Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Weekend of Nightmares

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[Saturday, Fullarton Market]
* A suburban monthly market that was filled with friendly people.
* Womenfolk were very attracted to my jewellery and bags. However, 'I cannot afford this necklace,' one said after trying on a necklace, and 'I wish I was not broke,' said another regarding my bag.
* A man (who sells jewellery) came by in the morning and admired my work. He remarked, 'You'd have spent 3 hours on a necklace, but shoppers are not going to appreciate all the work that goes into it.' Words of an experienced person. Average minimum wage in Adelaide is ~$20/hour.
* This was obviously a market fair for fruits and vegetables, for shoppers to engage in lunches and browse for home and garden ware.

- Views: Many
- Number of sales: 0
- My $45 (+ $150) lesson: People like pretty things, and they want it cheap. No more neighbourhood markets for me.
($150 marquee to protect my stall. Worth it, though.)

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[Sunday, "Boutique Market?"]
* After Fullarton's disappointment, I lowered all my prices by $10-$30. Such low prices would not be worth my time and effort, honestly, but I was so demoralised...
* It was an extremely quiet day with the hall feeling very sparse.
* I was the odd seller there. Signing up specifically for 'Boutique Market' where organisers claim it is for designer ware, I found myself immersed in a hall full of baby things. So wrong; so shammed.
* Despite the organiser's good intention of trying to mix the stalls up (Mathilda's children market and Boutique market), it proved to be a wrong idea. Being in a children's event did me no favour as mothers were too busy keeping the small hands away from my things and steering clear of and a good distance away from my table.
* At one point the children's music entertainment got so loud, we could hardly hear ourselves thinking. Families couldn't wait to disperse after the children had danced out their energies.
* Later in the day, I found out that I was not the only stall that suffered.

- Views: Not more than handful. It was so quiet. I question the organiser's advertising campaign that they claim to be very active, because I witnessed none.
- Number of sales: 0
- My $150 lesson: I don't even know what to say. But I took home these advice from fellow market sellers:
1. I am still an infant in terms of finding the right market for my wares.
2. Learn to say 'no' to market invites, because they are going to be wrong for you.
3. Everyone has to experience such bad market days, especially at the beginning.


  1. Urgh! Yes, l am sure your final point is correct - and we see the success of others, the only bad experiences we recognise so painfully are our own. Have a lovely week to recover.

  2. So disappointing for you Juanita, after all your efforts...and your stall looked fab. Am sure you will find the right market for your goodies and hopefully People who don't just want cheap. Sending you lots of positive vibes

  3. Oh that sounds so awful. I agree about making sure you are at the right market and hopefully as you get more time here you will get a better sense of that. Bowerbird is supposed yo be pretty amazing but I say that from what I've heard I don't know personally x x hugs xx

  4. Oh man, that sounds like a hard lesson learned! Good luck finding the right market that fits as your treasures are absolutely gorgeous

  5. Well this sucks! I agree with what the other chap said though, we used to do markets a bit and people are so used to cheaply made stuff they don't realise how much work goes into a beautiful handmade item. I am sure the right market is out there for you! xoxox

  6. Hi Juanita! I was equally disappointed with your experience. It's true that people want pretty things but are not willing to pay at the right price. I however admire your patience and composure.
    People may not realize why handmade goods are a bit expensive. They are not mass produced goods. They are individually crafted to perfection. Each piece is a masterpiece.

    Hope you feel better now.


  7. You poor love! I think that it can be hard to find a market with the right crowd. I went to Dapper Markets last night. It was super, crazy packed but I didn't see much cash changing hands.... You are also right about people not realizing what a goes into a handmade item. Maybe you could do a fun, photo filled post on what goes into your made items and add a link to it wherever your items are sold online? Then people can understand pricing etc better. It might turn a business card into a sale???


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