4.6.10

Simply spruiking... Melbourne market




I finally swung into gear and applied for a slew of markets in Melbourne and surrounds recently.  After slugging it out all weekend, every weekend at The Rocks in Sydney over summer, and ending up completely over it and way behind on new projects, I am taking a different strategy in Melbourne.  My aim is to do about one market per month, focusing on ones that are held monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly.  This is not only more realistic for my one-woman production line, but I find the "special" factor makes for a better market and more committed customer (none of that, "oh, will you be here next week, I'll come back." A little one-chance-only pressure goes a long way.  Hey a girl's gotta make a crust!). 


Of course Melbourne, being the heaving creative hub that it is, has lots of great market options, so I am a bit spoilt for choice, but there's lots of competition for stall spots from all the creative crafty sorts about town, so I can't count my chickens.  However I am pleased to be off to a good start, with my first approved application coming through today from The North Melbourne Market.  


Not only is it an exciting market organised by the crew from Thread Den (if you haven't heard of Thread Den, I really should to tell you more about this sewing lounge/ vintage fashion/ local designer haven sometime), but it is held AROUND THE CORNER from my house.  Literally.  I walk further to get a coffee in the morning.  How great is that?  I get to play a part in supporting my little local community AND I can sleep in longer on market days... WINNER.  Oh, and it's indoors, which is also a must in my new strategy.  Dealing with wind and rain is behind me I hope!


Unfortunately I was too late for the June and August markets, but I will be there at the Lithuanian Club on Errol St (so very North Melbourne), spruiking my wares on 24th October and 5th December.  It goes without saying that I will give you a reminder closer to the time.


Fingers crossed I will have confirmation of some other markets to share very soon.  In the meantime, I am still snapping away, photographing new pieces (like the one at the top of this post) and re-doing some of my older stock in the new style for a special little sale soon.


Simply yours,
Phoebe

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