Monday, November 16, 2009

10 tips for selling at the markets

Going to the markets for me was an interesting experience. I realised after that although I knew a fair bit about it, it can be a little daunting for those who haven't done it before, so here's a few tips to help you out.

1.) It can take a few weeks for people to know that you are there and spread the word, so you might not get great sales at first.
2.) Be friendly. Make eye contact, smile and talk to as many people as you can. If they are talking to you, they will go slower and look at what you have for longer. Thus greater chance of sales.
3.) Have something unique. There tends to be a lot of second hand books, clothes etc... at markets. Look to sell something that isn’t there.
4.) Have a chair. It is a long day; you will need somewhere to sit.
5.) Make your stall as user friendly as possible. Don’t have everything too close and looking cluttered. Keep it neat and clean. People like to be able to pick things up and handle them. You don’t want them thinking if they pick something up, other things will fall.
6.) Use all the space you have. Often there is space to hang things up behind you, so it doesn’t all have to be squished onto the one table.
7.) Have food and drink with you. Sometimes you might be too busy to leave your stall, other times, you might not feel you can trust the stall holders near you to look after your stall. (Though in general I have been able to.)
8.) Be inside if you can. Some markets have indoor spots and outdoor spots. The best spots are indoors, because you are protected from any weather and people tend to gravitate towards there. If you can’t get inside, get near an entrance.
9.) If it is an outdoor market, take something for shade or it can get too hot.
10.) Pack paracetamol, sun cream and anti bacterial cream. You’ll probably need them all.