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Submitted by Scott_babu on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:08
Would like some input as to the quantity of stock I need for selling at farmers market
Scarfs, placemats, shawls are what I will be making.
Well, more is always 'better'! I try to have a range of colours for people to choose from. How much you have partly depends on how much space you have and how you are going to display it. Textiles always fare better if they can be hung, not folded and piled up on a table.
I agree with Laura. Plus, there are farmer's markets and there are farmer's markets. I live in a very rural area, so our farmer's markets are full of great veggies, but very small. In an urban area farmer's markets are much larger and draw a huge crowd. There are so many variables that it's impossible to give you concrete advise, so I'm sticking with weave as much as you can weave and present well.
If you have a limited amount of time to produce things, my suggestion is to either go in the direction of wearables or home products, but not to split it and have less than optimal inventory in each area. People will see your display and get themselves in an "oh, something to wear" or, "oh, something for my kitchen" mindset and I have found that when I mix the two, sales sometimes suffer. One of the best pieces of advice I got when starting out is to have your smaller items be something that will lead customers to eventually buy your larger items (I lovingly think of the smaller items as gateway drugs). They will fall in love with a tablecloth, but only be able to afford a dishtowel. When they bring their dishtowel home, they will think of you whenever they use it and next year they might be able to afford a set of placemats and then the year after, the tablecloth. Scarves lead to shawls lead to garments, but they don't necessarily lead to tablecloths.