Profit from wooden novelties

Written by ajaypats


Make and sell toy cars, wagons, wooden puzzle and hobby horses. retail them at flea markets, fairs, through national ads, direct from your shop or yard and/or wholesale them to stores or catalog sales companies.

Wooden toys have a special appeal that most other types of toys do not-- nostalgia and parent confidence. Parents rememberrepparttar wooden toys they had as children lasted a long time and that they were safe. Wooden toys like hobby horses or stick horses are so old, they are "new"!

Forrepparttar 116834 past few years, wooden items have become more and more scarce as they have been replaced by plastic and wood filled plastics that can be molded. Many items are advertised these days as "genuine wood" to informrepparttar 116835 buyer they are nor plastic or laminated sawdust, and infer that they are therefore worth more.

The overall result is that an item made of "genuine wood" is now considered more valuable thanrepparttar 116836 substitutes that just a few years ago were considered an "improvement" over wood.

Inrepparttar 116837 wooden toy business, you haverepparttar 116838 option of making variety of things or specializing in one item or series of items.

You also haverepparttar 116839 luxury of being able to use what other industries would call scraps -- because not many of your toys will require 8, 6 or even four foot pieces of wood.

This means that you can use materials that others can't -- and that if you can locate a good source, your materials should be half or less ofrepparttar 116840 going rate. As a result, you will be able to offer finished toys of good quality wood at excellent prices and still make a very nice profit.

This type of business will appeal torepparttar 116841 wood enthusiast, or anyone who enjoys shop work;repparttar 116842 variety of possible toy products is endless -- limited only byrepparttar 116843 toy maker's imagination and facilities.

If you specialize in larger items such as hobby horses, one well-placed ad for genuine, old-fashioned hardwood horses could keep you busy!

The only "secret" to this business is to have a plan for getting your materials at a good price, a procedure to fabricate and finishrepparttar 116844 toys efficiently and professionally, and effective means of lettingrepparttar 116845 right prospective customers know where they can be found and how much they cost.

Most wooden toy makers limit their output to models they can build with tools and equipment on hand. They set up a procedure, as close to assembly line as possible to allow high quality items to be produced efficiently: jigs for cutting, clamps for gluing, patterns for drilling, stencils for painting -- with designated areas for operations like sanding or painting that require them to be separated.

Althoughrepparttar 116846 finished items are all made by hand, there is no need to completely finish one item before starting onrepparttar 116847 next -- it is much "smarter" to cut out two dozen horse heads at once; to sand them all whilerepparttar 116848 area is set up for that operation, and to give them all their first coat of paint atrepparttar 116849 same time.. The items are still hand made, only a lot more efficiently.

The bottom line is that quality is just as high (perhaps even higher as you perfect each step), butrepparttar 116850 price is lower because you can produce them cheaper.

One inexpensive way to advertise is to rent a display window in a store (even a vacant store -- seerepparttar 116851 real estate agent about renting justrepparttar 116852 window untilrepparttar 116853 store is leased).

Set up a nice looking display of your products --several models, a variety of items (or your "pride and joy") in an attractive display - one that is calculated to interest children as a toy, as well asrepparttar 116854 parents as a good investment.

Tip: "Eye level" for a child is 3 to 4 feet, so place items you want to see at their level!

Put price tags onrepparttar 116855 items. or a placard (about 8 x 10) in or nearrepparttar 116856 items, along with a couple of lines about their quality and,of course, where they can be purchased.

If you are willing to make alterations, indicate that custom items are available (but leaverepparttar 116857 price open until you find out what they have in mind).

Plan your production schedule to peak about 30 days beforerepparttar 116858 holidays -- seasonal sales you lose because you ran out of items sell are GONE!

Inrepparttar 116859 beginning, you will probably want to try several different products -- and procedures. You need to learn which things you can make best and which ones will sell best.

Once you have settled on a line of products (if you do), it would be wise to gear your "assembly line" to those products.

Use a piece of tin or masonite for a cutout pattern; holes in it to mark places to drill. Work out a production schedule for steps that take time, such as glue setting and paint drying -- where you take an item fromrepparttar 116860 clamps, sand it lightly, lay it out forrepparttar 116861 painting phase and immediately place another item (or sets of items)repparttar 116862 available glue clamps.

If you glue, setting time is one hour (temperature regulation may speed this step) and you have 5 sets of glue clamps, you can set aside 5 or 10 minutes per hour for this phase to produce 5 items per hour or 40 per day (the last set is left overnight to be changed first thing inrepparttar 116863 morning).

Where to Buy Used Cars at Bargain Prices!

Written by C.L. Spartalis


One ofrepparttar most important things you can do to purchase a used car at bargain prices is to do your homework. You should check your local classified ads and see whatrepparttar 116833 asking price is forrepparttar 116834 type of vehicle that you are inrepparttar 116835 market for. Make sure to getrepparttar 116836 high and low Blue Book Price onrepparttar 116837 vehicle that you are interested in. Here are some excellent sources for getting pricing:

NADA GUIDESwww.nadaguides.com KELLEY BLUE BOOKwww.kbb.com EDMUNDSwww.edmunds.com

Other resources to check with is CARFAX. They can supply you withrepparttar 116838 vehicle history report. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a research area to check recall history on cars. We recommend that you haverepparttar 116839 vehicle you are interested in purchasing be inspected by your own mechanic prior to purchase.

Newspaper Classified Ads are a excellent place to find cars at well below retail prices. Many times, people take their cars to dealers for trade ins and are offered below wholesale prices. Many of these people will be happy to several hundreds more that what was quoted byrepparttar 116840 dealer and you will end up with an EXCELLENT BUY!

Online Auctions can be a great place to find bargains. You can shop right fromrepparttar 116841 comfort of your own home. Look for auctions with no reserve, these auctions donít have a minimum price before they will sell.

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