So market season resumes with the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival. It's been something of a marathon to get photos prepped and ready for sale. At last though I have a stock I can be pleased with.
When I first started at markets I only had a few pictures and most of these were in poor packaging and poorly matted. People were curious about the photos and would approach, but on one look at the matting (and the price) soon went elsewhere.
I will say I didn't over price. The photos were worth what I was selling, but I was persuaded by my market partner (and now actual partner) that people won't buy at gallery prices at a market. I fumed for a little while at the inequity but ultimately relented and dropped the price.
This coincided with a careful change of packaging and matting. Still a little rough at the edges (literally with the matting) but also definite improvement. Suddenly I saw an increase in sales, enough to encourage me that is a positive way to display work and get something out of it.
So I stepped up, making the extra expense of purchasing ready made backing, and getting suitable stands and easels for effect. Now my photos are better presented and look professional. I feel better about the stock I have and am confident that if people aren't buying it's because they weren't going to buy in the first place, not because the packing and presentation looks shoddy.
As it happens, Nannup wasn't a huge success, but I put that down to the clientele of the day. Older people after pot plants, not photos. It doesn't matter. I sold a few, which is a good feeling, and I'm in a good spot to top up my stock rather than bulk buy.
It was a two festival, but illness and tiredness stopped us on the second day. I doubt we'd make anyway. Next week is the medieval fair in Balingup, which I think will have a more eclectic group of visitors.
I'll leave you with a couple of shots.