[Market-farming] Firm Market Start Times? Pros and Cons?

Sue Wells farmersue at myfairpoint.net
Sun Apr 6 18:49:53 EDT 2014

I have been a vendor at Markets that have set selling times. I hated it. The
Market manager was very rude and got very nasty when customers tried buying
early. This made me very upset, and I have lost many sales over this. Some
people see the Market and don't have the time to wait. My Markets have a lot
of tourists and sometimes they need to get traveling on.   

yes, it is an inconvenience to have people sometimes buying early before  we
are set up, but I get there early and try my best.  At one of my Markets, if
the customers start coming in an hour before the Market is really open, that
means that day is going to be super busy. This is a Sunday Market and it
doesn't really start until 10:30AM. This is late for many people. 

But, my opinion, sell when you can, and bring lots to sell!




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[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Richard Moyer
Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2014 5:22 PM
To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [Market-farming] Firm Market Start Times? Pros and Cons?


Our market Steering Committee meets tomorrow night.  On the agenda is
whether we start on the hour (as advertised and in our written rules), or
allow early sales as vendors are setting up.  So vendors who set up early
don't have to twiddle their thumbs, and early customers aren't
inconvenienced by the wait.


 A few years back our afternoon market, officially 4-7 pm, kept creeping
back until it actually began closer to 3.  And some things were selling out
before official start at 4.  So we set a firm time of 3-6, with no early
sales allowed.


But a new crop of vendors, unaware of that history, are asking to sell as
soon as they are ready, before our official opening time.


We do have a market manager, and advertise on the hour starts, in multiple
media platforms.


What is YOUR experience with firm starts on the hour vs. allowing sales
between any vendor that shows up early.



Richard Moyer


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