08 June 2012

Market stall: what would you want to see?

Flannelberry Creek will likely attend some events with a market stall: a 10x10 foot space (or thereabouts) with yarn and fibre and fun things all set up for purchase.

If you were shopping at a market stall for yarn or fibre, what would you want to see?

I figure it’s important that you be able to see the wide array of colours and yarns from outside, that you be able to touch everything, and yet at the same time, things need to be reasonably well attached to the display racks so they don’t blow away (or, ahem, wander off).

All the gear for the stall has to be highly portable – no big shelving units or heavy tables, as it’s gotta fit into my van (along with all the stock). Ideally the gear isn’t too expensive, either, we do have a budget to stick to.

I’ve seen a really neat stand made from a cut down tree trunk about 4” around with dowels and wires fixed into it at angles to hold hats and mittens for sale, and I’m contemplating something like that to hold skeins of yarn or baskets of fibre. A couple of them would fit into the van without too much trouble.

Everyone uses those wire snap together crates, and they are practical but … well … I hate putting them together and I was hoping for something a bit more aesthetically pleasing, preferably made from natural materials.

So … any ideas for me?


  1. Well, I'd go with those wire put-together racks you hate! I produced the Victoria FibreFest for 7 years, and that's what most of the vendors had because of the practicality. Besides, who notices the wire racks when there's fibre-y goodness to behold???

  2. Keeping in mind that I'm not a fibre shopper, I'm more likely to touch and feel and wander over if it's nicely displayed. I also love the natural, especially since your products are farm produced. I don't know if this is practical or affordable, but check this out: http://alberta.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-art-collectibles-Antique-Wooden-Apple-Crates-Boxes-W0QQAdIdZ385745846

  3. Anonymous4:12 pm

    A battery operated light or two. Now that they had LEDs in them, they are practical to operated with batteries and the light would help your table stand out.


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