Farmer's markets open up in June. Honestly this is mostly a Spicy venture. My job is to make things look pretty and attract people to our space. I have my doubts that I'll sell very much. We've been to a few of the area markets and there has only been one with any hand craft vendors. Many of them were selling "Grandma"-type things: crocheted acrylic blankets, baby bibs and clothes, dishcloths. One vendor seemed more artistic. Her prices were similar to mine but her style was very different (think Country Classic). I realized that there's no reason for me to half-ass it. It's ok to have low expectations, but I can at least put forth my best effort and maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised.
Having made that decision, I have a ton to get done in a month. I ordered some minicards from moo with my logo and fabric care symbols that I can use as price tags. I signed up for Paypal here so I can take credit cards. I am planning to make cash aprons for both me and Spicy. I also need to make a tablecloth and some fabric buckets to display some of the smaller items.
As far as inventory goes, I was thinking of sticking mostly to food or kitchen related things in a range of price points. I'm making a variety of market bags, including the drawstring bags in the Artist size pictured above. I can make up to 4 things at a time assembly-line style before I get unbearably bored. I was also thinking of doing decorative linen dishtowels and possibly cloth napkins. I want to make some aprons. I will probably stay away from potholders and oven mitts, because they can be a fair amount of work to put together and in my experience people don't want to pay very much for them. Maybe I can squeeze in some simple picnic quilts but they would be pretty expensive and I'm not sure how well they would sell. Is there any demand for things like coasters or placemats anymore? We don't use them at my house, but then again our dining room table has been commandeered as my sewing space.
If you were browsing crafty goods at a farmer's market, what would you like to see? Do you have any suggestions for selling at local farmer's markets or pitfalls that I should avoid?