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Christmas market

I have just booked my first Christmas market stall of the year! Where has this year gone that we are talking about Christmas markets already? Is time actually going faster, or is this just what everyone said would happen once I reached 30?

On the other hand it never hurts to be well organised for these types of things. I will be making up lots of gift baskets in varying price ranges so I will need to start thinking about stock soon I guess. I am thinking that gift baskets are the most likely thing to sell at a Christmas market because its what people buy for people they don't know what to buy for. At least it's what I buy anyway!

Business is so exciting!

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Kasman wrote on August 13, 2017, 5:27 PM

30? Speaking from personal experience it's all downhill from there! emoticon :smile: Ask your friends what they buy for Christmas. That might give you a few ideas.

melody23 wrote on August 13, 2017, 6:43 PM

Lol its been all downhill since 30 that's for sure! I feel like an old lady with all my aches and pains. I'm thinking of secret santa type gifts as well as any other gift set ideas I can come up with. I'm not allowed to sell toys at this one because the place that its hosted at are selling toys so that's the only downside

MegL wrote on August 13, 2017, 6:44 PM

In terms of marketing, you need to think at least 3 months ahead, preferably 5 months ahead in order to plan your advertising and strategy. Gift baskets are always a good choice.

Edit: By the way, if you are making up gift baskets put your business card or similar saying "carefully crafted by Kirsty..." at the bottom of the basket, where it won't be seen until it is "undone". If the recipient likes it they may contact you to buy one themselves!

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melody23 wrote on August 17, 2017, 12:34 PM

I usually hide my business card under one of the products and stick stickers to the bottom of the packaging too. I'm also thinking of having gift tags made for them with my logo etc on one side and the other side blank for the person to write on

MegL wrote on August 17, 2017, 2:25 PM

You're away ahead of me. There used to be a website that listed fairs throughout the year.

melody23 wrote on August 17, 2017, 2:44 PM

There is a website but its pretty rubbish to be honest its only the big regular markets that are on it none of the wee local ones or one off types and 99% are in England which is a bit far for me to travel lol. Facebook is proving to be good for finding events. At first I was really struggling but once you have found a few and liked them, facebook then suggests more events you may like. I also have a few friends looking out for stalls for me so I can get lots of orders in to help fund my dental bills!

MegL wrote on August 17, 2017, 7:40 PM

There's a Victorian Street Fair in Whitehead, just across the water from you in November.

Last Edited: August 17, 2017, 7:41 PM