Markets, Makers

Market Diaries - Ding Ding pt 2.

In part 2 of the Ding Ding market diaries we catch up with Jenna after our Leeds market to hear what she thought about the day....

I've been back from the first Crafty Fox market in Leeds for a week and I can now report on what a lovely day I had. Things at Ding Ding HQ have been very busy for the last month and days off are scarce, so spending the day sat in the pub nattering to some nice folks, eating pizza and buying a couple of presents was pretty much a day off for me, well, certainly not work anyway.

Setting up for markets and fairs usually involve getting lost, risking a parking ticket and being out of breath lugging boxes up narrow stairs. But not at the Black Swan. Somehow, I really don't know how, I didn't get lost and actually arrived on time, my stall was downstairs and (praise be!) very close to freely available PIZZA. A good start! My wonderful friend Lizzie (who incidentally is an excellent illustrator, copy writer and general mega person) helped me throughout the day, we were set up by 11am, just in time for the first customers to come in and claim their free tote bag.    

It was a blistering day outside so I didn't expect many people, I assumed that they'd all be lazying around in parks, but there was a steady flow and everyone we spoke to was lovely. Two French women had popped over from Sheffield for the market and both bought the same 3 products from my stall; a notebook, small geometric pattern clipboard and a self assemble plant pot. I'd only finished making the plant pots that morning so I was really pleased they were selling well.

While Lizzie looked after the stall I toddled off to look at the other sellers wares. I needed a card for my partner who was starting a new job the next day, I found a scruffy looking cat drawn in great detail by Ros Shiers, which was perfect. Upstairs there was a interesting mix of makers, some of my favorites were POP PRESS also from Nottingham and I loved Scarlett and Valentine's cushions. Downstairs the endlessly smiley Tea Party at the Zoo were selling brilliant laser cut animal combs and jewellery.

The day rolled on and we ate pizza, some of the best chips I've ever had and my usual stash of jelly babies and chocolate. We met a couple who owned a coffee shop who wanted some custom clipboards making for their menus and also a possible new online stockist who had been following Ding Ding on Instagram. That's one of the best things about doing markets, getting to meet people you've had online contact with and new people who've never heard of your brand.

All in all a great way to spend a Sunday!