Whippin' out those credit cards... Ka' ching. Ringing in those sales. Nice cool breeze blowing.
Customers buzzing about your booth happily offering to pay the listed price for your handmade work. Take a little lunch break and chat with a few interested strollers. Close out your day with a nice list of emails for anxious customers-to-be. Home in time for dinner and ready to roll for the next show - next weekend. Time to head back into the shop to work on a new cool design you've been thinking about....
the sun and heat can knock you out. Not to mention, the sudden ha-boob or monsoon, and when it rains here, it tends to flood.
And the truth is that strollers at markets aren't always there with the intention to pay a fair price for unique handmade wares. Some expect to haggle over price or "get a deal", and others are just there to get out of the house and take a walk. Maybe the event goers are fully engaged, but they are looking to decorate their million dollar abodes, not to find quirky, rustic work like you craft.
Occasionally, for no explicable reason, the attendance is just slim and un-engaged. Maybe it's a new show, or the location isn't ideal. Or worse, there is an enormously popular competing event across town.
And, none of that even begins to explore the complexity of preparing, hauling, setting-up and operating a mobile retail shop ... usually on a sidewalk, parking lot, or grass field.
Other Options for Makers
We will be offering several events on each of these other options later in the year if you want to explore these.