My First Time Experiences Selling at a Vintage Fair vs Weekend Market.....

On Sunday just past I pitched my stall at my first proper vintage fair. I'm not a stranger to pitching my gazebo up and selling my wares in person, but until now I have only had stalls at weekend handmade vintage markets and suitcase street markets.

The Collectorville Fair on Sunday was a wonderful introduction to selling in a vintage fair setting, and I am so happy with the experience. I'm thankful for having Ben's assistance and support in the lead up to the fair as well as on the day. We had to travel in two vehicles to the venue as we were without available babysitters. Ben not only helped with setting up, but took the kids all day and came back to help pack up.

The fair started at 9am but we had a 4am start with travel time and set up at the venue. I was thankful that my stall site was next to my most loveliest of vintage gal pals Celia from Kittys Vintage Kitsch. When I was getting frustrated with finessing my display at just before 8am, she encouraged me to take a walk. It was just what I needed to be able to come back to it with fresh eyes and have everything ready in time for the gates to open to the public.


The fair went from 9am to 3pm and from the moment people started coming through the gates I was busy and it was wonderful. It was a great joy to have people tell me about their collections and passions. I made new vintage friends, had many a happy customer walk away with goodies and was visited and surprised by old vintage loving friends of the special kind that are delicious to squeeze.


It wasn't until around 1pm a had a chance to grab a quick bite to eat in a lull and take stock and go to battle with the winds that were picking up and causing problems to some stallholders gazebos and displays......nothing a few minor adjustments in my display didn't fix.

I rounded off the day with my final sale whilst packing up and the final fair goers were making their way out, when I had a gorgeous lady come back to purchase a vintage Mabel Melamine Tray with a beautiful scene of two girls having a tea party.


I really enjoyed doing the fair and much more than I have had doing a weekend market. Those attending a fair are collectors and appreciators of vintage and precious items. People understand the experience, effort and knowledge that goes into providing quality items for purchase and don't scoff at prices. Where as those attending a weekend market are frequently looking for a bargain and wanting rock bottom prices and bargains.

I will certainly be concentrating my efforts on fairs, festivals and events going forward in conjunction with my Etsy store and other sales means. I'm far less likely to be attempting the weekend market scene again anytime time soon. Fairs, festivals and events are a lot easier for me to plan for and manage with pre-planning without causing changes to our family life and routine every weekend.

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My Vintage Childhood: My First Time Experiences Selling at a Vintage Fair vs Weekend Market.....

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My First Time Experiences Selling at a Vintage Fair vs Weekend Market.....

On Sunday just past I pitched my stall at my first proper vintage fair. I'm not a stranger to pitching my gazebo up and selling my wares in person, but until now I have only had stalls at weekend handmade vintage markets and suitcase street markets.

The Collectorville Fair on Sunday was a wonderful introduction to selling in a vintage fair setting, and I am so happy with the experience. I'm thankful for having Ben's assistance and support in the lead up to the fair as well as on the day. We had to travel in two vehicles to the venue as we were without available babysitters. Ben not only helped with setting up, but took the kids all day and came back to help pack up.

The fair started at 9am but we had a 4am start with travel time and set up at the venue. I was thankful that my stall site was next to my most loveliest of vintage gal pals Celia from Kittys Vintage Kitsch. When I was getting frustrated with finessing my display at just before 8am, she encouraged me to take a walk. It was just what I needed to be able to come back to it with fresh eyes and have everything ready in time for the gates to open to the public.


The fair went from 9am to 3pm and from the moment people started coming through the gates I was busy and it was wonderful. It was a great joy to have people tell me about their collections and passions. I made new vintage friends, had many a happy customer walk away with goodies and was visited and surprised by old vintage loving friends of the special kind that are delicious to squeeze.


It wasn't until around 1pm a had a chance to grab a quick bite to eat in a lull and take stock and go to battle with the winds that were picking up and causing problems to some stallholders gazebos and displays......nothing a few minor adjustments in my display didn't fix.

I rounded off the day with my final sale whilst packing up and the final fair goers were making their way out, when I had a gorgeous lady come back to purchase a vintage Mabel Melamine Tray with a beautiful scene of two girls having a tea party.


I really enjoyed doing the fair and much more than I have had doing a weekend market. Those attending a fair are collectors and appreciators of vintage and precious items. People understand the experience, effort and knowledge that goes into providing quality items for purchase and don't scoff at prices. Where as those attending a weekend market are frequently looking for a bargain and wanting rock bottom prices and bargains.

I will certainly be concentrating my efforts on fairs, festivals and events going forward in conjunction with my Etsy store and other sales means. I'm far less likely to be attempting the weekend market scene again anytime time soon. Fairs, festivals and events are a lot easier for me to plan for and manage with pre-planning without causing changes to our family life and routine every weekend.

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5 Comments:

At September 23, 2014 at 9:49 AM , Blogger Toni said...

I imagine you would've been totally in your element Trudie! I love your dress too its gorgeous.

 
At September 23, 2014 at 1:56 PM , Blogger Iliska Dreams said...

I so wish I could have come for a visit. But Justin had the car and I had no way of getting there

 
At September 23, 2014 at 9:21 PM , Blogger Sunae Reilly said...

Oh Trudie! I just know that you've made the right choice here! Fairs are definitely the way to go for you and I wish you every success with them in the future. Am craving a cuppa and a catch up with you and your three beautiful children. I will have to make a trip up to the Gold Coast soon! xx

 
At September 24, 2014 at 4:29 AM , Blogger Vix said...

You look fabulous on a 4am get up! the stall is a credit to you. I'm the same, I get really overwrought trying to get my pitch set up to perfection. Love the picture of the three of you and thrilled it went well. xxx

 
At September 24, 2014 at 2:25 PM , Blogger Vintage Bird Girl said...

I think you have found the right place to sell your wares. I love the fact that among the stalls at the fair yours had a point of difference. And your logo looks smashing. I'm SO glad we were able to pop by. It's always a treat to see you. Big Love. Xx

 

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