A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the Dallas Farmers Market last Saturday!! We had an absolute blast and our little booth was a hit with the crowd. We received a lot of positive feedback, helpful suggestions, and made a whooping 24 sales! That is a success in my humble opinion (with no frame of reference). Our ignorance is a blessing because every single sale was an unexpected and happy surprise.
We learned a lot about what it takes to be a vendor and have developed a newfound respect for the initiative, guts, drive, and pure hard sweaty effort that each vendor expends every single day to bring their wares to market.
I will make a comprehensive list later, but these are a few of the things that caught us by surprise:
- Arrive early to set up in case someone else takes your spot! We had a prime location at the end of a row that we didn't want to give up, so we had to help the other vendor move her entire set up. Apparently, this happens all the time.
- The biggest crowd and our highest number of sales took place during the lunch hour. So be sure to pack a lunch if you want to eat. We went there expecting vending to be just like a usual weekend trip as a customer with plenty of time for browsing and leisurely eating. Not so! The vendor experience is totally different and much more pressure.
- It feels very intrusive to solicit passer by's to stop and look at your products. But once you get their attention, most people are genuinely interested in seeing what you have to offer. They came to shop, after all.
- Many markets require vendors to have business liability insurance, and the DFM requires $1 million in coverage (!!). That is a standard requirement even though we don't sell foodstuffs or cosmetics. Because you never know, someone may get a paper cut. Unfortunately, insurance companies don't sell policies by the day. So we bought an annual plan. I guess we'll be doing a few more of these to get our money's worth!
Stay tuned on when we'll be back to market. Be sure to stop by and say hello!
-- Jane, Jonathan, Finn, and little Remy