For the longest time I’ve toyed with the idea of running my own market stall. I love my little etsy shop, but it bums me out that I have to charge so much for shipping and I miss getting to interact with my customers. I thought it would be a fun experiment to run a stall at a craft market. So my resolution for September was to make this happen.
I didn’t manage to get this one off the ground. The biggest reason is that work was insane this month and I did very little else other than eating, sleeping and the occasional round of Mario Kart. It was pretty unrealistic to think that I’d be able to host a market stall as well.
I did start doing some serious planning for when I do get a stall going. And this planning made me realise that I have a LOT of work to do before I’ll be ready to run a stall of my own. I began researching markets in the area and calculating which ones I thought would be most suited to the kinds of crafts I sell. In a lot of cases, it can take six weeks to apply and be approved for a market stall, so the application process alone is pretty taxing.
I will also need to get the bare bones for my stall. I’ll probably hire a trestle table, and maybe borrow a little tent or shade cloth from a friend if the market is outdoors. I’ll also need to get display shelves or racks for my items.
My inventory also needs a fair bit of work. Because I sell on etsy, and a lot of my items are made-to-order, I usually just make a sample item to begin with. So I have a lot of single items, but not many multiples of items. Before the market I need to think carefully about which items I think will be good sellers and then make a bunch in different colours and sizes. I will also need to price each of these items, and think about packaging as well.
There will be a lot of work and planning before I am even close to ready to run my own stall. But I’ve made progress. I’ve planned out the tasks I need to do to get a stall going and I’ve put a deadline for each one in my diary. I haven’t reached my goal yet, but I have a roadmap and I am plodding towards the finish line. There is a market in April next year that I’d really like to participate in, so I’m making that my goal for now.
Have you even run a market stall? What was it like? Did you have to do a lot of planning beforehand?