Wow, where to start ? Last weekend was just mental … I was so happy with the amount of interest the event had had. I was ready to get sharing and hoping for lots of lovely customers. But then things got crazy!
That morning a few lovely people shared about the market on stories and suddenly the followers started rising … by the end of the day there were 232 more of you !
It was a crazy day … I was so proud of how the wonderful community of businesses came together! They all worked on sharing the market, their businesses but also each other … I was amazed at how much they supported one another. We were sharing throughout the day and it really showed in the statistics! The website ended with over 2000 views … just mental for the first market !!
The website featured every single business and so many customers commented on how wonderful it was to scroll through so many talented makers. I loved that there was such a variation, it meant that people were finding new businesses that they’d never discovered before!
It was also so great to see people sharing what they had purchased … already the photos of customers purchases have started appearing ! My first treat of some beautiful soaps arrived today and it was so exciting …
I decided to treat myself to a few bits … some soap from Baburu and Blake, a ring from Becky Pearce Designs, a cross stitch kit from Stitchsperation and a beautiful greetings card that I think I’ll frame from Paper Bear Lane! Oh and the wonderful Fox and Fauna gifted me the quirky mermaid lino print I’d had my eye on too !
I could have bought so much more but decided to be restrained … I did buy a couple of Christmas presents as well! And have a few products saved to potentially buy for family and friends … and myself when I need a treat!
It was so lovely to hear from customers, definitely made the whole event worthwhile for myself and the small businesses! Sometimes as a maker you feel as though no one is watching … especially at the moment with no ‘in person’ events to chat to customers at. So to get this kind of feedback was incredible!
Ultimately though I was so so grateful to the small business owners who decided to take a leap and support my new venture! I was so worried about being new and really small but the support these 38 lovely makers have shown is incredible … the aim for Brown Paper Festival was to create a friendly, inclusive community and it was such a success!
There are a few things that I’m going to work on improving – it was amazing to get honest feedback from people and will really help me to improve!
So … now it’s time to start preparing for the next market taking place on Saturday 17th October ! There’s another 30 amazing small businesses taking part and I can’t wait to start introducing them to you! Follow over on Instagram or Facebook to keep up to date…