Crochet, Silhouette, Yarn Crafts

Preparing for My First Market

I’ve been absent from the blog longer than I realized!  Let me fill you in on what’s been keeping me busy. Aside from life in general with a husband, 2 kids, day-time job and all the stuff… I know you can relate!

I recently had the opportunity to join our local farmers market as a vendor.  While I admittedly am far from being a farmer, I am a maker. And, they were looking to expand the market to include local handmade items.  I’ve been thinking about selling handmade items for a long time but didn’t have the courage to go about actually making it official until now.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still nervous but I figure why not give it a try. If not now, when? And I’m sure it won’t be long before I’m asking myself why I didn’t do it sooner!

Anyway… I’ve been getting ready to join this market.  And that process has been a learning process. It’s actually been easier than I expected.  I know I will still have lots to learn along the way as I decide how I want this business to grow, and attempt to follow where the Lord leads me.  It took me a while to admit to myself that I have a gift for being able to create and I should be sharing that with others.

So, I’ve been in the process of setting up this business.  Some of it fun, some of it not so much. But I’ve been learning and discovering resources along the way.

To get ready for the first market, and prepare for the upcoming summer market season, I’ve been making products to build some inventory. In addition, I also designed tags, business cards, and sign using my Silhouette!

I’ve had fun designing those business items, and have probably spent just as long designing a logo, tags, etc. as I have crocheting inventory!

I’m thinking I’ll put together a blog post with more info on how I used my Silhouette Portrait2 for my logo, tags & business cards. It may give you some ideas!

The first weekend of the pre-season market was Saturday, April 12th.  It was cold, windy, & rainy. Luckily we were able to set-up inside, and we still had several people stop by! I made some sales and am so glad I didn’t let fear keep me from trying! I even had someone, whom I’ve never met before, come shop with me specifically because she had seen my post prior to the market! The power of social media!

The group of vendors is great. It was nice to visit with other makers and farmers and see how people were supportive of each other. I’m excited to see how the market goes this year!

My daughter loves photography and is learning more about it, so I enlist her help with product photos. Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots of her trying to get the just the right shot!

Happy Creating!