A Professional Blogger I will never be…On Aug 13, 2012 1 Comment
My biggest complaint as a child? I’m bored!
My biggest complaint as an adult? Not enough time!
Oh the irony…
A professional blogger I will never be. I envy those who can find the time to write daily. Then again, lately I also envy those who can shower daily! Ok, so I’m possibly not that busy, but some days it’s amazing I remember to blink!
I knew August was going to be a busy month – two markets, an adult toy party (tee hee, that was SO much fun on the weekend!), letting my hair down on the one free weekend and getting my big tattoo done (two weeks to go now!). Throw in a bit of a life curve ball early in the month to really throw me off balance and this month just feels so hectic.
I’ve done one of the markets this month – the Pakenham Expo. This once a year event is larger on scale than a standard market and with 70 stalls, roaming entertainers, face painter, jumping castle and stage acts, it was a great day for the family to get out and about.
I freaked out in the morning when the stall holder beside me was telling me how last year was so busy that it was wall to wall people, prams didn’t fit and while checking out my soaps was amazed that was “all” I brought.
Then of course this lady proceeded to basically stand in my stall trying to steal all my customers most of the day. Every time I got chatting to one, she was right there beside me with her 2 cents to add in. She had either been through something similar, knew someone who had, or her best friends untie had a dog that once had fleas and the fleas cousin had been on a cat of a neighbour that knew someone who had experienced what ever we were talking about at the time. /eyeroll
Being a Pregnancy, Baby and Kids Expo, the amount of beautiful bellies and adorable bubbies around made my ovaries cluck until they hurt! But didn’t really help sell the soap. Too many babies, not enough kids. Got to meet some fantastic customers though! My new favourite work is ‘Facestalker’ – the name for those that stalk my facebook page!
I did sell some items – not what I thought would sell, but isn’t that always the way? “Don’t make too many bird pairs, no one will want those” I told myself. “Make lots of Dinosaurs, they are so cute they’ll get snapped up” I thought. And of course what happened?? Birds sold out, Dinosaurs came home. Doh!
Hair Detangler moved well. And I learned that offering variety in Lip Balm flavours isn’t always the best as people were just too overwhelmed with all the choices.
All in all it was another good learning experience – each market done has taught me something knew. I got my name out there, and being hosted just down the road from me, was great networking and meeting locals.
My little corner of the market. Thank goodness I was allowed to set up that second table in front of the windows as I never would have fit everything in otherwise!
My new Lip Balm displays in action. Three displays was just way too many choices for people. Next time I will take just two I think…
My Licorice All-Soaps, which, despite selling out at the previous Pakenham Market just a couple of months ago, did not move at ALL this time. Not a single bag sold… weird.
Cupcake soaps don’t move around here, so I decided to use the cupcake display to sneak in some adult soaps as well….
My table of kids soaps.