Research well underway and the shop four-fifths emptied, the time to start trading had come. The amazing response from people who had dropped notes through the door in the last year or just happened to be passing when I was on a ‘shop day’ meant I had a small contingent sworn to come and support my first ever market at Ashton Gate Flea and Vintage Market. I had been to this market a couple of times previously and had managed to spend my week's (ahem) allowance pretty easily, so if everyone that attended had the same reaction as I did, then I should be guaranteed to sell a few garments or textile pieces and start spreading the word!
Deciding on what to take proved much harder then I had imagined. Armed with a few of my favourite issues of World of Interiors, Elle Decoration, my new John Peacock Vintage study ‘bible’ and the new issue of Vogue, I took to the storage unit and stared around hopelessly. Apart from everything still being hidden away in the sacks I transported them here in, what kind of range should I take? If you had a seemingly limitless supply of curtains, tablecloths, doillies, lace and netting, buttons, buckles, shoes and clothes for all tastes then you’ve got to leave a few things behind. I decided for the first event, to take a few doillies, tablecloths and bedspreads, concentrating on the war time embroidery and tapestry pieces, and then a mixed selection of nighties, jumpers, dresses, coats and shoes. (Oh and a few hats for good measure). I had a fab response from the public and many of those who said they would pop by came along with friends. That first event was a great experience, and I met many other first time stall holders as well. On the back of that market I got several offers of help; another monthly market spot (at the Tobacco Factory’s forthcoming Retroville); and a couple of potential trade customers. All in all a good day. I see many more early Sunday mornings to come.
It’s now the end of March and I’ve had three markets at Ashton Gate, with two more in April & May before they concentrate back on their Bath Racecourse event. I have had a number of people who have attended the market in search of me, which is a really great feeling. It’s good to know you are doing the right thing and that people are behind you.
And remember, until the shop opens, it is hard to bring along everything to a market so if you are looking for something specific in textiles, haberdashery or costume that you think I might have drop me a comment or email to firstname.lastname@example.org and perhaps I can bring the right thing along for you or arrange a viewing.
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