Four weeks ago the first mummy and me market took place and its took me to now to find the time to write a blog post about it. To say we where surprised by the turn out is an understatement. People came by the droves and the queue soon went out the gates and down the street. What started off as an idea had grew and flourished into something that people were interested in and wanted to be part of.
So rewind back to June, I had arranged to meet Catherine at the garden centre for coffee and chat about an idea that we could possibly work on together. As we chatted we shared the same vision of bringing people together in one place like a community. We both love Instagram and the sense of community we have found on there and to be able to do that in reality away from the squares of Instagram would be amazing. So after that first coffee and chat we went away and everything just progressed in the right direction. We got our name picked, we found a venue and we got our stall holders. We were quite specific in what we wanted and I think from the start we both wanted to make it different from your usual craft fayres. We hand selected stalls holders we wanted creative people and independent businesses to make our market unique. A few weeks before the market we got the stallholders all together which created a real sense of community and friendship and the girls have all kept in touch sense through our group chat.
As the market grew closer I was particularly nervous that people wouldnt come or know anything about it but I was in for a surprise. We had crowds of people came, over and beyond the amount that we had predicted on our Instagram polls. We had to stop letting people in a certain points to help ease the buggy congestion but the market was just bustling. All the stall holders had put in so much effort making their displays look amazing. We had the most beautifully styled table from @gmk_creations her work is so nice and created a lovely feature in the hall. Our opening time was 11am and by 10.15 people had started to arrive and by 10.30 most of our goodie bags for the first 20 customers where almost gone. It was amazing to have so many big names supporting us on our first market, @bottlegreendrinks and @heavenlytasty both provided drinks and snacks on the day and mamas and papas from Victoria Square in Belfast gave out over 100 goodie bags. We also had kathryn from day and age film the whole day for us and I absolutely love the footage she got for us she really captured the feel of the day.
So as I write this now we are right in the middle of planning our winter market which will be in 4 weeks time and came as a bit of a surprise to both of us. We have been approached by many people to host another market before christmas so we decided why not. We will be bringing back most of our original stall holders and adding in some new ones to. And if we learned anything from the first market was that we needed a bigger venue so this time we are heading to Edenmore Country club in Moria. It is again a beautiful venue with beautiful grounds and has a restaurant on site. We are so excited to be doing it all over again but this time with Christmas just round the corner.
We really look forward to seeing you all again at the mummy and me winter market in Edenmore Country club on the 17th November.