So I jumped into the deep end and held my first market stall, I did it and let’s just say it’s a good job I can tread water.
In the run up to the market I was so frantic with worry and anxiety. All these things too…
“Have I made enough, will it sell, do i need to do that, I think I need more. I need to make the best stall display. Take photo’s, tweet everything. Shall I buy sweets?..Scroll internet for the perfect sweets…what?! No, no I don’t need to offer freebie sweets. I’m selling jewellery not sweets. I’ll make my own chocolates, WHAT?! STOP!”
I went into what was a spiral of all I could think about was this one market stall, on a Saturday morning. One stall, my first. To me it was a big deal, now I’m on this new venture of mine I wanted it to be a sell out.
So the Saturday morning I woke up, snow was falling…Snow?! Where did that come from, (I do realise it came down from the clouds) But this wasn’t supposed to happen, not today. So I contemplated on just giving the market a miss.
“No one will be out in this, it’s freezing…damp and raining”
But I didn’t, because it’s important to go through with things. As you will always be wondering what would of happened…(Also I had £20 to make back too) But that’s not the point..(honest)
So I arrive at the stall, and get all my handmade necklaces and bracelets. All laid out as to what I practiced on the dining table. But the rain was hammering down and so I squashed it all up one side of the table. Making it look small and really not too much to look at. But I always like to make the best of a bad situation, carried on.
9 o’clock came……then 10, 10.30am made first sale!!!
People were looking, commenting “You may as well pack up love, and go home!” Yeah it made me angry as I thought, why should I just give up. It would be easy enough to just pack up and go. I’m standing there can’t feel my legs, hands and face it was so cold. Struggling to look like I want to be there, put a smile on my face an be polite to customers. I want to make a go of my new venture, selling handmade necklaces and bracelets. I need to start somewhere….this is it. I’m not going to give up today, because the conditions aren’t perfect. Or maybe the rain is hammering down, making my stall all the more wet. No! I’m staying put mate! Just because you think it’s not worth it, this is more than worth it. Trial and error.
So I did in the end make it through, made my money back -£2 of the profit (which was spent on a coffee to warm my hands up…they were like blocks of ice, well worth the loss of profit)
So I have another stall booked…
If you have never heard of The Ruskin Glass Centre it’s an awesome place. There will be many handmade crafts from various resident makers there. It’ll be a great day out.
Note: Aqua Rose is available on my Etsy store – The Beaming Fish
So I am currently still working on getting my stuff together for this Spring Fayre.
Here are the lessons I’m learning from…
- Don’t panic.. (very important) I find as soon as I do, everything goes pear shaped.
- Plan before you make, create anything. Don’t waste.
- Time management, set aside the days/nights you’re going to work on making then set aside the days/nights you’re not making. You need to time away from it, allow yourself to look over what you’ve done already. This also allows you thinking/breathing time so you don’t wear yourself out.
- Ask people’s opinions, get advice. See what other’s are doing. Just so you can improve, change and add in certain things to your range so you can make those sales.
- Document everything you make, take photo’s, note down ideas you have for a later date maybe. Keep track of your progress. Then it gives you content to use for social media, blogs and also allows customers to see more of how you make things. Also revisiting ideas, you can try them out at a market and then you can make more of those ideas that sell. Note: I made a few of ‘Lucky Elephant’ charm cords, these were a great seller for me. So I have made more, and hearing from customers asking if I had any owl charms. This is another charm I’ve added to my range. Feedback and keeping ideas all helps!
- Get some sleep….(you wouldn’t believe how much I struggled to sleep each night. So when the market came I was tired, not good!)
So these are just a few lessons, I’m sure there will be more…
But come along, it’ll be a great day out!