Posted by DebshoDoodles on Feb 13 2013, in Art, Crafty Singapore, Events, Flea Markets & Bazaars
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It has been a really long time since I last participated in a craft market. Been looking out for craft markets which would not take up too much of my time. MAAD Pyjamas was perfect for me as it was a one-night affair from 5pm to 12midnight, slated to be on the first Friday of every month. MAAD stands for ‘Market of Artists and Designers’. MAAD Pyjamas is a mixture of food, band performances, DJ turn-tabling, portrait sketching, handmade crafters and budding designers.
Being kiasu (Singaporean slang for ‘being afraid to lose out’), I registered my details a month before MAAD Pyjamas; which was scheduled on 1st Feb 2013.
My preparations for MAAD are listed below (might be more or less for other vendors):
– updating product inventory
– tagging products with prices and codes
– checking that there were enough namecards
– checking that there were enough plastic bags & gift bags
– coming up with a MAAD-exclusive contest
– printing out promotional banners, flyers & mailing list forms
– promoting the event on herphotoblog’s social media sites & mailing list
– ticking off a checklist (really depends if this helps you)
– buying display materials such as boxes and stands
– bringing a lamp & extension plug (can get quite dark depending on location)
– telling my friends about the event
– packing my luggage & extra bag of stuff
– changing enough float ($2, $5, $10 and coins)
– comfy attire for the actual event
If you do not drive (like myself), make sure you pack your items in a way that does not make carrying them a hassle. Book for a cab instead of waiting along the road, so that you can reach there early without perspiring buckets.
I stacked one bag on top of the luggage and carried the other bag with the hand that was not pushing the bag+luggage
If it is your first time there, do not be afraid to smile and ask around. I talked to a kind lady queuing behind me and asked her where a good spot would be. She gave great advice as she was a regular MAADster. I chose the area in front of the registration counter. People would have to walk through my area before heading into the other gallery. You would be able to use the space as long as you see a brown rack there.
I took a pretty long time to set up my booth. Firstly, I packed all my products individually so it was a torture removing them from the plastics. Secondly, since there was depth in the wooden suitcase, my products could not be seen. Michelle, who runs TrinketHouse, helped me prop up my boxes so that they were in a better view to my potential customers.