Can’t help myself! I went to have a look at The Way we Wear at Mt Gravatt. It had been a rough day for me – just struggling with myself and feelings of inadequacy and depression. Still, got myself together, got lost on the way there but found the place at the Showgrounds. A very pleasant spot with lawns and trees. The $11.00 entrance fee was a little shock. Seemed a lot to me to go into a shed where the stall holders had to make all sorts of ad hoc arrangements to display their wares.
Anyway in I went and looked around. Took minutes for me to assess that I have the right sort of stuff for a fair like this. That gave me heart. Then I chatted to a friend who is a successful trader at this fair and she had done well on the Friday night but had found Saturday a bit slow. Can’t imagine what Sunday will be like for them. I moved on and had a good look at everything that was there.
I found an eclectic mix of mainly clothes, some linen, few books, bits of china etc, dressing table stuff and lots of jewellery. I reckon jewellery is the go if one can get enough of the right stuff at the right price. Small, easy to transport, have to lay out a bit to display really well but profitable because people buy it and it easy for them to ‘try on’. I think my old music will do well at such a place with its lovely old pictorial covers, also the old magazines and selected vinyls.
Now I have to gather up enough self belief to commit to spending $300 on a stall for 2 days, commit the time – 3 days including set up time – and physical strength to do it. The big put off is the cost of the stall and in a venue as unwelcoming as a big showground shed with concrete floors and corrugated iron walls. This latter has become a big put off for me of all the antique fairs we do except for Nambour which is in an open roofed space – has more the atmosphere of a market in Europe.
The real issue is to get the place full of stalls and punters… the punters are staying away as far as I can see. They had 17 stalls – could have had 30 and had had 600 people through the doors by Saturday afternoon. If each person had spent $20 that is about $700 per stall – the stall holders should have been smiling and they weren’t. There was a lot of stuff that was really good and very evenly priced – so either it was not what the public wanted or they were not spending!
When I had reported all this to Al last night we sighed happily and told ourselves that we were wise to be taking a break. It has settled some of my withdrawals I must say and we also comfort ourselves with the knowledge that we can sell that sort of stuff at other veunes that do not cost us $300 to stand.