Last Saturday I had my stall in Old Spitalfields Market with Designers/Makers!
It went quite well but it wasn’t the success I hoped for. I didn’t sell enough to cover the cost of my stall, which personally was a lot of money. Why didn’t it go as well as my last two market events? I am not sure. It can be the different audience, my presentation, bad luck or several reasons combined.
I did have a wonderful day in the end – I met a lot of lovely artists, visitors that bought my art and gave me compliments. I also had a few surprise visits from my friends! Along with various prints and cards, I was delighted to have sold my Fab lolly original.
Apart from the backdrop (I didn’t realise that I would need one!), I love how my stall looked. I improved it from my previous stall by adding an info board detailing what my stall is about and materials I use etc. I also provided a basket for my originals, which was a lot better than awkward sized box I used for the last two market events. I brought my three small succulents as decorations rather than two big ish plants that wouldn’t survive the journey as we had to take public transport. Thankfully I had Aneurin helping me with carrying heavy stuff to there and back!
If I were to apply to trade there again or markets with pricey stall cost, I will need to think about if it is worth another risk or how I sell better.
Please don’t let this honest post put you off from applying to trade with Designers/Makers! I have seen some stalls there that were selling like wildfire! It really depends on what products you sell, the presentation of your stall or whether the market and its audience is suitable for your business. As always, whether it is a success or not, you will learn something from it and be better next time.