Be comfortable – Bring a Chair

One of the things that can make markets miserable is when you are uncomfortable. Proper seating can be essential to your mood and your back! Different shows or markets have a different vibe. Some might be really laid back while others may be more “proper” (for lack of a better word). Your choice in a…

What You Do In Public

Being a market vendor is more visible than having a typical job. What you do in public reflects not only on you but also on the market itself.

“You Vendor People”

Once you get established as a reliable vendor, there will be opportunities for you to set up in all kinds of different places. We were recently invited to set up in a lobby in a very large oil and gas company for a week. If this happens to you, you must read their rules, understand…

Love is Not an Ingredient

According to the FDA, including “love” as an ingredient in your regulated product is not okay. In an article published by the New Haven Register on October 4, 2017, the FDA intervened in a local granola maker and told them to take “love” off of their ingredients list.

Support From Your Spouse or Partner

So you have a great idea that you want to get started on immediately. You tell your spouse and they immediately get defensive. You get the impression that they think your idea sucks. What do you do? A lot of it has to do with the way in which you present your idea. Monica, while…

Our Retail Experience

Going into a retail store can be one of the biggest decisions that you can make as a small business owner. As a big decision, it must be considered carefully.

Are you an Impostor?

Sometimes when I’m at a market, I feel like the products that I sell just aren’t good enough to sell. Sometimes I feel guilty for taking money because I’m not a big name company and someone is going to realize that and call me a fraud.

Trudging Through Obstacles

You’ve heard the saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, right? As a vendor, sometimes it feels that life gives you lemons and then drowns you in your own lemonade.

Learning From Our Mistakes

There is a saying in the military that the best thought out plans don’t survive contact with the enemy. Even though we don’t see our customers and markets as “the enemy”, our plans often don’t work out as expected.

My AutoNation Experience

I love my Dodge RAM 1500. It has a HEMI engine and leather seats. It sits up above traffic a bit so I can see past the cars in front of me. It’s comfortable to drive and even has a radio that picks up AM stations! Purchased new toward the end of 2009, my truck…