One year ago this weekend I lost Sundays, and a few weeknights along the way. Why?
Well for some mad reason I decided I wanted to work in retail, and I wanted to do it for me, on my own terms, and I wanted to feel a sense of achievement, and St George’s Market fitted the bill. But I needed a product to sell.
So on my birthday in June 2011 I headed into the city centre with my camera and took some photographs of Belfast. It then took me 6 weeks to pluck up the courage to get my market insurance and head in to St George’s Market and begin what has been an exciting adventure of a year.
I had all my research done, I went up to the market a few times to suss it out, I spoke to other traders, I contacted the market staff to find out what I needed to do, then on the 7th August, I went for it. Market Insurance in hand, I arrived at 7am at St George’s and very nervously queued until it opened at 8am. With my £13 stall fee and a small kitty of change, I started selling those birthday photos, many of which I got printed on to postcards. And that’s was when I lost my Sundays to the market.
A year after that very nervous first day, I am now a permanent stall holder and everything has changed and developed so much. As well as my photos, I now sell cards, postcards and prints of my new PopArt designs and I also have a great range of Keep ‘er Lit cards.
On top of designing, preparing, ordering, packaging and selling, I in my madness have started doing the occasional Sunday at the Victoria Square Fayre.
It’s all a bit crazy, but it’s all a lot of fun and I love it. I also question where on earth all this creativity came from? I wasn’t like this in my 20’s, maybe it’s a mid life crisis!
I’ll be there this Sunday as always, so please pop in and join in the great buzz of the St George’s Market. I’ll be giving away my most popular postcard this year (the Titanic design) with all purchases…and I might even put a few 1st birthday balloons up.
Over on my shop, I’m offering free local shipping on everything, so pop over and use the code FREEPOST1 at checkout.
Thanks for your support during my first year in business!