Location: Silver Spring, MD
Day of the Week: Saturday
Weather: Sunny with a gentle breeze
Organization: Excellent! Lots of information before the event, porters available for hire during the event, and event staff throughout the market to answer questions.
Crowd Size: Decent crowd. Not large, but steady.
Crowd Make-Up: A good mix of families with children and adults with dogs. Not as many elderly.
Booth Fee: $50 for a 10′ x 10′ space
Today at the Fenton Street Market, I sold more product than ever before! It might have been due to the fact that there were only two soap makers there (a lovely lady from BEST, in fact), but I’m chalking it up to good organization, extensive advertising, and great weather! I almost sold out of a couple of things! I had steady business for the entire 6 hours and had nice conversations with plenty of browsers.
I showed up early because I wasn’t sure about the drive, but the event staff were already ready to go and helped me get set up quickly. There was free parking for the truck (hallelujah!) and a nice porter named Jeremy to help me set up the tent. It was in a nice part of town and we were surrounded by businesses. I’ve never been in such a busy part of town. Even in Annapolis, the streets were so blocked off for the festival that we didn’t get much random business traffic there. In contrast, today I met people who saw us out of their windows and on their way to do their normal shopping.
Once again, one of the vendors who was supposed to be my neighbor didn’t show so I was left with a beautifully set up booth and customers wandering around the side where they weren’t supposed to be. It is so frustrating! I always look at the map beforehand and try to figure out how I should set up the booth; and I always have to set up before I know whether or not my neighbors will all be there. Inevitably, the customers don’t come in the front like they should, but go around the side. I’m usually tempted to just turn the products around to face the outside, but then I lose a whole table’s worth of display space!
I added a few more items to the displays this time around. I made soap balls out of the leftover Miel Citron bars and called them Lemon Drops. They looked pretty adorable wrapped up in tulle and terry cloth. I also finally put up a fragrance free sign. Not everyone looked at it, but it did save some people the embarrassment of trying to smell the scentless soaps. My corner display unit finally arrived and it was the perfect place to show off the sea salt scrubs. Every time, my booth looks snazzier and snazzier!
All in all, a great day!