I’ve enjoyed visiting craft markets for many years, so it’s a treat to have a stall at one.
My first market of 2019 was at the stunning Millennium Gallery on March 30th. The events team at Museums Sheffield did an excellent job of organising the market and supporting all the makers. I started preparation weeks before by making sure that I had enough of each candle fragrance, allowing time to cure after pouring. I like to plan how my stall will look and have a little practice run at home to check any changes. Thinking about how to transport everything (candles, table, gazebo etc) was a lesson I learnt early on after a struggle to my car! A trolley is worth its weight in gold.
I arrived at the gallery at 8.30 on Saturday morning and set up for the opening at 10am. I love the atmosphere during setting up time and it was fitting for me to have a great backdrop of Sheffield Hallam University. I try to finish in time to have a wander round for a chat with other makers and look at their gorgeous crafts. It was good to see some familiar faces, including a maker who I’d not seen since school (a long time ago).
Every market is a learning opportunity. I love to get feedback from people who stop and sniff and my lovely customers. I was so happy that my candles were selling well and getting such glowing complements. It really does mean the world.
After packing away it took a while to get out of the city centre. Sheffield was buzzing with people and traffic. A number of different events were on and the football had just finished at Bramall Lane. When I eventually arrived home, Mr Candle & a Miss Candle were in, so they helped me unpack and off we went to our local pub to eat, because everybody was too tired to cook!