As a vendor, I understand the worries of selling at a market that you’ve never sold at before. I’ve heard about other vendors getting ripped off, and I’ve personally sold at unsuccessful markets where traffic was low. Little to no marketing was done to promote the market nor its vendors. But, I've also heard of awesome markets where they were well organized and had a lot of traffic.
I know some of my fellow vendors have participated in The Trinity Bellwoods Flea before, but many haven't. Since I've sold there a couple of times now, I thought I'd write up a review of my experiences over on my blog.
That’s why I’m continuing my blog series called “Craft Market Review.” I will give a thorough review of my vending experience at the market that I’ve been to. Now, I’m going to be as objective as possible and tell it like it is. That way, you have a little overview of what I liked, disliked, and if I would go back.
However, a disclaimer before I get into it: I make and sell handmade cards, bookmarks and gift tags. If you don’t have a similar business, your experience might be completely different because we draw different customer demographics!
If you’ve sold at any of the markets that I review, please leave your thoughts in the comments. That way, others can benefit from your knowledge. With all of that being said, here is my review of The Trinity Bellwoods Flea.
What I liked
- This is a well-established market. Many people know about it, so there are a lot of returning customers. Nonetheless, there are also a lot of newcomers too!
- All of the vendors there are super friendly. There's a support system there, and I love that!
- The market has a strong social media presence and a media presence in general. They've been featured in BlogTO and the Daily Hive.
- They offer free wifi, which most markets don't provide!
- It is well-organized. The vendor packet is emailed in advance with all of the information that you need.
- The right demographic. Most people who attend are ready to shop and want to buy handmade cards!
- Speaking of attendees, the market always has good attendance, especially during their Christmas market!
- This is a handmade-only market, which means there are no MLMs.
- The organizer provides you with snacks and water throughout the day, which most organizers don't do.
- There are food vendors, so you have a place to buy lunch!
What I disliked/could be improved
- While there is a strong social media presence, they don't always promote all of the vendors on it before the market occurs.
- The lower level of The Great Hall is very small, so we are all crammed in there.
- The space is also very dim, and you need to bring your own lighting.
- It's only once a month and on Sundays. I personally don't have a problem with the day the market is on, but I do wish that it was more frequent, so I have more days to pick from.
- The vending fee is a bit high ($113), but that includes wifi, it is located in downtown Toronto, and other markets at The Great Hall costs way more.
- There are no street signs promoting the market. However, most people know where it's located. Also, during the warmer months, the organizer will place some vendors outside along the sidewalk. So, that does direct people downstairs to the main market.
Would I go back?
Yes, I would! Objectively speaking, it is a good market to attend as long as your products fit the demographic of the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood. Even if you don't sell a lot of your product at first, it gives you good exposure. I've also received good engagement with the local community.
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them!