Here you will find the market reports for all of our events over the last few months, including footfalls and spending tendencies. Overall positives and even negatives about each market are documented for all you stallholders wanting to make an informed decision about any bookings you make. We like to ensure these reports are as honest as possible, we'd much rather adopt this method than sugar coat everything and falsely advertise how incredible a market was if for whatever reason it wasn't. We endeavour to provide the best service possible and these reports should help show how each venue differs whether its easier to unload or the spending is better per customer walking in.
Winchester performs well for many despite circumstances.
Winchester really is a very weather affected event location. With poor weather throughout the morning the streets of Winchester were deserted. Very few people were using the Park and Ride service which drops off potential customers to our markets. There was also a lack of tourist coaches, many having been cancelled due to the severe weather warnings At mid-day the Guild Hall’s fire bell rang, the entire building had to be evacuated, a first for any of our markets at any location in 6 years of trading. Unfortunately it was 30 minutes before wthe building was declared safe. It was hard to get the market started again after such an interruption, but thankfully with improving weather conditions, the footfall improved a lot during the afternoon. By the close of the market a footfall of 750 customers had been achieved.
The customers were thankfully in a spending mood. It was also noticeable that there were a good number of tourists present in Winchester in the afternoon. Those who had good tourist based products did well today with spending vastly improving in the afternoon. One stall holder selling fashion and jewellery sold over £300. Also of note were our artists, 2 of whom sold in excess of £200. Not all stall holders did so well, but this unfortunately is the case at most markets we run. It is clear that customers need to be engaged with and active selling does really need to occur to bring results even at our more popular locations such as Winchester. Those who actively sold their products did well.
This was George’s first market back since breaking his leg badly. He was welcomed into the market by many of the regular stall holders. Although unable to drive at present and in some pain still, he worked well with Aaron throughout the day to draw in customers. It was good to have him back.
Despite unfavourable weather Hungerford continues to perform well.
With 40 – 60 mph winds and rain forecast throughout the day we were not optimistic as to the success of our 2nd market at Hungerford. The winds were gusty throughout the day and Mynt advertising had to be secured down well. For an August day, this was not like summer at all. As at our first market at Hungerford in July, the streets seemed to be quiet, however it was clear that there were also quite a lot of visitors to Hungerford looking for something to do in the cooler weather. By working from 2 different locations on the High street in the morning and from one in the afternoon, we still managed to attract a footfall of 619 people into the town hall.
Hungerford is a very easy ‘set up’ being on the ground floor and with unloading right outside the back door. This makes this location so easy to use, especially for those with mobility difficulties. We had several of our regular stall holders trying out Hungerford for the first time, as well as several newcomers to both Mynt Image and to Craft and Gift markets. All of our stall holders were in attendance, and the hall looked nicely full and very colourful. The new stall holders all enjoyed the day, many taking the opportunity to learn from those with more experience.
The public were in a spending mood today. Hungerford doesn’t seem to attract huge numbers, but it attracts the right type of customers. As we know, in August people start shopping for Christmas, so we shouldn’t have been surprised by one customer who proudly announced that they had bought their 1st Christmas presents today. Christmas cards were also a good seller today. One artist sold over £300 of art, cards and related products featuring her designs. Another 4 stall holders achieved over £200 including jewellers and a lady selling South African products. We are only aware of one stall holder who did not achieve her table fees
To demonstrate how successful this market was, within 12 hours of it closing we have already received 4 rebookings from stall holders for future markets. We have booked 4 markets at Hungerford for 2020 and look forward to seeing these events continue to develop and grow.
Our Romsey markets start with a ‘BANG’
Having researched this new location well and visiting several times before booking it, we were confident that we had made a good decision and had located a market that would be good both in the summer and later in the year. However, despite this one always has doubts, but we certainly needn’t have done. This market was a scorching success for many stall holders.
The day was warm and cloudy, almost throughout. The streets did not seem that busy, but there were people around. The hall we chose to use is at one end of the High Street and the area in front of it has recently been redeveloped to create an attractive seating and entertainment area around the prestigious statue. By making use of 3 flags and banners as well as Paul’s voice, we started to attract locals into the market immediately. The tourists arrived later from various European countries as well as the US and Australia. Various tours also dropped tourists off to spend several hours in Romsey with the Abbey, the entrance being close to The Town Hall, a major attraction. BY the end of the day we had attracted 643 customers into the market, many of whom spent really very well.
Most stalls did really well today, with some doing better in the morning, selling to locals, and others doing better when the tourists and families arrived. One jeweller sold £400+ with trade steady throughout the day. Two other jewellery based stalls also achieved around the £200 mark. One card seller achieved almost £250, selling 20 Advent Calendars as well to boost her sales. (Please note that Christmas spending has indeed started just as we predicted) Average sales were certainly between £100 and the £150 mark. It was good to have several new stall holders working with us, and it has to be noted that all of these did well too, all covering their table costs and making good profits.
Within 24 hours of the market, 4 stall holders have already asked for additional bookings with Mynt Image, the market was such a success. The atmosphere within the hall was excellent. The only draw back to this market is the fact that it is on the 2nd floor and there is no lift. This does make this location unsuitable for disabled stall holders. Thankfully Mynt Image staff were on hand to assist both stall holders and customers up the stairs. This market was certainly welcomed by the people of Romsey and we look forward to or September event at what is now a very promising location.
Guildford delivers some excellent sales for many, especially those selling to tourists.
This was our market at Guildford for 2019 to have spaces, and unusually for Guildford it had not been booked up many months in advance. We advertised this market as a tourist market as we knew that Guildford is flooded with tourists in the Summer months, but few stall holders seemed to respond top the challenge of selling to tourists. This was a pity, because for several stall holders, this was an excellent market.
Guildford is always slow to start, and with many locals away on holiday, the town was sleepy for the 1st few hours until the tourists and visitors started to arrive or be dropped off on their tours. Once the tourists were in town, the market took off with a final footfall of 964 being achieved. We have been concerned in recent months with comments that the upstairs stall holders were not getting as many customers as they should be. To ensure that customers went upstairs, one member of the Mynt I(mage teach stayed in the lobby area throughout the day and managed to get in excess of 90% of the customers to go upstairs. We do have additional plans to get customers upstairs, but until these are put in place we will continue to deploy staff into the entrance lobby to ‘push’ customers up the stairs.
One artist did particularly well today with sales in excess of £1500, a record for this venue. Our resident disabled artist on the landing also achieved sales in excess of £300. Art was certainly in demand today. One stall selling summer fashion clothes and jewellery also did exceptionally well, making in excess of £700. Our resident jeweller in the downstairs lobby also did well as usual, selling to both her regular customers as well as tourists and achieved over £300. We are also aware of one stall holder upstairs, who didn’t sell much in the event but gained interest in at least 5 commissions, which if they are converted would make a very successful day. As usual, those who sold proactively and engaged with the customers did extremely well, whilst those who sat down and were not as active, didn’t do so well.
Guildford really is a tourist venue at this time of year. If you have products to sell in the tourist market and are proactive then you will do well at Guildford. Oh and I almost forgot, customers were actively buying for Christmas too just as we predicted.
Selling to tourists brings dividends.
Salisbury is one of our classic tourist based markets at this time of year and we were as usual sold out, with stall holders looking forward to a bumper day. With cloudy, but mostly dry weather with some sunny intervals, these were ideal conditions to attract tourists to Salisbury. An hour before the market opened there was some rain, which made some stall holders a little reticent about the day, but the rain was short lived and bright and breezy day ensued. Sara and Andy worked hard all day to get both locals and tourists into the market and some spent very well indeed. By the end of the day we managed a footfall of 962, a good summer tourist market footfall.
The hall looked very welcoming today with some very attractive professional looking displays. We had many of our regular summer stall holders as well as several new stall holders to us. Most stall holders managed good sales with only a couple of stall holders not selling a huge amount. One artists sold nearly £800 and others selling glass and wooden products also did really well. There was a lovely atmosphere amongst stall holders and many were very6 happy with their sales in this tourist based summer location.
We have already received 2 thank you notes (by Sunday morning on 21st) for this vibrant market. Salisbury is a hive of tourist acti9vity in the Summer months and sales in the summer can be just as good as winter/Christmas season sales. We look forward to our August market here when there will not only be tourist spending but also many customers starting to focus on Christmas now they are back from holiday.
Guildford does well for many despite ‘outside competition’
Guildford is certainly our most popular market and we manage to sell out most stall spaces many months in advance. However today was a little different as many of our regular stallholders were not present due to holidays or other commitments. This left spaces for many new stall holders, many of whom we had not worked with before. With the university students missing, the streets were instead full of foreign tourists enjoying the sites and sounds of Guildford. The ‘sounds of Guildford’ are unfortunately not always conducive to good sales and this Saturday we were unfortunately subject to some ‘heavy rock’ style buskers who it was clear the public were doing their best to avoid. The footfall was not promising at first with a slow start. However once this unappealing group of musicians had moved on, the footfall did increase steadily throughout the day to a satisfactory 860 downstairs and approx. 650 upstairs.
Spending at Guildford is traditionally good and those who sold summer orientated products and catered for the tourist trade did especially well today. Our regular jewellers did well as did one of our regular stall holders who sells fashion items, achieving well over her target figure. … perfect for the warm sunny weather we experienced. One artist has already asked if she can book again as she did so well. Unfortunately we are aware, as is the case at most markets, of a few stall holders who did not achieve their stall fees, these being newcomers to trading and to ourselves. As usual, it was again those stall holders who actively sold their products and spent the whole day on their feet, who sold the most, as well as those who catered for the tourist market, a feature of our markets in the summer season.
An excellent start to our markets at Hungerford.
This was our first ever market in Hungerford. Although this venue has been used for craft markets in the past, we were new to this hall and slightly concerned when we saw how quiet the High Street was. The weather was warm and sunny for most of the day , despite weather forecasts to the opposite. The streets of Hungerford were very quiet, but despite this, customers seemed to appear from a multitude of directions and enter the building. Once in the building the customers spent very well, especially in the afternoon. A total footfall of 574 was achieved, roughly 100 each hour throughout the day with a lull in the last hour. It was noticeable how many foreign tourists were In Hungerford, many enjoying the reputation it has for antiques, though quite happy to spend on other quality products too.
We have never experienced so many ‘cancellations for personal reasons’ or for illness reasons for a market. In the 2 days prior to the market 8 stall holders cancelled. Thankfully, due to the low cost of the market, we managed to sell a good many 2nd tables to those who had already booked and the hall looked really full. There was an excellent positive attitude in the building throughout the day with there being a real buzz at times. Art was very much in demand and one stall holder so9ld in excess of £800. We are aware of at least 3 other stall holders who achieved sales of over £200 and not aware of any stall holders who didn’t cover their table costs. A stall holder selling mosaic products had a good day with sales and a photographer did very well in the afternoon especially. We only had 2 jewellers at the event which was a pity because jewellery was in demand. For the footfall of 574, spending was really very good and proved that you don’t need a huge footfall to create good sales. We are now aware of just how much potential this venue has, and look forward to our other markets at this location this year.
Tourists by the dozen
This was the hottest day of the year, with temperatures forecast to reach almost 30C in Lymington. Lymington is a fantastic tourist town with hundreds if not thousands of people visiting it each weekend in the summer from the Isle of Wight or from various New Forest locations.
The M27 was closed in both directions due to renewal of a bridge. This caused tremendous and unexpected problems for some of our stall holders as many were coming via the M3 and it was closed where the M27 joined the M3. One stall holder arrived a little late having been unable to negotiate the strange diversions.
The first 2 hours of the market were manic, with over 500 customers within the first 2 hours. We thought we were in for huge numbers. These early visitors were almost all tourists and those who had small items for sale seemed to do well. But after 12 O’clock the numbers seemed to dry up as the tourists vanished into pubs or beaches to enjoy the balmy weather. Although there were some tourists in the afternoon, several from Australia the USA and Canada, the majority seemed to be local people. In the next 4 hours we managed to encourage a further 496 customers into the market giving us a total of 996 for the day as well as many dogs! For the majority of stall holders, the afternoon was better, and it was certainly larger more expensive items which were selling.
Jewellers seemed to do well in general with 3 jewellers achieving around £200 or more. Our stall selling Mexican products also did well, with some large items sold. One artist also achieved some good sales as did one table selling small craft items of a varied nature. Another lady selling decorated bottles also seemed to do very well for the 2nd market in succession at Lymington. There were some stall holders who didn’t do so well, though most appreciated the efforts we were putting in to get customers i9nto the market despite the soaring temperatures and blistering sun. The atmosphere within the market was very good throughout the day and the stalls certainly looked very attractive and of really good quality.
It was especially good to have several newcomers to our markets with us today. Some of these newcomers were experienced whereas others were at their first ever markets. Our blend of experienced sellers were able to encourage those new to the business. Selling is certainly an art, and selling t the tourist trade demands a change in tactics for some. Overall, this market demonstrated how good a venue it can be in the summer months if you have the right tourist based products. Mynt Image now has several summer locations particularly aimed at the tourist trade.
A dreary grey day causes depressed sales for many
Poor weather really did seem to affect our events badly this weekend despite our events being inside. We find that sunny weather really does bring about many more sales and unfortunately Salisbury was not bathed in sun today. Dreary grey conditions and heavy rain showers were not conducive to customer’s spending unfortunately. The market was fully booked and following on from the success of the May event, great things were expected. There were plenty of people in Salisbury and the outside market was crowded at times. There were plenty of tourists around and these were very happy to escape the damp conditions and come into our event. Tourists really are back in Salisbury in large numbers. By working hard the Mynt Image team, despite the conditions, managed to attract a footfall of 1031.
Art, as in May, was the best seller today with two of our artists doing especially well with some excellent sales figures. One of our authors also did very well with sales of £280+. Several other stall holders were also very happy with two jewellers achieving sales of over £200 and man selling ius special skin creams also doing very well. However we are also aware that not all of our stall holders did well today. As at Thame, it was hard work to get the potential customers to spend their money today. Many of our stall holders seemed to struggle today, with some being more philosophical about the day than others. Compared to May, spending was down, but compared to 2018, spending has improved considerably.
The weather really does seem to affect spending at this time of the year, if the weather had been as good as it had been in May or even 2018, who knows what the spending would have been like today!
A slow start but a better finish for most
The weather was cool and grey and there was rain in the air. For some reason there were few people in Thame in the early morning, something we discovered the reason for later (read on). Setting up the event was very easy today as there was little traffic, allowing people to unload close to the town hall. With only 4 places unsold, the market looked really full and there was a good atmosphere from the start. However in the 1st hour we only managed a footfall of 65 customers and these weren’t buying well, despite it being Father’s Day on Sunday. At 12.00 the roads around the building were unexpectedly closed to traffic and the streets started to fill with people. We were told that it was the annual Thame carnival procession which explained why there had been no-one in Thame earlier. We did manage a steady flow of customers into the building even during the procession which didn’t last lone. However what it did mean that there were plenty of people in Thame now. These families filtered back into the town within the next few hours despite the heavy rain which fell for a while. BY the end of the event we had managed a footfall of 567, a very respectable figure for Thame especially considering the slow start.
Thame did its normal trick of providing a poor morning but a profitable afternoon for many. The last 1 ½ hours as usual delivered the best results with customers coming into the building who our team had encouraged to come in during the morning or who returned from an earlier visit. Father’s day presents and gifts did sell well , just as we anticipated at Thame due to earlier years. One stall selling ‘stamping’ craft materials did very well, though they had to work very hard to achieve their excellent results. Most stall holders reported sales of between £80.00 and £150.00 with at least 3 stalls selling in excess of £200. A minority of stall holders were disappointed with the results, though commented that it was not the Mynt Image team’s fault as they had worked very hard all day. One stall holder also commented that many of our regular customers weren’t in Thame today possibly due to the Carnival or holidays. It should also be noted that we had many new stall holders with us today, most of whom agreed that they had enjoyed the day as well as learning a lot from those more experienced.
As usual, at our markets, those who stood all day and actively sold their products did the best. In this current climate active selling is vital. One group of customers actually came out and remarked that they had not bought from those stall holders who were seated and not engaging with them. We can only reiterate how important it is to engage with our customers if you want to achieve the best sales possible.
Beautiful weather empties Guildford … but good sales
This was the most glorious day of the year so far with temperatures for one day into the mid 20’s. Many locals seemed to have taken advantage of the conditions and gone out for the day rather than shop in Guildford …. This caused a very slow start to the day. With this weekend also being the end of half term week, many locals were still away on holiday.
However the tourists and foreign visitors saved the day as they started to arrive in Guildford in the early afternoon. By the end of the day a footfall of 862 had entered the building with between 600 and 700 going upstairs. Footfall was also not helped this month by what can only be called a battle of the buskers taking place outside the Guildhall. Unfortunately we had to use the local authorities to move one of them on, something we have never had to do before, but are quite prepared to do if they are adversely affecting trade.
Guildford is a great place if you have products for the tourist or summer market and this was certainly the case today. We are aware of one stall holder selling summer clothing and jewellery who achieved sales in excess of £700, but who had suffered in previous weeks at other markets due to the poor summer weather. Jewellery also seemed to go down very well. Our artists also seemed to do very well with some healthy sales. Another lady selling luxury children’s clothing reported giving out a huge number of business cards.
Although footfall was down this month, spending was certainly up, just as it had been at Salisbury last week. Summer visitors and tourists really do seem to buy at our markets as they want souveneirs and gifts to remind them of their visits to the wonderful towns we work in.
An excellent Salisbury market with good spending.
This was the bank holiday weekend and there were sure to be lots of tourists around. Salisbury Art festival was also on, drawing many art fanatics into the city. With bright warm conditions and no chance of rain, we knew we were in for a good market and it certainly proved to be so for most stall holders. The footfall continued throughout the day with few peaks and troughs, attracting many tourists from the USA, Australia and Far Eastern countries who seemed to be in Salisbury. Even before the event opened there had been 23 customers into the market, many of whom were buying. Salisbury really is a Summer Location, many attracted by the historic nature of the city as well as the excellent shopping and large well established street market. By the end of the day we had attracted 1207 customers into the market, our largest footfall this year ….. and they bought well too.
The market did look especially good today with a good number of stall holders with really impressive displays. We had several artists with really different styles on offer and this being the week of Salisbury Art Festival, their products were very much in demand. One artist managed sales of nearly £1000, including sales of an original. We are also aware of 2 other , very different artists selling around the £300, very impressive, though not unexpected. Jewellery also seemed to do well with 2 jewellers achieving sales of around the £400 mark. Glass as usual also sold well, as did wooden pens and candles. We are not aware of any stall holders who did not achieve their table costs or sell any products. This really was Salisbury at its best.
Salisbury is a wonderful summer location, drawing in many tourists looking for souveniers and gifts. Salisbury has certainly returned to being a popular tourist destination after the problems of 2018, with many tourist coaches arriving throughout the day.
An average footfall but some good spending
Witney is rapidly becoming one of our top 3 markets, pushing others out of the ranking due to its reliability. If you are able to sell, then you will always do well at Witney. This being a bank holiday weekend and the start of half term, there were fewer people in town than at some other dates during the year. As usual, set up at Witney was smooth and easy, a ground floor hall with ease of access makes this such a wonderful location to use. The weather was also in our favour with sun throughout the day and a few clouds. Sunny weather always seems to encourage customers to spend well. However despite good conditions, the footfall only peaked at just under 700, though it was also noted by stall holders that it seemed a lot busier than this partly because the customers spent a long time in the market.
Spending did seem to be a little mixed today with some stallholders doing a lot better than others. Most reported that they had more than covered costs, but it was clear that smaller/cheaper items were selling a lot better here today. Jewellery, as is often the case seemed to sell particularly well with sales in excess of £200.
We continue to be encouraged by Witney as it is proving itself to be a good year round market. The atmosphere within the hall is always excellent and stall holders seem to like the event and to continue booking well. We look to our Witney market to continue to improve as our markets are established here.
Some excellent sales from a good footfall
Lymington really is a good summer venue and todays market demonstrated this excellently. Another good fact about Lymington is the FREE parking which makes the set up for this event smooth and easy.
With cloudy skies and warm sunny intervals, these were perfect conditions to attract tourists with nothing better to do that shop in Lymington, into our event. And there were plenty of tourists about with money to spend. Thank fully the rain stayed away and the sun came out at times , Lymington High street filled up with potential customers nicely. By working hard with active marketing techniques, a feature at all of our events, the Mynt Image team managed to achieve a footfall of 1020, a good figure for this time of year at Lymington. There was a good constant flow of customers into the market throughout the day.
We are aware that a few stall holders did not do well, but these were the exception. One lady selling fused glass sold £600+ and one of our candle sellers also did very well. One of our artists was not doing well until 3.50pm when she suddenly sold 2 originals which clearly made her day!!! It’s strange, but at many of our locations the best sales occur within the last hour. We are also aware of some of our jewellers doing very well. There was a good atmosphere within the hall throughout the day and a real buzz of customers, making this a fantastic event for most.
Poor weather but some good sales.
The day started sunny and warm in Cranleigh and as usually, there was an easy set up at Cranleigh. It is such an accessible hall and perfect for those with mobility difficulties. However almost as soon as the market opened, the weather changed and there were heavy showers and downpours for much of the day. This caused there to be fewer people on the streets than is sometimes the case in Cranleigh. However as is often the case at this venue, the last hour saw the best buyers. When the sun came out between showers there was a flurry of customers who stayed whilst it rained. The Mynt team managed a footfall of 365 by the end of the day, but please note that a lower footfall does not always corelate to lower spending especially at venues such as Cranleigh or Thame.
We had a good mix of regular experienced stall holders and newer stall holders trying our markets for the 1st time. The stalls looked lovely and there was a good positive atmosphere within the hall for most of the day. We are aware of several stall holders who did well, at least one achieving the £200+ mark. Most stall holders seemed to have enjoyed the event and several commented on how well it was organised and the hard work put in by the team despite the wet conditions
Some big spenders make this market successful for most
The was a really successful market for most stall holders, though as usual there were some exceptions. The weather was cloudy throughout the day, though the sun did try to break through. There was a cold wind, making it a cool day unless you were in the sun. There were plenty of people in Winchester including a good number of tourists. Families were in good attendance due to the weather making this a perfect shopping day. The footfall as usual started relatively slowly in the morning though by the end of the afternoon, a footfall of 902 was recorded and stall holders remarked on how good the footfall had been compared with previous markets this year in Winchester. Winchester really is a good summer venue due to the tourists and shoppers.
The hall looked amazing today with some very attractive stalls and impressive displays. The customers constantly gave good comments on the wide variety of stalls and quality of the products on offer. There were some really good spenders today as well, as there often are in the Summer months at Winchester. Several customers reported spending a substantial sum of money and proudly showed their purchases. One artist was asked for the original of one of his prints, which made him particularly successful. Jewellery sold especially well today for 2 stall holders who achieved £300+ and £400+. Wooden chopping boards sold particularly well too and were the top seller, the public really enjoying their design and finish. We are aware of at least 3 stall holders making £400+ and several more £300+. However the majority made between £100 and £200 with a few not covering their table costs.
This was the start of our Summer markets at Winchester and with sales like these we are looking forward to a profitable Summer at this location
A slow start but some good sales with the upstairs performing better than downstairs!
The streets of Guildford were not busy at all today. There were noticeably few local people in town, though there were a good number of tourists. It was certainly cold in the shade, but when the sun did break through it was warm. People were totally confused whether it was spring or summer! The morning was interrupted by a May day parade of several groups of Morris Men. There was also loud music from a religious group throughout the morning which unfortunately had the effect of making the public put their heads down and scurry past the Guildhall doors. However as soon as the music stopped at 12.45, footfall increased rapidly. BY 12pm we had only managed to attract 250 people into the market, but thankfully by the end of the day we recorded a footfall of 1039, very creditable for this time of year.
Spending was very strange today, with stall holders either doing very well or poorly …there seemed to be little middle ground . It was however good to see that all of the upstairs stall holders did better than many of the downstairs stall holders, with upstairs receiving ¾ of the customers. Top sales were from our breadknife man (upstairs) selling over £500 of breadknives. A jeweller also performed well with over £500. Stall holders selling scientific children’s toys and one selling gardening equipment also topped the £300 mark as did a stall holder selling Mexican products. However we are also aware that downstairs several stall holders had a poor day and did little more than cover their tables fees. The public really were extremely choosy today with some jewellers doing well and others not. One artist did well whilst 2 others struggled. Spending was strange. The lack of people on the streets in the cold weather didn’t help except at clearing up time when stall holders managed to get away very quickly as the roads were so quiet.
Cold conditions but a satisfactory market
The day started sunny with the promise of warm sunshine. However this did not occur as the day clouded over and we were subjected to showers and freezing cold winds throughout the day. Because of this, the streets of Banbury were very quiet. The fact that it was a bank holiday also didn’t seem to help at this location.
Thankfully set up today was easy as this is a hall with easy access. Despite having a low number of stall holders, the hall looked really good and we were able to give most stall holders additional space for no additional cost.
Despite working both doors continually throughout the day, the footfall was slow. With such bizarre weather for early May and considering the heat of the Easter weekend, we still managed to create a footfall of 335 customers. There was an excellent atmosphere in the market throughout the day and all stall holders seemed to have done well. We have already received lots of compliments from the stall holders and most made their table fees early on in the day. By the end of the day several stall holders had made £100, which considering the conditions we are pleased with.
A cold windy day proves profitable for some
The outside street market at Marlborough had cancelled today due to storm Hannah sweeping across the British Isles. Over night there had been torrential rain locally and today gusts of 60 – 70 mph were expected throughout the day. With the outside market cancelled and strong blustery winds, there were few people in town throughout the day. There were plenty of free parking spaces available which is extremely unusual for Marlborough on a Saturday. The only busy show throughout the day appears to have been Waitrose. By projecting his voice down the High Street all day, Paul managed to attract a footfall of 411 customers, (helped by Sue in the afternoon). There were few families out shopping today, and who could blame them, despite the lack of rain. There were tourists around and it was mainly these who visited the market today.
The hall was vibrant throughout the day with a very positive and happy feel to it at all times. Stall holders could hear that the Mynt Image staff were doi9ng their best, and those who ventured out soon understood why the footfall was lower than in March. Despite a lower footfall than expected, due to the conditions, there were still some very good sales during the day. One artist sold almost £300 of her work whilst 2 other stall holders selling candles and glass sold around the £200 mark. A few stall holders struggled to achieve their stall fees, though the afternoon spending was as usual much better than the morning. Cakes also soild well and were a real draw for the market and are certainly a type of stall we would like to have at more events.
A satisfactory market considering the conditions
Witney was hit by storm Hannah. Strong winds most of the day kept potential customers scurrying between shops. A few spots of rain at times did also not help the usual browsers. By covering both entrances and working hard despite the conditions, a satisfactory footfall of 843 was achieved.
The stalls looked especially good today and there were some really attractive stalls and very beautiful displays, making this market really stand out from some we have already run this year. Displays at our markets seem to be getting continually better and the less experienced are certainly learning from those who have done our markets for a while. There was an excellent atmosphere within the hall, making this a really good market to be at and helping stall holders to remain positive whilst our staff battled the conditions outside.
Spending was not as impressive as it usually is at Witney. Witney normally has the spending of Guildford and the footfall of Salisbury. Unfortunately grey days and poor weather do seem to adversely affect spending. However most stall holders enjoyed the day and recouped their table fees at least. Others made substantially more, one of the best being our stall holder selling Mexican items who had a particularly impressive day.
A glorious sunny day aids spending
Salisbury really is a great venue on a sunny warm day with a wonderfully relaxed and chilled atmosphere surrounding the Guildhall. People visit the outside market in droves in good weather and sit outside the many cafes simply chatting and whiling away the time. This venue really is a good summer venue with tourists from across the globe visiting its historic landmarks and looking for souveniers. The start of today’s market was easy and the set up very smooth, this being an easily accessible venue. There was a good mix of different stall holders, making the venue look excellent with bright paintings and wonderful crafts on display. For some reason, footfall was lower than expected in the first hour, but this soon went up as tourists started to arrive and locals visited the market. Having been here for 6 years, many Salisbury locals now visit our markets regularly. At the end of the day a footfall of 1003 customers had been achieved.
There was a lovely atmosphere within the market with a real buzz and a sense of optimism, always conducive to good sales. Art sold well and there were several promised commissions which will further enhance the takings. Most stall holders achieved over £100 with several achieving between £200 and £300. Sunny weather always seems to positively affect buying and today was no exception.
Salisbury is looking very good for 2019 markets and has certainly recovered from the trials of 2019.
A slow start, but a better afternoon
The day was dry ad bright throughout, though especially sunny at the start of the day. Where on earth were the potential customers though? Some park and ride busses were arriving almost empty. A strong gust wind that was bitterly cold blew at the start of the day and this may have been a factor in the low number of customers around.
This did however improve after about 11.30am with a sudden influx of customers and then the customers kept coming throughout the day. Winchester is often slow start, but this was exceptional. By the end of the day a footfall of 850 had been achieved, a typical Winchester footfall at this time of year and quite respectable.
There was a good mix of stall holders today and the market looked especially attractive , especially in the larger Bapsy Hall which we were using today. Art seeme3d to sell especially well today, though it was noticeable that the more active stall holders sold the most. Gone are the days of customers spending without being sold to. By the end of the day several stall holders reported sales of £300+ but we are also aware of some stall holders who sold very little which is always unpleasant. Winchester can be a good market , especially as the season progresses, summer (tourists) and October onwards being the best.
A better afternoon as usual at Thame
The day started dry and bright with a cloudless sky, though it has to be said that it was cold. There were plenty of people in Thame including a coachparty here to see where Midsummer murders was filmed (yes they use the town hall too). The tourist trade has really helped Thame as a small town and there was a very good footfall in the morning. However the clouds rolled in and there were several showers in the afternoon, making the afternoon much quieter due to a lack of local people on the streets. A footfall of 536 was achieved, a good footfall for this venue especially in spring.
Spending was very quiet in the morning even though there were more visitors to the market than the afternoon. AS usual t was the last hour at Thame which saved the day, some customer returning from an earlier visit and some ending their shopping at the Town hall. There were plenty of excellent comments from customers about the quality of the market and many thank yous from the customers. A lady selling bags seemed to do the best with sales just under £300. Another stall holder achieved £200+ though the average amount sold was closer to the £100 for most stall holders …still not bad for a £30.00 stall fee. It took a lot to get the customers to spend today, but if they found the right products they would spend their well earned cash. We had a lot of new stall holders with us today. Most made their stall fees and all thanked us for our efforts with most deciding to book more. It was a good learning experience for many, and experienced stall holders were more than happy to share advice.
A good spring footfall leads to some good sales.
This was the first weekend of the Easter school holidays and as usual in the holidays. Lymington performed really well. Lymington attracts both local shoppers and tourists enjoying the delights of the New Forest or the Isle of Wight. The day was chilly, though stayed mostly dry with a few delightfully warm sunny spells. The Mynt Image team worked hard throughout the day and managed to attract a very good footfall of 1070, the morning being especially busy and Lymington as usual having a slow last hour, the reverse of most of our markets.
There were no stalls selling exceptionally better than the others at this event, though with such a good footfall, there was a buzz in the market all day. The atmosphere within the building was also excellent and stall holders reported having a really enjoyable day. Many stall holders managed to achieve sales in excess of £200 whilst the majority took over £100. When the price of a table is £35, still one of our cheapest events, this made this a very good day for most of the stall holders. By 6.30 pm we have already received 1 thank you note from a stall holder saying how much they enjoyed the event and how successful it had been
A tough day but some good sales
The people at Guildford today were ‘on a mission’ all day and were subsequently really hard to get into the market. The weather was damp and at times cold, far cooler than forecast and the public didn’t seem to know whether it was still winter or late spring/summer. The public were quite literally scurrying along the high street not even looking into any shop windows and not being receptive to our calls. However by the end of the day we had managed to achieve a respectable footfall of 930.
Mostly the customers were buying small items today, though some jewellers did manage to make some larger sales. Jewellery was definitely wanted today and was certainly the top seller, one stall holder selling both jewellery and ladies fashion making in excess of £700. We are aware of several other stall holders who made in excess of £300, though most stall holders seem to have achieved between £100 and £150. Art was tough today, thou8gh one artist did manage to sell over £200 of cards and small prints. It was good to see a good many customers going upstairs today and by placing a member of staff in the downstairs lobby, the percentage who visited the upstairs stalls greatly increased …. We will do this again when needed. The atmosphere throughout the market both upstairs and downstairs today was excellent and stall holders were extremely supportive of each other throughout the entire day.
A busy market for Marlborough.
It was a warm and sunny day in Marlborough, very different from the weather we have run markets in so far this year. The High street at Marlborough was busy from the start of the day until just before we closed. There were plenty of local people shopping as well as tourists visiting Marlborough by coach or just out on day trips. People seemed to be coming into the building from all angles and many we spoke to in the morning returned again in the afternoon. By working continually from the steps of the town hall, e managed to achieve a footfall of 643, one of our best here for several years. The town seemed to be very lively today and to have a lot more life in it than it has for the past 2 – 3 years ……. Very promising for the year.
There was a good atmosphere in the market throughout the day, with the hall being quite full at times with the steady stream of customers. The stall holders were a mixture of very experienced and new, though the new ones quickly seemed to learn from the more experienced stall holders that interacting with customers and selling pro-actively was the best way to achieve good sales. We are not aware of any stall holders who did not break even. Most stall holders achieved sales of £100+, although several performed far better. We are aware of a photographer achieving £150+ and a clothes designer and jeweller selling £200+. Best sales however go to an artist who managed phenomenal sales of £1000+, quite astonishing for a market in March, but really demonstrating the potential of Marlborough.
An average footfall leads to good sales for some
This was our 1st Cranleigh event for 2018. There were a good number of new stall holders working with us as well as several of our regulars. Unfortunately we had several cancellations in the week prior to the event which left us shorter than usual for this event. The weather was bright and sunny all day, leading to some good temperatures and the need to keep 3 doors of the hall open at all times. We managed to count the customers through 2 of the doors and recorded a footfall of 343. However we are aware of customers who used the 3rd door, so the footfall was potentially 400+, an average figure for Cranleigh.
There was a really great range of products on offer throughout the day, making this a really interesting market for the customers. At times the market seemed really bustling and vibrant, whist at other times there were quieter moments. We are aware of at least 2 stall holders who achieved sales of £200+, those being from a jeweller and from a man selling garden related products and upcycled pots. Those who were used to selling and stood for most of the day to engage with customers did very well, whilst those who were more reticent regarding selling or possibly new to selling, found the market tougher. As is usual, best sales were in the latter stages of the market when there were fewer people around …. Just why this happens at several of our markets is not known, but it certainly pays to sell right up to the last moment at venues such as Cranleigh and Thame.
Witney continues to impress
Just as in 2018, Witney is a great market to attend in the spring. Witney, due to its reputation was fully booked for this 1st market of the year several weeks before the market. Witney has impressed us for the last 2 years and today was no exception. The weather was not conducive to providing a good footfall, with strong cold winds and drizzle at times. The morning started really well with over 200 customers in the 1st hour. At lunch the customers dried up, only for there to be a late afternoon surge and some great sales. Total footfall, despite terrible conditions was 1073.
There was a good positive atmosphere in the Corn exchange at all times. We had a good mixture of more experienced stall holders working alongside many stall holders who were new to us. At the end of the day there were some very good sales figures achieved with one artist achieving over £700. A stall selling fashion and jewellery also achieved over £400. On average most stall holders however achieved £100+, a great figure considering the horrible weather conditions. We look forward to continuing to work at what is becoming one of our favourite and most popular venues.
Awful conditions can lead to good sales
The winds howled throughout the day with gusts of 60-65 mph. A heavy wind blown drizzle started the day, though thankfully this stopped before 11am. A good 2/3 of the Saturday outside market had not turned up due to the heavy winds and it is this market which attracts people to the Guildhall square. The market that did turn up, was packed up by 2pm leaving a deserted square. However the Mynt Image team worked well throughout the day and managed to attract a surprisingly good footfall for the conditions of 857 customers.
A lot of these customers were however ‘prime’ customers, being from the age and social group who buy very well. As one stall holder noted, every customer was buying.
A jeweller achieved the best sales with sales of over £400. This was closely followed by an author and a couple selling framed prints and cards who sold over £300. Most stall holders sold between £100 and £150 with knitted hats and gloves also doing very well in these wintry conditions. One charity also reported doing very well, signing up more than double the expected number of new charity members. We are aware of 3 stalls who did not make their table money however though one of these was extremely grateful for the efforts put in by Mynt Image staff and obtained some really good leads. Despite awful weather conditions, Salisbury performed well for most stall holders.
A cold windy day keeps customer numbers down.
It was a cold, mostly grey day in Lymington. The wind at times was a real struggle to work with and was keeping the public scurrying along the pavements. The streets, as at other venues today, were quiet. The outside market helps bring customers into Lymington and was vibrant today. Ny working hard, the Mynt team managed to attract 617 customers into the hall, a typical figure for Lymington at this time of year.
Spending was ok, but nothing to write home about. Over 50% of the stall holders achieved sales of over £100 with most of the rest covering their costs. We are also aware, as at most markets of a few stall holders who didn’t make their stall fees. However there was a good atmosphere within the hall and stall holders, as usual at Lymington, reported having an enjoyable day. The public were however very faddy in their spending, with one woodworker selling £100+ whilst the other hardly selling a single thing all day. We wish there was a formula to success for all of our stall holders
A typical start to the Winchester season
The weather was quite cold and grey for most of the day, though the sun did break through at times. The streets were very quiet, shopper numbers badly affected by the cold biting wind. With a limited amount of possible customers around the team worked hard to attract a footfall of 738, a typical figure for Winchester Guildhall in the early season.
Candles and lamps seemed to sell well as did one of our regular artists selling his cards and prints. Several other stall holders did well, but it must be said that spending was not as good as it should have been …. There seemed to be other things on people’s minds. It’s hard to do better than we did when there are simply not the customers around.
Our 1st market of the year proves a success for most.
This was our first market of 2019, but whereas in 2018 we were coping with freezing temperatures and possible snow, to day the weather was grey and relatively warm until a cold wind started biting late in the afternoon. There streets of Guildford were not full of shoppers, but there were some about, though it took a lot of effort to get them into the Guildhall, especially in the morning. However by the end of the day a footfall of 1013 was achieved which is very respectable for the 1st market of the year.
Spending was fine for the time of year. A stall selling candles and lamps achieved £400+ whilst at least 3 other stalls managed sales between £300 and £400. One artist selling cards upstairs achieved a figure of over £200. However we did encounter a major difficulty in getting stall holders upstairs, far more than usual. We normally manage to get ½ to 2/3 of customers upstairs, but today they simply didn’t want to know and the figure was far lower than usual ….. we will keep a close eye on this during the April market and put additional measures in place.
This was a good start to the year at Guildford and it was especially good to see a good number of younger people enter the Guildhall than usual.
Thame Town Hall - 15th September
Thame is a lovely market that always performs for most of the stall holders who attend at any season of the year. Today was no different. It remained sunny throughout the day with some clouds and a cool breeze. There were plenty of local people in Thame, the tourists having moved on. There were lots of families around and many of these ventured into our event. Thame was busy for most of the day, with plenty of shoppers around even at lunchtime. By working hard, we managed to attract 480 customers into the market, many of whom spent well.
The stalls really did look good today. We had several newcomers to our events and several who had never tried a craft market before. What was lovely to see was the welcome many of our regulars gave to these new stall holders and the willingness to give help and advice. There was a lovely atmosphere at the market . We are aware of one stall holder today who almost achieved £300. Several others including skin care, jewellers and wood workers achieved around the £150 mark. Most stall holders made between £90 and £150, with just a few not achieving their stall fees. Customers were looking for early Christmas presents with many asking stall holders when the market would be back next.
Henley Town Hall - 15th September
At the crack of dawn it was cold, miserable and foggy. It looked as though it was going to be a chilly and long day but as stallholders arrived it slowly started to brighten up. Before we opened in fact hardly a cloud could be seen, a stark contrast of what I felt the weather would entail. With a handful of new stallholders and several regulars the hall looked great and there was a nice atmosphere for customers to walk into. Unfortunately there weren't as many customers as we'd like to enjoy this event as the town was very quiet. One local cyclist commented on how empty the roads were (he was quite happy being a cyclist) but of course it meant there were less people in the market place. Working tirelessly however a respectable 463 footfall was achieved. It could've been higher but a wedding being held by the town hall scuppered the flow for about half an hour later in the afternoon. It always seems the difference between good and great days in Henley are whether or not the council are running conflicting events in the building, one of the many reasons we are not too disappointed with lsoing Henley next year.
Spending was mixed here today, there was definitely money to be made as the people of henley know how to splash the cash when a salesperson entices them well enough.
Guildford Guildhall - 8th September
Guildford in early September has always proved to be a very productive market. It didn’t disappoint this year, though it was tough to get the customers into the hall. The streets were quieter than usual at Guildford, perhaps because this was the end of the 1st week of the school term. When the public did arrive, they were far harder to coax into the market than usual, most simply ignoring our signs and active marketing. This is unusual for Guildford. However we did persevere and managed to attract 943 into the market.
It was good today to have 3 stallholders in the market who were totally new to the business. They both agreed that they had learnt a lot at the end of the day and had a good time. We also had several stallholders who had never worked with Mynt Image before. They were amazed at the effort our staff make to get people into the building, something we pride ourselves in doing. Most stallholders did really well today, most achieving £150+. We are aware of 2 further stallholders making £300+ and 2 making £400+. Jewellery was the top seller today with candles also selling very well. It was clear that the public were already buying for Christmas as is often the case at this time of year. This was a good market for many and it has to be said, had an excellent atmosphere, both downstairs and upstairs which both the stallholders and the customers commented upon.
Witney Corn Exchange - 1st September
Witney seems to be fast becoming one of our top venues, a good consistent footfall, friendly faces and some money to be made. Set up ran very smoothly, being able to unload so close works nicely. The hall looked great with a huge range of quality crafts, each stallholder so diverse in how they displayed their products made for a very attractive looking market. This year seems to have flown so incredibly fast you'd be forgiven for thinking we were still in May rather than September with the great atmosphere around town. The gorgeous but not too hot weather certainly helping here. We had a good flow of customers throughout the day without really slowing over lunch which was great. Working hard we managed to draw 890 through the door.
Spending was relatively mixed, one or two just about covered costs but there were many who did very well. Art seemed popular on this occasion, one stallholder who had her first ever event here today comfortably cleared £100 showing that theres definitely money in Witney. We had a number fo stallholders take several hundred which is always good, this market is certainly going to be fantastic at Christmas!
Lymington Masonic Hall - 25th August
Lymington is a perfect summer location just as we proved in July. Today was Bank Holiday weekend and the town was heaving with tourists and especially with families. The weather was sunny and warm. At times there were so many people going into the hall that we had to stop attracting people for a while. By 1.00pm we achieved a footfall of 1050 and after a slightly quieter afternoon we managed to achieve a total of 1759 customers, a record for this venue.
Of interest was also the fact that customers brought 76 dogs into the market, making this a good venue for pet products if we had had these stallholders present.
Many stallholders achieved between £100 and £150, a good amount but maybe not as high as we would expect with such a huge footfall BUT we are aware of at least 5 stallholders who achieved £200+ and one artist who sold more than £400. There was an excellent atmosphere in the hall throughout the day and this has to have been one of the most supportive and friendly events that I personally have run. There were several stallholders new to Mynt Image and several who were selling at their 1st ever market. The support and encouragement from the more experienced stallholders was excellent throughout the day. The customers were mostly buying holiday souveneirs, however there were also several customers who admitted they were already buying Christmas gifts.
Lymington has yet again proved to be an excellent summer location. We are already aware of just how well it performs in the pre Christmas season.
Salisbury Guildhall - 18th August
The weather today was cloudy with the occasional light shower. It did try to brighten up but for the most part it stayed grey overhead. This did not stop the potential customers though being out and about in the Guildhall Square and by working hard in our usual way we got many potential customers in. The atmosphere was good and fun outside in the square. We experienced some excellent spending - 5 stallholders took £300+ with one over £800, art sold best but everything sold well if stallholders actively sold! The best sales of the day were had by those who were proactive! Set up was smooth and easy, as was was pack up and it was a pleasure to see some lovely stallholders. A final footfall of 962 was achieved.
Winchester Guildhall - 18th August
A typical British August day … grey and muggy. Perfect weather though for tourists to visit a city such as Winchester …. And that is exactly what they did. The town was quiet when the market opened though but we still managed to attract in 100 customers in the 1st hour, but they really were just browsers. Then at just after 11am the tourists started to arrive on the park and ride busses to the bus stop near to the Guildhall and the footfall increased dramatically. A final footfall of 1139 was achieved.
With such an impressive summer footfall, sales were bound to be good. Stallholders reported a much stronger afternoon for sales than morning, with some really good purchases being made especially in the last hour … a common feature of our markets. Candles sold impressively well today for one stallholder who achieved over £300 of sales. Several other stallholders including an artist and a jeweller achieved sales of £200+. Many stallholders sold between £150 and £200 though it must be pointed out that a few stallholders did not cover their costs. All stallholders did report enjoying the day and enjoying the excellent atmosphere within the hall created by the continual stream of customers.
Winchester, along with Salisbury, Lymington and Guildford is an excellent summer venue as shown by the good footfalls and sales achieved during this summer.
Guildford Guildhall - 11th August
The weather was dull but once the hall was set up it was bright and welcoming with a mix of new stallholders and plenty of regulars. The Hight Street was relatively quiet for this usually bustling city but the buskers and street musicians did help to bring people out and to stand and enjoy them or to chat which we used to our full advantage as usual. We worked extremely hard and managed a final footfall of 839 by the end of the day. It seemed that many people were tourists rather than serious shoppers today. We noticed that those stallholders who pro-actively sold their products had a much better day in terms of sales than those who were witnessed sitting behind their tables quietly or spending a long time on their phones. Candles being sold by one stallholder sold well but candles being sold by another did not. Some art sold very well with one artist being extremely happy with a high sales figure and noting that 'being upstairs is much better than down.' Some jewellery sold extremely well.
Thame Town Hall - 11th August
The morning was sunny and warm. Thame was crowded with people and oozed promise. Thame is a good tourist destination and there were many tourists around in the morning including some guided tours. By 1.10pm a footfall of 300 had been achieved and many stallholders reported doing well. And then the damp cold grey weather started and the mood within Thame Town dramatically changed. During the afternoon there were few visitors and the Mynt staff only managed to improve the footfall to 478 by the end of the day. Spending was also far poorer in the afternoon and many stallholders said that the market may as well have ended at 1pm.
Several stallholders managed to achieve £100+ during the day with at least 2 reporting £150+. However the best selling stallholder today was a wood turner who achieved £300+, there really was a terrific demand for his well produced products. We are also aware that some stallholders only just broke even today and some failed to achieve even the cost of their stalls which was disappointing. Even the usual great final 30 minutes failed to occur today which is not typical.
Lymington Masonic Hall - 28th July
The weather had been hot and humid for several weeks and this was the 1st day since the break of this weather. The schools had been on holiday a week and the New Forest Show was over …perfect conditions for this market. Lymington really is, along with Salisbury, a great venue in the summer months and today really proved this. By working hard throughout the day, the Mynt Image team managed to attract a footfall of 1460 customers into the hall. This was a record for Lymington and the highest footfall at any Mynt Image event so far this year.
We had a lot of experienced stallholders with us today as well as several who had never worked with us before. The quality of the stalls was excellent and the public continually commented on the high quality of the stalls and their excellent presentation.
We are aware of 7 stallholders who achieved £150+ and one who achieved £400+. Most of the other stallholders seemed to have achieved around the £100 mark with just a few not covering costs. Jewellery seemed to sell very well, and art, as at last week at Salisbury, proved very popular. Bags of various types also seemed to be in demand. Several customers we spoke to were already buying Christmas presents for friends, being attracted to the high quality of the products at our market. Generally today though customers were looking for small low priced items as holiday momentos …. Lymington, like Salisbury really attracts the tourists which is what makes it especially good in the summer.
Salisbury Guildhall - 21st July
Despite a couple of stallholders dropping out of this market in the week leading up to it we found it to be a really good event that showed the potential of Salisbury as a summer venue. It was also a very surreal market, starting with a ‘Gay Pride’ march at 10.30 am which we had not been made aware of and ending at 3.45pm with a gathering of ‘Steam Punks.’ It made us wonder sometimes which universe we were actually living in. Despite the recent low numbers of shoppers and visitors in the city there were plenty of people out and about today in Salisbury. There was an absence of coach parties, but this didn’t seem to make a great deal of difference as the local residents were certainly out to prove that Salisbury is a great city. By working hard throughout the day the team managed to attract a footfall of 1049.
Although this was a smaller market in terms of the amount of stallholders than we normally have, due to cancellations, the stallholders who did attend were in for a good day. The stalls looked excellent and there was some really impressive selling going on throughout the day. Customers particularly wanted art today, with some local collectors and home owners making some excellent purchases. One artist made over £600 whilst the other over £300. Jewellery sold well for many jewellers with most jewellers taking £150+. Lavender products and glass continued to sell well with sales of £300+. With figures like these it is easy to see why most stallholders were really pleased with the day. Two stalholders did not do quite as well as the others, though even they reported having a really enjoyable day and some excellent conversations which could easily result in internet based sales.
This was a really good market and demonstrated our belief that certain venues which are tourist centres, such as Salisbury can perform excellently in the summer months.
Guildford Guildhall - 14th July
The public were particularly difficult today to get into the market. There were plenty of potential customers on the streets, but turning them into the market was far more difficult than usual. It could have been the bright sunny weather, Wimbledon tennis, the England world cup play off match ….. but whatever it was, this was not an easy day. There were plenty of tourists in Guildford but they seemed unwilling to enter the building. However by working very hard throughout the day, we attracted a total footfall of 857.
We were a couple short of stallholders today for the 1st time ever in Guildford. We had had several cancellations for various reasons during the week and 2 stallholders just didn’t turn up on the day. However we managed to give everyone a little extra room and this proved beneficial for many. Clothing seemed to sell particularly well today and jewellery as usual went well. We are aware of one stallholder selling £500+ and another £400+. The average sales were between £150 and £250, making Guildford a profitable venue all year round. Guildford is one of our tourist venues which is why it can be particularly good in the summer months when other venues used by other organisers would struggle.
Marlborough Town Hall - 7th July
This market was not a typical Marlborough market, but a result of conditions around it which could not be avoided. The temperatures soared to 31 degrees, with most local people not coming into town but enjoying a BBQ at home. England were playing in the World Cup Quarterfinals from 3pm …. The streets were deserted. If you add to this Wimbledon tennis and a county show and steam rally, perhaps it is easier to understand why for many this market was not the success it usually is, though several stallholders did do well. We had 4 cancellations in the week before the event, so we were pleased to be able to give many stallholders a little extra room. By working in the searing heat all day, the Mynt Image team managed to attract a total footfall of 254.
At 3.45 stallholders came out to get the team in as they had decided to stop the market a little early and at the same time clapped and thanked the team for their hard work in the blistering heat.
Customers were not spending brilliantly having their minds on other things and other events. There were some groups of more mature ladies who did spend well (I wonder where the husbands were?) and it is not surprising that jewellery was the best seller. We are aware of 1 jeweller who sold £200+ and another who sold £150+. We had a lot of new stallholders today and the positive remarks about their products was good to witness. Despite the slow footfall, there remained a positive atmosphere within the market and all stallholders enjoyed the day, despite not doing so well.
We wish to emphasise that this was not a typical Marlborough summer market but the result of circumstances beyond our control such as the England team winning a football match and extreme heat.
Thame Town Hall - 7th July
Set up at our Thame Town Hall Craft and Gift Market was a pleasure as it always is. After a couple of last minute cancellations the Mynt Image team spread out our remaining stallholdes and their tables and the hall looked very welcoming with stalls arranged very attractively. Some jewellery and handbags sold well today - maybe the fact England were playing in the world cup at 3pm meant our femail customers shopped on their own away from sport. It was a glorious day with respect to weather topping 30 degrees so many potential customers would have been making the most of this. Glass and flower products did not seem to sell well today. Thame footfall was a relatively low 210 and the streets went very quiet from around 2pm. We had reports of sales at £200 and also £150, with most stallholders but not every single one, covering costs.
Lymington Masonic Hall - 23rd June
The hall was set up in a very speedy fashion with stallholders parked in the on-site car park. We had a couple of last minute cancellations due to sickness so others used their spaces to spread out and have a larger display of products. Today really was part of the tourist season in Lymington. Tourists were out in force, many visiting from the Isle of Wight and many visiting a New Forest town. Cameron and Sara started the market and by the time Paul arrived at 12 noon a footfall of almost 500 had already been achieved. By the end of the day, and with the typically slower Lymington afternoon, a total footfall of 1268 was achieved.
We had a good range of different stallholders today including many of our regulars. The stalls were all of good quality as is normal at our Mynt Image markets and customers made many remarks about the excellent quality of the products on offer. We are aware of 2 stallholders who had a poor day and didn’t cover their table fees for some reason or another. The customers were not that free with their money today despite many being tourists. However by the end of the day we are aware of 3 stallholders making between £200 and £250. Most stallholders seemed to have achieved a figure of between £100 and £150, which for the price of the market was a good profit for many.
Lymington really is a great summer market, attracting both tourists and local people. Today was a classic Lymington market, though footfall was the best for the year so far.
Guildford Guildhall - 9th June
A lovely warm day with light cloud and plenty of sun throughout the day…. perfect for people to go shopping in Guildford. The streets were busy throughout the day, although everybody seemed to be on a mission making it harder than normal to turn them and get them into the market. Several customers returned several times to enjoy the market, many with friends. By constant hard work the Mynt Team managed to attract 1134 customers in, the best this year for Guildford, proving it to be a good summer venue.
We had a good number of experienced stallholders in the Guildhall today with a smattering of new stallholders. The stalls all looked amazing with some excellent uses of the spaces and some attractive displays. Some stallholders had a better morning than afternoon although for at least two this was reversed. There were some impressive sales during the day with a lady selling hand bags and scarves selling £600+ and a jeweller making £400+. One stallholder selling stamp related art products also managed to achive £300 with the promise of further commissions. The average sales seemed to be around £230 although one or two stallholders sold less. All stallholders reported having a thoroughly enjoyable day and most went home very happy.
This market demonstrated just how good certain venues such as Guildford, Salisbury and Lymington can be in the summer months especially as they are tourist destinations.
Thame Town Hall - 26th May
This market once again proved that high footfalls are not needed to create good profits. Thame has never had a huge footfall, yet it remains one of our firm favourites as spending is often really good. Today was a classic case of low footfall and good spending. Despite all of our efforts we only managed to
attracted 353 customers, disappointingly low for Thame. It was really hard to get customers in when they were thinking of BBQs in the sunny afternoon, and the European cup final. There was also an entire demographic group missing …. there were few families around, most being on holiday with half term the following week.
Top sellers today were glass products with sales of £200+. The average sales were over £110 with several stallholders reaching £150. Art sales were disappointing today which is unusual for Thame. We are only aware of one stallholder who did not make their table fee back. Unfortunately one stallholder also chose to pack up early and leave (very unfair on fellow stallholders) without a word ….. thankfully her table was gratefully covered by those around her. As usual, the last hour was good at Thame, this is a feature of the Thame market for which we have not worked out the true reasons yet. Most of our stallholders said what a good day they had had and how much they had enjoyed the event. It should also be pointed out that most who had done Henley the week before had sold far more at Thame this week despite the lower footfall.
Marlborough Town Hall - 19th May
It was a gorgeous sunny day in Marlborough, but from the start of the day the streets were quiet. We knew that the Royal Wedding would affect the market but were not sure what sort of impact it would have. There were no Union Jacks or bunting in Marlborough High Street and to be honest there was nothing to show the wedding was even happening. However, it soon became clear that the people of Marlborough were more interested in the wedding than 1st appeared. At times during the day there was hardly a person in sight and the roads were very quiet. Some stalls from the outside market closed at 1pm due to a lack of demand. But we persevered and by the end of the day had managed to attract 302 customers into the market.
Our top stallholder today, selling scarves, jewellery and clothing sold over £300 and several other stallholders reported sales of £100. However we are also aware that 2 – 3 stallholders did not cover costs despite trying hard. The atmosphere in the hall was really good throughout the day and all stallholders reported enjoying the day and thanked the Mynt Team for their hard work. This market really was not a typical Marlborough market and was greatly affected by the circumstances of the day unfortunately.
Salisbury Guildhall - 12th May
It was generally a miserable grey day in terms of weather. There were plenty of people in Salisbury but Mynt Image staff had to work very hard to get them into the market …. Most generally seemed to be not interested in anything. There seemed to be a confusion as to whether it was spring or summer in the way they dressed. However by constant work we did manage to attract 958 customers into the market, a very respectable figure for Salisbury. The tourist season has started in Salisbury and will peak in July and August which can lead to larger footfalls. Today it was French tourists who spent especially well at several stalls.
There was a good amount of spending, especially for a May market rather than a summer market (August can be a very good month for Salisbury with all of its tourists) or a market in the run up to Christmas (September to December). Several stallholders reported sales of around the £250 mark and most had surpassed the £100 level. Jewellery seemed to be in demand as did some art, lavender products and books. Some high end products were selling, though as usual at Salisbury it was the lower prices which sold better for most. It was a pity that 2 stallholders decided not to turn up and unfortunate that 2 had to cancel the night before for various reasons, they all missed a profitable market. We look forward to our summer season in Salisbury, which we know can be particularly good in such a tourist centre.
Cranleigh Village Hall - 5th May
This was a warm sunny bank holiday Saturday. The people of Cranleigh were enjoying the sun in beer gardens and at BBQs. In the morning, so many potential customers were carrying bags of BBQ fuel that we guessed the afternoon would be a quiet one. We weren’t disappointed and Cranleigh turned into a ghost town after 12.30pm. Add to this the fact that many residents had gone away for the bank holiday weekend and you will see why the Mynt image staff despite massive efforts only achieved a footfall of 320 customers during the day. This was disappointing for the Mynt Image staff, but not neccessarily for stallholders! This was for one reason and one reason alone, the spending!
Spending by many of the customers was very good and we knew by the many bags that were being brought out of the market, many sales were being made. One woodworker sold £250+ during the day, narrowly beating a jeweller and hand cream seller who almost reached the £200 mark. Most stall holders reported doing a lot better than in April and that the customers weren’t just rushing round, but were taking time to talk to each stall holder. There were only one or two stall holders who were disappointed, showing that Cranleigh unfortunately doesn’t work for everyone. However, it has to be said that there was a really good positive atmosphere amongst stall holders and most said that they had really enjoyed the day and appreciated the efforts of the hard working Mynt Image staff.
Witney Corn Exchange - 5th May
Set up was mostly quite smooth, we've got some great stallholders booking into this venue and there was certainly a great mix. New and old stallholders alike made the hall look great and very inviting also. There's plenty of room in Witney where its a nice big hall so there was no danger of being too cramped. The glorious weather was as much as help as it was a hinderance, the sun seemed to bring hoards of people through Witney but it was as though it was too nice to be spending the day shopping. Customers seemed far more interested in enjoying the weather and a beer or two outside while the sunshine lasted.
Skincare and cards were among the notable sellers while artwork was less popular on this occasion. We had a couple of reports of sales around the £300 makr while most if not everyone covered costs and some good profit. Working hard in the heat the team achieved a footfall of 853 which is a great turnout considering how reluctant people were to be inside.
Winchester Guildhall - 28th April
This was perhaps the most challenging market we have run for some time. We were aware that Winchester Guild Hall and booked a Proseco Festival to take place in an adjoining room, though they told us it should not affect us ….they were wildly underestimating the size of the event and the disruption it would cause.
It was a grey day and chilly and damp to say the least, but there were lots of people in Winchester. With the Proseco Festival due to start at 12.30 we worked hard to get early customers into the market. After 2 hours we had a footfall of 450, a very respectable total indeed….. and then the festival started. The entrance and hallways became clogged up with partygoers, many already tipsy. The hall we were using became empty as it was impossible to get customers into it through the party going crowds. By working with the Festival organisers and the staff at the Winchester Guildhall we managed to use and alternative route into the hall which was well signed and staffed by Winchester staff. By doing this, and in the shadow of the beat of the festival, we managed to get an impressive 1222 customers into the market. For the hour before closing many ‘tipsy’ ladies also decided to visit the market from the Proseco event. These ladies spent very well in their slightly inebriated state with a sudden surge in skin care and jewellery sales. The total number of customers may well have been 1400+ as we did not count these Proseco Festival ladies.
Most stall holders did very well today. The stalls really did look impressive as we had many very experienced stall holders in the venue with us. We are aware of one artist who sold £500+ (including an original!!!) . Several jewellers also did very well with one achieving over £400 in sales. Many stall holders reported figures of £150 in sales with several more over £200. As in every market there are those stall holders who did not do so well, and clothes were not a good seller today. For an April market though this was a good set of results. As tourists start to come to Winchester we look forward to a good year …… as long as there are no more Proseco Festivals to contend with!
Henley Town Hall - 21st April
Set up at Henley Town Hall proved to be smooth and the hall looked great with a little seating area available to the public which was appreciated. It was an absolutely beautiful day in terms of weather until around 3pm when we experienced some showers. Sales of clothing, skincare and jewellery were very healthy, although glassware wasn't in demand today. We had a few reports of sales between £200 and £300, and a few more around the £100+ mark with only a couple of stallholders not making table costs. There was a world market outside which helped with footfall numbers although the council run litter pick did hinder us. The eventual footfall was 880.
Thame Town Hall - 21st April
We have always stated that a large footfall is not needed to create good sales. What is needed are affluent customers who are willing to spend, and these are exactly the sort of people who visit our Thame markets. The day was warm and sunny and the streets of Thame were busy from the start. We are however aware that the people of Thame can vanish on a hot sunny afternoon to BBQ's and pubs, so it was important to get as many early morning customers into the market as possible. Thame also has a reputation for last minute spending with some customers visiting several times during the day before buying well. With this in mind, at the end of the day, we managed a footfall on this glorious day of 453.
It was the sales which were impressive and why Thame can be such a gem. Although a few stallholders did not do that well, the majority of stallholders had a very good day. We are aware of an artist and a skincare provider who each managed sales of £200+. Then there were small concrete statues, card sellers, an author and jewellers who also achieved £150+. The atmosphere in the market was positive at all times and all stallholders reported having a good enjoyable day. As usual, Thame's last hour was particularly good for many, something which we have now noticed occurs at most of our markets.
Cranleigh Village Hall - 14th April
This was the warmest and sunniest day of the year so far, with unbroken sunshine once the morning fog cleared. It was good to actually run the market in decent conditions. There was a distinct lack of people on the street for most of the day (presumably due to spending their day out in the sunshine and it being the end of the school holidays) however by working extremely hard the Mynt Image team did manage to attract 437 customers into the market (which is around the number expected considering 2017 footfall numbers) many of who spent really well.
The top seller today was jewellery, with three specialist jewellers doing very well indeed and one selling quality silver jewellery selling £400+. Art work of the local villages and Surrey towns also did well as did skin care and wooden products. Many stallholders surpassed the £100 barrier during the day though there were also those who hardly sold anything. 2 stallholders reported selling nothing at all and were very disappointed with the event. There were many experienced stallholders at the event, and all agreed that it really took a lot of hard selling to succeed today. There were several new stallholders at the event, for whom this was their first market, and we were glad to see that these stallholders covered costs, were very positive about the event, saying that they they had learnt a lot and enjoyed the event a lot too. Cranleigh has proved to be a good venue over the years, but today it was tougher than usual, but still showed that it can perfom well for many if you have the right approach and products.
Marlborough Town Hall - 14th April
Travelling to Marlborough in thick fog was not how we expected to start the day with the forecast having been so promising! It was almost eery in the early hours but as we started to set up the fog cleared and it steadily got brighter! Stallholders were unloaded and set up with ease and the hall looked lovely, we had some really great stalls booked in! By the time we opened up at 10am the fog was all but a distant memory and the sun started to shine. It was absolutely glorious for most of the day with hardly a cloud in sight. Unfortunately as this was the first sun we'd seen for what feels like a lifetime, everyone seemed to be anywhere but the town centre making the most of such a nice day. Being the last day of the school holidays it was as though parents were keen on enjoying the sun while it lasted before the kids went back.
We never like to use the weather as an excuse but it certainly made our life difficult, the High Street was very quiet indeed and footfall was slower than hoped. The few that had ventured into Marlborough however were certainly keen to enter which was great but still only meant a footfall of 490, but this was only slightly lower than the average for Marlborough. Spending was okay for the most part, some larger more expensive items sold nicely. Homeware being among the most popular. A few stallholders didn't do particularly well admittedly but customers did show a lot of interest so after market sales are looking very promising!
Salisbury Guildhall - 7th April
Parking was free today in Salisbury and what a difference this made to the number of potential customers in the City with a good number of tourists too.
Many of the council car parks were full by 10.30am and there were plenty of customers around despite the poor predicted weather, which simply didn't occur. By working hard thoughout the day the Mynt Image staff managed to secure a footfall of 1017, very respectable for this time of year. However the customers were choosy and not spending brilliantly...having said that stallholders in the lobby area seemed to do especially well with one artist making over £250 and another not far behind. Fabric and lavender items also sold well. Jewellery was not in demand and glass products didn't do as well as they previously had (usually with very high sales indeed.) Despite this there were several stallholders who made £200+ and most others making around £100 to £150. Some, as usual, did far better in the morning than the afternoon. It was also good to see several new stallholders do well. The atmosphere in the hall was not buzzing as it usually is, though most stallholders reported really enjoying the event and many asked about future spaces.
Guildford Guildhall - 7th April
The forecast looked awful, driving in the rain wasn't too much fun but the downpour seemed to cease as we started to set up. With a quick and easy set up and stallholders arriving at nicely timed intervals the morning was pretty stress free. One or two stall holders arriving after 9:00am made unloading a little bit more difficult but otherwise it was a good start.
The highstreet seemed a little quiet for a Saturday, the first hour is usally the quietest so we remained hopeful. The lack of atmosphere outside made it very difficult to draw a crowd but we did have a handful of flurries as the day progressed. The best response we seeemd to get happened just as the sun broke out, unfortunately this was short lived as it soon clouded over. We didnt achieve a terrible footfall however, a total of 927 were ushered through the door. Of the 927 who entered it seemed most would either visit upstairs or downstairs but for some reason were reluctant to visit both. This was reflected in the spending, customers seemed vaguely interested in the products but didn't want to spend out! The stallholders who worked hard to sell made some good profits, several reaching around the £300. Jewellery and art were among the most popular this time around.
Witney Corn Exchange - 31st March
The forecast was not inspirng, yet more rain and drizzle throughout the day. Mynt Image staff drove through heavy rain to the market, with the promise of continual rain throughout the day....but it didn't stop us! The public of Witney were on the streets this Easter in force and didn't seem to care about the cold wind or drizzle of early morning. When the sun even dared to come out, so did potential customers. By the end of the day, Paul and George had attracted 1219 customers into the Corn Exchange. At times the hall was almost 'heaving' and stallholders were impressed with the conintuous flow. The Corn Exchange is a lovely hall to work in and there was such a positive atmosphere and buzz. We had a good mix of regular stallholders (already recognising the huge potential of this venue) and newbies trying their first one. Many stallholders did really well in terms of selling. We are aware of one jeweller making over £300 and several more selling various items hitting the £200 mark. The average seems to have been the £100 mark with some excellent conversations with customers about commissions/future business. This was an extrememly good start to our season at Witney.
Winchester Guildhall - 24th March
It rained all morning which slowed the flow of potential customers and the High Street was quiet although it did pick up a little around lunchtime. We had a couple of stallholders make around the £200 mark (handmade fabric items, some jewellery and some art sold well) with a handful making around the £100 mark. Some jewellery and art didn't sell well but many stallholders just about got into profit after costs. Two of our best staff members worked hard all day to achieve a footfall of 784 by 4pm but Winchester was in general lacking in quality customers. We weclomed a lot of new stallholders who's products fitted in well with our regulars and displays were eye catching.
Thame Town Hall - 24th March
Once tables were set up, after a couple of last minute cancellations, the hall looked lovely and everyone had plenty of space to spread out and make their displays look attractive and appealing. Candles and cards/calendars sold quiet well today but it wasn't so good for art. One stallholder selling handbags had a good day but another did not. The last hour resulted in a flurry of sales for many stallholders as is the usual case at Thame, but in general the town was quiet and sales were on average not as high as we would usually expect. Footfall for the day was 462 and we worked hard on the quiet High Street to reach this. Thame footfall and sales no doubt will pick up at our next event here in April.
Lymington Masonic Hall - 17th March
The forecast was snow. The temperature was 1 degree and the heavy winds made it feel much colder. Under grey snow leaden skies, what is normally an easy venue to get customers into proved very difficult. The offer of warmth and cups of tea in the Cafe helped attract people. Paul and George, wrapped up in numerous layers braved the elements and managed to attract a footfall of 509 customers into the market. At 1.00pm the snow got a lot heavier and for health and safety reasons, Mynt Image gave stallholders the option of leaving if they wanted to (normally we insist stallholders stay until the end). For those stallholders who decided to stay, trade continued and most agreed that they did much better whilst it was snowing harder. The snow did not lay, but despite this, stallholders agreed to end the market early due to the atrocious outside conditions. It’s amazing to note that it had been warm and sunny last year at this time!
Despite the conditions some stallholders did very well with one glass maker selling £300+ and 2 other stall holders reporting sales around £200 and another over £100. There was a very positive atmosphere in the market throughout and stallholders have already expressed their gratitude for making this market a success despite freezing conditions and for the above and beyond the call of duty work undertaken by Paul and George. Mynt Image never give up!!
Salisbury Guildhall - 10th March
The incident in the town a fews days ahead of the event and news coverage going on all week led to Salisbury being extremely quiet throughout the day, mainly due to negative press coverage. The weather was also not what we would have wished for with rain on and off until 2.30pm which further deterred people shopping in Salisbury. These were not the conditions we would have hoped for on our first weekend of the Craft and Gift Market season. However our workers braved the poor weather conditions and by working continually throughout the day managed to attract a footfall of 920 customers into the venue, a very respectable footfall for Salisbury at this time of year.
Spending was for most stallholders better in the morning than the afternoon, though as usual at our markets, the last hour of trading was the best for most stallholders. Pop up cards and glassware seemed to sell very well and candles and diffusers also performed well. Small lavender products also did well, possibly with Mothers Day being the following day. We are aware of one stallholder making £300+ and 4 others selling just over or just below £200. We are only aware of 1 stallholder not making enough to cover their costs. The atmosphere in the market was excellent throughout the day and all of the stallholders thoroughly enjoyed the event, several trying to book future markets immediately after the close of the market.
At Mynt Image, we hope that we won’t have to battle such negative conditions again in a hurry as they did not make life easy for anyone.
Guildford Guildhall - 10th March
With the promise of April showers throughout the day we started off a little tentatively with extra layers and waterproofs at the ready! Fortunately as we arrived in Guildford it was nothing more than a little overcast, the forecast seeming less and less reliable as the morning progressed. Set up ran as smoothly as ever, stallholders at this stunning venue seemed to set up and get on with selling seamlessly throughout the morning which is partially due to having such a lovely group of regulars. Having to use the high street to unload prior to 9am has made for a far more relaxed set up as everyone arrives with plenty of time ahead of opening hours. With a few clouds looming it looked as though the weather was going to turn which of course wasnt so great for us working outside and definitely not so great for the footfall. It was hard work drawing the customers in, very hard work indeed leading to a slighlty lower than hoped footfall of 874.
Spending was fairly good overall, the morning slower for most. Jewellery sold well as per usualt and art seemed to fly off the shelves! We saw several stallholders exceed the £200 mark although there were no real notably high sales of the day. After a couple of months to recouperate after christmas it was good start to the year.
This was a tough market for most of our stall holders, though several of them also did very well. The day started warm but then a blue sky developed (miracles) and the temperature dropped.
We were subjected to several rain showers during the day, though most passed without much impact.
There were plenty of people in Winchester, though most seemed to be visiting the outdoor market and to have completed their Christmas shopping already.
At the end of the first hour the Mynt team had only managed to attract 80
people into the market, but things did improve and by the end of the day a respectable figure for a midweek market of 1048 had been achieved.
The public mostly seemed to be after smaller items today which is why pop up cards sold extremely well achieving £300+ Musical related items also achieved a similar figure by selling large volumes.
Some colourful art also proved extremely popular and achieved the best figures for the day, beating their figures from Salisbury the previous day. However most stall holders struggled and were disappointed with the spending.
There was thankfully a very positive atmosphere within the market throughout the day, possibly helped by the constant stream of customers into the hall. It seems to
be the trend that customers have spread out their Christmas shopping since August and not bought at all in December as used to be the case.
This was the last Mynt Image event of the season both at Winchester and throughout the South of England.
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