Thursday, September 13, 2018

Color swatching, budgeting and busy late summer days

Hi my lovelies. There are so many things happening in my life at the moment, I'm not sure where to start or how to approach it. The days are whizzing by and I guess I just want to say hi and that I'm here... I've been making color swatches for a new Autumn shawl. At the same time I am adjusting the pattern and trying to replicate the original blue version as best as I can from the messy notes I have in my pattern note book. All in hope to be able to turn this into a pattern because it is an adorable pattern. Don't you agree? 

The kids are settled into new school routines with loooong school days (leaving at 7.00am and coming home as late as 5.45pm a couple of days a week!) and I'm on an organizing mission. Or I was. I started to sort PlayMobil. And then there was Sylvanian Family. But then I got called in to do some extra work at the local daycare center so now I've put the sorting mission aside again.

I'm sending out job applications if not daily at least weekly, but it is not a very uplifting activity... At the same time I am doing a deep dive into our finances to pin point exactly where all the money goes. Yeah, you heard me right. Where is the money? Show me where the money goes! Like seriously, where does it go??? You see, we were offered to buy our lovely Swiss farm house this spring, after renting it for 10 years, so now we've started the process of finding out if we can go ahead and do it. Houses are expensive in Switzerland and therefor we really have to think through it all not just once or twice, but three times and even four before making a decision.

So, as you hear. I'm busy in life. But I'm here. I'm popping in and out on Instagram every now and then, reading a blog post here and there and I really really want to share my summer adventure with you before Mr Autumn knocks on the door. I'll do my best to make it happen soon. Probably not this week because tomorrow I'm going away on a mini break with Jay to France. Just the two of us. First time in almost two years. I'm sure the conversation will mostly be about the buying house plan and the future and kids... and just some comfortable hanging out in silence. We like that. Bon Weekend tout le monde!


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Sunday, September 2, 2018

My top 10 Flea Market tips

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Hi my lovelies. It was flea market day yesterday. We got up at 6.30 and as I only had my small Ford Fiesta, I had to drive twice to set everything up. Luckily Nelly Bo was there to help me and the market was located in a village just 10 minutes away, but still.

We had a lovely, busy and productive day. We sold a lot, we chatted a lot and made new acquaintances. I think the yarn was the eye catcher with its beautiful bright colors, sticking out from the crowd. I sold lots of Ulrika yarn and my stash has now shrunk to half of with it was. I had no idea that there are so many knitters and crocheters around. I am far from a flea market professional but I thought I'll share some tips from my experiences. I used to do quite a few many years ago.

My top tips for being successful on a flea market are:
Find a market that is attractive and have good reputation. This market is located in a beautiful allee of trees and is quite popular and so it showed being a great place to reserve a spot. 

  Check the weather report. The best weather for many visitors top come is overcast and good temperature - not too hot, not too cold - in my opinion. Refering to myself I will do other things on a sunny day and when it rains I stay at home.

Great things to bring: a sheet or table cloth to cover your table and that way you can store boxes and bags underneath without it showing. Empty shoe boxes and baskets to display your goods in. Paper and plastic bags for your customers to carry there bargains in.
Bring change, a wallet and a note book. Have a bank amount in your wallet when you arrive and write that sum down. Take notes on what you sell and for how much throughout your day and you will quickly be able to calculate your profit at the end of the day.

Bring snacks and a thermos with coffee or tea. You are here to make money, not to spend it on hot dogs and pizza slices...
And bring a chair so you can take a pause in between. And bring a crochet project if it gets quiet. :)

Sell something that stands out. It can be a collection, a special theme or time periodic things... My yarn really made our stand stick out with its bright colors. It was a hit.

Display your things in groups. As a visitor you want to be able to see what the seller has available in a quick glance and then dig into his/hers boxes and bowls... We put clothes at one end, toys in one place etc. When I set up a table I often go and stand in front of it to see what it looks like for the visitors point of view. I also move things around throughout the day to see what works and not. Highlight things I really want to sell. It doesn't really have to be pretty, just clear and visible.

Make sure your stuff is clean. There is nothing worse than clothes with staines, shoes full of dirt and greasy cups... Just wipe things down before you display it.

• Price tags? I have some, but not on everything. People will ask if they are interested. I put price tags on cheap things I really want to get rid of.

Do NOT charge too much! When I go to flea markets, I look for bargains. It is supposed to be cheap and cheerful and make you feel good as a customer. And as a seller you want to get rid of stuff and avoid to bring things back home again. Small money grows into bigger money so just let it go instead of fighting over a couple of bucks.

Alright, I hope my pointers can be helpful to someone. It is a lot of work doing a flea market but it is also lots of fun. I encourage everyone to do it every now and then. Someone's trash is always someone else's treasures. It's a great way to avoid just throwing things away.

We came home with a lighter car load and our pockets full of money, which I divided up between the kids and myself to their delight. The kids are inspired and next time all of them want to join in and earn some cash. I think we will focus on preparing bags of Lego and PlayMobil sets. It will be a lot of prepping work, but if we can sell it to someone who will enjoy building and playing with it, it will be worth every minute of sorting and prepping. Plus I like to sort and organize. for me that is a game I love to play.

Today I'm exhausted. It was a long day yesterday. Maybe I'll sit down and sort some Lego Friends for the next flea market event. Maybe... Happy Sunday.


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Friday, August 31, 2018

Flowers, crochet and coffee = happy!

Hi my lovelies. I'm so happy to hear we are many who wants to set a healthy walk routine this fall. Thanks for all your sweet feed back on my previous post. We can do this, girls. Every step counts.

I took a long forest walk with my friend Liz this morning followed by coffee and a chat, the best kind of walk in my opinion. The rest of the day I've been prepping for a flea market event tomorrow.

Nelly Bo has lots of clothes she wants to sell (and earn some pocket money). I haven't done a flea market in years but I think this one will be fun and hopefully a bit fruitful. It is located in beautiful allee of trees that protects from sun and rain, the weather is supposed to be overcast with a good temperature and no rain. I think that sounds like a winner Flea Market Saturday, don't you?

I'm going to sell bits and bobs, things we don't use anymore, clothes, shoes, toys and some yarn from my stash. We'll see how that goes. You never know. Maybe a yarn addict will pass by and fall in love. They do exist, the yarn addicts, you know (twink)...

Yesterday I picked the most beautiful wild flower bouquet, mixed it up with some Phlox and Cosmos from my garden and put it in a jug for my outdoor table. I sat down on my bench with a latte and crochet, listening to Swedish radio. It was so nice. I finished my Fun With Stripes Baby Blanket. I have loved every minute of this make. I'm currently writing out the pattern for it but I also wonder: Would you be interested in a Yarn Color Pack for it? Do you buy Yarn Packs for your projects? I'm thinking that maybe it would be a good thing to offer Yarn Packs for some of my patterns as Tilda yarn is so difficult to find outside Sweden. What do you think? I'd like to know.

Happy weekend and I'll be back soon. Hopefully I'll snap some pics from the market so I can share it all with you later.


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