Set up: A 10am set up time is great, so you get a little bit of a sleep in. This market is indoors (above the City Library) and supplies you with a 1.3m table and chairs. You might also be lucky enough to be situated in front of a wall, which is great if you want to hang stuff on or lean things against. You can see the wall I speak of to the left in the picture above.
If you are selling clothes, you’ll still need to bring your own clothes rack. Of course, table clothes and display stuff is BYO too.
Cost per stall: $3o.
Traffic flow: My stall was on April 10th 2010. It wasn’t a cold day but it was raining off and on. There was quite a steady flow of people in the morning, died off a little around 12.30 – 1 (lunchtime) and then picked up again later in the day.
Demographic: Aged between 20 – 40. Mostly females looking for something special for themselves, but a lot of gift buyers. These people were not looking for the latest fashion, rather, something original and unique. Be prepared for a lot of browsers. However, if you can sell your product to them you can always turn a browser into a customer.
Type of crafts: All handmade. Jewelry is the most popular. Other popular crafts also include, accessories, home wares and stationary.
Is it worth it? I sold 9 items in a six hour day. It covered the price of the stall and lunch, with a bit of profit. I’m not a talker, and I prefer to let my jewelry pieces speak for themselves, but I am sure I could have sold more if I engaged with the browsers a little more.
All in all, I thought it was worth it. Reasons? Cheap stall fee. Easy set up. Comfortable environment. Constant traffic flow.
Not so secret tip: A good price bracket is between $10 – $25. Most people are happy to spend this much without thinking too much.
Contributed by: adelle
Every Saturday and Sunday of the year
60 Rose Street
Every second Thursday night of the month
229 Chapel Street, Prahran
Set up: Set up starts at 5pm. But you probably won’t need that long at all to set up. You only have a card table of space, so don’t bring all your stock (if you have a lot). You get one card table that has been specifically allocated to you, so it is not first come, first serve. You also get one chair. If you have someone coming to keep you company it will be a VERY tight squeeze. And good luck finding another chair for them.
You also get a lamp on your table. You may also be unlucky enough to get one of the coloured lamps which shines a lovely RED LIGHT all over your stock, so I suggest you bring your own lamp that is white and BRIGHT!)
Cost per stall: Free
Traffic flow: My stall happened to fall on a day that was freezing cold! However, Revolver was still jam packed full of people. The market section is at the front of the upstairs part, which kind of goes unnoticed by people walking in and heading straight to the bar. Traffic flow through the market section wasn’t that great. People seemed to stumble across the market, without ever knowing it was there.
Demographic: Aged between 20 – 45. Prahran locals who come to Revolver to drink, eat and hang out with friends. They are not there to buy market wares. They are there to spend money on beer, not buy a one of a kind, handmade pillow case! The local girls are pretty trendy and buy their clothes from Witchery and jewelry from Sportsgirl. They’re certainly not looking for something unusual or unique.
Type of crafts: Jewelry, t-shirts, stationary.
Is it worth it? The venue is dark, has lots of beer, lots of talking and loud music. The perfect environment for a bar – not an art and craft market. I now know why it’s free. With not one sale made that night, I won’t be back.
Not so secret tip: If your product is super cheap and is very NOW, then you might do well. Just make sure you have a proper lamp where people can actually SEE your stuff.
Contributed by: adelle
Every second Saturday of the month (but not over Winter)
The Worker’s Club
51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Third Sunday of every month
10am – 4pm
1 St Heliers Street