Since my last blog, and that was some time ago in November, I have been coming out of ‘Covid Hibernation’ and venturing into the world of ‘Public Commerce’. In other words, I am trying to find my ‘New Normal’ in a very different world from the beginning of 2020. My only public event of 2020 has been the current Pop-Up shop within a local eco-friendly store A Longer Table in Kirriemuir, Angus.
It has been a strange year to say the least. Full of loss, restrictions and limitations of one sort or another. With mask on and constant cleaning of hands I have welcomed visitors into this temporary space. It has been good to socialise and sell once more. Before setting up I was very conscious that not all people are comfortable dealing with cash under the present pandemic conditions. Therefore I stretched my technical knowledge a bit further by signing up to iZettle, an electronic system to take payments by card. This really does simplify things and keeps everyone that wee bit safer. And it has been used several times so far.
My new Robin On a Post design has done very well with almost one third of my Christmas Card stock having been sold within the first week. The mugs have proved popular too and the artwork has produced quite a bit of interest. Currently I am booked into A Longer Table Pop-Up room for another week with the option of taking a third week if I want to. I may do this if my energy levels are not depleted.
The only other events I have taken on board are two Virtual Christmas Markets run by Art Craft Finder on a Facebook Platform. The first Market has not been quite as successful in sales as the Pop-Up Shop however there has been a lot of interest generated from this event. Perhaps the old adage still stands: ‘People buy from people’.
The next Art Craft Finder Christmas Market starts on 11 December through to 20th December – hopefully the link will take you through to it. Do go and have a browse – there are 50 stalls to look at and it really does feel like a ‘real’ market with stalls.
A strange and anything but normal year this year. Next year I will ‘plan for the worst’ and ‘hope for the best’. I think flexibility will be the key to managing 2021. May you all stay safe and well for the rest of this year and all of the next. Thanks for reading.