Anyway, the farmer's market up in Hamilton is FINALLY over! I'm very glad that I ended up trying it this year, but by the end it was a very cold way to spend a Saturday! Overall sales were pretty good. My mother-in-law's doll clothes did very well at the beginning, and once it got cold my knit accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, etc.) sold nicely. Plus I got a TON of spinning in, and got to educate the public. All in all not a way to spend a few months' worth of Saturdays!
|My knit item display. I love displaying scarves like this, but once I have more inventory I need to adjust it to hold more hats, ear bands, and mittens.|
|Any ideas how I can make this work for 30-40 hats/mittens/cowls/earbands?|
|The rest of my display. There are doll clothes on the table, along with other random things (stitch markers, handspun yarn, insoles, etc.)|
Now that my in-person sales are almost over (see below), I've listed most of my remaining inventory on my Etsy site. I have a great selection of felted bags and rugs, and some gorgeous handspun yarn. And of course the usual selection of hats, scarves, mittens, and cowls. There is something for everyone!
|A new felted bag my mom made.|
I do have one more in-person sale left, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. One of the other vendors at the farmer's market suggested that I try this "Christmas Bazaar" at a school just north of Hamilton, so I thought I would give it a shot. The entry fee wasn't too expensive, and it is INDOORS! Hopefully it is a successful day.
|Some gorgeous new handspun merino/yak/silk yarn.|
Before I start making more inventory for next year, I've been doing a lot of thinking about what items I want to make.
As far as knit items go, I think I just need more inventory. I had a lot of people asking for hats (which I ran out of), and the fingerless mitts and ear bands sold quite well. The cowls were a bit slower, but I love making them so they're still on the list. I'd like to be able to make 10-15 of each type of item, in a variety of sizes and colors.
|My favorite cowl of the year!|
|The fingerless mitt pattern I designed last year. Eventually I will get organized and publish it!|
One big decision I need to make fairly soon is whether or not to try and get into some fiber festivals for next year. I have quite a bit of roving that I could sell, but I'm not sure I'll have enough handspun yarn inventory by spring to really make it work. I'll have to keep thinking…
|Some of the new roving I got back from the mill. This is brown llama, teal merino, and green firestar.|
Once again I have more ideas and plans than will probably ever get turned into reality, but at least I have something to strive for! Hopefully next year is a great one for my fiber business!
|Kara says "hi"!|