Thank you to everyone that came along!
During my brief tour of the markets, I met Ann (Anne?), a lovely young lady who was selling cards and cute gift boxes. Photo included. I always enjoy seeing other people with stationery at the markets because I like to see what other people out there are doing. It was her first time at the markets and I envy her organization skills – she had a full size gazebo and a table. Looking back to Juky and Beatrix’s first market… well… I forgot to pack the table cloth that day and we relied on the fig tree we were under for shade. We barely made rent that day. There’s been a couple of times where JB haven’t made rent – once at Paradise Point for no obvious reason, and once at Broadbeach because it started raining.
I also spoke to some very young and adorable entrepreneurs (and I just realized how patronizing that sounded, but believe me when I say I do not mean it in a patronizing way) who wanted to make notebooks to sell! They’ve already got a parent to agree to lend them some shop space and so I gave them some tips about how to staple paper that I will share with you all now.
HOW TO STAPLE BOOKLETS
When stapling the middle of large sheets of paper to make a booklet, you don’t need a stapler with a long arm. Simply bend back the bottom half of the stapler – staplers are usually hinged at the back to allow you to do that. Place the sheets you want to staple over a rubber and then stamp down as you normally would. The staple should penetrate the paper and the rubber. Then, lift the paper up, remove the rubber and manually fold the staple legs in with a pen or a ruler. Voila.
Website wise, I’m looking to list more things to sell online and also develop a list/package of stationery that caters for events. Juky and Beatrix have had experience in providing gift packs, cards, invitations etc for groups and businesses. Last Christmas we had our hands full with customized Christmas cards and book orders.
Our next market is at Paradise Point, though I'm only 70% sure I'm going to attend that one because I also need to do some recon at Brisbane markets.
May the force be with you all,