Ok, let’s do the new promotions first. I’ve decided, as some of you may already know, that this is the year of the beads. I plan on promoting my wares every which way and the first part of that (aside from being vigilant on updating my social media (ie: Twitter & FB)) is to have actual outside advertising. So onto my favourite printing and merchandise website – Vistaprint – I went and set about designing a flyer and new business cards. The good thing about having a logo is that I can change the design of my cards as much as I like and so long as the logo is there, it’s all good. By which I mean, every time I’ve designed my cards I’ve changed them, as I haven’t found one which I feel is really ‘me’, one that fits what I am. until now. Funky pink flowers it is. And then I got to thinking and I have a car magnet to slap on the car whenever I go out. So they got ordered, and were delivered – they look amazing!! and cards and flyers went into my stockists.
Only one problem. the magnets wouldn’t come in the same design as the cards. Oh well, they are still bright and look pretty good.
Now, there is more coming. I got so excited about all this, and with the advent of another couple of big markets to attend, the options for bigger reach is just too much to bear.. so I ordered a large vertical banner and stand and as a bonus I get another mini car magnet – both of them with my funky flowers!! yay, super happy. Photos of these when they arrive.
Wet day markets. Ugh.
Saturday just gone was the annual Middleton Fair, perfectly located just 500 metres from my house. If it weren’t for the fact it was all down a steep hill I could probably walk my goods there (it would take a few trips, but the exercise would do me good).
It is always a good day, no longer than any other market I attend when you take into consideration the set up and pack up times; but because it is all outside, there are 90+ stalls, animal nursery, band/s, displays, demonstrations, lucky ‘gate’ prizes, a great load of advertising and local gardening/cooking celebrities.
This year was gearing up to be like any other except for one thing. The weather. Forecast to rain all day (it’s the middle of summer here, so not appreciated) it was going to be a hit and miss kind of day. Like many, I was very tempted to stay in bed and not go, but made the trek (expecting to be closing up early) and I was glad I did. Whole nearly half the stalls either came and left or didn’t bother even arriving, many people braved the weather and came along to visit. It was certainly not like last year’s hot day, but it could have also been bucketing down. I had a slow day, like most except the coffee and hot food people, and only made my stall fee + a small bit, but I know that all markets are different and considering the weather was pleased with what I did.
I did get the details of a lady on Bruny Island who organises a couple of markets there, so will be applying to head over (with mum as she usually does them regularly).
Mum and I shared my large gazebo (not quite twice the size of a regular one) and many people stopped and mentioned how sturdy ours looked and didn’t look like it was going to blow away. after checking the weather everyday in the lead up, I pared down my display so if it was too wet or windy I wouldn’t be chasing my goods all over, or having things broken. And it made it easier for a quick pack up should it be required – which was funny as it took me way longer to set up and pack up than usual.
I now have plans for hiring two sites next year and making a full ‘room’ of my stall, making a full boudoir of awesome pink beadiness.
Til next time, with more banners, magnets and new makes..