Hi everyone, this enquiry is a general enquiry for me. I have been reading through some of the posts on here and I have come up with a brainwave. [:0] I was just thinking that maybe I could start my own market stall. What I would sell I am not sure yet but I will have a think and research that. I will find a supplier for whatever I sell. Does anyone know how difficult it is to get a pitch on a market and how much they roughly cost in the south? Is it difficult to start a market stall business and any tips or help would be much appreciated. Thankyou
Hi, I’ve ran a market stall – ages ago!! BUT in my experience it WAS hard work, espec if you didn’t get your lines right, and worst still if your pitch, prices, approach, etc. were all off the mark! I’m not being negative because of my exerience – I did make some cash and gained friends – but I must admit the real value for me was the Craic! In addition to your prelim research, I would encourage you to perhaps join e-bay, maybe set up a trader account or *even* dabble in a spot of trading! See it as an introduction to the mindset? If it whets your whistle! then go for it! CP
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Originally posted by JayUK Hi everyone, this enquiry is a general enquiry for me. I have been reading through some of the posts on here and I have come up with a brainwave. [:0] I was just thinking that maybe I could start my own market stall. What I would sell I am not sure yet but I will have a think and research that. I will find a supplier for whatever I sell. Does anyone know how difficult it is to get a pitch on a market and how much they roughly cost in the south? Is it difficult to start a market stall business and any tips or help would be much appreciated. Thankyou
Hi there, I also am intrested in running a market stall, i have spoken to a few trades and they advised me if i was willing to put in the hard work and get good product lines then i would see the benefits. I have also done some research on the net and this has helped me to find potential suppliers market pitches and information relating to all aspects of market trading. I will hopefully opening a stall in the near future and if it does not go as expected then i will know that i have gave it my best shot, so my limited advice would be to keep going untill you have what you want and build on it.[:D]
Sabina – SPAM! The user asked for advise on a market stall – you advise setting up an online store?! You have posted 3 messages on this forum and every single one of them promotes your website. This forum is about helping small business ladies & gentlemen – often through helping you can promote your own interests but come on, give us all a break. I can honestly say spamming does not make me like a company more, I’ll certaintly never put any of my hard earned cash into FuzzBox. Anyway, market traders. The 2 biggest markets are North Weald Saturday Market (Essex way) and Blackbushe Sunday Market (Junction 4A off the M3) – these are huge markets. There is also a fairly large one on a Thursday at Kempton Park Racecourse. You can call Blackbushe on 01252 878074. Get an idea of prices per pitch from them… I believe the prices are something like £70 for a 8" pitch… Hugemark International run the markets at Northweald, Kempton and a good 5 others. They can be contacted on 0118 945 1799. Running a market is hard work – my father has run a stall at Blackbushe for the last 7+ years and it involves long, long days. Often he’ll make no money at all as there are simply no customers – but other days he can make a good £500 for 15 hours work. The best thing to do is firstly get a few ideas of products – then visit some of these markets and evaluate how you’ll sell your product and have some of being different to the rest. You’ll have to think about buying or renting the physical stall. You’ll need a car/van to take the stuff, you’ll need the relevant insurances as you’ll be dealing with the public. If your selling food you’ll need a basic hygiene certificate. The best thing to do once you’ve sorted out all of these issues is get yourself along to one of these markets very early (5am?) and queue up as a casual trader – at about 7/8am you’ll be taken around and assigned locations where the regular traders who hold regular spots have not shown up. Try this for a week or 2, preferably without investing too much in stock first, and see how it goes. Hope this helps David Middlesex Technology Services http://www.mtsuk.net
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Hey Shady, I am like you and i have started a market stall but i am also having a website built at http://www.zodiac-football.com I have been to North weald and it is very good dependant on what you are stocking as at markets they do like a bargain. My walk in stall with table at 8ft X 8ft was with accessories was just under £300 and North weald charged me £47 as a casual, I went for the market stall and website as the costs for a bricks and mortar shop were astronomical at over £8000 a year for a 10ft X 20ft shop with no even a toilet or anything in there. Hope i have helped in some way all the best and good luck. Tom
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I know I’m probably gonna offend some people here but I think that a lot more people would be best served trying out a market stall than going straight into an online store and expecting everything to happen. Think what a stall can give you: Experience Customer contact Trader/Seller contact Sense for business Sales experience A good sense of a hard days work! A chance to try things A good tan (if you’re very lucky!!) It’s not for everyone but more should try it than currently rely on opening an online shop and crossing your fingers!
I have to agree with Marketeer on this one.I had a stall and by god it was hard work..Get there at 5am and hope for a decent pitch( show up for a while and get noticed and you will move up the ranks)Hope you get nice and weather and hope you have what people need at good competitive prices..Then its all down to you!!Good luck though. Mark UK’s cheapest service provider http://www.utilitiesplus.info
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Go to your local market and have a look at what goes on, speak to traders and shoppers, ask the officialls for pitch prices, decide what you are going to sell, have a look for nieches, what is your local market missing??? Also remember that the market stall is mainly a "cash" business, so what ever you choose to sell must be within a reasonable price range. People dont walk around with hundreds of £’s on them. As for on-line shopping….of the 1000′s that try only 1 or 2 succeed….the rest just annoy us with there spam.
I suppose the essential thing is that you don’t go onto the web for the sake of it, believeing it to be a good idea and that’s it sorted!!. Gets on my t**s the amount of people who start "an internet business" cos they think it is a cash cow! Similarly, with a market stall – know what you’re getting into; speak to others who are doing it/have done it; spend some time looking at markets and seeing what is and isn’t successful. Perhaps there’s something not being offered? Or something you could do better? Then you’ll have the hard slog of sorting out supplies, logistics, cash flow, attracting customers… Good luck!
Thanks a lot guys for all your responses and if you go to blackbushe market buy loads of stuff off a guy freezing his *** off!!!!! Shady007 email@example.com
I think Sabina once posted on another forum the same spam and a few called the 0800 number and didn’t speak. Also got one of their mobile numbers!
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Firstly Davels very well said….alot of individuals get caught up with spamming thinking its an easy option not realising that to a well organised site its nothing short of irritating when good threads suddenly have a spam attack…..so far my impression of this site as a new member is very very good(well done to you all)and to the spammers…ask yourself if the returns promised really are materialising or are you being duped(really no offence intended as we are all simply trying to make a crust) On the market stall point….is there a market that has both market stalls with a car boot sale area at the side near where you live??perhaps its an option to car boot sale it for a while until you make contacts …decide your lines…and wath the flow through per stall whilst you enjoy getting a very small taste of what a market stall would be like. very good luck with it as it does seem a terrific business if your suited to it.[:)]