Sunday, October 28, 2007

Surprise, Surprise...

Where do I start..... Well firstly I'd like to thank everybody for their fantastic words of advice for setting up for the markets. I had the most amazing time and can't wait to do it again!!!

I was so surprised at what did and didn't sell on the day. The things that I thought would just walk out the door in the first hour where still sitting on the table at the end of the day and the things that I had on the table as 'bulk' items, to make my table not look so bare, sold like hot cakes within the first couple of hours. At least I now know for next time what to have more of....

My bibs were a really big hit, next time I need to make double. Posie Patchwork was right when she said 'Stock sells Stock'. I only came home with 3 bibs out of 20 and they were the 3 that I made in boys colours. I guess mums don't want bibs for their sons, only their daughters... Purple was a big hit so that's a definite must for next time.

My tomato relish was also a big hit as were the homemade cookies. I didn't have any of either of these at the end of the day. I made 30 little coin purses and sold 75% of them. Next time I need to make more in pastel colours as they seem to be the flavour of the season at the moment.

Some things that didn't sell well were my felt needles and pins books and my crochet brooches. I made 10 felt books and only sold 3 and didn't sell 1 of the brooches, people looked at them a lot and asked if I had any other colours and thought that they were just gorgeous but still no sales.... I think that once again I need to rethink the colours and use more pastel colours as several ladies asked if I had any in pink.

There's definitely a lot of things I learnt from these markets but all in all for my first time I think everything went really, really well. Our town is only a small one and the profits that I made from the day were much bigger then I ever hoped or imagined I'd make.

Here's a sneak peak of the table an hour in to the markets. By the time we set up people were busy looking and buying so I didn't get a chance to take a snap shot of it at the start... All of the tomato relish had sold out in this pic, almost all of the bibs and half of the coin purses but you get the picture...
As for the winner of the clips from my previous post now that's a hard one..... Everybody had such helpful advice that I've decided to have 3 winners. 1 will get the clips and the other 2 will get a mystery prize that was left over from the markets. I'll post the winners tomorrow so stay tuned til then.

My sister shared my table on the day and also had a fantastic time. I left her half of the table out of my pic so that she could post it on her blog. Next time we definitely need a BIGGER table. The one that we had was 1.8 metres long and we thought that would be huge but boy were we wrong!!! 2 metres minimum next time with a skirt for sure.

Oh yeah... Another note for next time.... Aprons!! Matching aprons would look just fantastic on Abby and I. Some aprons for sale would be a big hit too. People asked if we had any for sale on the day so next time we need at least 1/2 a dozen....

Anyway.... I'm sure you've all heard enough about the markets. Take Care ;)


  1. Well done on the market! I knew you'd do well.

  2. Congratulations - I'm so glad it was a success for you - it's nice to know all your hard work paid off.

    I feel inspired to make things now so that I can have a stall at our local market which runs each Saturday morning. If I could just get a little time to sew and knit!

    Anyway, goodluck getting ready for the next one!!


  3. Oh Jodie, I'm so happy for you.
    Aren't markets funny, you could have one of every colour and someone would want something else.
    You must have pleased some people though. I was so looking forward to reading about how it went. All trial and error isnt' it. Again I'm sure with the aprons, someone will ask for something else.
    Good luck with catching up with your sewing.

  4. yay !! I'm so glad you are happy with how it went - well done !!!
    I think the aprons are a great idea.
    Do either your sister or yourself have a little kids clothesline? They are a great way to display things and can go on the ground in front of the table or up on the table with things underneath - just a thought.
    I am so glad it went well.

  5. ohhhh jode what a wonderful day we had... I am sooo excited about december.... thanx for making me do it with you....
    luv Abby
    ps I love your winking smiley..

  6. well done girls pleased it went so well for you.....

  7. Congratulations! Sounds like it was quite a fun learning experience :)

  8. Well done on the markets! It is inspiring to hear about your success. We deserved! Congrats.

  9. well done on the market, sounds like you were big hit!yet to take the plunge myself a tad scary i think!!nice to meet you...


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