Sunday, July 11, 2010
First Farmer's Market..
So, I set up at my first ever farmer's market today.. I've done open air art markets many times, but never a small local farmers market. The forecast had said rain, but we lucked out and had a beautiful sunny day with a cool breeze. There were a total of maybe ten (give or take) vendors set up. A mixture of fresh organic vegetables, handmade soaps, home made honey, fair trade goods, and my pottery.
I decided to try it out and downsize my display quite a bit. I brought only one table with minimal shelving, one bin of pottery, with a few back up designs, lots of business & postcards, and a positive friendly attitude.
The market set up at noon and closed at four o' clock. What a treat! I typically do shows that set up at 8am and tear down at anywhere from five to seven pm! Its really nice to sleep in a bit, enjoy a nice breakfast with the beau, then head out to mingle in the sun while selling some work..
In the past few weeks, I had chatted it up a bit with some of you from this arts & crafts online community about farmers markets in comparison to larger 2day events. Some loved them, others disliked them, and most of you had not yet tried. From my experience today. . I would say ABSOLUTELY try your local farmers market as a vendor this year! I met some great happy people who loved to hear about my work and my process, and made some good sales in spite of it being slower than what I am use to. It was a nice pace. Relaxing and laid back! I generally feel like some larger shows are about "entertainment" where as the people you meet at these local farmers markets are their to shop and to support their local artisans. I had a great time and so did my other half AND we made it home in time to watch the end of the world cup match! Viva Espana! :)
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported everyone at the market! I will see you again in two weeks!