Attended the Etsy Made in Canada Market last weekend up in Whitehorse. Sales weren’t too bad. Boy did I stand out though, my table was absolutely nothing like all the other tables! All the other tables were things like soaps, jewelry, scented things (my poor allergies… X_x I had such a migraine by the end…), clothing, and paintings. I’m not saying this as a bad thing! Standing out from the crowd was kinda fun! It got peoples attention for sure, and the kids that came really loved my table, because it was something for them. Only thing that sucked was my capsule machine broke that morning, and I couldn’t have it on the table, which really annoyed me because that thing is always a huge attraction for the kids. I’ve since gotten it fixed (I hope), but it was a bummer not having it.
I enjoyed this market. The organization was great, the people who set it up knew exactly what they were doing, it was well thought out, set up, promoted, and monitored. Very pleased with it overall. My only critiques would be they put the power cable in a terrible place, right in front of my table with no markings and people were tipping on it constantly (sure it got people to kind of stop at my table buuuut they were annoyed and it was a hazard so… yah.). Also, I had requested not to be placed near scented tables due to my allergy and I was put right next to a lady who sold scented bottles, and she was spraying/pouring that stuff out all day so it got a little extreme. I took the maximum of my medications I could before I got there just to be safe, and I was still in pretty bad pain by the end. Next time I’ll have to speak up more about that and request a change if it happens again.
Otherwise overall, great market, tons of people, and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. Even though I didn’t make nearly as many sales as I hoped, I talked to a lot of people and gave out many business cards, which to me is a big win. Getting my setup better each time, really like my little banners over each sticker section. Still more tweaks to do as always, but it’s improving every time I set it up. Next event for sure is my annual Christmas Fair in my hometown in November. I’m on the waiting list for an event in Whitehorse, not sure if I’ll get in, but here’s hoping, and I’ll post if I do!