We have found a post on the Canary Wharf Forums the other day, promoting a nearby social market about to happen. I was sad to see one more market that we had missed the application deadline for, but Kris was adamant on trying to ask them if they had any more free pitches left. We got the answer almost immediately that we can be fit into the roster of 10-11th of December.
The next two weeks we’ve spent with preparation, our printer operated almost non-stop and it was almost impossible to even eat at home as we have used all available tables to try to mimic the size of the pitch and find the perfect assortment of our products and promos. As the market had offered us a table and a gazebo to use, we only had to order a nice tablecloth and buy some extra props for our presentation. Of course what can go wrong, goes wrong, so H&M delivered our tablecloth to an unknown location and we have only figured the last evening that eventually we’ll also need some lighting equipment as well for the last two hours of the market, so we rushed to the nearest ASDA to pick up some battery operated lanterns. But Hey! We’re alive and now we had everything to succeed with our market debut.
The first day the weather wasn’t too friendly, generally it rained all day, but we did surprisingly good despite the weather conditions. I think at least every one of 5 visitors of the market actually bought something from us, and whoever tasted our orange & chillies infused cranberry juice or the vanilla & ginger infused apple juice we have prepared definitely converted into a customer. Okay not everyone, but 3 out of 4 for sure.
The other merchants were very friendly and for the second day, the weather also become mighty nice. For our surprise, the good weather meant less visitors, but other than that, we comfortably brought the same performance than the day before. In total, we had about a hundred happy customers over the two days, gave away 20 litres of hot fruit juice infusions in small tasters and got lots and lots of great feedback while we had a chance to perfect our pitch. We got invited to attend the future markets as well on the last Saturday of each month, so you can all count on finding us on Limehouse Basin Social Market with our artisan mulling spices.