|Nelly made pin cushions and learned how to paper piece hexagons. And I was a very proud Mama |
and loved hanging out with her on my own for a day. ♥♥♥
I learned so much. Got there at 8.00 in the morning, managed to swop table with a lady as I wanted a table with a wall behind to display my buntings. Who would have known that you have to ASK for a table with a wall behind if you want one??? Well, next time I know.
I set up my stuff and lucky me this market was a 1 minute car drive from my home as I had to go back and grab some stuff that I had forgotten to bring. I was all set at 10 when the doors opened for the public. I soon realized I had to change my display though as I felt like I was hiding behind all my stuff... So a change things over a couple of more times to find the right balance of stacked pillows and more open spaces on the table. It is not so easy to make a pretty stand... Next time I think I will make some things a bit different... Any advice is welcome! :D
I spread out some of my business cards on the table and that was a great thing to do. Even if people didn't buy anything they did take my cards. :D I had also printed out some flyers with pictures of my stuff and information about my next market in November to give with everyone buying something or just stopping for a chat. Promote, promote, promote.
I am the worst sales girl ever! I really hate it. The chit chat thing. It is just not me. But I really had to face my fear this day and just do it. In French that is!!! Yes, you heard me right. My French is not what it should be after living here for almost 6 years now but hey, I did it. They understood me. We conversed. We really did me and some very nice people that came to my stand.
This market was a market for farmer's. No one did very well, only the local honey producer's stand, the cookie and sweet stand and a stand with local produced baskets. The rest of us kind of paid for our tables. Some even left early...
A market like this is more of a social event. In a small village like mine with about 1900 people living here, they come to this event to chat and drink beer and wine. And have platter of food. So I am not beating myself up. I actually had a great time. And now I have done it. I know what to do next time. The fear and the nerves are maybe not all gone but hardly there like before. So to round this up, here comes my tips list for doing a market:
♥ Get there early.
♥ Bring pins, security pins, tape for displaying things. Pens, paper, notebook.
♥ If you take custom orders, bring a receipt pad where you can give one copy for the costumer and one copy for you to remember the order.
♥ Bring snack and drinks.
♥ Bring change, bills and coins.
♥ Write down everything you have brought to the market in a Market Note Book, products and amounts.
♥ Price your items. Use stickers, labels or small folded cards to put on your table.
♥ Spread your business cards on the table for people to pick when they walk by.
♥ Bring small projects to finish at the market. I brought pin cushions to stuff, seal and sew. Customers get curious and stop to watch what you are doing.
♥ Don't just sit at the table, stand up. Fold something. Shake a blanket or puff up a bag to draw attention.
♥ Wear something you have made. I wore my zig-zag scarf and got tons of attention for it. Maybe I should have made a bunch to sell? Hmmm...
♥ Make sure you have a good mix of cheap and more pricy items.
♥ Sell supplies if you have. I would for sure buy Fat Quarter's from someone or nice yarn, embroidery kits or whatever as I am a creative person and might not necessarily by something that I can make myself. But supplies - ALWAYS!
♥ Be brave!
♥ Bring a friend or a daughter (like me) to keep you company if possible. I tough my daughter Nelly to paper piece hexagons on our market day!!! :D ♥♥♥
♥ Say hello, but don't get on the customer's throat...
♥ Pack your car the day before.
♥ Check what you have a few days before to make sure you have enough. If not you will have enough time to make some more things.
♥ Don't stress about making "Just one more thing..." the day before. You can live without that item. Chill out. Put your feet up and watch a movie before going to bed early.
Well, I am sure I will come up with more stuff but this is all for now. I am tired. My studio is a disaster. Today I have been outside ALL afternoon in the garden. Disconnecting a bit with the hectic making that has been going on the last few weeks. Recharging for the next market. Coming up with new ideas. Thanks all for all your support. I couldn't have done this without you. Next time I will talk about potatoes. :D