Marvellous Markets

Today was my first market for 2013, and the first also for Woodbridge Village Markets. It was one of those rare days where people were talkative. It was a lovely change and I definitely appreciated it.

I usually get to set up at this market on a Saturday afternoon which gives me a one up in case I need to add to or alter my display. Like I did this time. I don’t mind which tables I am given (I have a regular spot) but when I pack my boxes with a certain table in mind and it changes, it means re sorting props and a waste of time. I could of course pack everything I may need, but I want to keep my packing limited to the car boot which is 4 boxes.

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I changed my layout a little today. All my canvases stayed at home, and I took my bag rack. But then I had a normal table and a card table. Ahh, what to do. I fiddled around a bit and it all fit, but I will work on it for something better next time. And then ask that I get the same table each time. Puh-lease. It was awkward and left m out of whack.

What I did take was a whole lot of bracelets and a new earring rack. Only problem there, my earrings are usually too long for the spaces allocated. Grr. I have a 3 tier bracelet rack that is now full, plus my single tier which has the semi precious one on it. My basket of memory wire bracelets as chockers as I made 8 more, and the basket of $5 earrings was bursting.

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A few changes to make for next time.
The bag rack will have only half as many bags, it was way too full and not really appealing, even though there were plenty of lookers, I think too crowded.
I will also take my easels and pin the glass and polymer necklaces to those. Easier to see and label. Buy another bracelet rack, and use both my earring stands. Or make smaller earrings. As well as my 3 girls and any other busts I choose to take, (normally 3 small ones).

I am not too fussed about the quantity of stock, the beginning of February heralds the Annual Middleton Expo, so having a full stall will be nice. I just need another table, a small one.

The other good points for today. I sold a necklace that had been around a while and has always garnered lots of appreciative comments. (C’mon people, love it, buy it!) A wonderful, classy lady arrived that I know and really took to it. We tried it on her and it looked gorgeous. She said it was too dark for her, but it worked perfectly with her outfit, and she wore it so well. (Everyone else would say how good it was for an evening out, not this chick). Anyway, her husband says yeah, but looks too gothic on you. So she bought it for a daughter/grand daughter and I get to deliver it tomorrow along with a repair job I had done earlier for her.

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Bad photo, but you get the idea. Still a gorgeous necklace.
The other times bought were put on and not taken off, I only wrapped one item to take away. Love it when that happens.

I now have to go and empty those beady boxes, and stash the others back in the corner. (Several hours later and have not done anything, actually got to speak to hubby who is overseas)

See you soon, and be crafty 🙂
Jennifer

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What can I say… I had a great day!

Just to reiterate. I had a great day!

Sunday 25th: market
Monday 26th: sorted and re packed my boxes
Saturday 1st: packed car ready for early start.
Sunday 2nd: re packed car so mr 8 could come along for the ride, attended market – very relaxed.
And I was packed and ready literally just a minute before hubby rocked up. Not bad going, and he was on time too. I’m actually liking this new set up, it seems to be easier and quicker to pack away. 15mins from start to finish.

Last night, Saturday, I was the most relaxed I have ever been prior to a market. And it felt weird. Not that I am usually running around stressed, but it was weird to be so calm.
Calling into mum’s to pick up my earrings she took to Launceston for her Quilters meeting and market, I found $25 inside the top container. Woohoo. I was in front before I’d really even left home.
That meant market space and petrol was paid for. Everything else was a bonus from here on in.

Long story short. Beautiful weather, plenty of people in a steady stream and lots of sales means this is one happy camper beader.
Now if only my next two markets can be in the same ball park somewhere.

Tonight will be re packing for the next market (9th Dec) and then I can relax for the week. I may make a few more bracelets, but it is not needed.

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Have a good week, 🙂
Jennifer

~ fist pump ~

Yep, for those that have read over the last couple of days, I did it! And for those who know me well (insert hubby’s name here) you will understand how much this means to me.
Hubby often jokes that technology and I don’t mix. It’s true. There are some things that drive me nuts coz I can’t figure them out. And it’s usually the small things. Big things are not an issue… hmmm Put it this way. Back when I was about 20, I couldn’t even figure out DOS. I was the only one in that whole class who just didn’t get it.  But I digress.

Not only did I buy my domain name – that was the easy bit, but I then went and worked out the DNS, followed the instructions and now my domain is linked to my website host.  All mine. I did it.

Please head over and check out my website, look, buy – Don’t forget Christmas is just around the corner!! – I am still uploading goodies so please come back regularly (this is the time-consuming part).   To find a specific item for sale, go to the SHOP and the categories are on the right hand side.

http://www.marcatodesigns.com.au/

Cheers, have a great day 😀
Jennifer

New website launching!

Hi my friends, I have done the hard yards on my new website and below is the link for you to have a browse.
For those that don’t know, I am looking at another web-building site that gives me everything I want, shopping cart included for a better price than my current one.

So I wasn’t wasting time for nothing, I have uploaded only 3 items per category, which I feel is enough to get people started on what will be.  I’m sure there are more categories to be included later, but time will work on that.

It is quite completely different for the one I have now, so if you’ve seen that one, be prepared, this is not the same, except for the colour scheme. Pink, of course.

The header is rather plain at the moment with just my logo, I will be working on that. I won’t say anything else on what it’s like except to say that all feedback – positive or negative, negative especially – is welcomed. How can one improve if they aren’t told what needs changing?

Of course if you want to buy something, then don’t let me stop you.
I, of course, will be testing it out myself, but after working on it, I need to have some unbiased feedback.

I know there are some things that need a little work and tweaking, like the fb button. Driving me nuts trying to get the link to work. The Twitter one works fine.

Is it the sort of website you would be happy to return to?
Do you find it user-friendly, easy to access everything?
Is the shopping cart easy to use & understandable? (if you want to test it out, go through the motions of buying something and then cancel at last-minute, I do it all the time on other sites I visit).
Are the pictures clear, and easy to see details?
(I hate the blurb part) does the description entice you to buy, does it give you all the info you need?

http://marcatodesigns.indiemade.com/gallery/gallery-designs

Thanks in advance 🙂

Jennifer

Markets, websites, blogs and beading

Lots of bits-of-stuff in this post.

Markets. I now have to make a few more decisions on which markets to attend.
The new market I applied for. Rejected. But they have me on their waiting list, which in itself poses another problem. if they ring, it is likely to be within 24-48 hours of the market being on. Really short notice, and crunch time for decisions.
I do understand, even though it is not good news. For most people, jewellery is lumped into one big pile. Regardless of what techniques and style you use, for the uninitiated, it all looks the same. Like scrap booking does to me. Although I have figured out some vague differences. I would like to know of it were my photos, the jewellery or if she even looked at my existing website. The letter, well, email, was a stock standard response, thanks but no thanks. None of the, we have 100 jewellery stalls and you didn’t make this round. That is partly what I want to know.
Mum and I have decided that we will both go and check out the first market -which, surprise surprise, coincides with the first Woodbridge market – have a chat with the organisers and see what they have there. We’re going to do a tag team thing, by setting up the day before and then looking after the others’ shop while they are away. This way we can chat with the organiser and find out more.

Websites. As you know I have my vista print one which while good, and I do love it, has a very non user friendly shopping cart. And it is not cheap, I am still paying for the extras even if I don’t use them. I have been looking around for something else and I think I’ve found it.
For somewhat less than I am paying now I get a whole lot of things, plus a really cool shopping cart and check out system.
As it is also a stand alone website I am not competing with a whole menagerie of other “shops” like you do on places like Etsy and Madeit. I’m just competing with the whole Internet… Hmm, the difference is what? exactly.
I will be sharing the link once I’m done, and if you could please have a browse and ‘pretend’ to buy something (by all means, purchase something for real, I certainly won’t complain) and let me know how it feels and looks.

Beading. I know I said that when I needed something to do I would reach into my UFO basket and make something. Well my mojo has gone further than that, add to that a little bit of feeling sorry for myself, and trying to work out a few a lot of things, I haven’t done much lately and probably won’t for a bit either.

Blogs. Back to vista print, I started a blog there with my website and then came over to WordPress to play, (Nothing has changed since I’ve been at school, I’m still out on my own here). There are lots of blog posts about my craft and beading so while I get some things sorted out I will be ‘reblogging’ some of those posts here. Take note, that my writing style has changed a bit since then, so it will probably read differently to this.

Thanks for coming along and I hope to be back soon with more creations.
Jennifer 🙂

Mini Market Dilemma

My apologies for the first time round, someone (mr8 specifically) decided to spill crumbs and then on wiping the screen, sent it to publish.

Ok, even as I write this and pose a few questions I have already decided what I’m going to do. I think writing it down might help, and share with you another of the mundane things that is my life.
Winter has passed and summer is coming here in little old Down Under, markets are starting to spring up everywhere, (yeah I know, funny right?), and now a new market to consider. This time last year I had just started my first one, and was looking at a second. Wow, time sure flies. This year there are four markets to consider.
The two I had originally, one that is every second month and this new one which will be monthly. Sounds easy so far right. Then we’ll throw in the fact that each market is on either the second or last Sunday of the month/or month its on. Yep. They coincide with each other so there lies my dilemma. Which ones do I choose?
My choices are between:
A) Woodbridge, the closest to me at 10 mins drive, 2nd and 4th Sunday, tables supplied.
B) Snug, 20 mins away, last Sunday of the month (4th or 5th depending on the month), tables supplied.
C) Kingston 1, 30 mins away, last Sunday, every second month, no tables.
D) Kingston 2, same place as the above, but the 2nd Sunday monthly, tables supplied unless you want your gazebo outside.

Now Woodbridge has always been good to me, so I’ll be sticking with them.
Snug is hit and miss, sometimes good, and the food they serve is definitely a selling point, but we have to look at sales. Plus, there are many other jewellery sellers that are already there and those that want to attend, so missing this one would not be a huge deal to me. Although I am friends with the managers, it comes down to strictly business.
Kingston 1 has only had 2 and I did ok at them. I didn’t get through the application process this time round so I’ll be at Snug next week. Although I’ve put my name down as an early bird for the November one.
Kingston 2 is starting in November, and I am yet to hear back as to whether my application was successful.
Kingston being an outer suburb of Hobart means a lot more potential customers and reaching more people.

Sounds like a lot to think about. Yes and no.
I will stick with Woodbridge, on the last of the month. The other depends on whether I get into the new market. If I do then that will be my thing. I have said I’d like to be a regular (which means attend whenever it is on and I am available) but I’d guess I have to wait and see.  They have also said that once you have been approved you only need to say whether you are coming along next time, and not apply for each market.
As much as I enjoyed the first Kingston market, the girls are a little cliquey and I think tend to want certain items that my product probably doesn’t fit into. That’s my impression anyway.
On saying that tough, the new market application stated they wanted pictures of your product, and your stall set up, even if it was a mock one for picture purposes. But they seem to have a wider reach with advertising, which can never go astray.  And they emailed me to say they had received my application, simple manners which wins them instant points in my book.

I am a very loyal person. If I find something, someone who I like, and does the right thing for me, then I will stick them/it for good unless they do something really wrong.
This comes down to a bit of both. Loyalty and business. I will stick with those that are good to me, but after a certain amount of time, say 12 months in this case, if I don’t see a firm improvement then I need to move on. Plus I need to let my customers know where they can find me. If they don’t know which market to visit then I’ll lose them, and their friends, and friends of friends…..

Chopping and changing between these four markets would be fine if the regular sales were there, although I have had many people stating they have regularly seen me at Woodbridge and Snug. I need to be settled in a couple of places. only.  Ideally, having free time every weekend or someone to do a second stall for me would be the go.  Like that’s going to happen.

So, my answer? Kingston and Woodbridge, or both Woodbridge markets, or maybe Woodbridge then Snug… in that order.

So tell me, do you like to visit markets, do you like to see the regular stalls aswell as new ones and would you follow a certain stall if they went to another market..?

WEBSITE RELAUNCH!!!

Well, after nearly two weeks of work (interrupted of course by other seemingly important this like family and Art Trails) I have finally finished my website.
It has had a total overall: new pages, new products and a new look.
The only thing I haven’t put on it is a shopping cart. I realise that may be shooting myself in the foot, but until I find the funds to get a proper site done up or find a better way to incorporate shipping into it, it will have to wait.
For any sales and enquiries a simple email is all it takes and I can arrange the best price for you (and invoice via PayPal).

Pease wander across and have a look, I’d really appreciate any feedback you can give me (aside from any typos I’m sure I’ve missed) as it can only help in the long run and don’t forget to share with your friends, I post world wide so it doesn’t matter where you are.
(Christmas is coming fast, as usual it seems, so of you want to be super organized, there are lots of presses waiting ..)

Thanks and I hope you like it. 🙂

www.marcatodesigns.com

Jennifer