Festive Ideas for your stall!

The Christmas season is just around the corner so our design guru Carla Stobbs has gathered 7 ideas to help transform your stall to festive heaven!

Offering a gift wrapping service is a great way to entice people to your stall and encourages impulse purchases. Make sure you practice beforehand and carefully add up your costs. To encourage higher spends per person and ensure you’re not out of pocket, think about offering free gift wrapping if your customer spends over a certain amount eg: “Free gift-wrapping with purchases over £10”.

Make your packaging look unique by tying it in with your branding and think of simple and quick ways to make it look good or ask customers to come and pick it up later so you don’t lose sales while you’re occupied with paper and string. Don’t forget to add your business card or logo too.

Remember it gets dark early at Christmas markets, so think about lighting your stall. Not only will it bring out the detail in your products, but it will add a festive sparkle and draw customers in to take a closer look. Green Park Station in Bath doesn’t have much access to electricity for individual traders, but you can use battery powered lights instead as they come in many different shapes and styles. Pick up some cheaply from IKEA.

Probably the most obvious way to add a festive touch to your stall is with decorations. Show off your creative skills – handmade bunting, paperchains and garlands are all eye-catching. For a more organic look, collect pinecones, mistletoe, twigs and holly from the garden – these can be spray painted or left natural if it suits your branding.

There are lots of simple tutorials on the internet, here’s one we found:

http://www.littlethingsbringsmiles.com/2010/12/rustic-snowflake-tutorial.html

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With any market it is important to think about the best way to display your products. Using levels in your displays will help keep customers interested and engaged. Remember, they may only look at your stall for a split second so the easier you make something jump out then the the more likely they will stop. Revel Interiors has demonstrated her own unique display by creatively hanging lampshades on a parasol for example (above).

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Since it’s Christmas, why not display your products a bit differently? We love how this designer has displayed her cards on a simple tree. Click here to view the tutorial.

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Spread the festive cheer by dressing up! Whether it’s your favourite novelty jumper or a touch of glitter, it will be a great conversation starter. Alternatively, wear something you have for sale, it could be a pair of earrings you have made or a scarf you’ve knitted.

Here’s some examples from traders at our market…

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Nerys from The Greatest Little Coffee Box on Earth dresses up retro in keeping with their vintage coffee box!

5e Buen Apetito had their own t-shirts printed with a humorous twist, it makes a great conversation opener with customers.

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Designer Amy Laws always wears her designs, this shows that she is passionate about their products and is a great advertisement!

 Everyone loves a freebie! Food and skincare makers know that ‘try before you buy’ is essential for selling stock. Encourage customers to engage with whatever product you sell as the minute they have interacted with it they will feel more connected with it. So let them taste food, feel textiles, visualise pictures in their home or to try accessories on. And as it’s Christmas, think about giving away small treats to customers  like free sweets or stickers or offer to donate a proportion of your sales to charity – it creates a feel-good atmosphere so important at this time of year. Make sure you advertise whatever you’re doing on a sign though or tell passers-by so that it also attracts custom to your stall. What goes around comes around after all. Happy selling!

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Offering a free food sample to try is a great conversation starter and often ends up in a sale!

Remembrance Sunday & a Veggie Lunch special!

Join us on November 9th for a nostalgic day of reflection with free vintage-inspired music, a pop-up vintage tearoom, free paper poppy art for kids and two minutes’ silence at 11am.

Sunday November 9th is Remembrance Sunday – a time to remember those who gave their lives for us – so from 10am we’ll be playing vintage tunes before honouring the 2 minutes’ silence at 11am.

Our November market falls on Remembrance Sunday - so we have free live vintage-inspired music and a pop-up tea room too
Our November market falls on Remembrance Sunday – so we have free live vintage-inspired music and a pop-up tea room too

VINTAGE ENTERTAINMENT

Following that we have free live vintage music until 2pm from vintage singers The Mountain Flowers and swing trio Bartoune, both of whom will add a nostalgic feel to the day alongside our pop-up vintage tearoom where we will be serving tea in china cups and saucers with slices of homemade cake. And our craft tutor The Twinklerose Fairy will be teaching kids free poppy art nearby as well as offering low-cost paid-for art projects too.

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VEGGIE LUNCH OPTIONS

If you’re looking for something less sweet then we also have plenty of delicious and wholesome veggie food for lunch including Cafe Dish and the award-winning Gopal’s Curry Shack.  Our resident foodies The Feastie Boys and Eat Like A Greek will be there too with both meat and vegetarian options, The Greatest Little Coffee Box will be serving their delicious hot drinks from their converted horsebox and you can buy alcoholic and non-alcoholic fruit drinks from our other converted horsebox trader, The Horsebox Drinkery. (Please note: Marilyn’s Food and The Bath Soup Company are no longer attending).

The Horsebox Drinkery will be serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic fruit drinks
The Horsebox Drinkery will be serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic fruit drinks

START CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

And last but not least you’ll be able to start your Christmas shopping in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere as we have over 70 original, beautiful and boutique stalls from jewellery makers to natural skincare sellers to ceramicists, textile artists, artists, designer-makers, fashion designers, candle makers and so  much more! And as we are undercover it doesn’t matter what the weather’s doing either. See you there.

 

 

 

Shock news! 15 year old gives teenagers a good name!

We’re very impressed with the innovative way that 15 year old Jake Pember is raising money for a good cause…

15 year old Jake Pember gives The Apprentice candidates a run for their money
15 year old Jake Pember gives The Apprentice candidates a run for their money

Teenagers get a lot of bad press these days but here’s one young entrepreneur who isn’t afraid of hard work. Driven by his goal of raising £4000 for his World Challenge Expedition to Ecuador next year, 15 year old Jake Pember has set up his successful “Scrabbulous” business, making personalised Scrabble art pictures and accessories. A regular at Bath Artisan market over the last few months, Jake has seen his business go from strength to strength.

Have your family names framed by Jake
Have your family names framed by Jake

Jake attributes the popularity of his pictures to their broad appeal and says: There’s a picture for every occasion and all ages, especially people who are hard to buy for and people seem to really like the personalised angle”. The pictures are also great value ranging from only £14.99 – £19.99 for a bespoke creation. One customer was so happy with her personalised picture she has ordered 12 more for Christmas presents.

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Scrabbulous pictures make personalised and unique gifts

In addition to running his Scrabbulous business Jake has two gardening jobs, does babysitting and pet sitting, casual work for a reading charity and “sticking up” for a local skittles team – all whilst studying for his 10 GCSE’s! Jake has raised £2, 300 and is well on his way to meeting his £4 000 target by July when he leaves for Ecuador for the month long expedition where he’ll be helping to build a new schoolroom in a deprived Ecuadorian community.

Jake’s a welcome addition to our market and he says “it’s been a great opportunity for me. It’s helped me reach more customers but more than anything has been a shop window for my business. I have my Facebook page but many people who have come to the stall have said that the Facebook photographs don’t do the pictures justice and they look even better in reality.”

So come and have a look at his pictures on November 9th and get your orders in in time for Christmas. You can also help by liking his Facebook page too www.tinyurl.com/scrabbulous or by making a direct donation to Jake’s World Challenge Fund.