Fri 27 May 2016
My latest business venture is Bristol Oak Mirrors. The website is crap but the idea is I make oak-framed mirrors and sell them.
I made a batch of 5 to start with.
So far I've sold 2 of them, making this the second-most-profitable business venture I've ever done.
It started when I wanted a frame for a piece of mirror glass we had lying around from an old dressing table. I made an oak frame for it and it looked sweet:
So I went to the Bristol Wood Recycling Project and bought a bunch more oak. I haggled on the price and amazingly they caved and gave me the wood cheaper than advertised. Result!
I thought I could make 5 mirrors in a day but it ended up taking me 3 days. I think I'll get better though.
I listed the mirrors on eBay and Gumtree this week, and so far I've posted one off on eBay (the postage came to £30! What a rip!) and delivered one to a lady in Yate.
Delivering the mirror was awesome. I took a bag of tools, felt like a proper little tradesman.
The lady was replacing a non-oak mirror and so already had mounting screws on the wall, but they weren't lined up with the tabs on my mirror so I moved the tabs. Her children laughed at me using the drill. I'm not sure if they enjoyed watching it or were just mocking my technique.
It was a massive buzz to show one to a customer for the first time, and she really liked it. She said to let her know if I'm selling any other oak furniture but I told her I only do mirrors.If you like my blog, please consider subscribing to the RSS feed or the mailing list: