So a little about what's been happening with Running With Color Art! I am excited that I got in touch with Market301 and Mindy with love_lexington (<<<handle..check her out on Instagram) last minute before the last Market301 night! I attended the new and renovated Limestone Hall, the historic courthouse next to the pavilion and Cheapside park. The venue was a fairytale and I hear they are booked out a year or two in advance and I can see why. A must see!! It was my first market with an elevator and my first market deciding to wear heels.... I will leave YOU all a list of tips and tricks I learned this time around below... I'm sure you can gather at least one of those tips on your own (face*palm). Over all traffic was great, the space was roomy and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting new market goers. I mean I am the new one but they were new to me! This all took place three weekends ago so pardon the delay in blog posts as I was making orders all week and then prepared for another market this past weekend with the Lexington Humane Society for their annual event "MUTT STRUTT". There was an impressive turn out of several hundred pooches and there owners. I was blown away with the turnout, the weather was great as this venue was at the lovely Keeneland. I actually loved this event as it was short and SWEET and I was able to get my first Saturday off... well "half" off in a while!
CHECK THE BOLD, ITALICIZED AND CAPITALIZED WORDS TO CREATE AN EMPOWERING PHRASE from the pharagraph above! (short one this time)
Tips and Trick:
-FLIP FLOPS/TENNIS SHOES.......Wear the cute outfit of course but be practical while doing so. Yes I wore heals but bring flip flops or tennis shoes for loading and unloading trust me seems like a no brainer but you'll thank me if you add those to your CHECK LIST.... which brings me to my next point......
-MAKE A CHECK LIST.....Plain and simple! There is nothing worse than forgetting something, add it to the notes section of your phone and that way its always on you, because lets face it we won't go far without our devices.
-A WAGON/WHEEL BARROW/GOLF CART SOMETHING WITH WHEELS....Learned this the hard way.... heels, flights of stairs and 19078675 trips later I was about dead and took a nap when I could have certainly been more efficient and had the afternoon to get things done because I would of had more energy. No worries they sell these handy things at Walmart, I hear for like 40 bucks..... Will let you know how that pans out!
-DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP.... we all start somewhere and most of the other vendors or organizers of the event are super willing to help you especially since a good chunk of people come to these markets SOLO! #independent
-ENGAGE IN REAL CONVERSATION WITH PEOPLE THAT PASS BY... being you and being genuine goes much further than trying to spew out information on what it is you are selling in a frantic pitch to land a sale. It will do just opposite and drive your customers away! Sales tactics are certainly important but at the right time. No one likes when they feel like a number or just another person out to buy a product. They want to feel important, unique and valued. It's a tricky line to draw but trust me once you start the conversation if they want your product they'll spur up that conversation as well! Just engaging in a genuine way and asking how they are usually opens up the dialogue to what you sell anyway. Trust me if they want to buy or know about your product they will ask questions. SIDE NOTE: If you miss them because you are in the bathroom don't freak out they will make it a point to come back if they are truly interested. I think I get this knowledge from years of selling horses to people. Let them make the move for what it is they want but you be you and introduce yourself and ask them how they are, I think this goes a long way. Plus if you just might get some interesting stories.... I’ve had some characters come up to me but that's what is so much fun about getting to know people.
-WRITE THANK YOU NOTES- I know it might not be something you did growing up or possibly seem a little old fashion... I understand that because as a child I dreaded writing them because I too, thought they were out dated but mom insisted and it is probably the one of the things I'm most thankful she did gripe about. I love receiving notes because my number one love language (book nerd) is words of affirmation and my mom used to write me notes almost every day in my lunch box. I also love to make someone’s day special by making sure they know their efforts are appreciated. It's important to be genuine even if it's a few words it can go the extra mile.
SO..... Until next market I found these helpful to keep in mind and save time and energy.