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!
Last Saturday we had a stall at the Courtlands Residents Association’s annual fun day in Goodwood Recreation ground in Watford. Last year the day ended up being rained off and we had to pack up a few hours early, after having sat inside our zipped-up gazebo waiting for the torrential downpour to pass. This time we had glorious, hot sunshine and we had to keep an eye on things so that they didn’t melt! It was a good day with lots of customers (including a fireman!), good food, dance acts and live music.
We didn’t get to see much of Ricky Week in the end, but we started it with Little Fox Market on the Saturday then we went to the Canal Festival on the Sunday. The weather was beautiful, the canal boats between Batchworth Lock & Stockers Lock were colourful and diverse, there was music, stalls selling all sorts of foods, gifts, garden furniture, there was a performance stage where some of the local performing arts schools sang and danced and we even witnessed the escape of some naughty sheep and goats. A magnificent end to a fantastic week of celebrating the joy that is Rickmansworth!
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Saturday 10th of May was another Little Fox Market at St Mary’s in Ricky, which was also the beginning of the annual Ricky Week! The market went very well for us, despite the April-style showers interspersed with beautiful sunshine and blue skies. It was also good to get some feedback from customers on our products, and chat to friends who popped by.
The stall didn’t look as amazing as I’d hoped because we were a little low on stock, having rushed to get our products into Rebel Pebble for opening day, but thankfully we did okay. Our body butters will be back in June…I promise!
Exciting news! The Soap Cabin now has a shelf in brand new shop REBEL PEBBLE in Watford High Street!
We are renting the shelf for 3 months initially to see how things go. The Parade end of the High Street (near the Pond) is now being redeveloped, so it should once again be a busy area, after having suffered the effects of a large shopping centre at the bottom end of the high street. Rebel Pebble is a shop for local, handmade crafts, with space downstairs where they will be holding regular workshops and artist exhibitions, something truly unique to Watford. We know some of the other crafters, having met them through Queens Road Summer Market and other such events.
Pop in and have a look! Rebel Pebble, 98 The Parade, High Street, Watford WD17 1AW