Behind the Market Table: Part Two

(I know, I know, I’m a little late on this. I’m sick, and my brain gets all boggled when I’m sick.)

Okay, so you’ve packed up you necessary stationary and personal items and food and so on.

But what products are you going to bring? That’s the real question, isn’t it? That’s what customers are going to see and care about, not how many kinds of tape you have in your kit.

Whether you keep plenty of stock on-hand or need to make it, you’ll still have decisions to make. Themed markets can be easy. Upcoming holiday? Bring matching items. But you’ll still have some things to consider.

You’ll want to have one or two larger, eye-catching displays. For me, that’s fancy necklaces or necklace sets. But these tend to be expensive and take up lots of space on the table, so don’t bring too many. And while it’s wonderful when they sell, their real purpose is to draw people to your table and get them looking and asking questions. Once they’re looking at your table, chances are they’ll buy one or more of your lower-priced items.

Focus on mid-priced items. I find $20-40 is a good sweet spot, but this may vary depending on what you make. Obviously, don’t under-sell yourself. The majority of my table is somewhere in that mid-range. I find that most customers are coming in to spend their money at a variety of places, so while they may be walking around with $200 in their pockets, they’re not willing to spend it all at one table.

And then I usually have a few items in the $5-10 range, too. If your items are geared towards kids, you may want to have some things that are even cheaper, so kids can use their own pocket money to buy things.

Okay, so you’ve got your price range figured out…but how do you know what to bring in that price range?

If you already sell online, start with popular items from there. But if you make customized items for sale online, bring only ready-made stuff to your table. Have a sign about custom options, but don’t expect a lot of custom orders at your table. Most customers are going to want to buy items they can walk away with right then.

Planning for a theme is always fun. It could be an upcoming holiday, or you could bring products that tie in with the market’s theme. Think of what the customers are going to expect. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Halloween, the holidays, back to school, the seasons. Tailor your offerings and signage to whatever gift-giving event is coming up. You can also just make up your own theme. Have a new product line? Do up a special feature on your table for it.

I also make some items specifically for markets. The hair accessories, namely. They’re too big and bulky for shipping in an envelope, and I don’t have a steady supply of appropriate-sized boxes, so I don’t list them online. New items I usually launch at markets, too, to drum up interest. Like this shiny new thing? Better come to the market to snap it up first.

How much stuff should you bring? Some vendors I know pack their tables with stuff. Personally, I like a little blank space in between displays for balance. That part is up to you, and something you may experiment with over time. And if you want, feel free to draw up a scale chart and plot out your displays. I tend to arrange stuff as I go. I have preferences for certain things (like my tall necklace spinner, that goes off to one side, and the Shaman’s Trinkets bracelets go next to it, since the ST bottle necklaces are on the bottom row) but everything else? It all depends on what I’m feeling at the moment. Maybe it takes longer than coming in with a set plan and just setting things out, but it’s what works for me.

It’s always worth it to bring some extra items. If it looks like things have sold from your table, customers are more inclined to buy. What I do, with my Shaman’s Trinkets bracelets, is I have several on display and sell from that. And then I have extras in a box. I don’t restock the display until I’ve sold several. Customers will often ask me which ones are most popular, but they will sometimes just look at the display and see that, say, Protection has sold the most, so they want a Protection bracelet. I’ve seen the same thing working in retail. Customers will often assume that the item with the lowest available stock is the most popular and therefore worth buying. But you definitely don’t want your table getting so bare that you have nothing.

I hope that gives you some idea of how to plan out your market table.

New Listing: Twee the Beaded Spider

Twee

The adorable Twee is here!

Twee is a petite darling of a beaded spider, made of glass beads and wire. She has a swirly blue and white abdomen with a gold-coloured flower on her bum. She wants nothing more than to sit in a sunny window where her pretty blues will catch your eye. You can pose her dainty legs so she’ll stand steady on uneven surfaces.

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New Listing: Scarlet the Beaded Spider

Scarlet

Say hello to Scarlet! She’s another of my early beaded spiders making the jump from market table to web shop. She’s a quiet little spider who promises not to crawl on your face at night or scare you in the shower. She’d much prefer to sit somewhere where you can see her, maybe next to bottles of perfume or next to other figurines so she can make friends.

Scarlet is a medium-sized spider made of glass beads and wire. Her abdomen is dyed, reconstituted stone. Her legs are posable to a degree, so you can make her stand steady on uneven surfaces.

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New Listing: Karli the Beaded Spider

Karli

The spiders are here! If you’ve seen me at a market in town, I may have had a few of these sparkly darlings hanging out at my table. These spiders will happily hang out on your desk or where ever you place them. You don’t have to worry about sticky webs or finding them in your shower (unless you place them there…which I don’t recommend.)

The spiders are some of my early pieces, and due to the design of their legs, are meant as decor items only.

Karli is a delicate, medium-sized spider made of glass beads and wire. Her head is a sparkly blue crystal bead, and she has a silver-toned swirl on her bottom. You can flex her little wire legs so she will stand securely on uneven surfaces.

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New Listing: Pyrite Skull Jewelry

Pyrite Skull Jewelry

This charming jewelry set features carved pyrite skulls. I have them available as a set or just as earrings or necklace, depending on what you prefer.

Pyrite is an iron-based crystal most popularly known as fool’s gold, since it mimics the appearance of the precious metal. It’s known as a lucky stone. It’s said to increase the user’s creativity and drive to pursue their dreams.

The necklace has a skull that measures 16mm by 13mm hung from a stainless steel bail.It includes an 18″ silver-plated steel chain with a silver-plated pewter lobster clasp and a 2″ extender chain.

The earrings feature an adorable pair of skulls that measure 9mm by 6mm. The ear wires are stainless steel, and come with clear rubber ear nuts. The entire earring from top to bottom measures approximately 2″.

I currently have one each (one set) ready-made, but I have more skulls. If you’d like more than one, please feel free to send me a message through the shop or over Facebook, and we can chat.

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New Listing: Agate and Crystal Beaded Pendant

Another of my earlier works. This one is a rectangular piece of agate, dyed blue, and finished with sparkling clear AB crystal beads and tiny silver glass beads.

The pendant is 22mm wide and 51mm long. It comes with a 28″ black satin cord with a silver-plated pewter lobster clasp, but it can be hung on your favourite cord or chain.

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New Listing: Amethyst and Glass Beaded Pendant

This beautiful, one of a kind piece is one of my early works. It’s a 35mm flat, two-tone glass bead with silver foil inside. Down the front, I’ve wrapped wire with amethyst chips and dark purple crystal beads.

It’s a striking, unique piece.

It comes with a 25″ black satin cord with a silver-plated pewter lobster clasp, but it can be strung on whatever cord or chain you prefer.

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New Listing: Crystal Scarab Necklace with Scarab Charm

This sparkly addition to the Mythos line features a stunning Swarovski crystal scarab in Silver Night. One side of the scarab is metallic silver, while other other side is clear with black on the far side. The necklace is finished with a silver-plated pewter ankh.

The ancient Egyptians linked scarabs with the god Khepri, a solar god who represented the sunrise. It was believed that he rolled the sun into the sky each morning. This makes the scarab a symbol of sunrise and rebirth.

The necklace chain is silver-plated steel and is approximately 27″ long. It closes with a silver-plated pewter lobster clasp, and has a 2″ extender chain.

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New Listing: Fiddlesticks! Handmade Fidget Tools for Anxious Hands

I am a life-long fidgeter. If I can keep my hands occupied, then I can focus better. So all these new fidget toys everywhere are exciting. There’s are a few things about them that bother me, namely that they’re distracting to other people. They’re great if you’re alone, but what if you’re in a class or a meeting? What if you have to give a speech or a presentation? What if you’re sitting behind your table at a busy market, feeling overwhelmed by all the noise and people?

That’s where Fiddlesticks! come in. They are small and flat enough to fit in a pocket or wallet, so you can hide them in your hand. They’re also silent, so you can fidget with them while you’re giving a presentation, or sitting in class, or even working alone. They won’t disturb anyone around you. I keep one in my market apron so I have something to fiddle with during markets that’s not distracting.

Fiddlesticks! are made with hematite beads. Hematite is a heavy stone, due to its iron content. It’s also a popular grounding stone.

Simply tuck the brass bar in your fingers and roll the bead between your thumb and the side of your index finger. The movement is subtle, so you can hold your hand in your pocket and do it, or even keep your hand by your side.

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New Listing: Fire from the Shaman’s Trinkets Elements Collection

 

Shaman’s Trinkets is a line of crystal energy jewelry. It’s a similar concept to carrying pocket stones, but less bulky. The entire line is inspired by a shaman character of mine who carries a box of tumbled stones with her while she works.

The Four Elements line is a limited collection featuring one bracelet for each of the four main elements, according to the ancient Greeks: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. These bracelets can be used to connect with your favourite element, or to help you balance each element in your life, or can be worn during meditation or ritual.

Fire includes seven stones associated with the element. Fire is an active element. If you can manage its fuel, it can provide determination and creativity. But if you cannot, the fire can burn out or it can grow wild and consume. It is believed to have form both on earth and in the spiritual plane.

The bracelets feature smaller collections of stones. They are small and subtle, and can be worn discreetly for those not open about their beliefs.

Fire includes:
Citrine
Sunstone
Rhodochrosite
Amber
Carnelian
Red jasper
Garnet

The stones are strung on nylon-coated stainless steel beading wire, so they’re flexible like cord but sturdy. The bracelets are finished with delicate silver-plated steel chain, and they close with a lobster clasp. I typically make them 7.5″ long, but I can make them shorter or longer to fit you. Please leave me a message on check-out if you would like a different length. (If you’d like an anklet or choker length, please message me first, so we can discuss the cost of the extra chain.)

The image shown is just an example of one bracelet. Due to the nature of cut stones, each chip is a slightly different size and shape. But each bracelet will include the same stones in the same order.

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