Tips and Tricks for Markets

June 26, 2013

Auckland Art and Craft Fair   This Saturday is the Auckland Art and Craft Fair – quite possibly the biggest fair I do every year! It’s held at the Aotea Centre from 111:00am – 3:00pm and is always full to the max with talented local artists. Being as I have done a quite a few fairs (markets) now, I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks.
  • Be organised. I have 3 specific bins that I always take with me to my markets. One is full of display material, the other packaging (brown bags, etc) and some more display props, and the third is only products to sell. It is extremely important that after setting up not to mix up your bins. It will make restocking and finding those bags for sales much easier and stress-free.
  •  Have emergency supplies. In my boxes I also have a little container full of “just in case” stuff. That includes a ball of string, scissors, pens, washi tape, little wooden pegs, white dot stickers, and penadol.
  • Don’t forget your float. If you sell your of products in increments of $5 like I do, make sure to bring along as many $5 bills as possible.
  • Display is key. You may have some amazing products but if it’s not displayed well, people will just walk by. It is important to put yourself in the buyers shoes and wonder if you would stop at your stall. Height is key to creating an eye catching display.
  • Keep hydrated. I try and take with me the big 1L water bottles to markets as it keeps me drinking. Also remember little snacks to get in bits of energy and avoid those headaches.
  • Lastly, smile and engage. When a customer finds out the story behind a product or design and how you made it yourself, they will relate to it more and in return be more likely to purchase. It can be hard, but it’s important to not just stand behind your stand (especially with crossed arms).
I hope you found this helpful and look forward to seeing some of you this weekend!

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