The Perils of being a Trader Part 2: EU laws impact

It has been quite a while since I've updated the posts and now that we have a brand new website - we hope you like the new look - it has become easier and simpler to write the posts, now that I've worked out *how* to do it! Anyway, I digress.... As you may have noticed we are no longer selling our cremes, oils and balms, and many have expressed disappointment and have asked what happened. To begin with, we are really sorry and it was not an easy decision to remove them as we … [Read more...]

Markets We Do: Hampstead

This is the entrance to Hampstead Sunday Market. Snuggled away in the Community Centre on Hampstead High Street, it's the place to be when looking for unusual, high quality goods and friendly chatter. The market has been running for over thirty years, and some of the traders have been there since the begining, as have some of the regular visitors. This makes for jolly, familial atmosphere, and one which makes it a pleasure for us to trade in. The gentleman in this photo is Steve. Not only … [Read more...]

Life Gets In The Way….

One of the promises I made about this blog was that I would be candid about the ups and downs of running a fledgling business. It's not always successful and brilliant and things will invariably go wrong, so you either try to manage those problems or let them overtake you. The hardest lesson we have learned in the last couple of months about running a business, and one of the main reasons for the lack of posts and activity, is when 'real life' suddenly gets in the way. To put this into … [Read more...]

In Praise of Pop-ups

Pop-up markets can be a great way to promote you business, get a few extra sales in and test the water with a new product. It's also a excellent networking opportunity as you meet traders and potential customers who you would never normally reach. We recently traded at the rather lovely Wonder Hill market, a Pop-Up event that took place in The Tooting  Tooting Tram and Social Pub. We've done Wonder Hill Market events before, mainly because they are so well organised, but this was the first … [Read more...]