Let us introduce you to Chris from Rose Leather Crafting!
We had a good ol’ chinwag with Chris about how and why he got into working with leather. He also let us know about what he digs about Suitcase Rummages!
What made you decide to get into leather working?
Before ever working with leather, I purchased an expensive wallet in the hopes that if I sunk enough money into a wallet it would then last a long time. I was very disheartened when the wallet broke two months later. I then decided I would have a crack at making my own.
My mission was to make a wallet that would not break, was super strong, and would last a life time.Through my research I found that kangaroo leather has the highest tensile strength for its size compared to any other leather in the world. I then found ‘Tiger Thread’. A waxed and braided polyester thread that is thick, strong, and can be used to hand stitch leather. In my opinion, there is no point having strong leather, if the thread holding the leather together is not also strong; “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link” after all.
And was it a success?
I loved it. It was perfect! A few of my friends thought it was pretty good too and requested their own. Then their friends requested one. Soon enough, some close friends suggested that I sell them and it grew from there. The feeling of being able to provide a great wallet to someone, that I know won’t break, is a great feeling. People work hard for their money, and so do I. I consider it only fair that I should provide a wallet that is worth their hard earned money, instead of something that is just a ‘brand’ or simply looks nice.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own?
A friend of mine is a comic penciller, he drew my ‘Rose Leather Crafting’ banner, which is attached to the inside lid of a steamer trunk that was carried through the first World War. I purchased the steamer trunk because they are solid, reliable, and don’t break. A neat and tidy presentation is important. If I just chuck my wallets on the display without ordering them into neat rows, what does this say about the way I run my business? To me, it would seem that a messy and unkempt display is a demonstration of a messy and unkempt business. I also like to keep things as minimalas possible. I see a lot of stalls that have huge display areas with lots of things to offer, this is great, but Ifeel like it can sometimes be overwhelming. With a smaller display like mine, it is easier for people to see what I have to offer and presents a nice change.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall?
Just do it! Have a crack! Don’t be disheartened if you don’t sell much, or anything, at your first stall. My first time I only sold two wallets. The next time I sold five, and every time after that I’ve sold out, or had very little left by the end of the day. My advice is to just keep going to the market to build up a reputation. Smile, have fun, and tell some jokes!
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage?
People say “The people at such and such event are great!”. But I actually really mean it when I say the people here are great. Everyone is there to have a good time!
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