Hillsboro Saturday Market

 10th May 2015

 Scott Hampshire

Yesterday was my second week at the Hillsboro Market so I'll do my best to wrap up both weeks since I never got around to talking about my first week.

I was super nervous going into the market last week because I've never done anything like it before. I had done everything on my checklist but still managed to find enough things to do to keep me up until 3 AM the night before. I made it to the market in time and had a little help from a friend of mine setting up my booth. It was nice to have help with stuff like hanging my sign and organizing tables. I felt like I had enough stock, but I was still nervous I'd sell out (oh boy was I wrong).

I didn't sell out, but I did sell, and I guess I couldn't ask for anything better for my first time at the market.

I won't go into the details of the day, but I was surprised at how tired I was when I was done. My feet and my back hurt since my shoes left something to be desired in the support department. I got to talk with a bunch of people who loved my work, some of which even bought something. I was surprised when someone tried to sell me something at my booth before I had even sold anything. I didn't sell out, but I did sell, and I guess I couldn't ask for anything better for my first time at the market. I guess my only complaint is I'm on the newbie end of the market so the foot traffic could be better, but I'll hopefully move closer to the central area as the summer progresses.

This weekend was similar except I hit the off on my alarm instead of snooze so I woke up when I had planned on arriving at the market to set up. I still managed to get there before they closed the gates for setup, but I don't want to cut it close again. The weird thing is that while the market had more people compared to last week, sales were really slow. I couldn't figure out what was going on, that is until it was 11 and it seemed like a stream of people in and out buying something. It was definitely nice to end on a good note like that. I also did some price adjustments as I had time to reflect on my first week and was able to sit down and look at how long it was taking me to complete each project. As I do more, I naturally find a groove and I wanted prices to reflect my working time after this point rather than before.

I've sold enough to be happy and not too much to be working feverishly over the next week to replenish what I sold.

All in all these have been two good weeks. I've sold enough to be happy and not too much to be working feverishly over the next week to replenish what I sold. I'm planning on slowly incorporating more into the store as the summer goes on to get a better selection for people to go through. I'll also be reopening my online store when I get more stock built up at home so I'm not double listing my products at the market and on Etsy. For those who've made it by the booth, keep an eye out each week to look for something new!