Last Saturday was my first stall at Brixton Market and it was a fascinating day for me. With absolutely no experience as a trader it was always going to be a steep learning curve!
I was convinced that the thing that would sell best at Wolfe was savoury muffins - lovely fresh ones stuffed with fresh ingredients - pesto and salami topped with Pecorino, three cheese - count them cheddar, mozzarella and Parmesan to make a cheesy gooey centre - with spring onions and the totally wonderful pizza flavoured ones with sundried tomatoes and turkish olives rounded out with fresh basil and rosemary. So convinced was I that I got out of bed at 5am and baked six dozen of the little beauties to go with the previous two days worth of sweet baking - coconut ice, anzac bikkies, coconut raspberry slice like my aunty made me when I was a kid, seasonal slice of oats encasing fresh apple dipped in cinnamon, more cinnamon with gorgeous golden biscuits and of course chocolate because everyone loves chocolate.
I am delighted to say I sold my wares steadily all day. I really enjoyed handing out lots of samples, chatting to lots of new people and getting to know a little of my fellow traders. Sad to say, the only thing that didn't sell well were my lovely muffins. My little savoury delights did not hold their own in the midst of the sweet things on offer. I admit I was surprised - and disappointed - but that is definitely balanced by how well the rest sold.
There will be no more mixing of my message - next month will be exclusively sweet treats at Wolfe. See you in Station Road Brixton Saturday October 8th for the second Make It, Grow It, Sell It?