Our First Ever Stall!

We recently embarked on our very first stall experience for Cherrywood Forest, and what an exhilarating adventure it turned out to be! The journey began during our visit to the Malvern Three Counties Flea Market and Collectors Fair in September 2023. I remember turning to my partner, Joe, and asking, "Should we do the next one?" Little did we know that, even before leaving the event, we were already planning our own stall for the next fair.

From that moment, the excitement and preparations took us on a whirlwind ride. We set out to establish our brand identity, design eye-catching banners, create informative leaflets and captivating stickers. Additionally, we implemented a card payment system, procured tables, tablecloths, and display stands, and meticulously selected our inventory. We had to work out pricing strategies and even handwrite 175 product tags! The lead-up to our big day was a frenzy of activity, ready for when October finally arrived.

 


Adding autumnal pumpkin touches to the cottagecore collection 


My anticipation was so high that I could barely sleep, and our day commenced at the early hour of 4 am. Unfortunately, a waterlogged field caused a delay of over two hours in finally reaching our set-up spot. However, when we finally found our spot, we were greeted with instant interest from eager shoppers.


It gets better though... as we were unpacking, we soon realised there was a film crew for Bargain Hunt was just a stones throw away. The title speaks for itself - Bargain Hunt is a race against two teams who compete to find the best items for auction. Keep an eye out for the 2023 Christmas special episode; there's a good chance they captured a glimpse of us hard at work. When I say it was an exhilarating experience, it's an understatement. It's been two days since, and I'm still feeling the rush!

 


Our first item to sell was a beautifully framed set of Art Nouveau tiles, likely once part of a fireplace surround. It felt surreal to present our carefully chosen merchandise to the public for the very first time. What felt even more surreal was the overwhelmingly positive response we received from our customers.

Surprisingly, our best sellers that day turned out to be cast iron doorstops and more of those exquisite tiles. We were astounded by how well our unique pieces were received. Notably, the bookends and plant pots also captured the attention of many shoppers.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful customers and well-wishers we had the pleasure of meeting that day. Their support and appreciation fuelled our enthusiasm. In fact, we were so thrilled with the success of our stall that we were already planning the next one. It's remarkable how one experience can kindle the flames of entrepreneurship. We're eager to participate in Christmas events, so be sure to stay updated through our social media channels to find out when and where we'll be next!

 


The Kitsch collection table along with coloured glassware

We were fortunate to have three 6-foot tables at our disposal, which we arranged in a T formation. Starting at our first table, we meticulously organized our items into their respective aesthetic collections, with some unique pieces bridging the transitions. Our journey began with Whimsigoth, transitioning into Farmhouse, followed by a selection of brown 60s items, including West German Pottery and Sadler teapots, which smoothly evolved into the Mid-century collection. Moving on to the protruding part of the T formation, our second table was entirely dedicated to our enchanting Cottagecore items. Finally, our third table was adorned with our Kitsch collection, transitioning seamlessly into colourful Glassware and, last but not least, our more refined treasures, such as Majolica, which gracefully led into the captivating world of Mermaidcore. It was a thoughtfully designed presentation that highlighted the diversity of our offerings and the seamless flow from one aesthetic to another.

 


Our Farmhouse collection merging into Mid-Century

The transition from being mere visitors to becoming sellers ourselves was a whirlwind of change. It all started with a single idea, ignited by that one event, and rapidly evolved into a fully-fledged business endeavour. We had to quickly learn about branding, marketing, logistics, and the nuances of exceptional customer service. It was a lot to take in, but the thrill of seeing our vision come to life made every moment of hard work and sleepless nights worthwhile.

This experience underscored the importance of preparation, adaptability, and the value of customer feedback. We came to understand that offering unique products and delivering exceptional service could set us apart from the competition.

 


Our Cottagecore table along with mirrors and embroidery

As we reflect on our first stall at the Three Counties Flea Market , we can't help but feel grateful for the opportunities it provided. It served as the catalyst for our journey, one that we're excited to continue. We've learned that with determination and a touch of creativity, anyone can turn a passion into a thriving business.

So, if you're contemplating your initial foray into the world of entrepreneurship, remember that it all starts with an idea and a willingness to embrace the challenges along the way. Who knows where your journey will take you? Ours began with a single question at a flea market, and now, the possibilities are endless.

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