Monday, 24 June 2013

Old Spitalfields Market

Photo credit: Amelia Gregory

This weekend I was lucky enough to spend some time in London at Old Spitalfields Market in conjunction with Intuit Pay (if you want to know a bit more about Intuit read my blog post- their card readers are excellent for small business owners).

Intuit were there promoting their products and I and a few other crafty sellers were there using our card readers and selling our wares.

Anthea from Intuit Pay was on hand to run sign up stallholders and answer questions - as well as dishing out some very tasty mini cupcakes.

Photo credit: @IntuitUK

My stall neighbour on Saturday was the very lovely Sarah with her brand Bonny Boutique, her gorgeous handmade items made me feel terrible about my own rusty sewing skills. And the little pug cushion in the corner was definitely a favourite.

The Saturday was a little bit quieter than we were expecting, though plenty of cake and some late afternoon sales meant we definitely had a good time. It seemed to be a day for romantics as a few men came to buy cards for their girlfriends and wives - it's nice to know there are going to be some Stacie Swift Illustration animal cards spreading the love! Another nice surprise was bumping into Amelia Gregory - having done some work for Amelia's Magazine and had some Twitter chats in the past it was great to finally put a face to the name.

I also bumped into this little guy! Buster seemed pretty pleased with his illustrated lookalike...

After a bit of a quiet Saturday I had high hopes for Sunday - Old Spitalfields is notoriously a Sunday market and once the day got going it was clearly the better and busier day to have a stall there.

Photo credit: Katrina - Burnish and Black

The day goes faster when you have good stalls around you and on Sunday (along with Anthea and the Intuit Pay team) I was lucky enough to have a spot next to Burnish and Black. Their gorgeous designs are created by design team Katrina Nolan and Louise Payjack-Guillou. Fellow Middlesex Uni graduates, their work is both clever and beautiful. So much to love!!!

There was a really good feeling about the Sunday market with a great mix of stalls (more so than the Saturday) and a really lively, bustling atmosphere. Definitely a great market to consider, the high stall fees are worth it if you have a good day. And it's a great place to meet lots of fun and interesting people.

Some things worth noting: 
-The tables are large - take lots of stock to fill up your space! 
-The stall costs are relatively high so take a range of high and low priced products to tempt as many  
 sales as you can.
-A seat isn't provided so a fold up chair is a must!!!!
-Stallholders all utilise their spaces well. Hang fabric/use props/get some signage to make your stall 
 stand out!-Take some promo material, I gave away lots of business cards this weekend
-Being able to take card payments is a massive advantage at big markets, cash machines are few and 
 far between and queues are long...

And lastly, I met a dog wearing sunglasses (another Buster!) which pretty much summed up a great weekend!


Thanks again to Intuit UK for my stall!

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