First we attended our regular Little Fox Market at St Mary’s Church Centre in Rickmansworth on Saturday 4th October for fun in the…rain. Although it was bustling early on and we chatted with customers and saw many familiar faces, the rain settled in and soon the afternoon was very quiet. However, it was a fun and friendly day, and we got to debut our skin oil and skin balm.
Our next event was the following Saturday morning at Watersmeet Theatre in ‘Ricky’ for the annual Rickmansworth Society Autumn Market, which has been going for about 30 years.
The event was introduced by a town crier (Hear ye!) and then the Chairman of Three Rivers District Council and finally Miss Rickmansworth and her attendants. When we arrived, we realised we were right over by the stage in a really dark corner, so we had to nip out and grab some emergency LED lights to illuminate our products. It was a busy event, with lots of people wandering through and it was great to speak to so many people at the stall about skin complaints, particularly eczema, which seems to be plaguing a lot of people in this changeable season. From this, about 4 people purchased our new Soothing Skin Balm, which I was really pleased about. Of course there are some who are extremely cautious about trying a new product on irritated skin, and perhaps prefer to rely on prescription creams only, but I did my best to reassure them that the product is completely natural and gentle enough to use on the face (which I had done that morning) if they wanted to try something natural to calm the itch.
We had a stall at a market recently and unfortunately the day wasn’t that great in terms of footfall and sales, so I was in a bit of a bad mood the rest of the day! It isn’t unusual to have a bad day of sales when you do regular markets, but there are a few things stallholders can do to make the day less annoying :
1. Don’t pack up before everyone else just because you’ve decided you’ve had enough – it’s not fair on other stallholders as it makes customers think the market is closed! It can also be highly disruptive.
2. Don’t jump out from behind your stall to grab people. They just want to browse in peace. I was next to someone who did this once, and they ended up sabotaging any interest in my stall because they kept people talking for so long they wanted to escape as soon as they had the chance!
3. Be friendly to other stallholders. Don’t snub people who you should be networking with! It is amazing where a bit of knowledge sharing can get you. It also makes the day and environment a lot nicer for visitors.
4. Also on the subject of networking; don’t thrust your business cards and other paraphernalia at other stallholders without giving them the chance to give you theirs or bothering to hang around to actually engage with the person! I say this because someone did this to me. They insisted I took their card and info and before I could even respond, they were on to the next stall. This is not networking or sharing, this is shameless self-promotion!
Last Saturday we had a stall at the Courtlands Residents Association’s annual fun day in Goodwood Recreation ground in Watford. Last year the day ended up being rained off and we had to pack up a few hours early, after having sat inside our zipped-up gazebo waiting for the torrential downpour to pass. This time we had glorious, hot sunshine and we had to keep an eye on things so that they didn’t melt! It was a good day with lots of customers (including a fireman!), good food, dance acts and live music.
We didn’t get to see much of Ricky Week in the end, but we started it with Little Fox Market on the Saturday then we went to the Canal Festival on the Sunday. The weather was beautiful, the canal boats between Batchworth Lock & Stockers Lock were colourful and diverse, there was music, stalls selling all sorts of foods, gifts, garden furniture, there was a performance stage where some of the local performing arts schools sang and danced and we even witnessed the escape of some naughty sheep and goats. A magnificent end to a fantastic week of celebrating the joy that is Rickmansworth!
Saturday 10th of May was another Little Fox Market at St Mary’s in Ricky, which was also the beginning of the annual Ricky Week! The market went very well for us, despite the April-style showers interspersed with beautiful sunshine and blue skies. It was also good to get some feedback from customers on our products, and chat to friends who popped by.
The stall didn’t look as amazing as I’d hoped because we were a little low on stock, having rushed to get our products into Rebel Pebble for opening day, but thankfully we did okay. Our body butters will be back in June…I promise!