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Made on the Left Recap

You guys, i had SUCH a fun weekend! Showing at Made on the Left on Sunday, was such a blast! It was a really stormy day (what up Perth?!), and so lots of vendors were telling me that there weren’t as many people as last time – but honestly, i didn’t notice. I just relished the experience of seeing first hand people looking at my patterns. It was awesome. So often I feel like i miss out on interacting with my customers more, since everything we do is online – and it was really cool to be able to really chat to people, and have a laugh, and open up a few patterns to show. Totally worth braving the weather if you ask me :)

Having Chris there to help me was so great. We had such a fun time – and I really don’t think things would have gone so smoothly if i’d been on my own. Thanks Darling!!!

So – as i mentioned last week, this was my first market. As a result, i had literally no idea how one sets up a stall. What does a stall look like? So i ended up googling like crazy for days finding pictures of what other peoples stalls looked like. So i thought i’d share with you what mine looked like! Nothing fancy, and it can definitely be finessed a bit next time – but overall i’m pretty happy with how it all worked!

Thanks so much to everyone who came by and said hi over the day – it made my day to meet so many people who have used my patterns, and read Design Diary!

Oh… and then i went shopping… there were too many cute things, and all the vendors were so nice!!

I got these adorable bunny earrings from Clay and Clasp (I mean come on, BUNNY earrings! i died) – which i adore, and Lucy the designer, was like the sweetest person ever. And i also got this cool necklace made from a vintage drawer handle (but unfortunately the tag doesn’t have the stores name on it, so i can’t link to it – sad face ).

And that is the story of my first market – it was such a good experience, and i feel like i learnt so much! Can’t wait till next time :)

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Rochelle New
10 years ago

When I did my first craft fair I was also going crazy with “Ahhh what is a craft fair booth supposed to look like?!?!” lol. I LOVE the simplicity of your booth. I’ve found that if your booth is too cluttered with really awesome neat looking collectible things, that it distracts people from what you’re actually selling. For my next craft fair I plan to set my table up more like yours! Simple, charming, and to the point :)

Pascale Goodrich-Black
Pascale Goodrich-Black
10 years ago

Congradulations on your first market!

10 years ago

It was very cool to meet the real face behind your shop and blog! (now, have you looked up about Port Jackson sharks yet? You can see one in the touchpool at aqwa)

10 years ago

So glad you had a good time at the show. I love the muted colors in your display.

Toni Heckman
Toni Heckman
10 years ago

Just found your site & love your designs! Congratulations on your anniversary, first market & birthday! I would love to win some of your patterns! Thank you for the opportunity! Toni in southwestern Wisconsin.

10 years ago

Oh how exciting! As a kid I used to love playing shops, then when I worked in shops as a student I would still “play” shops to make the work more enjoyable – so I the excitement of setting up an IRL shop must be incredible!! Hope you had lots of fun xx

Parnuuna Kristiane Thornwood

How wonderful! I’ve been attending a Christmas market once with homemade stuff, and with the right company it’s just the best! :)
It feels so nice when people enjoy what you have made, doesn’t it? :)

And very nice designs by the way!!! :)


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