Prepping for My First Market

So yesterday I talked about signing up for my very first Market Day experience. Even though booth sign ups didn’t open until the 29th, I’ve been planning on it for about six weeks now. I had to register for a tax license in order to collect sales tax. It’s a free license in our state, and you just fill out a form to mail in to the capitol and they send you the license in less than 3 weeks. It’s required in order to rent booth space in Wimberley. With that checked off, what’s next?

An album to showcase my work! Obviously I can’t bring everything I’ve built into a 10′ x 10′ space, so I made an album. Oh, and the best part? I only had to pay for shipping! Last month my mom and I went shopping at the OshKosh Outlet to get Charlie some winter clothes. At checkout, I got a free coupon for a hardcover 8×8 book from Shutterfly. What an awesome reward coupon! So I hopped onto their website and used one of the free templates to fill in 20 pages of awesome.

I started with coffee tables, since they’re my favorites.

I never realized just how many bookcases I’ve built! Over 10. It was a lot of fun choosing layouts and putting the pieces on pages by group. I hadn’t quite realized all I’d built until I laid out the book. It’s a wide variety of stuff!

I chose to put my #1 favorite build on the back, the surfboard table and stools. End it on a high note!

I’ve decided that I really don’t want to focus very much on commissions this upcoming year. It’s what I had mostly done over this past year, and it really stressed me out. I obsess over every single imperfection. Would I pay this much for something with an imperfect screw? What if they notice that tiny drip of stain right there? It was madness. I’m much better suited to point of sale kind of stuff. You get what you see. Plus there was the added uncertainty of charging them a down payment in advance for supplies, or should I eat the cost? Sometimes buyers would flake out on me and I’d be stuck with something for weeks on end in my garage while I struggled to get it gone. It’s a lot to iron out, and for now, I just don’t feel like worrying about it. I’d rather start building what I’m good at and hoping someone likes it!

Other items on my packing list today are: a receipt book to keep track of sales, bag chairs so I don’t have to stand up all day, and some magnets and photos to stage the functionality of my magnetic frames and photo clip rail.

7 thoughts on “Prepping for My First Market

  1. Hi there, I just found your blog a few weeks ago via Ana White and I’ve really enjoyed looking at your projects and reading your posts. I just discovered how much I love to build (or maybe finally admitted it’s something that could be more than a hobby…gulp!) and seeing you go down the road I hope to go someday is a huge inspiration. Best of luck with the market. Can’t wait to hear how it goes and I’m sure it will be amazing!

  2. I second Chris, do you have an online shop?? I love all the things you build (I was hooked on your blog from day one when I read your post about having a baby & a nursery that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! I think this is my first time commenting!).

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