I’ve been around Market Day since the beginning, helping out and doing the graphic design. I’ve always been a crafty person, and I loved the idea of selling things I’d made, but I simply had no idea where to start.
I made feather accessories for a few friends, but I never thought I’d be able to sell them. Cat and her husband Scott Rocketship encouraged me to give it a try, so I leapt in. I didn’t sell a lot, but I had a great time, and I came back the next year more involved and more motivated.
Taking cues from Cat and Scott as well as the many amazing vendors we work with at Market Day, I began to brand myself. I built a display. I saw my sales double each month. Black Friday was really the turning point for me. I grew a fan base, met future wholesalers, and finally got the guts to start up an Etsy shop and start selling online. We’re now three seasons into Market Day, and I’ve gone from a hobbyist making 10 hair clips for a show, to a business with hundreds of sales under my belt, and I’m Market Day co-director to boot.
This is my first year stepping up to the plate to co-direct, and I honestly don’t know how Cat and Scott did it alone for two years. It’s a lot of work, and there’s nothing in it for us financially, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything. I love seeing businesses grow and thrive. I love throwing in my meager two cents and watching it help someone out of a plateau. I love watching customers carry out brightly colored bags and packages, or snap photos to tweet to friends.
I’ve always been a bit of a mall rat, and I know there’s fun to be had on Black Friday. I used to do it, going to packed stores, looking for deals. The problem was, I never really found any. I was never willing to get up at 4:00 AM, nor wait in hour long lines. This is the real beauty of Market Day.
Market Day STARTS at 9:00 AM, people! Sleep in, have breakfast with the family. There will be over fifty vendors in one spot, no driving from store to store. I can guarantee you that no one has EVER been injured or in a fight at Market Day, and I’m guessing they never will. You’ll find a great deal, and a truly special gift for everyone on your list. Something that they’ve never seen before, something that’s special and original.
Best of all, when you buy from Market Day, you’ll be helping out businesses like mine. Businesses that might not have started without a venue like Market Day, that might not have found their way. Businesses that you can GUARANTEE are local, that you can feel good giving your money to, knowing that it’s not going to a corporate entity that doesn’t care about the community. You’ll help grow a business that support your neighbors, people like me! And you’ll have fun doing it.