When you look through the doors of the Craftsman’s Market in Manhattan, you’ll see an assortment of the craft goods that make up the shop’s menu.
But the craft aisle isn’t limited to home decor.
The store also sells a range of crafts, including “walk-through” boxes that offer instructions for making a variety of products.
And for the last several years, the store has been offering a “walk through” box with its latest creation, the $40 dollar tree craft closet.
“When you’re a craft shopper, you always want to make sure that you’re making things that you actually use,” said store manager Chris Laughlin.
But what if you don’t have the budget or the time to make a home decor item?
Laughlin explained that when you’re shopping for craft, there are a few basic things you should keep in mind.
First, you want to keep in perspective.
“For example, you’re not going to be able to afford a tree and you want it to be pretty,” he said.
“We have to make some budget adjustments.”
Laughlin said he and his staff have been selling the craft closet to customers for about a year.
“So far we’ve sold about a hundred, and we’ve been selling it out of the store,” he explained.
“A lot of people have told us, ‘This is the best thing ever.'”
And Laughlin is confident that the craft market is a success.
“It’s not the biggest place in the world, but it’s a good place to shop and people are always coming in and saying, ‘We like it,'” he said, adding that they’ve even had people bring in their kids to the store to try out some of the products.
The new $40 tree craft store is a $25 million investment for the company.
“The fact that we’re opening it in the middle of the night in New York City, it’s an opportunity for us to give back,” Laughlin told me.
The company recently partnered with the U.S. Postal Service to make the first box available in New Jersey.
“This is our way of giving back,” said Laughlin, adding the box will eventually be shipped to customers in New England.
The $40 box is a “living room gift” for any shopper.
It comes with a “tree” and a “housework” instruction manual.
“If you want something a little bit fancier, you can put a tree on top of a chair,” Laughles said.
And Laughas is not the only one who is using the box to donate a piece of furniture.
“I had a friend, who’s a builder, he wanted to do some woodworking for a client, so we got together and we did a woodworker’s table,” he told me, referring to the $20 woodworking table that sits on a shelf inside the store.
“He was really happy about it.”
The box also includes instructions for “building a $10,000,000 house with the help of a tree.”
Laugh’s also selling the $50 dollar tree box.
“You can build a house in a $50 tree, which is a good example of the types of things you can build,” he added.
Laughlin and his team have been collecting feedback on the box so far.
People are excited about the box.
They have had a lot of fun making it.
“People are really excited,” he shared.
“There are a lot more people who are coming in to try it out.”
The $25 tree box is being made to be used for the holidays.
“Most people have bought a $20 tree box and they are very happy,” Laughes said.
So what is the process of creating the box?
“We build it out from scratch,” Laffer said.
Laughs and his crew will build the box using 3D-printed components and then the 3D printer will print the base and the wood and then assemble the box, Laugh said.
It’s not cheap, but Laugh says that it will allow the store “to get a much better return on our investment.”
The store is accepting payments online.
The first box that was sold will cost $25 for the entire process.
“Our goal is to be selling at least 10 boxes per year,” Lough said.
The shop has plans to expand its collection of items.
“As soon as we get out of our current location, we’re going to move to a bigger store,” Laughs said.
If you’d like to donate to the craft store, the company offers a reward program.
“Customers can donate to our ‘walk-up box’ for a very small donation,” the company said.
To make a donation, visit the store’s website.
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