The weather on Saturday was just miserable. It was rainy and windy, two weather patterns that my books just can’t handle. Luckily, I had help from very nice people that day. My neighbours at the stall lent me some walls to put up around the back of my tent that stopped the wind a bit. Without those, all the paper would have surely turned into mush. When the market was called off, some of my mum’s friends who had dropped by to see me helped me pack up.
Didn’t make a single sale on Saturday, but I turned it into a somewhat productive occasion by taking photographs of my stuff to sell online. Selling online has always been a problem for Juky and Beatrix because each one of our books is different - we don’t buy large quantities of fabric and our paper is often mixed differently. But I’ve decided to upload some of our designs online for sale anyway. I can always custom make something if I’ve sold it at a market, or change the listing details. I’d like to get Juky and Beatrix out there.
On Saturday I also went around to some of the stalls to collect information because I’ve wanted to blog about them for a while. The first is the t-shirt shop run by Karen and Jake. All their tees feature rocking, original designs and look great! So look out for them next time you’re at Broadbeach. The pictures I’ll upload to facebook will tell the story better than me I’m sure. The other stall is one run by Audie Burns, an artist/writer from Oxenford. Her book “Good Manners: A Book of Short Stories” is beautifully illustrated and she also sells artwork and cards with Australian themes. Audie isn’t going to be doing the markets for much longer, she’s upgrading to online selling, so chances to buy her book at the current price is limited. It’s really a wonderful book that both children and adults can enjoy. It brings back some values that should be common sense, but just aren’t taught anymore.
Saying that Sunday was an improvement from Saturday is not very telling – any day this year was better than Saturday. Sunday was sunny and fine, with a bit of a breeze, but no complaints from me. There was a lot of foot traffic from the Blues Festival stuff going on around Broadbeach. So many people wearing awesome hats! I should have taken more pictures.
Juky and Beatrix did pretty well on Sunday, one of our best markets this year. A big thanks to everyone who stopped by. It’s always nice to see familiar faces. I have a wonderful story about two young ladies who come to Juky and Beatrix almost every time at Broadbeach. This time they came with friends and one exclaimed “Here it is! I’m so excited!”. That just made my day. My mum also came to help out for a few hours which gave me some time to visit other stalls again. Towards the afternoon, an ice cream truck came… they seem to be the only place where you can get those soft serve icecreams dipped in chocolate. Yum.
Some new products were put out for the Blues Festival – we now have sticker name labels featuring art noveau designs as well stickers with Garfield, Astro Boy and Star Wars on them.
Our next market will also be at Broadbeach so hopefully see you there!