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Ok, just had a wonderful idea! Would anyone buy a hand-painted railroad spike? We were thinking of doing custom designs, everything from floral designs to Names, to sports teams, states, and religious symbols. Each would be packaged in a nice box, and they would be sealed so the color wouldn't rub off during handling.<br><br>
I was thinking $15 for a custom design to start my little enterprise up. Shipping would depend on location, and would be the ACTUAL shipping costs, not some inflated cost. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Would any of you buy something like this? I mean, some of them would be entirely painted, and some, depending on design, would still show some of the iron (southwestern designs, certain florals, etc.) It would probably take between 3 and 5 days to make each one, and another few to ship them out. Would you be willing to wait up to 2 weeks to receive something like this in the mail?<br><br>
Lemme know!<br>
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Okay, call me clueless . . . but what is a railroad spike?
 

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My question is what would I do with a painted railroad spike? Would you fashion some kind of display that I could purchase also or.. ?
 

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A railroad spike is basically a piece of history! They're what the railroad companies use to 'tie' down the train tracks. They usually get replaced every few years, and literally just THROWN into the forest around the tracks, so some of the spikes are probably QUITE old.<br><br>
I was thinking we might also sell shadowboxes or even possible a wooden 'stand' for display purposes. I actually have one hanging over my front and back doors. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The idea is, each one would be hand-painted however the 'customer' wanted... making them a perfect addition to each customer's home. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I was even thinking of initialing each piece I painted, so if the business ever got big, they would be even more collectible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><span>If they were sealed appropriately, they would make a wonderful addition to a garden. Especially as a memorial for a loved one who's passed away!</span></span></span>
 

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Thanks for the great idea Blu! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I'm now looking to see if I can find suitable wooden display stands, or shadowboxes, anyone know any WAHM's who would want to 'team up' and sell their product through a joint website?
 

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How big are they? (Height wise?) I'm thinking it would be a nice way to mark my new (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ) herb garden? Do you have some place we can see what your talking about - like photobucket or a blog or something?
 

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They're between 7 and 11inches tall, and they would be awesome for an herb garden. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'll try to get some pics asap.
 

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To be fair, I just wanted to say that charging more than the actual postage is really not exactly "inflated." You have materials involved in shipping (boxes--possibly to get free with certain shipping companies--labels, ink from printer, etc.) and time involved in creating the shipment and sending it off. Before I started a business, I was loathe to pay shipping for anything. But now I understand. No, I don't want to pay $12 for something that I know only costs $5 based on weight, but I think that actual postage plus a little extra is reasonable to account for costs associated with shipping.
 

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I gotta say I wouldn't buy a painted railroad spike just to have. If I wanted one as an antique I would want it in original condition.<br><br>
However, if I had the right kid of decor I might want a railroad spike made into something like a door knocker, paper weight, nut cracker, etc.
 

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i doubt i would by one, but i might. i rarely buy decorative things though.
 

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At first I thought, "That is totally stupid." But then the mention of using it as a marker in a garden made me think twice. I think that'd be a great idea. You could paint the top and use it as a label. I'd go for that.<br>
I also think using them as useful objects (like the door knocker mentioned above) would be more appealing than just a spike sitting around the house. What about windchimes?
 

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I think if they were turned into useful items they woudl be cool. I'd never buy one just to have. But I grew up aroudn railroad tracks so the novelty wore off, lol. As garden markers, windchimes or other creative uses I think they'd be cool.
 

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I would definitely buy one. It's a great idea!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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