I participated in my very first craft market a couple weekends ago and, as expected, I learned a lot!
This was the very first time that I was testing out the different displays I had come up with before the market. It was a super windy day, so, within five minutes, the two cork boards I got at Austin Creative Reuse (aka the best craft store in Austin) blew over and all of my wall hangings and small framed items fell off and landed on the ground. Disaster! I wound up having to set the two boards on the ground in front of the table in order to keep everything safe. Unfortunately this took up a lot of the ‘browsing’ room out front and I never felt 100% comfortable when potential customers approached. Where should I stand? Should I greet them and say things or let them browse in peace?? These questions will probably be answered as I gain more experience and I’m pretty sure there isn’t a right or wrong answer.
As I thought I might, I mostly sold pins and taco key chains. I didn’t have time to set up a credit card payment method and so only accepting cash definitely made it more difficult. One of my goals for the next market is to get a Square account up and running.
I’ve applied for a few more markets and I am looking forward to continued improvement in my processes.
I would be remiss in not mentioning my helper/cheerleader extraordinaire, Jarid. He made so many little trips to the store, put hinges on my cork boards so they would stand up on their own, let me bounce ideas off of him and made really great suggestions of his own…the list goes on. I literally could not have done it without him or my daughter, who also helped so much by making pompoms and gluing pin backs and magnets onto them.
So now I have a good amount of stock and a little experience under my belt. Here’s looking to the next one!