Once again, if you missed the Detroit Lakes Gun & Knife show you missed a great show. It’s not a big show but it was well attended and there was a lot of buying, selling and trading going on.
Each show I’ve attended in the past year has seen an increase in interest in the axes I carry. The Detroit Lakes show is the smallest I’ve attended but I ended up making the best sales volume so far. One individual ended up buying 3 axes over the weekend and I had several repeat customers from previous shows. It was fun! The picture below is what was leftover on Sunday. I wish I would have taken a shot after I set up on Friday nite. Big difference!
Axes are selling!
Axe sales have been great but it’s been a struggle to bring in more inventory. I’ve had the Adler Canoe Axes on back order for over a month. This morning I received confirmation they should be on my doorstep this afternoon. The popular CS90 Cold Steel throwing axes have been out of stock for what seems like forever! I keep increasing my order with Council Tool but it sounds like late May or June is the best case scenario for delivery. Hults Bruk is another key line that is slow in coming. Its frustrating when sales are slow but its downright agonizing when people are standing in line with cash in hand and you can’t deliver. I keep hoping that someday there might be a happy compromise but I know I’m dreaming.
Knife sales were strong
Knife sales were also active. There are shows when only high end knives sell and others where buyers seem to be looking for moderate to lower priced knives. Last weekend everyone seemed to be out. A mix of $20-$200+ knives left the table.
It was a fun weekend with a great mix of customers. Selling products is always the goal but getting to visit with old and new customers is fun. Even better is getting to chat with youngsters showing an interest in knives and shooting. Spend a little time talking with them and their enthusiasm can put a smile on your face. The shows are a lot of work but they’re worth the time just to hear what’s going on and get consumer input. Online sales are great but they’ll never beat the face to face interaction you get at a show.