Sunday, December 18, 2011

Market Report

Did you think this was going to be a stock market report? Sorry, this is my farmers market report. Saturday at the market I was sandwiched between a church cookbook fund raiser and a children's camp fundraiser. Despite the distraction of those much too aggressive sales booths on either side, my sales were brisk. Folks raved about my work and bought lots of pendants, bowls, serving platters, and even one of my Easter Island inspired sculptures. Although no one purchased a wall tile they've been really well received. Several people will be opening commercial offices and are considering my wall tiles. In order to have enough work for the next market I got right back to work and started with some more leaf pendants.

I added some silk flowers to a couple of vases and this added height and brightness to my display. Although I'm normally not a fan of artificial flowers, I noticed the public were drawn into the booth by the bright color of the silk flowers. I am wondering how to keep the wrinkles out of the table cloths. Polyester doesn't wrinkle much but these natural linen look cloths tend to wrinkle more. Perhaps if I take them out of the dryer and roll them directly on a cardboard form? I dispensed with the rotating stand for the wall tiles and just interspersed a few of them on the table. I need to purchase a few more of the easels but the wall tiles are a bit heavy for the easels and in a strong wind they might blow over. I'll have to think about a better way to display them. I've seen a couple of potters have wood plate display racks, but that adds more weight to carry. Thanks for reading, comments and suggestions are most welcome.


  1. Glad to hear you had good sales. Keeping table covers wrinkle free is hard. Rolling it might work, let me know! I have a black king size sheet that I use for a table covering. I sewed some bead fringe to the bottom to give it a little weight to hang better. It reached the floor on most tables (sides and front) so I can hide boxes and additional stock under it. I try to keep it folded neatly and in a bag, but it still has fold lines in it.

  2. So glad you found a more appreciative audience! I use a black cloth without much sheen. Wrinkles don't show as much. A couple of wooden boxes painted to match the table cover could serve as risers to get your work up a little more and you could hang tiles on their vertical surfaces.In the mean time, pack up your tent and have a Merry Christmas.

  3. Wow, that is wonderful and had to make you feel great with the compliments. I imagine there is a spring in your step today.

  4. Nice that you had such a good response to your work.
    I have always used felt for my table coverings. They go to the floor so I have storage space. I have some sarongs and old shawls that I put on top for a little color. They show creases if the are folded for a long time...but nothing else.

  5. That sure is a pretty setting for your market.
    Only suggestion I have is that I use wood crates (purchased from one of the farmers at our market)to hang tiles from. Just hammered in a few nails here and there.

  6. Hi Michele, thanks, sewing something on the bottom to keep it from blowing up is a great idea, thanks. I may think of something heavy that I can velcro on and when I wash it take it off.

    Hi Dennis, thanks, I was using a black table cloth that is polyester and it didn't wrinkle at all, but I switched to a lighter color thinking that lightened up the booth and I only have one of those and wish I has more matching ones, I can't find it any longer. I'm thinking of something to add some height, but also something light weight because the pottery weighs so much and the tables and our little mini van which now have is really getting a work out. Since we only have one car we need to make it last. I'll work on something over the next couple of weeks.

    Hi Patti, thanks, yeah it doesn't hurt to have some in person compliments from folks appreciating my work to boost my morale. Ha.

    Hi Suzi, thanks, felt where would you get felt that was big enough for a table covering. The sarongs and shawls sound lovely.

    Hi Melissa, thanks, I have been trying to think of something that adds height but isn't heavy. I'd like a bamboo look will be thinking about how to incorporate that aspect in over the next couple of weeks. Most of the farmers here have cardboard boxes, what a disposable society we have.


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