Market

I had a stall open yesterday at Orange Grove Organic Market. It was my very first market experience ever. For weeks beforehand, I shopped for equipments, thought about how to decorate my shop, and stayed up late at night making things to sell.

People had warned me not to expect much the first time — that it takes 3 or 4 weekends to establish myself, and for customers to start knocking on the door. I have heard from fellow crafters that it’s difficult to make sales at weekend markets.

Nevertheless, despite all that warning, I had looked forward to it like a school girl looking forward to an excursion. I had counted down the days, dreaming of happily chatting with customers browsing my products.

And finally, the day came…. and… it was pouring rain. Heavy rain. All. Day. Long. Ugh. Orange Grove Market – an outdoor market – does not close due to weather conditions. It is open rain or shine. I arrived before 7 am as instructed. There were regular fruit and vegetable stalls already set up despite the rain. Other shopkeepers were waiting out in their cars, debating whether to stay or pack up and go home. And many did go home.

I decided to stay of course. I knew people wouldn’t come in the rain, and that the rain probably wouldn’t stop (the sky looked gloomy all the way to the horizon). But I wanted to do it anyway, I thought it would still be fun. And it was!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was so exciting just to have my shop set up. I was very pleased with myself, that my makeshift shop looked decent and even pretty. So, even though the rain didn’t really stop all day (those locals who braved the weather quickly bought their fresh produce and scurried back home) and I got soaked wet setting up and closing the shop, I still had a great time. Yes, not having my needy children around for a change was a big part of it, I admit, but what I loved the most about the market was other stall holders. They were such kind, friendly, and helpful people. And almost for that reason alone, I plan to go back there again. Well, almost — it would be nice to actually have customers as well…

2 comments to Market

  • Just sent you an email! Your stall is soooo pretty! It’s such a shame it was raining, fingers x’d for you for next time. You’re a brave lady for going ahead with it, and I’m sure this hard work will pay off for you. xxSu

    • admin

      Thanks Su-Yin. It’s been an exciting learning experience. Plus, you know, even “hard work” in pouring rain feels like fun when you are getting a little break from the needy little ones (however lovely they are). Thanks for your finger crossing though!

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