((Special thanks to Eden @whollyholyliving for suggesting I do this post!))
Next week is the very first market of the year for me! You know what that means!?
“Lots of stress, time, and money being spent on the event??”
No!…… Okay, ‘technically’ yes, but that’s not where I was going with this!
It’s time for me to do a blog post about what I sell, and the prices I sell my items for! Not so that I can entice anyone to buy my stuff, but rather, for people to use as a tool when doing what I am doing. This is mainly to show other crafters what I sell my items for, what I make, and give people a good idea on how to price and show items.
I wish that more of us bloggers did this so that we could all learn from one another. Although I had always thought about doing a post like this, it wasn’t until another blogger mentioned it to me that I decided to do a post like this. So without further adue, here is my First Friday post about what I’ll be selling! I’ll be doing a follow up post after the market to talk about what sold good, what didn’t, and how people felt about the pricing and set up.
First Friday Market:
Cost to get in: $0 (I literally had to ask the lady in charge twice because I wasn’t sure we understood each other. But the cost to get a booth for First Friday (a start up Farmers Market in my small town) is nothing! The lady in charge told me that it was free for this first year because they were ‘just testing it out’ and seeing how well it did and if they wanted to do another year of it.)
Cost of supplies: $$$ (I’m not even going to look at how much I spent on supplies for this -and other- events. I knew that I had spent at least $100 in the last month on mannequin heads, magnets, sandbags, containers, etc.. However, as my brother keeps reminding me, I only have to buy all of these things once and then I’ve got them for life.
Cost and Inventory:
Flower Doilies: $3
These are quick and easy to make and only take about a half hour to an hour. These are also eye catching and a cheep item people can get at my booth.
Strawberry Bag: $3
Blueberry Bag: $3
Carrot Bag: $3
These were things I made when I was playing around with some yarn. I only have these five and I don’t plan on making any more than what I have here because of time and effort (and because I honestly don’t remember how I made them in the first place). They didn’t sell well the first year, but I didn’t have the best set up or location to advertise them well at. We will see how they do this year.
Bath Scrubbies: $5
Soap Bags: $3
Cotton Washcloths: $6
I have an abundance of these because I love crocheting these! The scrubbies end up looking so cute when I’m done with them and the cotton washcloths end up feeling so soft!
Market Bags W/Strap: $10
Large Market Bags: $15
These are another super easy thing to make but they are very time consuming (especially the large ones that are not in the picture above)! I use small scanes of yarn to make these bags because I end up with a lot of small leftover scanes of yarn that aren’t enough to do anything with. Adding all of these different colors together not only helps me get rid of leftover yarn, but it makes for a pretty and unique bag!
Hats and Beards: $24
Princess Crowns/Tiaras: $5-$7
Where would my precious booth be without my glorious hats and beards!? These things are time consuming, they come in all different sizes (but one size fits most), and these things are so fun to make and play around with! I have orange hunting hats with camo beards, regular hats and beards, and I’m even working on some Viking hats and beards for the Bluegill. For this small market, however, the Viking hats are just too expensive to sell and I’m sticking with the normal hats and beards.
The tiaras and crowns were something I did for last years Bluegill Frolic and I hadn’t made any more this year, so right now I’m just trying to get rid of the leftovers. Neither of these sold very well in the past due to heat and poor advertising, but I’m going to see how well they do with the addition of the mannequin heads and cooler weather!
Leaf Garland: $5
Black Cauldrons: $3
With the leaf garlands, I have loose leaves that are 50 cents each that people could buy separate. OR people can pick 10 leaves, and I can make a garland for them right then and there with colors of their choice. People can buy the garlands premade as well, but they are mainly for presentation to show people what I could make for them.
I made the Pumpkins and Black Cauldrons for a Halloween themed section since Fall is in the air, leaves are falling, and everyone here is looking forward to the start of school and the start of Fall weather. I expect the pumpkins to go fast, but time will tell.
The Bombs were my fathers idea (actually, his idea was to put a big red ‘F’ on the bombs to make them F-Bombs, but that was a bit too much work considering how many bombs I had made. The bombs and pumpkins were crocheted around a rice filled balloon to give it a bit of weight. And although I expect people to throw the bombs at each other, I will highly discourage it and remind people that if they break it, there is no refund.
The Jellyfish weren’t the easiest to make and they take about two hours to crochet. They are filled with just normal stuffing and are priced a bit higher than the rest of my items because of how much times goes into making these creatures of the sea.
Bag Holders: $4-$5
These are really easy to make and come in handy in every home. These always sell really well (especially with the older generations) and the more colors I have the more people seam to like them.
Displays: I have a few different ways to display my items, as you can see. I have my bags hanging from the tent, I have a step ladder display case, I have mannequin heads displaying my hats and beards, tables to set stuff on, and a few other display items that aren’t pictured above.
There are a few things that I will be selling that I hadn’t set up and taken a picture of. For example, I sell jewelry as well, but I hadn’t set that up for the practice run because I already knew what that display was going to look like. My grandmother is also selling towels that she made herself, but those won’t be picked up until the day of the market, and they will be displayed on racks to the left of the booth. There will also of course be signs all over my booth showing pricings and other stuff, but again, those won’t be shown until I do the after report on how the market went.
I would also like to add that all of these prices were priced for the small town farmers market of First Friday, and the prices of my items fluctuate depending on what market I am doing. For example, I will be making prices a little higher on some of my items during the Bluegill Frolic Festival because people from other towns, and sometimes even as far as Chicago, come to that event. Right now however, these are my prices for the small town farmers market where the only people attending will be from in town.
((I would also like to put in a warning for all of those new beginners out there looking to price their stuff. Pricing your items ‘too low’ can cause people to think that your items aren’t worth it and are cheaply made! Keep that in mind when trying to give people ‘good deals’. You can always price them high and give people ‘good deals’ on the things that they want to buy, but people will respect higher prices more than lower prices!))
Leave A Comment Below! What do you think of my set up? Is there anything you would do different? Are there any tips you want to add to the comments for people who may be doing their first market? Or just lets us know what you make and how you price your items!
As always, smile, have a great day, and remember to learn something new everyday (and then share that knowledge with the world)!