This past week and weekend has been full on, what with life with three kids, Sarah being sick, doctors appointments and preparations for our first market since Fraser’s arrival. My poor girl has spent most of the week, battling seriously high temperatures with no known cause for the best part of last week. It’s a mystery to us and to the doctor as to what has been wrong with her. Come Friday she was in better spirits and Saturday morning she seemed to be much more her normal self. So we chanced it and decided that Cohen would have special time with grandparents rather than both of them and we’d also take Sarah to the market with us too. 

Yeah I know it’s crazy to do our first market in months, with a not quite eight week old baby and a two and half year old. Some people would say that is sheer madness and a fast track ride to the funny farm. But it all went wonderfully and I’m so lucky to have this man be my biggest support and help.

He did all the heavy set up for the stall and I did all the display work, all whilst Fraser snoozed away in the carrier. Fraser spent the whole day feeding, snoozing or having snuggles with daddy and others who dropped by. Sarah was kept happy and entertained by the market organisers 14 year old daughter, which was totally unexpected to us but ended up being a delightful bonus for everyone.

It was a lovely day as it always is to be among like minded people and to meet people face to face. The reaction to my little niche business in this vintage world of selling continues to be a wonderful one. It’s wonderful to hear people say “I used to have one of those as a kid, it brings back memories”. That is one of the single biggest things I want to continue to grow my business on and giving people those feelings when they see my goodies.

We will continue to trial all different dynamics and avenues with the business. Just like everything else in life, we need to find the mix and balance that’s right for us with online sales, physical in store sales and displays and market sales. It’s a juggle to work out where and what are the best options for optimum results, but that’s the nature of business. But along the way the biggest thing is I have to consider my family and keep the balance fair to us all, but still allow me time to grow my dream.

21 thoughts on “Taking on Weekend Market Selling with a Baby…..

  • October 14, 2013 at 2:05 am
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    So glad you had such a great day even though it could have gone not that well !!
    Love, hugs and positive energy !
    Me

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  • October 14, 2013 at 2:40 am
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    Glad to see you weren't fighting wet weather like last time Trudie.

    Anne xx

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  • October 14, 2013 at 3:49 am
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    Your set-up looks amazing.
    Markets can be alot of hard work but they are worth it for getting your business out there and noticed. x

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  • October 14, 2013 at 8:58 am
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    Your pics are so lovely….I wish I could crawl through the screen & have a look for myself! Your little stall looks wonderful, and you my dear are the best advertisement for your brand. LOVE that skirt on you too. Xx

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  • October 14, 2013 at 11:19 am
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    Gorgeous pictures, glad it went so well and that the family is all on the mend now! xx

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  • October 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm
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    What a lovely looking stall! Hope your daughter makes a full recovery soon, nothing worse than poorly children

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  • October 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm
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    Look at your beautiful stall filled with treasure…….you are amazing….super mum. Love v

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  • October 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm
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    Your stall look great, I am so impressed that you did a market with 2 little ones in tow! xxx

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  • October 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm
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    Thanks honey. Sarah was in better spirits I think it really helped her to have a day of fresh air.

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  • October 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm
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    Oh we did have a panic moment for about 10mins where the rain started to come down, but it cleared thank goodness.

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  • October 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm
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    Thanks Zara. I'm happy with it, but I hope to keep refining it. I really need to look at props for helping to display items.

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  • October 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm
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    What a beautiful compliment honey thank you. I love the skirt too, it's getting a lot of action at the moment.

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  • October 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm
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    Sarah is fine now, still at a loss to what was wrong. But she was fine market day and had huge sleeps Sunday and is all good now.

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  • October 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm
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    Thanks V. I don't know about Super Mum just a mum with a passion trying to find a way to make it work.

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  • October 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm
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    The market with two was fine had Cohen been with us I wouldn't have been able to think straight, he is on the go all the time. Thanks for the compliment.

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  • October 22, 2013 at 12:51 am
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    The stall looks fantastic, especially with Fraser manning the till! I agree that business, like all of life, is just trial and error and hopefully success too.

    I hope Sarah is all better now. x

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