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    Edinburg, MS

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  1. Sales up 80% over my highest March record. 28% increase over highest April Record. Last year was okay with 4th quarter strengthening . I almost made up for being closed 6 weeks.
  2. https://getpocket.com/explore/item/her-3-000-year-old-bones-showed-unusual-signs-of-wear-it-turns-out-she-was-a-master-ceramicist?utm_source=pocket-newtab
  3. Bolts on mine are also at 2 different heights. My motor had slipped and that was causing the noise and chain was really lose. I slipped it back and lowered the one side so chain is tight again. But you see it is sloped to one side . I can't lower the other side for some reason. That center bracket is probably holding it. The center bracket was loose and slid around. Now it is tight. I hope I can get installation manual from Bailey and set it up according to factory specs. Thanks for all your trouble. Especially considering you have one hand. Owe you one for doing that.
  4. Talked to tech support today at Bailey. Guess we aren't supposed to mention names, but that guy is always so helpful and polite. Told me to find out where the noise was coming from. No idea why I didn't pop off the cover before calling ....... Anyways, the machine had slipped a bit in the mounting bracket, making the chain loose and the motor wobble. It popped back in place, but I need to see exactly where those two screws in the mounting bracket should be. They slide up or down a bit ... I guess to adjust for the chain. No idea where the instructions are. @Mark C. if yo
  5. I was referring to the videos on Bailey's website. I did have a plastic lid get caught in it. I've looked well and don't see anything. There is one scratch .. not very deep ... and it covers about 25% of roller. Left a message today but it was late. And I think that storm is in Bailey's area
  6. Makes a loud retching sound and leaves a ridge line. It started with just one ridge line and now it seems it makes one on every roll. Calling Bailey tomorrow but I just wondered if anyone had any ideas. It does this when you have a heavy load going through the machine. This machine used to push through 6 inch blocks and that is what you see in the video. Thanks in advance.
  7. Think about a location where you sell, live, work.
  8. Update: The mayor of Canton, MS shut down the Canton Flea Market October 8. He vetoed the decision made by city aldermen. However, they say they can reverse the decision next Tuesday. I decided I wasn't going before this. So not planning to go even if they reverse. They said No. Then Yes. No again. And now it's up for decision again next Tuesday .............
  9. Hey Stephen. I've done the Garden Extravaganza in Jackson, MS in a previous business and have put some jewelry in a booth for the last 3 years. I never did as well as I have in other shows. I don't recall seeing many builders or designers at the show (could have just avoided my booth). That fee is a little high. Some buyers go there just for gardening items and bedding plants. Some don't like seeing "junk" in the show and avoid those booths. The booth I was in had Raz flower jars, some metal outdoor pieces, home decor and a small display of my best selling jewelry. I go do
  10. Didn't mention it but 3 of the shows are indoors, in the Mississippi Trade Mart Building. That building is old and a new one in place sometimes next year. Ventilation is not great in that building. The Canton Flea Market and Fair are both outdoors. It's truly appalling those indoor shows are going ahead. My area at the Canton Flea market is going to skip spaces between booths. I usually have 6 booths on a corner and will cut back to 4. If I do it, I'll form a square and customers will only be able to shop on the outside of the square. I have a service road on front, a house in th
  11. Shows in Mississippi that are going forward: The Market Shows Sept 18-20 https://www.midsouthmediagroup.com/holiday-market-of-jackson-ms Canton MS Flea Market October 8 http://www.cantonmsfleamarket.com/ Mistletoe Market Jackson MS Junior League Nov 4-7 https://www.mistletoemarketplace.com/ Hand Works Jackson, MS Nov 20-21 https://www.handworksmarket.com/ Another event, Mississippi is having the annual state fair. I was told that this is the main reason for all of the other shows going ahead. https://www.mdac.ms.gov/bureaus-departments/state-fairgrounds
  12. July store sales down 15% from 2019. August store sales down 30% from 2019. Only 5% down from August 2018. The store is still profitable. Labor cost down more than 50%. I've permanently eliminated one position and for now my Saturday help. (I can easily handle store on Saturday. My full time pottery worker fell and had to have hip surgery and won't be back for 3 or 4 months. I've bought enough stoneware bisque to equate to about $12K extra sales. I should be close to the projected pottery demand. I had calculated on losing my October show, the Canton MS flea market Oct
  13. If I wanted to add specs to a white glaze to make it look more like this, what would you use? This spec comes from grog in the clay. I'm looking at a few poured pieces and Laguna told me they didn't make a slip from #65 stoneware. So the pieces are smooth, no specs. I bought a glaze that says "with specs" but it's not enough.
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