For Maine moose-turd artist made famous on Facebook, sales won’t be dropping off anytime soon
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For Maine moose-turd artist made famous on Facebook, sales won’t be dropping off anytime soon

Mary Winchenbach holds a “poo-poo clock,” one of her most popular items, noting that at half-past 1 p.m. it’s “one-turdy.” (Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Portland Press Herald) The world must need moose turds right now. Since a video of Mary Winchenbach peddling her moose-turd art at the Common Ground Fair went viral several weeks ago, Winchenbach and her homespun wares have been featured on television and radio across the country and as far away as Ireland. The video of Winchenbach has been viewed millions of times since it was posted Sept. 21 on Facebook. And now she is struggling to keep up with more than 2,000 orders for the moose-turd art through her business, Tirdy Works. Just days after the fair, Winchenbach took a two-week leave of absence from her job at a seaweed plant to keep up with orders. She hired a lawyer to help navigate her growing business, and hired her sister-in-law, Rachel Morse, to manage the website and interviews. Then, Winchenbach quit her job at Ocean Organics to devote herself to the turds full time. “An opportunity like this comes along once in a lifetime,” said Winchenbach, 57. “I’ve worked my whole life. If I fail […]

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For Maine moose-turd artist made famous on Facebook, sales won’t be dropping off anytime soon
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For Maine moose-turd artist made famous on Facebook, sales won’t be dropping off anytime soon

SOMERVILLE — The world must need moose turds right now. Since a video of Mary Winchenbach peddling her moose-turd art at the Common Ground Fair went viral three weeks ago, Winchenbach and her homespun wares have been featured on television and radio across the country and as far away as Ireland. The video of Winchenbach has been viewed more than 3.3 million times since it was posted Sept. 21 on Facebook. And now she is struggling to keep up with more than 2,000 orders for the moose-turd art through her business, Tirdy Works. Just days after the fair, Winchenbach took a two-week leave of absence from her job at a seaweed plant to keep up with orders. She hired a lawyer to help navigate her growing business, and hired her sister-in-law, Rachel Morse, to manage the website and interviews. On Friday, Winchenbach quit her job at Ocean Organics to devote herself to the turds full time. “An opportunity like this comes along once in a lifetime,” said Winchenbach, 57. “I’ve worked my whole life. If I fail at this, I’ll find work. I just have to give this a shot.” Art made from moose droppings is not unique. It […]