Homepreneurs loves writing about successful home business or small business success stories and sharing them with our reader base. Much like last week’s post about Liam Hughes business success, this is another from the Galena County arts and crafts fair. The fair had a common theme used by many of the 250 vendors: reusing or resourcing common materials to create art. The green trend is a snowballing niche market with many advantages: materials are cheap and easy to get, recycling is good for the environment, and unique forms of artistic expression are born.
One of the vendors at this show – G & D Products – carves branches and other natural materials to create decorative floral products. As seen below, Denny sits in front of his display, carving new products and demonstrating his craft.
Laid off late in his career, Denny decided he wasn’t interested in searching for a new job and opted to turn his hobby – wood carving – into a home based business. With his wife Gerrie, G & D Products was launched and is now a staple in the arts and crafts community.
Denny and Gerrie Van Den Boom display at many Midwest shows and use this business to supplement their income while taking mini-vacations away from home. Denny does the carving and Gerrie the arranging of the baskets while providing wonderful customer service.
A major advantage to their product, Denny explains, is that each piece is as unique as the wood used. Each branch, though similar in size, is highly unlikely to have other similar characteristics: wood, density, shape or diameter.
Material cost is a plus: branches are plentiful in supply and free. Want a customized carving or arrangement? No problem, Denny and Gerrie will gladly work with the tools and materials they have to provide a special gift you choose! Not only will you have an original creation, but you will feel better about its nature-based origins. No processed goods for the flowers, no carbon emissions, and no addition to landfills and global warming!
G & D Products have low price points – thanks to free materials – and earn a nice second income. While they don’t have a website, they can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org . Next time you are at a Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa or Minnesota art & craft show, stop by their booth and have a pleasant conversation with this fine and talented couple.
By Dion D Shaw
Dion D Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs
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