I’ve just been checking I’ve got everything ready for my last market tomorrow. It’s strange that I don’t really need these business cards anymore and to think this is my last market. I’ve been doing them since 2009. I shudder when I think of that first year, my designs, my set up, my market stall design and how I much I forked out for a table at a market with such a low footfall. I’ve learnt a lot since then. I’ve learnt how much stock to take, to pack ahead of time, not to stress too much and be prepared without over packing!
I also learnt to pick the markets I took part in carefully and @craftyfoxmarket has always been a no-brainer. You know that Sinead and the team will always put so much effort into finding a brilliant venue, market it to bring as many customers as possible and that you will be surrounded by friendly makers. I’ve always loved taking part and been so grateful to Sinead for being so supportive over the years.
I’ve always loved and hated being at the markets in equal measure. Meeting customers face to face is such hard work. You put your products out there (which feel like extensions of yourself) for people to judge. You sometimes can’t help being affected by every person who walks past your stall totally unphased. You want to scream “do you know how much love and sweat I put into every detail here?!”. My worst market I can remember I sold just one card for £2.50. I went home and vowed never to do another - but of course I did. And I learnt over time not to be so affected. Sometimes markets aren’t all about the money you take on the day but about the people you meet - a new trade stockist, a future bespoke client both who would bring in more than one market ever could. While I could never be sure that every market was worth it, whenever I stopped doing them for phases I always saw a drop in interest and sales and so keeping them up has always been a necessary part of my business.
All in all, however, it will be one of the things I don’t miss. I’m not a natural salesperson, I’m a much better shopper! I hope to see some of you shoppers there tomorrow and to get rid of as many cards as I can!
Details for the market are here
Crafty Fox Market, Sunday 24th September 2017, 11am - 5pm
The Department Store, Squire & Partners, 248 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8FR