Holding a market stall is new to me and you might recall from a previous post that I’ve been visiting markets held in my local area to do some research and gather a bunch of information in preparation to sell from a market stall. Last Sunday I had a very enjoyable morning visiting 3 Peas Markets and while I was there I asked lots of questions of my friend Bianca about what happens behind the scenes and her best tips for market stall holders. Bianca is one of three owners of 3 Peas Markets.
Suzanne, Bianca and Peta owners of 3 Peas Markets
3 Peas Markets is a new startup by 3 school mums who are doing an excellent job of creating an enjoyable and unique market experience for both visitors and stall holders. Their objectives include being active members of and supporting their local community, supporting local schools in their fundraising, assisting emerging musical talent to be heard and doing their best to showcase creative stall holders.
Cutie Patootie | Clares Comfy Cushions | Ninny’s xx | Julz Soy Candles & Meltz
Bianca talked me though what it takes to organise the biweekly markets. I was impressed by the efforts that these three entrepreneurial ladies go to to create a festive family friendly environment with care taken to giving stall holders as much exposure and support as possible.
3 Peas Markets initiatives include:
- providing colourful, inviting and comfy sitting areas for young and older visitors to the markets.
- meticulously planning stall position assignment so as to provide each stall holder with a corner, two frontage position taking care to not place sellers of like produces in close proximity.
- arranging blocks of 4 stalls (or pods) to encourage visitors to meander through and around stalls rather than travelling up and down rows.
- inviting local buskers to entertain the visiting crowd with their obvious musical talent.
- providing a colouring booklet for little ones to enjoy, giving Mum and Dad a chance to sit and enjoy the atmosphere, entertainment and yummy food on offer.
- online shout outs for stall holders on 3 Peas Markets before and after market day.
- …and much more.
A glimpse of the lovely sitting areas and a shot of a young local busker, Jayde Corner who was doing a lovely job of entertaining the crowds on the day.
Bianca’s advice to stall holders is to pay close attention to presentation and use colour in your stall design. She stressed the importance of creating an inviting atmosphere with your stall and considering how your stall can add to and compliment the atmosphere of the markets you are selling at.
If you’re located in the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Hunter, Port Stephens area 3 Peas Markets is a great place for seasoned and new market sellers, artists and crafters looking for good market options to sell their items. You can find 3 Peas Markets here and you can directly download their market stall application here.
My creative space stores everything I need when drawing and making as well as being a spot for keeping school notes, family stationery supplies and music practise (we’re all learning guitar).
It’s really wonderful to have a creative space to store all my bits and bobs. I love that my space is breezy, light and airy. On my wish list is a new comfy chair because I find the one that I use now isn’t very comfortable for sitting for very long.
I don’t have any specialist equipment in my creative area. All of the furniture is reused. The tables where originally bought from Ikea along with the chair and the draws are ones that were part of a bedroom suite I bought for myself when I was nineteen.
When I look out the big sliding window on the right I see the waters of Port Stephens at the end of our yard. It’s a wonderful space to sit and daydream and loose myself in the project I’m working on.
When I was studying to be a teacher I learned that the colour and light in a space and the way that furniture is arranged speaks to human behaviour, concentration, peacefulness and creativity. I think that as a artist or crafter having a space that you can organise as your own, however, big or small the space or the budget is simple luxury that makes creating more productive and enjoyable.
I love lots of space and light with the addition of interesting items in create spaces and I enjoy a bit of clutter. I found a couple of images of creative spaces that I really like and I’ve added them below. I love the vintage feel of both, the slight clutter, the brown wood tones with white and the items of interest, the old typewriter, the old suitcases. etc.
What have you got planned for the weekend? Both my boys are playing soccer and I’m looking forward to watching them. I’m visiting 3 Peas Markets on Sunday to have a good look around and interview Bianca one of the organisers.Keep an eye out for the interview next week here on the blog.
Here my Etsy treasury spotlight for this week. A warm thank you to Gilian, Lisa, Vicky and Marieken for including an item from Jane’s Apple in their Etsy treasury this week. My treasury this week (listed last) is for new Etsy followers of Jane’s Apple.
If you’d like to share your Etsy Treasury link with us please feel free to leave it in the comments. I’d love to see it.
For many artists and crafters the easiest and most enjoyable part of selling online is in the creating of their items. When artists and crafters get the idea to open an online shop it’s really common for them to not take turning a hobby into a business 100% seriously. And that attitude almost certainly ensures that nobody else is going to take them 100% seriously either. As a result within a few weeks they get discouraged, visit their online store less and less, stop listing items. start wondering what they are doing wrong, lose interest, and give up. Other sellers start strong but when they don’t get sales or a good amount of visitors to their online store they end up in the same boat.
Here’s 10 ways to show your customers you are serious and along the way keep your motivation up and treat your new venture as a business:
- Use a uniform look and feel across everything you do for your business. Define your colours, your fonts and the logo you use.
- Have business cards printed.
- Take classes and workshops in your chosen art or craft field and in addition take small business management classes etc.
- Keep your social media well organised and be consistent with your posts and communication.
- Donate your work or a percentage of your sales to fundraisers for good causes
- Question who your target market is, and decide how can you cater to them. Put your plan into action so customers can see the lengths you are going to.
- Schedule time to do your art or craft, and keeping this commitment to yourself and in addition schedule time to do all of the housekeeping chores that come with running an online shop.
- Spend time talking to your friends, family and online contact and ask them for their support with what you are doing - ask them to share your news with their contacts, friends and family. How you tell people about what you are doing will determine the impression they get about the passion you have and how serious you are.
- Take on new Challenges. At some point you are going to come across a situation that is new and scary for you. It might be a request to make a personalised item or it might be a customer complaint or anything in between. Give yourself time to decide on a professional approach and move forward. Take on new challenges!
How do you communicate to your customers the value you place in your creative business?
This is part of the Creative Business Toolbox Series. Have you seen the other posts yet?]
I remember at school when the art teacher would instruct the class to draw I would be frozen with panic. Draw what? How? And in front of everybody else? While in general I enjoyed art and loved crafting at home I dreaded walking into art class and hearing the words draw, sketch or paint.
Twelve months ago I started doodling with pencil and paper as so began my journey from novice to sketch artist. I found that I enjoyed drawing and drew lots of illustrations that I put onto the front of greeting cards but it wasn’t until just before Christmas 2013 that I really got serious about my drawing.
Faces and people are what I am most attracted to. I like the emotion and the relationships that can be portrayed when drawing people. I’d like to experiment with other subjects as well such as animals and landscapes but for now I’m content to keep with my favourite subject matter.
When I first started drawing everything was so stiff and awkward but I’ve persevered and been amazed at how quickly my skills have developed. I’d like to think I had the ability to draw all along. What I lacked was the belief that I could draw. Now I try to draw something every day and usually I manage 5 each week.
Drawing has become a bit like reading a really good book. Once I start on a drawing project I find it hard to put it down and I find myself think about how and can improve it or what detail I can add. It’s wonderful! As I’ve have been teaching myself to draw, I have also re-connected with that simple pleasure of getting lost in that amazing creative place inside of me that I truly believe everybody has. And as it turns out I’m good at drawing, I’m looking forward to getting better and better but already I have a ‘good eye’ for proportion, form, and contrast.
These are a couple of my favourites so far:
© Sian Whitehall artist of Jane’s Apple 2014.
I feel a little silly saying this because I’m comparatively new to drawing but if you’d like to pin, post or share my sketches I’ll be so very thrilled. Please remember to attribute the images to Sian Whitehall of Jane’s Apple.
What was your experience with Art in school? Are you a self taught artist? Which of my drawings do you like best and why?