Finally my first ever stall and perfect for Christmas. So excited and so nervous at the same time.
"am I prepared, have I remembered everything, have I got enough inventory?"
But thank goodness I made too much, I guess being over-prepared is better than and under, especially with no expectations.
This year (2021) I attended an annual festive market held at Bryn Meadows Golf hotel and Spa. It was an amazing day! Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and truly Merry.
I learnt a lot from this and want to share my experience and first time tips, so take note :)
Its better to make too much than too little. It's a great idea to help replenish the bought stock on your table so it never looks bare.
Stick to making lots particular items, instead of two of this or only one of that just for the sake of it. Keep it simple and avoid cluttering your stall.
Invest in a contactless method of payment. Not many people carry cash and some places don't have ATMs, so card only.
Remember a float of cash
For precaution, take extra supplies in-case anything needs fixing or editing. You never know.
I know this is a sad one but don't assume everything is going to be sold and you'll be driving away with an empty car. Most people don't want to pay and think everything's a penny.
Linking to the previous one, never undersell yourself. You worked hard for this day and probably spent a pretty penny for on the stall and your creations; so try to break even at least.
Plan how the set up of your stall instead of being like me a bit too carefree, winging it on the day and then panicking because the doors were opening in 10 mins.
Lastly, Enjoy and don't stress. Just PREPARE. It's a fun, family day and a celebration of your hard work.