Well, today is saturday and for me that means the Farmers Market.
On Farmers Market day I wake up about 6:00 AM (which is actually pretty nice compared to the times that some of the market folks get up) and get ready for the day then I start the fun part..... Packing the van.
Packing the van takes about 10 minutes but it's no easy 10 minutes. I have to load 4- 40-50 pound cement blocks into the back of the van along with my two tables, my big tub of product (crochet), my pop-up tent thing (for lack of a better explanation), table cloths and of course a chair.
After it's all been loaded it's time to hit the road (about 7:20). The drive isn't long, about 10 minutes if you drive speed limit all the way.
Once I get there it's time to set up (yay, my second favorite part)!! Pretty basic really!! Just set up the tent, set up the tables, cover the tables, set out the product, get out my latest crochet project and wait for the people to start showing so that I can SELL.
Selling isn't always easy. Sometimes there alot of people interested and sometimes people just say "oh, that's cute" and walk by.
Now, as I have noticed today, it's good to have all kinds of products. Hats and scarves included. Yes I said Hats and scarves. People aren't just thinking summer all summer long. Alot of people start getting ready for winter early and today I really noticed that. I'll tell ya how I noticed. It's really pretty easy to tell what people are thinking when they're buying heavy winter hats when it's around 80 degrees or warmer outside. Of course, I do live in North Idaho and you just never know what the weather will be like. Just last week we were getting snow. Pretty incredible.
Anyways, after you've sold about all you can, and your pretty sure you could just go home and drop, you pack up your all your stuff again and get ready to unpack it (again). Break down starts at 1:00 pm. That's when the market ends.
Sometimes when the weather's bad you pack up your stuff as quick and you can and then help everyone else pack up there stuff. It's kind of a neighbors helping neighbors sorta thing. Every one helps one another. Very rare if you ask me.
Well, that's about all for a typical Farmers Market day. It's always the same. Get up early, get home around 1:30 or 2:00.
Here's my brief Farmers Market history.
For those of you who don't know me, I've been doing the Farmers Market in Bonners Ferry, Idaho for 5-6 years. I started when I was 14 when an older crocheting friend of mine asked if I'd like to have a booth with her. Of course I said yes cause I didn't have anything better to do and I can't really say I regret it.
The first thing I ever sold was a hat, and it was sold to a lady who had a booth at the market (and still does). After that I sold a lot of dishcloths and did some custom hat orders.
I have met so many neat people over the past few years and made alot of really great friends. It is also so nice to be able to make people smile when they are having a rough day.
If you have any questions about the Farmers Market at all feel free to leave a comment with your question(s) and I'll get back to you asap.
Thanks for reading this!!
Oh yeah, just in case everyone is wondering I made about $72.00 today in the first 3-4 hours and to think I almost stayed home today.