Thursday, 10 November 2016
My first was a fair up in my Screenprinting Friends neck of the woods at Sewerby Summer Gala and it was a gorgeous day! As most market/fair traders will know the initial set up is pretty pricey! It's easy to forget that as a customer the amount of time and effort the person whos stall you're looking at has put in to attending that event! It literally took me weeks to prepare! Making stock, pricing up, marketing ideas, creating packaging, business cards etc, then after all that I had to decide on a layout!
It's been a lot of trial and error and with each stall I learn a little something different. It's also been super helpful to chat to some of the regular traders at the events because you get a better idea of what an average day at an event is. Nothing more disheartening than turning up on a bad week and not selling much, but it's a little reassuring to know everyone else is in the same boat :)
A few things I've learnt so far is obviously preparation is key and so is enthusiasm! Go into each event open minded and stick it out. You've paid for the full day - so stay! Don't overwhelm your customers with too much choice, be selective and keep things neat, makes its much easier for your customers to browse and see what really takes their interest. I'm still picking up little ideas and tips each time I attend and I'm also realising what really doesn't work, it'll be different for each person so just trial and error is best!
Wednesday, 9 November 2016
So I've been looking into new suppliers for my stock. I've managed to find some pretty cool things that i know you'd guys would love. A lot of people ask if I make EVERYTHING by hand and as much as I'd love to, sometimes it's actually easier for me to buy ready made. The jewellery market is pretty saturated especially online these days and its difficult to keep my prices competitive! But i figure if the product is great then it's all good ☺ so here's a little round up...
The English Muse is a Gorgeous (with a capital G) little café with the most beautiful front windows. I work primarily in the kitchen cooking up huge pans of tasty Veggie soups and toasting some toastys! I love that it's nothing like my other jobs and I have a little freedom with it and can make things look nice and pretty! Never did I think that anyone actually enjoyed their jobs - having worked at other places and just kept on plodding on because it paid the bills, this new venture is a revelation to me! I love it!
I love to encourage people to do more of what makes them happy so I'd love to inspire anyone to sack off their jobs that make them unhappy and go do what does make you happy! I've felt such a change of the last month or so in myself and I can truly say I'm happy! I'm terrified about money - don't get me wrong haha - but money isn't everything :-)
You'll only hate Mondays if you hate your job.