Saturday, May 2, 2009

First Saturday Market of the Season

Our local Etsy street team is cooperating on a booth at the local Saturday market which kicked off today at 8:00 am with a pancake breakfast. Three of us shared the 10x10 booth space. My team mates were Kate (middle in photo) of KatieBlairDesings and Alesha (at left in photo) of 2littlemen. Kate makes cards and other original paper goods and Alesha makes head bands, bibs, and other items from cute fabric. You should check out both of their wonderful shops on Etsy. All of Kate's items are covered up in the photo because they were starting to get wet. Also we'd pulled the tables in as far as we could under the tent by that time. It wasn't long after that we decided to pack up.

I spent hours yesterday making a skirt for my table, which doesn't really show in the photo. It's gathered black fabric that I attached to some webbing. I added Velcro on the back and on the table to attach it. Since it's about 12 feet long, that was a lot of gathering! It works slick and best of all, the fabric repels water (not something I planned, but it was appreciated in today's weather).

It started sprinkling about an hour after we arrived (not long after setting up) and was raining constantly the last hour or longer. We finally closed up shop early and I packed all my soggy items and supplies home. It's taken the rest of the day to get everything dried out.

Still, I think it was a success. I made seven sales and got one custom order plus some potential future customers, not bad for a rainy day when most people stayed home.

My lessons learned for the day:
1) consider making waterproof signs and price tags (or stay home when it's going to rain)

2) bring umbrellas (or stay home when it's going to rain)

3) wear a waterproof jacket (or stay home when it's going to rain)

See a theme here ?


Splendid Little Stars said...

I DO see the theme! I haven't liked outside shows for a variety of reasons--all of which are WEATHER.
Still, considering, you did well, that that bodes well for the future.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Sorry it was bad weather...but glad you got sales!!!

Tulip's Talking said...

Laughing Out Loud at your lessons learned...

Thanks for sharing, I so enjoy seeing and hearing about artists/teams being in shows.

How cool is that, that you get to be together with you teammates.