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To Markets

July 29th, 2011 at 03:35 pm

It always seems obvious in hindsight, but start ups are hard to dream up. At least for me. I always slap my forehead and say a silent 'WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT'.

Example #1: A few blocks from me, and in the midst of thousands of residential homes, a smart lady organized a local 'Farmer's Market' on the lawn of a relatively underutilized Moose Lodge. There are 2 other Farmer's Markets in my town, farther away though fairly convenient. But this one is REALLY convenient. What a good fit, for the Moose people, for the families, and for the sellers.

I visited on its 4th or 5th week, and the selection is decent and worth regular return visits. The vendors are veteran farmer market types, so I have a feeling of confidence in buying.

It turns out the lady who started the program had experience running another market but needed a fresh space to start new.

And guess what? They have craft tables. Hmmmm. Should I? I took an application, there is a short waiting list but the fee is a reasonable $20/week. I'll see how the attendance goes and maybe plan a trial period. Every thursday. Not sure if that is going to work depending on school, regular job and the few kid's sports we do.

Besides jewelry, I think these type of cards would fit into the market theme ~

All the above are big greeting cards, made with plants harvested from my yard, pressed and arranged individually with a handcut container.

Example #2: A new collective mall is opening in our weekend property town. A store with booths a la 'antique/collectible' set up. GREAT IDEA and a good fit for small crafters like me. Again the spaces are reasonable in price, and it remains to be seen the amount of sales and promotions and number of shoppers. I have not visited yet, but looking forward to it.

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1 Responses to “To Markets”

  1. Jerry Says:

    How terrific to have the insurance of a Farmer's Market close to your neighborhood! One of the reasons we tend to buy things at the regular food stores that are selling around here is simply for convenience. If it didn't take the better part of an hour to get to the Open Air Market here, we would be there all the time! (And I think the cards would make a lovely addition to the wares, they look cool.)

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