I wake at 1am. I wake at 3am. I wake at 5am and mentally procrastinate getting up to allow myself even more time to get ready or stay in the comfort of my warm bed for another hour. My phone alarm goes off at 6am… I guess my tiredness levels made that choice for me.
Amazingly, yet not surprisingly, I am wide awake at the first noise of the alarm. Normally I don’t do 6am, that’s just not a decent time of day. But this wasn’t just any ordinary day – it was my FIRST MARKET DAY!! Woo Hoo.
I had allocated myself an hour, broken into segments of 15 minutes, before I had to leave the house.
- 6am till 6:15am – get out of bed, straighten my hair.
- 6:15 till 6:30am – get dressed, take my tablets, feed the cats etc
- 6:30am till 6:45am – Pack the car!
- 6:45am till 7:00am – wake poor Diesel, get him and myself into the car, lock the house, and head off.
I felt very ready for the day. Highly organised. Everything was packed and ready to just be loaded into the car. Clothes had already been pre-selected. Breakfast had been planned (Hash Browns and Ice Coffee Big M – yum!). Nothing could go wrong… right?
Eeeeeh! WRONG! Here is how the morning really went:
- 6am till 6:12am – look for flippin straightener!! Do so quietly so as not to wake the little man too early while simultaneously cursing at a whispers level at the cats who keep tripping me up, twice booting them by accident (really!) half way down the hall while wondering WHERE THE FLIP YOU PUT THE BLOODY STRAIGHTENER!!
- 6:12am – locate hair straighener at bottom of walk in robe, not hidden, in fact it’s just sitting on top of some clothes. Kick self mentally for being an idiot.
- 6:13 am – update facebook to inform everyone about hair straightener predicament.
- 6:14am – 6:19am – Straighten hair.
- 6:20am – 6:38am – Chase now scared cats into the bathroom to feed them, again cursing under breath as they run to the lounge room, to the kids bedroom, etc. Get one into the bathroom, but as you go to grab the other, the first escapes from the bathroom and takes off again. Spend a few seconds wondering why you got the flippin cats in the first place.
- 6:39 am – 6:648am – Get dressed. Realise I look fat in this top (what’s new), but by now I just don’t care.
- 6:50am – Hear Diesel wake on his own and think that he’s going to wake up happy now (he is always a sod if he is woken by someone else) and go in relieved that you are back on track.
- 6:50am – 7:07am – Try to settle a screaming toddler who is half asleep, confused and acts similar to putting a plank of wood that can wriggle into a car seat.
My poor bubby cried half the way to his dads and I was frazzled by the time I was on my way. But, I managed to make it on time (actually, with 5 minutes to spare!) and that’s when the nerves REALLY set in!! I had manic butterflies while bringing everything in from the car and setting up – I dare say I was almost shaking!
Ten minutes before the doors opened to the public, I was as ready as I was going to get!
Over all, I have to say, I was pretty darn proud of how it looked!! I do have to credit other people who have shared their ‘first market’ pictures and the ways in which they had improved them. It was through reading other people’s adventures and learning process that I was able to start off with levels instead of just a flat table, to group my soaps of the same kind together, to have a banner (even though it’s my old colour scheme), etc. I even remember seeing the soapsicles in a similar jar that I have I think from Soapylove’s website. I can’t remember, but I know I saw it somewhere.
Through reading, researching and learning, I was able to make my first table look respectable. I think anyway. I learnt a lot from the day though, and my next Market (already booked for May) will have some changes made. So it’s still far from perfect…
Over all, it was a good day. Quiet – felt like hardly any customers at all came through, but good. I made some sales (came in $12.50 in profit after stall fee!!) and it was good for a first time. I think I learned more because it was quiet as I was able to watch how people browsed the table, things they didn’t really notice like the cupcakes because they were wrapped in cellophane, and things that were instantly noticed by both kids and parents, such as the smurf soaps. I was surprised only one of the rainbow cake slices sold (to the Market host no less!) as they sell nearly instantly online, but the licorice all sort soaps were a hit with pretty much everyone!
I’m already formulating my plan of attack for the May market (run by the same people) which will include better signage as I noticed a few people looking a bit confused by what I was actually selling, and one lady even commented “oooh, lollies” as she passed. Um…
My market cherry is officially popped though, and I can’t wait for round two!! I now have four weeks to prepare, of which, I’ll be able to take some of the unsold stock from this round along. MUCH less stressful than the three weeks / no stock notice I had this time!
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