Designers/Makers In Old Spitalfields Market

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. I wondered why it didn’t go as well as my last two market events – 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!

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 can 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.

16 comments on “Designers/Makers In Old Spitalfields Market

  1. Sophie

    Thank you for such an honest post – it’s refreshing to see another designer-maker being totally honest about their experience; there’s often a lot of white washing of market experiences because, I guess, people make them and the event organisers look bad. But it’s important to hear about both sides of the coin. Thanks again!

    1. Katrina Post author

      Sophie, I am glad you like the post. I was hesitant whether to mention that I didn’t sell enough to cover the cost of my stall but I thought that being honest is always a way to go!

  2. Matthew Pike

    Sorry to hear that it didn’t go as well as you hoped for, but at least your honest about it and can take something away from it. Be that for next time soon, or later down the line. I think your presentation looks lovely, Kat.

    Buckets & Spades

  3. Fiona

    I’m definitely scared of the prospect of doing markets but as you said it got you meeting with other artists and getting your name out there too which is definitely a plus! I think your stall looked awesome :)

  4. Amy

    Atleast you still put yourself out there, don’t let it get to you. I guess these things just happen, you can’t force people to buy things and your stall looks lovely to me! :)

  5. Vanessa

    Your stall looks great and so does your work! Sometimes it doesn’t always go as planned, but at least you stayed positive and took it as a learning experience!

    1. Katrina Post author

      Thank you Vanessa. I like to be positive about things that doesn’t go as well as planned. Being down about it isn’t effective at all.

  6. emma

    I am super impressed with your stall. I hope to do something like this in the future although I am really just starting up. How did you get involved with Designers / Makers? Your prints our gorgeous :)

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