends and family.
Do you sell a lot at the farmer's market? I was always curious about that.
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I helped out with my son's baseball team this year, so I turned a bunch of miniature bats with their signatures burned into them. They were giveaways, but the wood was free and it was good practice. And the kids loved them.

I don't feel right selling any of my stuff until I get good at it.

I hate signatures.
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Mine sit on a shelf in my shop and at times my wife uses them to decorate.
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I'm new to turning, so most go into the scrap bin....
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I either sell'em or gift'em. It's nice to be able to donate to benefit auctions/events. I sell by: word of mouth, local market days, and some off facebook. I'm trying to keep that balance betwixt fun and "work". Once it becomes a job--- then it's not fun. No quotas to meet, have fun at my pace. Is nice though to have an activity that actually contributes to the "budget" It's also nice to have some fancy BBQ wood too!

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I'm with cuerdoc. I would like to start selling some of my work, but I don't want it to turn into a job because I'm affraid I will lose interest in it. I also have health issues and when I feel good I go work in the shop, when I'm not feeling so good I don't work in the shop so I can't really be tied down to a schedule or quota
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Just give them away now. I did quit turning so many bowls.
One year (about 3 years ago) I loaded up three grocery bags (paper) and took them to the local <$1 store and gave them to kids for presents (probably 30+ of them). I am not PC and ASSUMED kids being taken to the store on Christmas eve day may not be able to afford much for a gift.

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Thanks for all the awesome replies guys!
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