Dear Knife lover
We are seeing major knife shows in South Africa being cancelled or moved to later dates.
We are happy to announce that the Baobab show is not cancelled or moved to a later date.
Instead, we are moving it to an earlier date. And also moving it online.
The online show will run over Easter. So, 10, 11 and 12 April.
Yes, we still plan to do the usual Baobab show in Pretoria later in the year. And if at that time the virus does not allow us to have over 100 people in one spot, we will run a second Online Baobab show.
We would love you to participate in our first Baobab Online Knife Show.
We would love you to attend the show online on 10, 11 and 12 April.
This is your personal invitation!
Here is how we plan to do it:
All knifemakers are invited – yes also that guy or girl who just made their first knife and wants to sell it for R200. You know who I am talking about!
All the knives must be handmade by the knifemaker.
Since it is all going to be online, we will need stuff from you that we can place online, as follows:
A short CV or biography. State things like; when did you start making knives, what is your favorite kind of knife to make, have you won any prizes for knifemaking, are you a member of the Guild, etc. You want a prospective customer to understand the background of the knifemaker from whom they are buying. And they are not standing at your table, so all the information must be written text, links, photos, video, etc. Yes, if you have a website, facebook page, facebook group, Instagram account etc. you must please give the links.
If you put a knife on the show, it must be finished and ready to courier on the day the show starts.
Ideally you handle payments and couriering yourself. If you need help, you can ask the Baobabians to help. (Meaning Ettiene Vorster and Hantie Vorster.) If you don’t understand the costs involved, like PayPal costs, interest rates on credit cards, etc. please ask the Baobab guys to educate you, or educate yourself. Google is your friend!
If you don’t need help with payment and courier, you won’t pay us anything. We are doing this for fun! No commissions, nada, zero.
You need really good photos. So, make a plan. This will make or break your sales! We got some great photographers in South Africa, so use them! If you are a photographer getting this message, please let us know, so we can pass on your details to everyone that enters.
There must be at least 4 photos for each knife; Blade, handle, top and bottom. Optional, you can also submit videos. We will review your photos, and if they are not clear enough, we will not accept them.
We will add you to this website. And on the day of the show we will feature links to the knifemakers who are at the show to this site, and also promote it on social media.
On the day we launch the show, we share links from the site. That gives us an easy way to have all your information in one place.
Your information, prices, and photos / videos must reach us no later than one week before the start of the show. That gives us time to review it, and ask for improvements if need be.
We want to launch your knives on a Facebook group, and also on the website on the first day of the show.
We will promote the show as much as we can. If you can help promote it, then talk to us. If you got a list of contacts or groups or buyers, we can email them or SMS them. Or if you want to do it yourself, we can help craft the message. If you have a website, we would love a page on your site promoting the show. Help us, Help you. I hope to find some people who recognise that knifemakers are not competing for buyers. An abundance mindset ( as opposed to a scarcity mindset).
The corona virus is eating up money and killing businesses… So we got to beat it over the head by offering the crazy prices, and having as many knives and knife makers as possible.
No, we are not going to tell you how to price. But make sure you say that the courier cost is for the buyer. Meaning it must be added to the price of the knife.
There will be the usual competition, run by Ettienne (from Baobab) with the usual rules. Only he has to judge on your photos and videos.
Hope to see you at the Baobab Online Knife Show 2020 – The Year The World Ended!
Frequently Asked Questions
If I want to join the show, how do I go about it?
Take this link, and fill in your details: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jPD5tn10zbiziQtPBQolm-59a_qVKYQIeIiX1iHbuRs/edit?usp=sharing
Where do I send my pictures and videos?
Email them to Ettienne Vorster, (firstname.lastname@example.org ) with the price of each one. Include all your contact details in your email. And a detailed description of each knife.