Crafty Underdog: redux

December 17, 2011

I did another Crafty Underdog show in Portland on the 11th of Dec. at the Mission Theatre and Pub. It turned out to be much more lucrative than my first show there. I ended up selling a few wallets, an order for a custom business card case from the lovely lady in the booth next to mine (a full post about this is forthcoming) and a red messenger bag that a young woman jumped through hoops for (or tried to, at least.)

I wanted to discount everything in my inventory and I was going to just put up a sign saying everything over $100 was $30 off or something to that effect. Cindy (my fabulous girlfriend) had the great idea of making people earn the discount by performing something. I didn't think anyone was going to take me up on the offer, but the young lady who was smitten by my sexy red messenger bag, decided that she needed to have it, and after a requisite trip to the ATM, proceeded to pay me for it. She was going to pay full price and I (foolishly) told her she could get $30 off if she could do a trick.

She thought for a while and couldn't come up with anything that she could do. I kept persisting until she finally said that there was this one party trick she used to be able to do. She bent over at the waist, raised her left foot and grabbed the toe with her right arm and claimed that she could jump her right foot through that loop she created. I was expecting that an imminent call to 911 would be needed. Well, after two aborted attempts, it was apparent that she wasn't quite as limber as she was 10 years ago, but perhaps a little wiser. Crestfallen, she looked imploringly at me. I thought for a moment and finally asked her if she could do a handstand, which, with the help of her very bemused boyfriend, she succeeded in doing on the second attempt. The small crowd that had by then gathered around, clapped for her performance, much to the chagrin of the band playing on the stage.

It was well worth the $30.


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Leathercraft

Hand and Hide Leather Kindle Case for two Kindles
Custom Double Kindle Carry

February 16, 2012

I received an order for a custom case that would carry two Kindles at the same time. After some discussion, my client and I decided that it should be a book-style case, the same as my other ones, except with room for a second Kindle under the front cover. He had a Kindle Fire and a Kindle Keyboard, which fortunately are nearly the same size which made my job a little easier. He decided on an image of a fat happy man for the front cover and he sent me an image of what he wanted. After trying some other...

Read More

Why is Branding So Important for Small Businesses?
Why is Branding So Important for Small Businesses?

August 24, 2018

Branding is an important part of being a business, but it is a confusing concept to grasp and implement well. Hand and Hide talks a little about how to brand your business, develop a strong logo and maintain the integrity of your brand while going through the growing pains of owning a small business. Check it out!

Read More

Hand and Hide iPhone Wallet Review from Photographer Neville Black
iPhone Wallet Review

December 12, 2013

Read my first in-depth review from a customer! This customer is a pretty cool person, his name is Neville Black and he is an award winning wedding and portrait photographer living in the Pacific NW. Neville is a photographer who takes a lot of risks with his work and is willing to get uncomfortable because he feels that allows for so much more potential to produce a great photograph. Not only did Neville Black write me this wonderful review for his new iPhone 5 case but he also took several gorgeous photos with his trained eye and offered some...

Read More


Like what you see here? Sign up for our newsletter for discounts, the latest news and a glimpse behind the scenes at Hand and Hide