wet day market & new promotions

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.
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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..

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What a strange market day

Today was the day. Fundraiser market day. To help raise funds to get a sailer to Canada with all the extras (boats included) to train and hopefully get into the Paralympics.
And it was a great day.
Both halls were full, actives were happening all day and loads of people came through the doors. They had a band playing a few times as well as recorded music for the Zumba and gymnastic demonstrations which was way too loud. I was in the room next door and it was loud, when I wandered into the main hall, it was unbearable. I’m not surprised no one wanted to stop around too long.

Despite the large number of people, not many hands were in pockets, and a lot of the stall holders I spoke to sold one or two items or nothing. I actually sold my one and only item seconds before I was told it was time to pack up. At least I paid for my lunch.
On the other hand, and I got in some market networking and chatted to prospective stall holders for Woodbridge, was told ‘I’ve seen you all over the internet’ by one lady and the organiser is very interested in coming along to have a proper look at my jewellery.

My stall looked pretty good, I haven’t been able to do a large set up for a long time so relish the idea when it comes along.
I backed onto the enormous child’s playground, with netting all round so was able to hang my girls and banner easily on here. Initially I thought the screaming kids would be a problem but once more people arrives it was just a lot of noise everywhere and I hardly noticed it.
I took my digital photo frame but they weren’t able to get electricity to my position so – as mentioned yesterday when I spoke to them – I’d bring along alternative arrangements in a case.
As for the photo frame, the one I bought didn’t actually work properly and the remote didn’t work at all so it went back and I got one from another shop, which I was able to work straight up without looking at the instructions. Of course to utilise it properly I will read the book, but for now, I am happy.

My next market will be Woodbridge on there 22 June. And hopefully we’ll have some new people along.

Now if only I enjoyed a nice bath I would be doing that, but not to be, an early night for me instead, and then back to the making and uploading new makes to the website.

Have a great week
Jen 🙂

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Market set-up. Ready to roll!

I’ve a big fundraiser market tomorrow in a (semi local) PCYC which means they can have loads of stalls and other activities. It has been touted as a family fun day with something for everyone.
There is always one issue with most markets – how to do the toilet run. I don’t always have a person keeping me company and sometimes you’re not enamoured with your neighbour in these things. But tomorrow I know the lady who I’m next to so much easier there. Another friend is going and is taking her daughter (mr 17’s GF) and she was happy to do stall-keeping for toilet and food runs, but I saw today they are as far away from me as possible, in another room, in the far corner.

Back to my stall. I asked for a power point and to be near the wall. Well I’m backing onto the netting for the giant play ground so that’s ok, I can attach my banner to this. And the stall sites were marked out at the 3×3 and I fit quite nicely inside my spot.
The power is a not sure of thign at the moment. I wanted to hook up my digital photo frame, but as we discussed, I will make other arrangements to fill the space if they can’t get a 40+ metre extension cord.

I’m looking forward to this one, a local guy, mini celebrity is going to be there. He was on a cooking show and is now a DJ so has been spruiking it all week.

Tables and space ready to be transformed

Tables and space ready to be transformed

 

And after - looking pretty... well looking pretty. Pity tablecloths have to be so crinkled. Hopefully they'll be looking a  bit neater tomorrow.

And after – looking pretty… well looking pretty. Pity tablecloths have to be so crinkled. Hopefully they’ll be looking a bit neater tomorrow.

 

My wooden letters - Marcato Designs

My wooden letters – Marcato Designs

 

Market round-up tomorrow, with better pictures of the stall.
Have a great one.
Jennifer 🙂

Market time and digital photos

I’m off to a fundraising market this weekend – a mere week after finding out about it. For something this big (and it is big) there would be no hope in getting a place this late in the day. But I got lucky.
The first I knew about it was in the local paper when hubby pointed it out, I said I’d think about it and maybe email them later.
That was Saturday.
Sunday evening/Monday morning I sent of my email and then got a huge surprise back.
The organiser not only said Yes, but she had been looking at my website – and loving it! – when my email turned up. She was very complimentary and I feel humbled by her praise.
And I am eagerly looking forward to attending.
Going slightly off track, I was sent an application for another market I may be interested in attending, and part of their ‘thoughts’ for good displays was to have a digital photo frame on display. Well, it got me thinking, I have wanted one for some time, so off I went and checked some out before picking one that looked alright. And it was on special so as a bonus I save $20+. Very happy.
Now the big job is to get a mass amount of pictures onto a USB to take with me. Wont be too hard really, I have so many of the buggers.
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And to add to my job list for marketing, I was thinking of working on some felt bags this week. I’m not so sure as I didn’t have a market to attend when I thought of this. We shall see what I end up doing.

I’m not sure how much of a time traveller I am, but time sure has flown since I got up this morning.
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Have a great week, I may or may not be back before market time. But there will be a recap and pictures afterwards.
Jen

Art Trail 2014

The website for Crag and this years Art trail is up and running. There are plenty of things to fix, add, and improve, but the basics are organised.
If you follow the link it takes you straight to the Exhibition page.
I have noticed a few issues using my iPad but on mum’s laptop it was fine.
There is an old picture of mum there, and in the open studios section I will also be with mum.
More information as and when I get it.

Link to Crag page

Jen

Flourish Market

Straight up. If I come back to this market, I can leave home at least half an hour later. We ended up being so early we were the only ones set up when everyone else arrived.
Getting that first coffee helped and I made some sales quickly thereafter. And that was about it. Even though the weather was nice, neither too hot nor cold it was a very slow market day, and it’s a bit of a disappointment. But, every market is different and you can never tell what might happen.

And my stall for today. My neighbour remarked how quickly I had it packed up when we finished, the same time as her and all she had was clothes to put in a suitcase.

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Friendly Plastic, a mini tutorial.

Ok, it’s not really a tutorial, but more of a pictorial show of what I what do when I make my earrings, rings and hair clips.
I read quite a few articles before i started to figure out what I should and shouldn’t do and while it is still a little hit and miss I have got it about right.

So I took the time while making earrings yesterday to get pictures of my process.
The finished product. I got these out to see what colours I needed to make. I have one of each at the moment.
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Plastic cut and ready to melt
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Ring bases pushed gently into softened plastic to make the shape, and all pieces cooling ready to cut.IMG_2421

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After cutting them carefully and rounding out any sharp bits, the scraps go into a bag to reuse later. So long as you can melt it again, it can be used. Nothing is wasted.
Glued onto earring bases and the final product.
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stud earrings

stud earrings

adjustable rings

adjustable rings

pair of hair slides

pair of hair slides

And there you have it. For simple product like I’m making it is super easy to do with quick results. I like this also because it reminds me of working glass, shiny and the end result can be different to that which you imagine. Speaking of which I need to buy some more, and then show you what you can do with it.

Have a good weekend, market roundup tomorrow evening.
Jen 🙂

hey ho, it’s off to market I go…

My email arrived eventually (when you’re waiting for something it will always take longer, it wasn’t that bad really) with a ‘welcome aboard’ and all the information I needed.

With a smile on my face I tripped back into my craft room and stood at the wall of props considering what I would take.
I finally decided on two large girls, 4 small busts, bracelet hanger and a basket with a small selection of bags plus of course the smaller table level items.
I’ve practiced this type of set up enough so I know I can fit it into two boxes and my point of sale. And considering I am giving my friend a lift with her honey and a fold up table I need to be compact.

The promo for the market on their Facebook page has shown my new earrings, so I’m glad I put them in and I will make a few more pairs as well (needed to anyway, so a good excuse to make sure I do).

So I’m all ready to go, with one or two things to add in, and just looking at this blog on the ipad and I want to change it again. So next time you come over it may look different.

More news either before the market (showing off earrings) or after (showing off everything!).

Jennifer 🙂

New Market

After replying to an email yesterday and saying No to a market this weekend, (for my own personal reasons) I have just received another email from a new market I applied for, knowing I would be going on their waiting list for this one (late application automatically goes onto a waiting list). I immediately rang a friend. She sells honey so is pretty well guaranteed a spot for any markets she applies for, and has said if I get in we can share the car. And because you have to take your own table, she has several foldable ones so I can borrow one of hers.
I know all markets are different, so am not expecting much. But it is in the city, and only runs quarterly so hopefully that aspect will mean more people. Which means more chances of sales. I’m not going to talk numbers but any market I attend all I hope for is my stall fee + $20 to cover petrol/food (ie: coffee). Which is not much to ask for, and anything over that is a bonus.

I was heading into my craft room this afternoon anyway to unpack from this weekend and sort my things. This gives me the incentive to actually get it done.
It’s a relatively new market and is in the city. Now I just have to wonder what I will take. I’m erring on the side of simply taking the same things I had at Woodbridge.

Let’s see, so some brooches and earrings in friendly plastic, earrings and bracelets, and which necklaces? Maybe it’s time to set up another mock stall? Tonight’s job. Take a bit of everything, but make it quick and easy at both ends.

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Looking at these pictures, I may work on a combination of all three. Maybe one tall lady, several small and a basket of bags. Although I have yet to hear back which particular stall size I have. Which means different fees, but maybe more space. A corner stall will give me the room to have more than a single stall size.

In the meantime I will unpack and sort my things, and wait to get my confirmation email.

Catch you later 🙂

Bumpy beads

A month ago nearly I started this funky necklace.Yes, I’ve been that busy/dis-organised that I have finally got my act together to finish it.
I love it. Colourful, and long enough to pop straight over your head it is perfect for the end of summer, or to brighten up those winter outfits.
I took it along to market today where it got lots of compliments, but was not loved quite enough to find a new home.
On the other hand I sold one of my chunky multi chain/beaded strand necklaces that looked fabulous on this lady and when she said what she was going to wear it with – I dare say she’ll get loads of compliments from it.
These moments make me happy.
(A strange market day, but profitable for me, you just can’t pick’em)
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Til next time.