Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Kustom Krafts - 08.11.09

I know it's a little late, but here are some pictures from our first market, Kustom Krafts.

So much stuff for one little market stall! Good thing my car has a big boot - there's three tables in there plus all our stock.

We set up in an L shape - below is the back table which had all our fabric bolts and our cushion covers. The sign on the wall looks a little bit too temporary for me - I'd really like a professional banner done but I think that will require some saving up. It's more important to spend our money on new stock!

On the left side, in the corner we had a small table with our cutting mat. The last side of the L shape was a table with our precut fat quarters, vintage fabrics and our button board. I did take photos of the whole stall but they came out blurry - maybe I was shaking with excitement / anticipation?

We made a board to display our buttons and badges on by covering MDF with foam and then stapling some velvet panne (leftovers from Ky's sewing) over the top. We put a little hinged stand on the back so it wouldn't fall over.

The button board was in front of the open window - it would have been better on the other table because it was hard to see the buttons (especially in the afternoon) because they were in shadow. It's little things that can make a big difference I think.

Ky & I spent a fair amount of time sewing our little buttons onto their cards but I think they look really cute packaged up that way - a lot nicer than just grabbing them out of the tube and putting them into a plastic bag!

We also designed and made aprons for the stall - we worked out how big change bags were for the pocket divisions, had a pocket for our rotary cutter & i-phones, and a super secret pocket behind the front one for putting our notes into. Here's Ky in hers...

The fabric for the front pocket is 'Fifties Kitchen' and it was one of our most popular fabrics that day. We used our red cotton heading tape for the strings.

And of course, we can't forget the cars! I love the red & white one best...

We didn't make a lot of money or sales on the day - the market venue was changed from the last time so maybe people couldn't find it? We did get a great practice run for our stall setup, we met some really lovely people and we were given lots of feedback about what we should stock more of.

The next Kustom Krafts market is tentatively scheduled to happen in January, 2010 and we'll be there again.

Let us know if you have any suggestions about how we can improve our stall by leaving a comment :D

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