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October 14 2011 6 14 /10 /October /2011 18:48

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6107/6244182754_d9983fe9b5_m.jpgFrieda joins me at the market stall on Fridays. She's artistic and always come up with creative ideas.Look her up at http://www.friedavandepoll.com/ She is running an amazing life drawing classes at Artspace.


Today we went and got a big vase to show off all the colourful walking sticks!That is a fun thing to do. Friend Teresa came to visit and suggest that she lends us her big panda to add to the attractions at the stall. Frieda and I are dubious - we are not selling toys - should we?


We have some Trabasacks that we can sell at a cheaper price (ex stock) and there is interest in them. One has been sold to a friend who got one for working on the train! And a guy showed interest in the one we displayed on our 'mannikin'. So now we have a 'bargain basket'!


Decisions about what to stock is one of the challenges of having a physical presense such as a store - very different from having an online store I guess - that is still to come. The web developer wants to make sure it will be an accessible site.



A man came in search of urinal bottles. Can I mention them? I only stock the Uriwell which I think are wonderful for travelling, having been stuck at places without toilets and these are discreet. He thought these were nice but too expensive! I think maybe I should have a range of products. I tend to go for design but then the customer might just wants something functional. I'd like anybody who can tell me how to display urinal bottles with style! now that would really show some chutzpah!


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6103/6243715283_9ccd3c2b3b_m.jpgThe universities are back, we see some students. Our 'mannikin' has generated some interest - especially when we put the stylish DPAC hoodie on him with a trabasack as a backpack and a leopard spot crutch. I think I am about to visit the universities to let them know I am in the market. Maybe some of the students would like to help me to market the stall :-)

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