Sunday, September 25, 2011

Market = Epic Fail

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Last week I nervously decided to plunge into the Market World.  I felt SO vulnerable.  And. I. Was.
I sold $35 of clothing, less $34 in market stall fees.  $1 profit.  Yes.  Vulnerable.
But with my 10 hours of sitting & waiting & watching the people walk by, I had a lightbulb moment.  You know what I mean... like all of a sudden you have a great idea and wonder why it hadn't occurred to you sooner.
I realized that although the markets are a great place to people watch, it's NOT the most efficient way to sell something.  I was chatting with a veteran stall holder (he & his wife make their own jewelry), and asked him if they sold their stuff online.  He said, "Nah!  We hardly use the computer.  Plus we have too much inventory, it'd take too much time."
Really?  More time than wasting your whole weekend sitting here doing NOTHING??
And I DO use a computer, and I can't think of the last time I bought 'something' from a market.
Enter stellarmother.blogspot.com and, of course, check me out on facebook.com/stellarmother
So last week, I had a cry over my epic fail market experience.  Sunday afternoon was PITY PARTY, TABLE FOR 1.  My husband comforted me as I reassessed my Stellar strategies and packed up my mini-clothes pin sign holders.
And now, a week later, I have a blog & a facebook page.  In hindsight, the market epic fail was the best thing that happened to me all week.

2 comments:

  1. How very exciting! Go Stellar, go!

    I can't wait to see pictures of the clothes.

    Does Australia have Etsy.com, a lot of people sell their stuff that way here in the U.S.

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  2. I could have told you that! ;) Seriously, so excited to see your stuff up here. I love you heaps and will be looking to you for sewing tips next year when I buy my sewing machine. I also agree with above commenter! Get into sites like etsy.com and cargoh. No need to limit yourself to local customers - sell to the world!

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