Earlier this month, I got the chance to take part in a market! I was super excited because I've wanted to do one forever. I love going and supporting independent designers and small local shops. It was a wish come true to get to be on the other side of the table and have my own 'booth'. I'm actually pretty surprised by how much work went into everything.
I didn't expect it to be easy, to begin with. But between making my jewelry and home goods by hand, and my regular job, I had absolutely no free time! The market was holiday themed which meant I was busy working on it during the biggest shopping days. My Christmas shopping got put on hold until the very last minute. Like I said, I didn't expect it to be the easiest thing in the world, but I also wasn't expecting how much of it bordered on overwhelming. I don't know if jumping right into a holiday market as my first one was the best idea! If I had the chance to do it all again, I may have started smaller and worked my way up.
The work was intense, but in the end, it all paid off, as corny as that sounds. I had a wonderful day. Once I got everything to the location and all setup, it was a breeze. Plus, I had my awesome fiancé with me all day, and lots of family and friends came by to visit, which kept things entertaining. I also sent messages to a few friends that have participated in quite a few markets and craft shows. Their advice was invaluable when it came down to little things that I hadn't even thought of. Even so, I did have a few moments where things went a little off the rails. It was a few small things beyond my control (like a lack of electricity for the first few hours of the market. I figured out ways to combat the little things for next time. I can't wait until there is a next time!
Thanks again to everyone that came out in support of my first market. Be on the lookout for the invite to the next one! If you're reading this and looking for your invite, follow me on instagram for details on the next event!
Karra Wade is a lifestyle blogger, boutique owner and content creator living in Texas with her husband and two dogs.
In 2015, she started Feather + Arrow to promote her work and share bits of personal life. It has slowly grown into a place where she can not only share musings about her day but also discuss fashion tips, lifestyle inspiration and peeks into her shop.