I have done a flurry of markets the last few months, mostly new ones I hadn’t done before, just to see what they are like. It is quite exciting trying a new market, be it a crafty one, children’s market, or school markets. What would the venue be like? Will the weather be all right? Would there be a big turnout, and how will people react to the things I make? Will there be someone selling good coffee? A lot of the market thrill is in the anticipation of the unknown.
One thing I always enjoy about trying a new market is seeing what other stalls are selling, and how they are displaying the goods. Usually, once I’m all set up with my stall, I walk around the room to check out other stalls, admire their handmade goodness, and have a pleasant chit-chat with the stall holders. There is a great sense of community among crafters at markets. And this is the reason why, even when the market turns out to be disappointing in terms of sales, I usually have a good day at a market.
Here’s my stall at a recent baby and kids’ market in Menai. My stall always looks rather messy and crowded! I need to stop making so many different things. Most other handmade stalls are much cleaner and streamlined. They seem to make just one type of thing – be it girly hair accessories, bibs, girls’ dresses, or cupcakes. I’ve got to admire these people. They have the focus I don’t have, and their stalls look beautiful and organized. The truth is I get so bored making just one thing, I keep expanding my sewing repartoire. I don’t think I can ever be a handmade “specialist”…. but maybe I can bring fewer things to markets next time.