Prepping for Market

Occasional (oc·ca·sion·al): adj. Occurring from time to time, recurring or reappearing from time to time.

If you follow our Blog, our Social Media or if you are a visitor of Seaglass Salvage Market, you know our business hours are a tad different than the norm. We are considered an occasional Market, however, it actually is no longer considered that unusual, and although we are a 3 day a month Market (2 days in June, July and August) There is a lot of prep involved.

Advertising with Leland Magazine and NBM each month, and creating Events on WhatsOnWilmington‘s, as well as on FB. Keeping the website and Social Media pages up to date, it’s not easy staying relevant when you are closed more often than not! There are little things like making sure we have enough toilet paper and big things like making sure any empty spaces that become available inside are filled with vendors that “fit.” Sending out a reminder email to outdoor vendors asking if they plan on participating and to the customers on our email list reminding them to come. Making sure the signage is still working and booking food trucks in advance. Don’t forget change, the modem, the speaker…oh, and to put the signs out! WHEW…I know people think what we do is easy, but I promise there is a lot more than meets the eye. Trust me, I’m not complaining…I love every minute of it!

On a smaller scale, I need to make sure we are stocked with Dixie Belle products, Brads lights are lit, have info ready should someone ask about LMBF and Organ Donation and have my shpeel (that might be a NY word?!?) ready when someone approaches me about being a vendor.

I have already placed my order for Dixie Belle, just need to update the stock in my square and get it on the shelves. I’ve been to SAMS Club and we are good on coffee and cups. April is Donate Life Month so we will put most of our efforts into the Foundation on Friday and Saturday and we have a family wedding to attend on Sunday the 22nd in Apex, NC…you would think family would know not to schedule anything on the 3rd weekend by now (ONLY KIDDING!) Pat will be opening and Susan will be closing for us on Sunday, but all the vendors will chip in (they always do!)

I am so pleased with our new space, but the way my counter is set up now, I kinda sit in the center of it. I don’t want to run an extension cord to keep my phone and my tablet (along with my modem and my BOSE speaker) charged. So, I need to order a new HALO, because I lost the one I had. (*Those two links are the Amazon Affiliate Links *) I will share things with you that I have purchased, use and love…if you purchase either, or both, let me know what you think of them!

We look forward to seeing you at the April Market, Friday 4/20 9-3, Saturday 4/21 9-5 & Sunday 4/22 12-5. We will have LIVE MUSIC on Saturday from 11-2 (a first at SSM!) and Food Trucks all three days. Lindsay M Benton Foundation will have giveaways, raffles and a live auction both Friday and Saturday!

 

See you then,

Kelli 🙂

*SSM has become and affiliate for AMAZON! Which means we get compensated (at no cost to you) if you click on a link that takes you to AMAZON and complete a purchase! Another awesome way to help support our small business!