Saturday, December 5, 2009

Being in the right place at the right time

I went to the markets today to see my mother and sister in law. They both had stalls and I am so glad I decided not to hold one today. It ended up being very quiet apparently, and for most stall holders not really worth it.

It was fantastic for my mother though. She was selling pies, biscuits, lollies etc... all homemade and she did quite well. Not only did she sell a fair bit, she got an offer to hold a permanent stall elsewhere, twice a week and pretty much guaranteed $200 a day.

There’s another market I did not know about that only charges $8 a stall. I think it is quite small, but has a great location. It is between a set of office blocks and a very busy shopping centre. A lady who does it saw my mum’s stall today and offered her a spot.

The cake lady that has a stall is leaving and they would like another and her things are so well presented and tasty they want her!

How’s that for a first day?

She had everything wrapped in cellophane, had samples of everything and ALWAYS used gloves when handling food, but not the money, which is not common practice at the markets I have noticed. There were ribbons and labels and it just looked really good.

Here you just need your kitchen checked by the health department and you get a certificate allowing you to sell food at the markets. Do not do it without one. Her kitchen is always immaculate anyway. Once you have that cert you can go sell.

I am so excited for her. She was looking into doing cake decorating as a business and this should provide a good foot in the door, as well as a fairly regular income.…

Sometimes it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.