Third market was a bust...

Third market was a bust...

As a newbie in this handmade market world, we were filled with excitement and anticipation for our third market. We had put in countless hours of hard work and creativity to create our products, and we were ready to share them once again with a "bigger" market and new crowd. However, to our disappointment, we did not make a single sale. It was disheartening, but we knew we had to learn from this experience and make improvements for the future.

What went wrong?

Reflecting on our third market, we identified a few key factors that may have contributed to our lack of sales:

1. Lack of market research

We realized that we hadn't done enough research on the target audience for our products. Understanding the preferences, needs, and buying habits of our potential customers is crucial for success in any market. We needed to dig deeper and gain a better understanding of our target market. There is a market for every maker.

2. Ineffective booth setup

Our booth setup lacked visual appeal and failed to grab the attention of passersby as we had not been at this location prior and did not have a good understanding of other booth setups. Therefore we were unable to set a focal point or eye-catching display that would draw people in. Additionally, our signage and lack of product descriptions were not clear and concise, making it difficult for potential customers to understand what we were offering. Improving our booth setup and making it more visually appealing would be a priority for our next market. A work in progress which were are hoping to tackle before our next market.

3. Limited product variety

We understand about having your niche and staying true however, expanding our product range to cater to different tastes and preferences within or around our niche could be essential in attracting a wider audience and increase our chances of making sales.

What can we improve on?

Based on our current market experience, we have identified several areas for improvement:

1. Market research

We will invest more time and effort into conducting thorough market research. This will involve identifying our venues and our target audience, understanding their needs and preferences, and analyzing the competition. Armed with this knowledge, we can better tailor our products and marketing strategies to meet the demands of our potential customers.

2. Booth setup

We will revamp our booth setup to make it more visually appealing and inviting. This will include creating an eye-catching display, using clear signage and product descriptions, and ensuring that our booth is well-organized and easy to navigate. We want to create an atmosphere that entices customers to explore our products and make a purchase.

3. Product variety

We will expand our product range to offer a wider variety of options to our customers. This will involve brainstorming new product ideas, experimenting with different materials and designs, and seeking feedback from our target audience. By diversifying our product range, we can cater to a broader customer base and increase our chances of making sales. More to come soon in this arena! 

What we learned

This market experience taught us valuable lessons that will guide us in our future endeavors:

1. Persistence is key

Despite the heartbreak, we are determined to persevere and continue pursuing our passion. Building a successful business takes time and effort, and setbacks are a natural part of the journey. We have learned to embrace these challenges as opportunities for growth and improvement.

2. Adaptability is crucial

We have learned the importance of being adaptable and open to change. The market landscape is constantly evolving, and we need to be flexible in our approach. By staying attuned to market trends and customer feedback, we can adapt our products and strategies to meet the ever-changing demands of our target audience.

3. Learning from mistakes

As with any setback this experience was a valuable learning opportunity. We have learned to analyze our mistakes objectively and use them as stepping stones for improvement. By taking the time to reflect on our shortcomings and implement necessary changes, we can grow and evolve as entrepreneurs.

While this market may not have gone as planned, we are determined to learn from our mistakes and make the necessary improvements. With a renewed sense of purpose and a commitment to continuous growth, we are excited to embark on our next market adventure. We are confident that with the lessons we have learned, we will be better equipped to succeed in the handmade market world.


Lina & Nate 

Shepherds Cottage 

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