May 25, 2007

A Good Sign

Yesterday I finally got to get a haircut. It's only been a few months (pretty good for me) but I was desperate. I got a tip from a lady at my Weight Watchers meeting (yeah, I'm just trying to shed a few. I hate being over 30) and the guy was great. He had all sorts of local tips about parks to visit, places to go etc. Anyway, we got to talking about my business(es) and he said he had some great contacts and would definitely be making some calls. He also asked me if I'd been to the Farmer's Market yet. I think I may have mentioned it in a previous post. I had high hopes & it turned out to be rubbish. The sort of thing where you expect to see little children selling Chicklets. He said, "Nooooo, the one at the Civic Center...on Sundays & Thursdays." "Oh, that one. Umm, no, but I've seen the signs for it on our street." The ding-dang thing is across the freeway from where we live.

So, Rick proceeded to tell me how huge the San Rafael Market is, especially the one on Sunday. Being a person who needs more exercise, I decided I'd go for a walk. It just so happened that yesterday was a Farmer's Market day. Poor little me had to go past that Frank Lloyd Wright Marin County Civic Center to find the market, but it was a nice walk (I found a Post Office on the way too, yeah). The market was really nice, packed with people, and had at least 10 crafty booths. It wasn't huge, but it was good. I spoke to a ceramics dealer & he said the one on Sundays was at least 3 times the size of the Thursday. Sounds good to me.

I was very encouraged at this point so I made my way over to the Market organizer booth. There were 3 ladies there, all very nice. I asked them what I need to do to sell at their lovely market.

The first question to me was, "What do you sell?.

I reply, "Diaper Bags, handbags, booties, bibs, quilts.....and these." (whips out gadget monkey with neck strap, conveniently located on body at that moment)

"Gasp!" "Oh my God!" "He's so cute!" "That's adorable!" From the ladies.

I took this as a good sign. They told me that the market is juried, by your peers, on a quarterly basis and were certain I would be accepted with those wonderful monkeys. Also, one of the ladies bought the monkey right off me. That's definitely a good sign. So when I got home, I left a message for the man in charge. I'm a bit worried that the jury process will not happen again for a while, but I can't be sure until I hear back. Most likely on Tuesday. The point is, I'm really excited about this Farmer's Market. For one, it's walking distance from my house. #2 - It's every weekend & Thursday - year round. #3 - $42 for a 10x10' space. In proper Napoleon Dynamite voice, "Yessssssss".

Wish me luck. Also, this is what I came home with. Hope I don't spend all my money if I start selling at this thing. Hey, they were only $8.00!And no, the kitties haven't even knocked it over yet. :) Wait a minute, nope, still good.

p.p.s Jody had his stitches out this morning and is very happy to be collar-free. He's sooo much better these days and completely back to his sweet self.


Jenn Maruska said...

Wow! I hope the market booth works out! That would be great - and I'm sure your things would sell : )

Time to start building up a gadget monkey inventory!

: )

Katie Jean said...

oh that sounds great, I really hope it works out for you! And how awesome to sell your monkey right off of you!

And glad to hear Jody is doing better!

LeeAnn said...

That is so awesome. You must have been walking on clouds on the way home after speaking with those ladies. Is there anything better than wowing someone with your handmade goodies? I think not. The flea market sounds so promising.

I love flea market flowers.

Conley said...

I love the iPod cases I bought a while back! I hope all is well!


Jenn Maruska said...

I keep coming back to your blog to look at those pretty flowers....

jessica said...

I love buying flowers at the farmers market. There is a really great market in Davis (we used to live there) on Wednesday and Saturday if you are up for the drive.

nikki/WhiMSy love said...

Oooh, flowers from farmers markets are the best!! How exciting for you to (hopefully!) be selling at the market! I bet it's a great atmosphere!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

WOW!! all very exciting stuff! The Farmer's market there sounds ideal for you--hope it all works out good!
Give kitty a little rub on her newly uncollared neck for me:-)
Smiles, Karen