The Puyallup Farmer's Market is in full swing, and I've been set up there almost every one of the past 11 weeks. I love this market, but to be really honest, sales have been dismally slow for me so far this year. My sales numbers are way off from the previous two years that I've been selling there. I don't normally share about how my sales are at events, but I have to say, I am really dumbfounded.
And, not to mention, just a bit discouraged.
The market is going through some changes this year, with lots of construction planned for Pioneer Park, (where we set up), this summer. That's the only difference I can come up with, when I compare to previous years. And trust me, I have racked my brain, talked on end with fellow artists, and whined to my husband every Saturday evening. My dear husband, who listens, discusses, and shares my frustration over it.
1. Stay positive
2. Change things up
3. Promote, promote, promote
4. Make a plan to try some new things, until I see success again
5. Think outside the box
One thing I've learned, after being self-employed for eight years, is that you have to learn to roll with the punches. Also - being a small business owner is not for the faint of heart!
So, for now, you'll still see me set up at the Puyallup Farmer's Market on Saturdays. And I'll still be bringing my 'A Game'. But, don't be surprised to maybe see some changes for XSBaggage & Co. in the near future.