Does anyone here regularly do sales outdoors? And if so, how well does it go for you?
This being festival season, there are a number of sales and other events held outdoors. I want to do tables at them, but my partner-in-crime steadfastly refuses. She much prefers to plod along at a monthly (indoor) church sale.
Our previous experience at outdoor farmer's markets:
-- You are chasing the sun with your tent -- assuming you get a tent! Every 20-30 minutes, it's pause and move things back into the shade.
-- Bugs love sugar, and the people who work with it.
-- Goodies wrapped in saran wrap melt and/or develop condensation. It's ugly and contributes to spoilage.
-- Rain chases customers away.
-- People insist on walking their scary, smelly dogs beside us. Yuck :P
-- You have to go where the (potential) customers are. They are certainly not lining up at our front door!
-- You get more customers outdoors than indoors. Plenty of rubberneckers come over when tents are set up in a school parking lot. People will stop to look at an outdoor display, even briefly, but WILL NOT go inside an unfamiliar building, unless they are desperate for the bathroom.
-- You won't sell anything if people don't know you exist. So if you don't sell now, but you can hand out a business card or flyer, maybe 6 months from now you might have a sale.
Note also: Our inventory and supplies need to be carried in one trip by bus and subway.
Your thoughts, kind bakers, are always appreciated.