This is the seventh post in a blog series documenting my journey attending market stalls in Canberra, and talks about how good it feels when it all starts coming together…

Luckily for me, I documented all this on my personal blog, and will be re-posting those entries here. When I read over my old posts, I saw that I was quite open and honest about all the things I sucked at, what failed, and my plans to improve. I’m hoping this will help people who may be just starting out selling their wares at markets, to show what most new-market goers go through, and to give you the confidence to really smash it at your next one! =)

My Market Journey Series

How good is it when it all just starts to “work”?? So good. After a long year, a LOT of learning, researching, experimenting and a bit of failing, by December of 2010 everything was going pretty swimmingly.

This post tells how it was all coming together, and I largely attribute this to grabbing onto every opportunity that came my way. I highly recommend everyone try that 😉

Dec 12, 2010

Best Handmade Market ever & a High Tea!

Last weekend was the Christmas Handmade Market, which just quietly, I thought was going to be a disaster. With torrential rain in Canberra the whole week leading up to Saturday, I thought we would all be huddled under our gazebos shielding our wares from the splashes, while all our customers stayed safely at home out of the rain. Luckily, I’m terrible at predicting the future, and it was absolutely AMAZING. The weather was glorious, and the largest crowds I’ve ever seen for Handmade came through the grounds at Kamberra Winery. I had a really successful day, with many of my items selling out! My new collection was a huge success, I’ve now ordered more supplies to be able to stock up my online store for the new year.


Mikaela at the Handmade Market

A huge thank you goes to my muma and JA who helped set-up and pack up, and stayed with me for most of the day, keeping me company and also manning my stall whilst I went and looked around everyone’s goodies. I bought some lovely things, a gorgeous necklace from Wah-Wah wears, pretty decorative tiles from Rare Beastie, and a cute pair of earrings from Moyou Designs. I also stopped to chat with Louise at Poppy Letter Press, and hopefully she will be bringing the most gorgeous letterpress art pieces to the next market in February!

The Christmas market was also the first time the Handmade Living book went on sale, which I feature in!

Handmade Living Book launch

To follow up the market, I attended the VIP book launch party at the Handmade Shop on Friday evening, where I met some of the other lovely designers, including Frances of Frances Craft, who is a friend of Chloé! Small world…

And to follow that up, I was one of the designers featured at the absolutely divine High Tea today, hosted by Meredith at Dalton’s Book store in the city, orchestrated by Tania McCartney (what an inspiration that woman is, and lovely!) and the Handmade Canberra team. It was so nice to meet some of the other designers in the book, and of course everyone is so very nice and friendly! The other designers were: Jennie of Posie Patchwork (and her wonderful husband Drew who always helps lug things around for us!), Michelle of Poppy Bean and Bloss, Tine Snerling of Tiny Concept, Polly of Polbymade, Naomi of Highland Habitat, Anthea of Real Chai and Kate from Kate Ward.

Handmade Living High Tea The invitees included people from various media and of course limited tickets went to the public, who all enjoyed a delicious spread put on by the handmade ladies (all home made of course!) with tea and coffee. The beautiful little girls belonging to Jennie, Julie and Tania were running around helping out too, so cute.

Handmade Living High Tea
It was a fantastic morning and I’m so glad to be meeting more of my fellow Canberra Creatives.

Handmade Living High Tea
Now I’m off to stock my online store with some gorgeous Sakura clocks!

How good are you at celebrating your successes? Most of us need to get better at it, and it’s so important to do, to stay enthusiastic and keep on keeping on… Feel free to share a success you’ve had recently so we can help you celebrate it!

Check out the rest of the series here!

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