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.
Godalming lives up to its promise and excels
After 4 years of working at Godalming, this was by far the best market we have ever had at this venue. The residents of Godalming finally seem to have accepted the market and we now have several regular customers who look out for the market. The day was warm for November and sunny at times, There were plenty of shoppers at Waitrose opposite the venue as well as further up the High street. By splitting ourselves, the Mynt team managed to attract a staggering 758 customers into the venue with a steady flow throughout the day.
The stalls looked extremely colourful and well presented with a real Christmas feel to them. Christmas had certainly arrived already at Godalming and there were not only people planning out their Christmas presents, but also a good number actually buying them. For most stall holders, the afternoon was better than the morning, though the reverse was true for a minority. We are only aware of 2 stall holders who failed to recoup their table money, with the majority selling around the £100 mark. However at least ½ the stall holders sold nearer to the £200 mark with at least 3 exceeding £300. Candles, jewellery and Mexican products sold especially well with art and jewellery also doing very well indeed. Several stall holders were after future leads and commented that if all of the leads they had achieved actually came off, then they would have had a fantastic day.
We look forward to the December Godalming Craft and Gift market …. Though this footfall will be hard to beat!!
Thame Town Hall - 13th October
The drive to Thame was in light rain and when the Mynt team got to Thame it decided to rain, just as it had the previous weekend. However at almost exactly 10am the rain stopped and the sun came out leading to an almost cloudless and extremely warm day for Mid October (24 degrees). There were plenty of people on the streets, possibly more at the town hall end of town than usual due to the fun fair which occupied the other car park in Thame and forced people down towards our area of the town. There were also a lot of tourists in Thame, in small groups and these we were readily able to encourage into the market. By working hard we managed a footfall of 530, a good footfall for Thame.
The market was supposed to be fully booked. However 3 stall holders decided not to attend and we were left with gaps which were filled by those around the spare tables, very gratefully. There was a mixture of very loyal stall holders who have worked with us for several years and several stall holders who had never done a market anywhere before … Thame is perfect for newbies. The hall looked full, brightly coloured and vibrant and throughout the day there was an excellent atmosphere. Skin care products sold the best today with one stall holder achieving £300+ and other products selling beauty products also hitting £150. We are aware of 3 other stall holders who achieved £200, with the average sales certainly being between £100 and £150. Usborne books had a really good day too, selling almost 1/3 of the stock they had brought with them. Only one stall holder we are aware of failed to cover their table costs. This was a good Thame market and we look forward to out markets here as Christmas approaches.
Chippenham Town Hall - 13th October
With the miserable start ot the day it was easy to be sceptical, especially as the last time out in Chippenham was so wet! A few showers to start the day were soon seen off and we got to enjoy a nice mild day other than the windy spells. Set up was smooth here which is great, the unloading can be a bit of a pain at this venue but we seem to have it down to a fine art!
The atmosphere about town was much more positive than in September and this reflected in the hall. Sales were certainly there to be had, the more proactive showing it really pays to sell yourself as well as your product. One stallholder soared past the £1000 mark with many achieving very good sales in the hundreds. A few did okay and only one or two didnt quite hit their target for the day. Overall a really good day in Chippenham and we certainly look forward to our return.
Witney Corn Exchange - 6th October
The hall looked good once we had set up, we had slightly more room to spread out due to a couple of 'no shows' which other stallholders gladly used to display their own products. The weather was awful today - windy and very wet. We managed a final footfall of 471 which is low for Witney but was in line with the other events we were running at other venues today taking into account the terrible weather. Some sales were low and a few stallholders did not cover costs but some glass, wooden knives, wooden items, clothes and glass sold reasonably well.
Lymington Masonic Hall - 6th October
Set up was smooth and the hall really did look very impressive - we do have many very talented crafters! It was extremely wet and windy today which resulted in the High Street being quieter than normal with less and less people as the day went on. Considering the the weather we were quite happy with a footfall at the end on the day of 612. Almost everyone was either happy considering the conditions or very happy with sales. There was one stallholder who noted only one sale during the course of the day but she had taken an order for a commission as well. Some jewellery did well as did glass (selling around the £400 mark) and also lavendar products and scarves and also cards. The majority of people on the High Street popped in or came back on their way back up (or down) the hill in the afternoon as they had promised. Mynt staff worked very hard all day and were thanked by stallholders and had many offers of cups of tea from kind people on the street.
Guildford Guildhall - 6th October
It was a wet, windy, chilly day. There were plenty of people on the High Street but they were all wrapped up in raincoats with umbrellas. Every person was on a mission to get their shopping done and get back home quickly and were simply not in the mood for browsing. Despite sometimes terrible conditions the team worked hard throughout the day trying to entice customers into the building and at the end managed to create a footfall of 635.
The customers were not buying well in the morning, but stallholders understood the situation fully and understood the staff could not be doing more. However, in the afternoon the customers seemed to be spending much better and sales improved for most. Top spots were achieved by a jewellery and by a candle stallholder today, both taking £350+. Several other stallholders achieved £200+. Unfortunately there were also stallholders who hardly made their table fees. We had several new stallholders to us and several who had never sold at a market before. Although these were not in the top sellers they all said they had learnt a lot and really enjoyed the day. It was a tough day for both Mynt Image staff and the stallholders but it was good to see that many achieved good sales.
Godalming Borough Hall - 29th September
Godalming has not always been the easiest market to run and has not always performed well. Today was different and we have no idea why. It was a beautiful sunny day and there were plenty of people on the streets of Godalming. However it was a slow start with only 60 people attending in the 1st hour. But they were already spending well, which was quite surprising. The remarkable figure, for Godalming of 576 customers was achieved by the end of the day, by the Mynt Image Team working constantly hard and loudly throughout the day.
We had at least 4 new stallholders with us at this market. These stallholders were helped by the many experienced stallholders who have worked with us for quite a while and they all said that they had learnt a lot. Our markets are very friendly, and our experienced stallholders always seem ready to share their techniques and wisdom. Candles and lamps did particularly well today with sales of over £450. Jewellery continued to sell well with 2 jewellers managing £300+. A variety of other stallholders achieved between £150 and £250. We are only aware of 1 stallholder who failed to make their table money and every stallholder seemed very pleased with the day.
Cranleigh Village Hall - 22nd September
The day was cloudy, damp and grey. Rain was forecast for the afternoon, but unfortunately arrived early. By 11.30 steady rain was falling. The Mynt Image team worked through the rain, creating a footfall of 373 by 3.00pm.
We had several regular stallholders with us as well as several who were new to us, including one who had been trying to get a space with us for quite a while. There was at all times a good atmosphere in the market. 2 stallholders were in profit for the day before the market officially started at 10am, and the good news stories continued throughout the day despite the rain and low footfall. We are aware of one stall selling wood products who managed to make £300+. We also are aware of 3 other stalls who made over £150. All stallholders reported making sales and making some profit. Despite the rain, this was a successful market for most.
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.
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