OK, so yesterday’s market stall was a disaster, and I’m sorry to say I wimped out before 11am. The wind and rain made it all very difficult – the books were getting wet, apart from anything, and by the time I had lugged all the books from my flat to the market place (a very short distance, but a decent flight of stairs, and books are very heavy!) I had no energy to work out how to display the books in the rain. It was freezing cold, the table looked rubbish, and I started to think I was just not cut out as a market trader. Of course as soon as I started packing up, the sun came out, but by then I was too far gone and struggling to fight back the tears, not a good look when you’re trying to encourage people to look at your stall! So I miserably came home and was in two minds about the whole thing.
However, a lovely friend brought me origami roses and homemade fudge for the stall, and we had a chat. (I will post a photo later of the beautiful roses, made from the pages of a book that had fallen apart.) She and a couple of other friends have offered to help next week. And this morning I have had various ideas for making the stall better. I have ordered a banner (hope it arrives in time!), the origami friend is going to help me with the display, I will take a little table and a couple of chairs if the weather is dry so that people can sit and read for a bit if they want to, or write the cards which I’ve made (ie stamped with the THB logo) for people to share a book they have enjoyed (will stick those up on the stall, and eventually in the shop…there’s faith!), and various things like this. I think I will be able to store the books at the foot of the stairs, which will make a huge difference to me not being exhausted before I start! And will get a trolley. I just hadn’t had time for these things between booking the stall and the day itself, though I did try, but by next Thursday we should be rocking.
So…apologies to anyone who did come to the market yesterday expecting to see me. Please call again!
It really is hard sometimes doing a venture like this on your own. I am not a confident person, and this demands good resources of self-confidence, which I am trying to develop, but which don’t come naturally! But I have got this far, and mostly through my own sense of determination (helped enormously by encouragement from others), and I’m not going to let a bad day ruin things.