CHANGE AND MONEY:
If you’ve ever done a retail job in your life, you’ll know about a float and how important it is. If not, a quick primer: It’s a modest amount of cash you have on-hand in various denominations, so you’re not caught out by the one person (and there’s always one) who wants you to split a $50 on their $8 shop. Most banks will sort you out as long as you have the cash in your account and ask nicely. I would say $50 to $100 worth of 1s 2s 5s and 10s r best.
Having a set up that’s easy to browse is essential. Second, keep most of your stuff at the eye-level of your customers. This applies doubly if you are dealing with anything for kids. In other words, if they can’t see your stuff or prices easily, they won't buy. Step back in front of your stall and have a look in the eyes of a customer as to what they would see.
You can use things like tablecloths, horses, clothes airers, racks, banners, fairy lights or bunting to brighten up your stall
It’s always good to bring supplies. As well as common things as labels, fluro price cards, stickers, sharpie, plastic bags, sticky tape, blutac, a tablecloth and a safe place for cash (like a bum bag or lock box), and a notepad to keep track of sales, remember to be equipped with stuff that’s specific for your stall. You might even want to pack a snack if you can't get away from your stall or alternatively ask one of us to get a coffee or snag for you. And don't forget water to keep hydrated.
MOVE IT ON QUICKLY:
Towards the end of the day, if you’re keen to move your stuff ASAP, get that red marker out and start marking down. Whoever is left is probably looking for a deal, and you are just the person to give it to them. And there’s the added bonus of not having to pack and lug whatever sells back to yours.
It pays to have a free box in front of your stall with whatever you want in there to give away, it attracts people to have a look.
Have something that will stand out, even if you don’t think it’ll sell? Put it on display, baby! Put that eye-catching product front and centre to draw in the crowds. Even if it’s way out of their price range, you’ll have already roped them in to check out the rest of your stuff.
PRICE PRICE PRICE EVERYTHING:
Customers don't want to be asking prices, make it easy and simple for busy mums to walk up and see clear prices. As a general rule, it’s always good to price and tag everything. It saves time when people start haggling with you and helps your more anti-social customers. Also, if you’re selling certain goods like food or beauty products, you may be legally required to label your stock with important info (such as ingredients and allergy warnings).
Interact with customers by saying hello, they won't bite, and they might just need to see a friendly smile, but don't be too forward, let them have a browse and a look around, you never know, they might walk off but they might be back too.
CHANGE ITEMS AROUND:
Particularly with pre loved stalls, after the first hour or 2 of rush try moving your products around, dropping your prices, sprook if you wish, to create a different look and feel with your stall.
We would appreciate all stallholders to park in the grassy field opposite the hall and oval to allow more parking for customers closer to hall, thank you.