Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Mighty Market Roundup
At last after a hectic couple of days I have the time to consider the simply sensational Christmas market I participated in as part of the Brisstyle team at Hamilton Town Hall on Saturday the 13 December.
I was blown away by the number of people that came along and their appreciation of handmade items. We had a marvelous turnout of stall holders selling bags, dolls, jewellery, designer baby wear and baby goods, retro ephemera, OOAC art works and prints, fun stuff, food, and so much more. Our team is so talented with all the work being of great quality and diversity and all at the cutting edge of the nouvelle craft scene. The patrons really saw the value in it and it made me feel really proud as a creater of craft items to see appreciation from my audience.
We had a wonderful atmosphere, with people milling about in the courtyard chatting and comparing purchases. there was music, kids playing, and great eats. Even in the sweltering Brisbane summer the vibe was still fantastic.
As for my stall, I was so pleased and humbled to sell so much of my work. My paper doll selection is now sadly (or not sadly) depleted as I sold many of my lovely ladies to new hopefully happy homes. I also got some great and useful feedback that will help me develop my range further and take packaging and the whole concept to the next level. I was very pleased with my stall layout and position and it was so wonderful to be so near to people to be able to engage them even if they were just browsing.
As for the Brisstyle team, it was fantastic to put faces to the names after talking online for so long. It turns out everyone is as nice in real life as they appear in print and by having so many supportive people around me it was possible to handle the days length and heat and still be smiling at the end. It was also great to be able to buy from sellers whose work you have admired for a long time and to also see how their work is developing.
In all this is by far the best and most fun market I have ever been involved in.