So let me come straight to the point. Yesterday was awesome! The market on which I had a spot for finally happened. Saturday I went through my last preparations. After visiting about six thriftshops and two wholesalers I finally felt that I had gathered enough scrabble sets, tea cups and plates to make a decent appearance. But that wasn’t enough, since my mind decided to be focussed on an idea formed in the last 10 minutes of fridaynight. I figured teacups filled with small plants would make a cute addition, so we had to visit a greenery as well. After getting planting those, and refreshing the earth of every living plant in my home I thought I was done (quite a few plants have perished over time due to my neglect… I do not have particularly green thumbs…), only to find out that I forgot to price everything so most of the carefully stored items could be unwrapped again and tagged.
With most of the items spread around me I realized just how many things there were and that it would be quite a challenge to get everything into our not-so-big car… But we managed and I actually got some sleep saturdaynight, despite the fact that I was pretty nervous and that there was a party going on in our hometown.
And this was without the chairs, chalkboard and other large items… Eek!
Sleep lasted untill 7 a.m., after which I started the usual routine only to find out that we didn’t pack the folding chairs( thank god for folding chairs). Ofcourse while searching we found more items I forgot and many more I didn’t remember packing ( I should definitely make a list for the next fair). Mostly complete Kev and I went to the market.
SETTING UP SHOP FEELS SO GOOD!
It’s supercool to figure out how to display your items, I think I shifted everything around about three times. We were done before the market actually opened and we were able to peek around and see what the other shops selled. It was so much inspiration and happiness on one square km, my head was bursting with ideas!
Our neighbours from ‘Colors and Happiness‘ who sell cute necklaces and bracelets. They also had their fair share of beautiful, handmade baby products as you can see on the picture!
The lovely crates and tables of Stichting Stunt, who recycle old and damaged wood into these beautiful items!
When the market opened the sun also came out! It was the first dry day in about two weeks and the forecast says it will be raining again soon so we were very lucky to have sweet warm sunshine. During the day lots of familiar faces came to visit my humble spot, and in the end about 800 people attended the market! For a small town, that’s pretty neat. I remember lovely comments and remarks. One woman told me the scrabble coasters that she bought would be traveling with her to Mali to use during long scrabble sessions with her neighbours. Another lady wanted to gift a bookmarker to a friend who crocheted some items for her son. A few people wanted to buy some lucky stars to make small gifts for children. I felt like my products would definitely be used for the better and that made me happy too!
My ripple’s colours were really bright when the sun came out!
But the other blankets were also present. On the right is a large scarf my great-grandmother made with a technique called ‘Broomstick Lace Crochet’. It’s one of the heirlooms I talked about a while back, of which I had no idea how to photograph them properly!
I had many teacup candles on the bench! Don’t you just love the golden flakes, the splendid colours and the shape of the cups?!
These last two pictures were taken by my good friend Jitka who also came to visit!
All in all, it was a lovely day! As this was my first market, I really had no idea what to expect. But this was just simply awesome. When there is a second edition, I will definitely try to be there again! I learned quite a few things while being there, one of them being that what’s in the center of your booth usually gets the most attention. Gotta keep that in mind for next fair.
Now it’s back to normal life, at least for a while. Summer vacation has kicked in for most of my fellow students. I just need to finish one last large project and then I’m also done. It looks like this is going to be a crochet-filled summer!!