How to Be a Good Neighbor at a Market

When you are at a market, at times it will be bustling with activity and at other times, may be very slow. The days can be long and tiresome. This is even more true if you are dealing with a difficult neighbor in the booth next to you. A good neighbor can be a great…

I Was On TV!

My experience being on Houston Life on KPRC.

There’s So Much To Do, I Can’t Get Anything Done!

When you start a small business selling at weekend markets and shows you start out thinking that you can make things all week and then sell them all weekend. That’s not quite true when you start to grow past a certain point. In fact, there is so much to do that I can’t seem to…

Our Struggle with Packaging

When we started selling at markets, we figured that if we put what we were selling on a table and someone bought it, we would just put it in a bag and hand it over.

“Art is making something out of nothing and selling it“ -Frank Zappa

Why We Create

People have grown and created things since the beginning of mankind. We thrive on the challenge and overcoming the challenge. As we continue to evolve, we may find better ways to create, but the desire to create will always be with us. You are among these people. With the product you have created, or the…

Welcome

During my career in the IT field working for various Fortune 100 companies, I never quite felt a sense of accomplishment. Sure, technology is awesome and the money is great, but there is nothing like the feeling of making something with your own two hands and selling it to someone you have never met before….

Getting to Your Market

You have product. You have a display. You have practiced setting up your display in the backyard or in your living room. You are ready. Or are you? Have you considered how you are going to get all of this stuff to market? Not all of us have the resources to be able to get…

Practice Your Setup

There is a church show that we go to twice a year here in Houston. During the setup of shows, and this one in particular, it can be a chaotic time. During setup, everyone is focused on unloading the myriad of vehicles that seem to be parked everywhere and unpacking the stacks of boxes. It…

Have a Plan

Recently, we introduced a new line of products for men. In order to properly display this cool new line of products, I made a display for her and her products. We violated our own advice and didn’t practice setting up the display prior to the first where we would set this up. Our setup that…

Preparing for your First Market

So you are ready for your first market. Now what? Mental preparation is key to a successful first market. To prepare mentally, take a moment or two to visualize everything you will do through the day from your route to drive there, setup, selling and tear down. It is important that you understand how you…

Miscellaneous Supplies to Carry

There is a slew of other supplies that you may need depending on your setup. These supplies make it easier for you to manage your display as well as are handy to have around. Some things you want to consider include: Small trash can with trash bags Tarps to cover your products if it starts…