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A True Story Passed On To Us About A Trade Show and Cigar Box Purses

Posted by David Happe on

For many years I have gone to different arts and crafts sales. Initially I went to purchase items for our home and also to get ideas for crafts that I could make as gifts. There are always beautiful pieces of work at the various shows. There are also things that I would be embarrassed to admit to making. I cannot believe that some people would pay for a stand to sell poor quality ugly things. Now that my home is decorated and I have given up on making crafts, I still go to the craft shows just to see what people have come up with.

Recently my neighbor and I went to a craft show that was held in the conference center of the area casino. There were three different vendors that featured cigar boxes in their crafts. My neighbor and I managed to witness an argument that turned into a physical altercation involving the cigar boxes.

The two venders were escorted from the conference area and workers from the event were assigned to sit and watch their craft items so they would not be stolen. It started by a male vendor telling a female vendor that she was wasting good cigar boxes to make her crafts. This was so insulting that the female vendor began crying. The male vendor then taunted her for crying. She was so frustrated that she slapped him and started throwing his cigar boxes on the floor. He grabbed her hands to keep her from breaking things and she started screaming and trying to swing at him. A security guard managed to get them to stop and lead them both out of the area.

The female vendor had used cigar boxes to make purses. She placed a handle on them and a clasp so that the contents would not fall out when it was carried. They were a novelty item. She was charging from fifty to one hundred and seventy dollars for each purse. The price was determined by where the cigar boxes were from. The male vendor had also placed a clasp on the cigar boxes as well as a protective varnish. He was selling his boxes for paper and pen storage. The third vendor that was also featuring cigar boxes had made his into storage containers for decks of cards and dice.

My neighbor and I had to laugh about the excitement that occurred between the two venders. We do not know if they let them come back to sell or if they made them leave the craft show. Most of the people that were in the area agreed that there was no way they were going to spend that kind of money for purses made out of cigar boxes.

Cigar box purses are quickly becoming a favorite craft for many people who are artistic in nature. Even those who are new to the scene of crafting are drawn to this kind of project. There are many reasons for all of the interest in this craft and there are many reasons for the interest in cigar box purses in general.

If you are the crafting type you may want to look into the particular type of project. The cigar box purses are wonderful starting points for crafters of all ages in spite of their smoky beginnings. The main reason that the craft is so appealing is in the process.

Cigar box purses are actually pretty easy to make. It doesn’t take much skill to pull off this kind of crafting project without a hitch. This is wonderful news for beginners who want to create something beautiful without creating a headache in the process. The cigar box purses can be put together with relative ease. 

Next is the price. You can find fantastic cigar box purse supplies in many online stores. Some sites even offer kits that are ready to go. All you have to do is assemble the supplies into your own creation. I highly recommend ordering the craft supplies online to save yourself time and aggravation.

Used cigar boxes aren’t prime choices for beginners. You have to take time to get rid of stickers and other materials that may have accumulated on the box and you may have to sand the piece to get a nice, even surface. When you order supplies to make cigar box purses online you can avoid all of this. 

The cigar boxes that are sold through craft suppliers are ideal because they are generic and blank in most cases. You can decoupage or paint any design that you want to make your cigar box purses truly your own. The options are endless and you know that you are getting an unused product that is clean and ready to decorate. 

So what about those of us who aren’t crafty but who love, love, love cigar box purses? There’s even better news for this population. You can find a ton of beautiful carry alls that are made of these boxes on many online stores. The styles and themes are varied and these cigar box purses are made to last. Don’t worry if you don’t want to make your own. There are plenty to go around.

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