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Hi all,

I've been thinking for sometime about starting a market stall.  There are often beautiful things for the garden that I have to order online or are only available from America or England with huge shipping costs for one item.  I was hoping to pick your brains for things that would attract you into a market stall if you don't mind?  Anything from products you would like to use in the garden, to seed varieties or plants displayed in a certain way.  I'm envisioning some plants in pots that are productive at the front and then seedlings for sale of some lovely edible plant varieties that can be grown in pots and then the product side of things where I have every wished for beautiful thing I have ever dreamed of having in my garden available.  Probably stretching it a bit and may not get off the ground but I'd like to start planning.  

As a lead up to the market stall, I've started an instagram account.  city_girl_farmer  Not really sure how it works but my teenage daughter is having a great time laughing at me and showing off her superiority at the moment.   Oh well, it's another venue for connecting with like minded people.  Have a look around if you are so inclined :) You'll get updates on that far more frequently than on here as it is just so simple and quick on Instagram.  

Well, thanks for all your help guys. I really appreciate it.   

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Comment by Susan on May 16, 2019 at 20:06

Thanks dianne

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 13, 2019 at 22:32

I love Market Stalls and am particularly drawn to those that might be specializing in a product, such as Seedlings, Herbs, Seeds, Preserves (giving samples), Your Dumplings, Fruiting Plants, and it is always a good idea to Value Add with things such as Gardening Gloves, Small Gardening Implements etc. I know a few businesses that wholesale Gardening products if & when you may be interested. Gook Luck with your Venture into the Future....

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on May 7, 2019 at 15:12

Probably better to work on line then you do not have to get up early .Courier is not expensive if only selling locally and if enough sales could deliver personally or pay someone like uber does.   Amazon and eBay now seem to be full of scammers in Australia now.

Comment by Dave Riley on May 6, 2019 at 22:54

You also need to consider keeping the plants alive between market sessions...or bringing on stock to renovate your supply line while considering how much space you have to transport them to and fro.

That's where 'weekly' is an advantage. If your plants are out in the sun on the day -- you may need water access & shade.

I was doing fresh harvested veg and after 10am it was hard to present as 'fresh' my veges without shade.

Mind you, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE RUNNING A MARKET STALL -- absolutely love it. I know locals who have been selling mushrooms at Caboolture each Sunday for over 20 years -- and they're in their  80s! But both are determined to die in the activity.

It sure is addictive.

All wonderful people!

BUT this time of year may not be a good start option -- as it cools and you have to get up  in such chilly darkness.

Aside from the garage sale choice -- maybe consider adding a now and then experimental  stall to the Gympie Mkts which may prove an easier initial negotiation than inner city challenges. 

Not all markets are the same.

Just the same: don't be in a hurry to give up your day  job.

Comment by Susan on May 6, 2019 at 19:43

Thanks for the advice Dave. Much appreciated and given me some things to think on

Comment by Dave Riley on May 6, 2019 at 17:20

I have done stalls at two separate markets. Fresh veg and herbs in one.

The challenge is not the stall but the market venue...and the 4am start.

Cost can be a factor (eg: Carseldine), access for vehicles to offload, transport space(esp as trailers can be cumbersome in a market setting), stall location re market foot traffic,the type of market clientele, sun and rain cover if necessary, securing a stall space if there is a waiting list...

Market administrators tend not to treat you well (think location/location) until you are a regular stall holder.

I was up at Eumundi Mkts two months back -- and no plants to speak of. Plenty of garden knick knackery. Tourist trading really.

Another way to proceed is to partner an already existing stall holder and offer to supplement their offerings. That way you don't have to front up every week. Once you know a stallholder it is very easy to raise this option as a proposition.

Of course there are so many markets out and about on a weekend and even some nights during the week.

It may often be preferable to run your 'stall' as a garage sale. With so many networks available online this can be feasible with 'opening' hours and frequency to suit yourself.
Less work all round.No overheads.
Cheap to run too!
I live in Garage Sale Central and the form is a major weekend money maker and community distribution outlet.
The obvious advantage of 'garage sale-ing' your stall is that you know your locality and neighborhood.

It's also a good way to build momentum and learn from your mistakes before spending more on the venture.
Just don't run the 'garage sale' too often as neighbours may resent the parking inconveniences. However the good thing is that any potential customer is in and out quickly.

The other advantage is that this protocol opens the door to pre-order -- like a CSA sort of thing.

Comment by Susan on May 6, 2019 at 12:56

Yep, they were definitely on my list of things to get

Comment by Valerie on May 6, 2019 at 7:13

I have been looking for plant markers that don't cost a fortune. I really like the slate ones but I can't find them less than $11 a piece. 

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