I know I’ve told you that I’ve sold my sewn goods at markets before, but yesterday was the first one where I’ve actually been in attendance. In the past I’ve given items to family members to sell on my behalf, so being there was a whole new level of nerves and excitement!
It was the Suitcase Rummage market at Thornbury Theatre here in Melbourne. The rules are you MUST sell from your suitcase – no tables or stands. This was perfect for me because I am not someone who plans to do the market circuit in the future, I just want to dabble and sell a few bits and pieces. The professional nature of some markets these days in Melbourne is also a bit intimidating, so small and informal was great.
Sorry for the slightly fuzzy phone pic, but this is my little display. My lovely friend Cynthia collects vintage suitcases and she loaned me a couple for the occasion.
I wish I could tell you it was a raging success…but it wasn’t. It was fun, I covered my market fee, lunch for my sister Kirsten and I, and made a bit extra, but it was quiet and I did hope to sell a bit more.
Bibs for boys were the hit of the day. In particular, these ones:
This whale fabric is always popular whenever I use it – I will have to make a bunch more of these!
The best part was spending the day with my sister and chatting, meeting some new lovely people who had their stalls next to mine, and checking out the other handmade goodies. There are some very talented makers out there, who make all kinds of things.
Are you a regular craft fair and market stall holder? Tell me about your experiences – the good and the bad!