Karen and I remember our first AF experience -- we were both working full-time jobs, so we met up on Saturday morning in Brooklyn with a suitcase and a bunch of random bags filled with random things. Our first time selling, we were hooked. We sat there in tiny chairs at our rental table and created our signature spiel, threw out ideas for new products, new set ups etc. Our minds were racing, and all we could think about was how badly we wanted to be in that spot every weekend.
Eventually, we quit our day job and made it an every weekend thing. Here's how we made it happen:
- We kept coming back. We were consistent, dedicated, and got to know the community.
- We learned that when you’re prepared, you can set up quickly, and you have the time to troubleshoot, if needed. Our set-up has to be something Karen and I can carry and set up without the help of anyone else.
- When we decided to do a pop-up at Chelsea, we dropped by the market a bunch of times before the big day.
- We drew displays out on scrap pieces of paper, napkins, on Illustrator. Anything to help us prep for set-up.
- We continuously get inspired by the market community of other vendors and A&F staff.
For all the new vendors out there thinking about spending a weekend at Brooklyn Artists & Fleas, all I can say is, don’t just do it once. Keep going, keep learning from the customers you meet, keep learning from your neighbors, and keep connecting with Artists & Fleas.
Lastly, if you’re thinking about spending a month at Chelsea Market Artists & Fleas, wear stretchy pants and prepare to eat well!
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