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…

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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…

Do You Need a Cash Register?

Cash is king at a farmer’s market. All transactions are done in cash. Or are they? In today’s environment, cash is becoming less of a form of payment than credit and debit cards. Most people are just like Monica and me. We rarely carry cash on us but prefer to do the majority of our…

Your Packaging

Imagine you are at the market and you just made a sale. Congratulations! Now ask yourself how you are going to deliver it to them? Do you just pass it over the table and put it in their hands or do you put it in a bag or a box? If you are selling something…

Your Display

Your display is the heart of your booth. There are very few hard rules regarding your display. The only one that I can think of is “Safety First”. Make sure that it is safe not only for you, but your customers in particular. The cutting boards I make are displayed on a three-level shelf. I’m…

Booth Equipment and Supplies

Depending on your business, you will need various equipment and supplies for your markets and shows. Your equipment and supply needs will change based on the type of product you are selling and how you want your display to look.

Rain, Rain, Oh Crap!

Monica and I were debuting our booth at an artisan market in downtown Houston one Saturday evening. We were invited as a guest of a market manager that we work with. It was a beautiful, but hot afternoon in a gorgeous location.

Equipment Basics

Depending on your business, you will need various equipment and supplies for your markets and shows. Your equipment and supply needs will change based on the type of product you are selling and how you want your display to look.

It’s All About Location

We were recently at a church show. We had an outside booth in a decent location. However, the church also had inside booths. Overall, there were more than 100 vendors at this show. We did not do well at this market and the reason was because of location.

How NOT to Introduce Yourself at a Market

Monica and I are often among the first of the vendors to arrive at our regular markets. We have a regular market on Sunday morning and want to get their early so we can more easily unload our truck and get setup without a great deal of stress.