A handful of weeks ago now, some friends and I held our inaugral market stall at a local festival. To us it was a bit of a trial-run for what we hoped would be "the real thing" at the Valley Markets, and the festival turned out to be a fantastic day of crafty displays, jazz music, yummy food, local wines, and a good chance to chat and make new friends. Much more 'socially successful' than financially successful, we were none-the-less happy with our first day at the market, and picked up some valuable hints for future market days.
Here are some snaps from Market Stall #1:
^ My end of the table had a mix of handbound books and zines, with some nudie pictures thrown in to attract some attention. Mini Majellen was popular, and it's always fun to see how people react to it. Kids in particular seemed to enjoy looking at the various 'found things' on the covers of MM.
J's contribution was her entire range of Little zines, and G's end was filled with her first foray into homewares, both of which got lots of attention throughout the day.
Signage was a home design/printer job, and very effective as 'silent sellers'. I'm a big advocate of good signage in retail merchandising (from years spent as a visual merchandiser in a large retail chain store), and it's all about getting info quickly and easily to the passing punters. And I like to tell a little story with each product too, as with J's Little zine:
Sooooo, it remains to be seen when/if we can get our wares into the Valley Markets, or whether we'll have to wait until next year. We will however be running a stall at the night market coming up at Jugglers Artspace on Friday the 15th December, so we'll see how that pans out. Fortunately there are multitudes of other retail opportunities out there (both real and digital), and it's something I plan to look into more come next year. Hmmmm. Now to get back to the making...