Monday, May 27, 2013

VivoCity Craft Market 25th to 26th May 2013 Post-mortem


I don't ask for very much. I spend my days making bags and pouches and then I sell them at my booth at Vivocity. If I manage to make a sale, I am happy and appreciative. If I don't make a sale, I'm not happy but I'm not unhappy. This is part and parcel of being a handmade seller.

Even though I don't ask for very much, I do ask that I am treated with respect - not so much as a handmade seller but as a human being. Yes, a human being who is not a piece of furniture - who has taste and feelings. On Sunday, a couple decided that the best place to make out (and mind you, this was done quite "violently" with slobbering and saliva) was right in front of me (and I was standing up attending to them). This couple had come to my booth to browse. Nothing caught their fancy. But instead of walking away, they carried on standing in front of my booth trying to dislodge each other's tongue. I believe I should put up a "NO MAKING OUT" sign at my booth.

Luckily for me, my sales on Saturday was quite good. Because on Sunday, it really, really sucked.

Saturday's display

 Sunday's display

My stock is pretty pathetic at the moment. I have another craft market at Vivocity this weekend. Yes, I know. Why did I get arm locked into this arrangement? I have at most 4 days to sew up more stock.

This was me on Saturday. I did not suffer any headaches or migraines. The wax burner was far away from me and the varnish and lacquer people weren't close enough. I was really grateful.

The blue people came to visit and this time one of them hammed it up for me.

Some of you complained that I did not take a front view of the men in blue. So I took one this round. Hope you ladies are satisfied. I took from the side because I didn't want to be too obvious. Please, I have class, you know!

I don't understand what happened on Sunday but shoppers seemed to avoid our little craft market. I mean, Vivocity was filled with shoppers. 4 sellers packed up and left early. Maybe they had a plane to catch. Maybe they had an emergency. I felt really defeated. Later while we were packing up, we made one last sale. That sale really made me happy. Like you're down and suddenly you're up again. See ya.


Anonymous said...

What are the guys in blue all about?
I'm glad you had that last sale on Sunday to cheer you up!
Wondering how the makeout couple resolved itself - did they just walk away? I think I would have asked them to not be part of my display and to take it elsewhere.
Good luck sewing for the next weekend!

Tammy said...

er, that was me - clicked before I signed in.

MandyP said...

The Bazaar looks pathetic....poor you! I think it's the GSS going on. Oh...the blue men were disappointing to look at. Buttock is not perky and teh frontal view is flat. Wouldn't give them second look.
Hope you have better sales next weekend.

Agy Lee said...

Ugh, I've been there before. Was at a handicraft fair and it rained buckets from morning til night. Was facing the rain so very few people came to our stall. Was lucky we broke even. It's tough, but you've got great products, and I love the layout of your stall.

Anna said...

I have faith that you will be able to sew lots of stock in the next four days for your weekend market.

punkychewster said...

I cannot understand why and where people choose to show their PDA (public display of affection). It just boggles my mind. Well, it's a free country.

Anyway, glad you got good sales! Jia you for the next upcoming craft market!!!

Jane said...

so glad you had a good saturday and sorry to hear about sunday! i stopped by cos i saw that your name is jane! i have this informal thing going where i visit all the jane's i meet on the blog world to say hello :)

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