We had a stall at a market recently and unfortunately the day wasn’t that great in terms of footfall and sales, so I was in a bit of a bad mood the rest of the day! It isn’t unusual to have a bad day of sales when you do regular markets, but there are a few things stallholders can do to make the day less annoying :
1. Don’t pack up before everyone else just because you’ve decided you’ve had enough – it’s not fair on other stallholders as it makes customers think the market is closed! It can also be highly disruptive.
2. Don’t jump out from behind your stall to grab people. They just want to browse in peace. I was next to someone who did this once, and they ended up sabotaging any interest in my stall because they kept people talking for so long they wanted to escape as soon as they had the chance!
3. Be friendly to other stallholders. Don’t snub people who you should be networking with! It is amazing where a bit of knowledge sharing can get you. It also makes the day and environment a lot nicer for visitors.
4. Also on the subject of networking; don’t thrust your business cards and other paraphernalia at other stallholders without giving them the chance to give you theirs or bothering to hang around to actually engage with the person! I say this because someone did this to me. They insisted I took their card and info and before I could even respond, they were on to the next stall. This is not networking or sharing, this is shameless self-promotion!
End of rant.