Saturday, April 12, 2014

Getting Ready For Market


I am curator and creator.  I do this by designing collections of objects that I find appealing with texture, shape, color and uniqueness.  That is my purpose.  I put my heart into finding objects for the home and designing new bags and purses from vintage materials for others to enjoy as much as I do.  

Being a vendor for a seasonal market is not for everyone.  Though it does give you a ton of flexibility.


If you have a hobby or side project, being able to set up shop on occasion can be fun without being absolutely exhausting.   


First comes first, by making sure your goods or service are clean, tidy and ready to say hello to strangers.


How about the booth?  Do you have a tent and what are the dimensions?  Will this fantastic event be indoors or outdoors?  Plan for the elements, wind, sun and rain.  Then there is the booth design. How does your mini pop-up shop look?  Is it functional?  I appreciate a space that you can actually move around inside.  So you've got to get creative if you want to jam pack the space.  Need ideas on how to set up a retail space, check out this awesome Pinterest Board-Retail Design Display.


Then there is the price making, tags and how you can get paid, cash box or card reader.


Keeping in contact with the event coordinator is important.  Do you know where your booth is?  How will you find out your space?  Is there a loading and unloading area?  Is someone going to help you set up and take down?  Where do you park your car during set up and during the show?  Is there a charge for parking?


A kid has to eat so did you pack snacks, lunch and beverages?  Do you know where the restroom facilities are?  Who covers your booth when you need to step away for a few seconds?  


Lastly, are you able to talk to the public?  You can't be on your computer or phone the whole time.  Do you have the energy?  Your energy is seen and felt by the people entering your booth so you can't do an all-nighter prepping for the show or go out dancing the night before!  Get your sleep.



Most importantly, find the purpose for why you are there doing all this work for one day.  Is it really about the money?  Probably not 100% at the beginning stage because you spent way too much time in the whole process to do it just for the dollar bills.  So you have a higher purpose but you just need to think about why you are really doing what you are doing.  The purpose is what helps you engage with people.  That enthusiasm and knowledge can be contagious so pass it on with a big smile. 


So again, my name is Jessie.  I am curator and creator.  I do this by designing collections of objects that I find appealing with texture, shape, color and uniqueness.  That is my purpose.  I put my heart into finding objects for the home and designing new bags and purses from vintage materials for others to enjoy as much as I do. 

Love-Jessie


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