Monday, August 26, 2013

Tasmanian Markets

Made With Love Market Bazzar is coming up on its third  birthday! Can you believe it? I cant. 

What started as a small group of makers on the North West Coast of Tasmania has grown to encompass the local farmers market and so many talented makers from around Tasmania.

We are still a smallish makers market in Tasmania but we are truly blessed to have so many people support us each month. We get to present out lovely handmade and homegrown products to the north west Tasmanian region and and now with this blog, the wider beyond.

Locally, since we have lost the Chickenfeed store, our visitor numbers have fallen (and also to many other local business). With the arrival of Shiploads in the old Chickenfeed building we are hoping that it will again give us the extra boost we need. With the upcoming busy period arriving with the Tulip Festival and Christmas period we want to look at ways to completely support our local and Tasmanian Makers.

I have been thinking about the effect the change in signage may have had on the market. I was told the other day that people are less likely to notice our brand new signs, given the outlay on these new signs I was extremely disappointed. I also liked the old signs, they were hand made and suited us but, oh my word, were they a shocker to put up and down. The repairs on these signs was also happening on a monthly basis and completely driving me crazy. The same person also told me that they don't buy the newspaper any more (in which we spend money advertising in every market Saturday) so I was wondering... how do we reach people? I want to make sure we spend our money and our time in the right way to reach people.

Have you noticed the new signs? How do you think we could reach more people with out lovely handmade and hand grown message? What are the local advertising strategies that you notice and read?

We love servicing our local makers and fulfilling the need for a handmade market in North West Tasmania, but we want to do it as best we can.

If you would like to remain confidential in your reply please email with your response. We are also looking at beneficial partnerships between the market and the local community or business to increase the visibility of the talent in our local area of Tasmania. Especially if its home grown or homemade Tasmanian. Please also don't forget to apply to our Great Tasmanian Maker, we would love to present you and your making to the wider world. Let us support you just as you support us :)


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