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A Day in the Life of A Market Organiser – Promotion Day

The Daily Life of a Little Pickles Markets Organiser – Market Promotion Day

I first became an organiser after seeing how much fun it looked when, as a new mum, I attended a market as a buyer. I have been organising markets now for 5 years in the Hampshire area. I have a girl of 7 and it fits perfectly around family life, school runs and my other part-time job.

A typical ‘Pickles’ admin day begins with the school run. Once that is done, I come home and get myself a cuppa! I sit at my desk and prep for the day. This begins with making a to-do list! (Lists are life after all😉)

Once that is done I will complete admin tasks at my laptop and printer. This includes things like printing leaflets for future markets, emailing information to sellers, replying to enquiry emails or filling our sought-after goody bags!

Once that is done, and I’ve ticked the things I have completed off with a big green ✔️ I will sit down for lunch away from my desk and either read a magazine or watch the TV for half an hour. This is when I will quickly complete any family life admin like making dentist appointments or ordering shopping online.

Market Promotion

I usually schedule my visits to venues after lunch so I can add it in with the PM school run. So once lunch is done I collect together what I need, including my important to do list and set off. These visits can be anything from delivering advertising, putting up a banner or meeting a new potential venue.

Once I have completed these tasks I head off to collect my little girl. I love the fact I can be there for the school runs and I know she does too, especially if it’s a day I bring a treat! It’s a comfort to know that I can also reschedule jobs when I am needed to collect her if she is poorly. It is so flexible I really can fit it around family life.

Written by Clare our Portsmouth, Wickham and Chichester Organiser

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Market Day

A Day In The Life Of A Market Organiser – Market Day

A day in the life of a Market Organiser – it’s Market Day!

As soon as I wake up my mind is on the market.  I post a reminder on a few local Facebook pages and then go through the things I need to take with me. I’m very organised so packed my bags last night, but my 3.5 year old son has a tendency to remove items and add strange household objects and toy cars to it! My son stays with my husband on Market Day but it won’t be long until he can come along and help me which is one of the things I love about my job.

I arrive early to the venue to prepare the hall. This is quicker at some Markets than others depending on the size of the venue and if we supply tables or not. Turns out that putting up 6ft tables is a great workout!

I’m always prompt to let the sellers in as I know how eager everyone is to set up. I tick each person off as they come in, direct them to where they need to be and answer any questions they have. I absolutely love chatting to the sellers while they set up. I get such a buzz organising and managing events (control freak!) so I’m totally in my element at this point. 

I really enjoy wandering around the hall to see what fantastic items people have on offer at such low prices. I have to exert self-control but usually buy something for my son; you can never have too many cool t-shirts right? (Especially when they’re from Next, in perfect condition and only cost £1!) 

I genuinely find it odd that so many people still buy everything brand new from shops. I’ve always shopped second hand and it just makes sense – you’re saving money and reducing waste. Maternity and baby items are only used for a few months so they’re often still in perfect condition once parents have finished with them. Little Pickles Markets give parents and grandparents an opportunity to make some money back on these items and clear some clutter from their house! 

Before long, excited Buyers are queuing outside the door, peeking through to see what they’re going to make a beeline for! Some buyers come armed with a shopping list, others are just on the lookout for a bargain. 

The sellers are excited too and there’s a real atmosphere building as I open the doors to buyers who come flooding in. I can’t give them their change fast enough! Before I know it, the hall is packed and there are clothes and toys flying everywhere. 

There is a constant flow of people coming and going – bags bursting and trips being made back to the car because they can’t carry any more!

Buyers leave with huge smiles on their faces, telling me about the bargains they’ve picked up and how much money it’s saved them; their excitement is infectious. 

In no time at all the last few buyers are leaving with their arms full of bargains and the sellers begin to pack away. I walk around and speak to each seller – most are thrilled as they have a lot less to take home and have made some money! Lots of sellers also book for the next market to sell the rest of their items. 

I tidy up the hall, take down the signs and banners and make my way home feeling pleased that I organised such a great market, gave people the opportunity to sell their unused and unwanted items and allowed other parents and grandparents to pick up some bargains. I can’t wait to show my little boy what I bought for him and tell my husband how much money I saved on it! 

Written by Vicky, Hedge End and Southampton Market Organiser

 

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Organiser Vicky

Introducing our Organisers – Vicky

Introducing our Organiser Vicky 

Where do you run Markets? Southampton and Hedge End

What is the item you can’t live without other than your family? My 1980’s VW Camper Van. Just going for a drive is fun when it’s in an old camper.

How many children do you have? I have a little boy, Luca, who has just turned 3. He is more than enough for me!

Organiser Vicky

If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why? A penguin. I love the fact that they have the same partner for life and that they are equal in their relationship; they share the tasks of looking after the baby penguin and catching food.

Where is your favourite place to be and why? Anywhere on the Isle of Man. Prior to having a child, we went on yearly motorcycle holidays there and it’s definitely my happy place. We still go most years but have to take the car until Luca is old enough to ride a motorcycle!

What is your favourite children’s book? I loved anything by Enid Blyton as a child. At the moment I really enjoy Richard Scarry books with Luca.

Cinema or fancy restaurant? I like a fancy restaurant!

Which one spring, summer, autumn, or winter, let us know why? Summer. I am totally solar powered. I can deal with anything life throws at me if the sun is shining!

Name one thing you always carry in your handbag? Well as I am usually accompanied by a toddler I’m never without wet wipes!!

One bit of information you wish you’d known before becoming a parent? Don’t compare yourself to other mothers.  Everyone struggles but some hide it better than others. You are doing your best and that is all that matters.   

Best bargain you have found at a Little Pickles Market? A smart outfit consisting of Trousers, Shirt and Waistcoat, originally from Marks & Spencer’s and in perfect condition. It cost me just £1.50! It was perfect for a wedding that we were going to later in the year.

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Our Team - Laura

Introducing our Organisers – Laura

Introducing our Organiser Laura
Where I run markets – Melksham, Chippenham and Corsham Bigger and Little Pickles Markets.
What item I can’t live without other than my family? My mobile phone I guess 🙈
How many children do I have? 2 girls. Ava and Elsie! Yes, their initials are A+E!!!
If I woke up tomorrow what animal would I be? Well, an insect I would be a fly- who would want to be a fly on the wall !!!!
Favourite place to be- Making memories and have fun with my girls. 💕
Favourite children’s book. ? Each peach pear plum. A fav of mine when I was young.
Cinema or fancy restaurant? Both. Eat first then afilm!!
Spring, summer, autumn or winter? Got to be winter having fun in the snow ⛄
One thing I always carry in my handbag? Food for the kids!!!
One bit of information I wish I had known before parenting? It’s the hardest yet most rewarding job in the world xx
Best bargain found at Little Pickles ? 2 kites in a Tin for £1. Hours of fun with the kids.

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Little Pickles Market Owner

Mummy Pickle – Little Pickles Markets Owner

Welcome to our new series introducing you to the team behind Little Pickles Markets, starting off with Me, Jessamine aka Mummy Pickle. Proud owner and founder, I have spent the last 7 years helping families save and recoup money whilst raising their young families.

Right question time, if you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Where do you run Markets? – I oversee the running of the whole of Little Pickles Market, so I spend most of my time behind a computer screen. But you will see me popping up at events in Bournemouth, Swindon, Frome and Bradford on Avon. Plus at some of the Wiltshire/Somerset Bigger Pickles Markets as a buyer too.

What is the item you can’t live without other than your family?  – Argh, I really don’t want to say this but it has to be my phone. I am a snap happy Mum forever capturing my children as they grow. But also always on hand to answer emails and keep up with my social media too.

How many children do you have? – I like to keep myself busy so have 5 not so Little Pickles. They are now all school-aged, 4, 6, 8, 11 and 16. I have 4 daughters and just 1 very outnumbered son.

If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why? – It would have to be a Giraffe, it is my favourite animal. I would love to overlook the rest of the world from way up high.

Where is your favourite place to be and why? – On a sunny warm beach with my 5 pickles, switched off the outside world. Early this year we went to Cornwall and made some lovely memories that we all cherish.  

Mummy Pickles Family 

What is your favourite children’s book? – Totally random, but I loved the Where’s Spot books when I was a kid and when my Pickles were younger they loved them too, shame they have grown out of them too quick!

Cinema or fancy restaurant? – As I have a history for almost nodding off in the cinema, it’s got to be eating a lovely fancy dinner with friends.  

Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter and let us know why? – Summer, summer, summer, did you guess I love summer!!! Even though the weather isn’t always guaranteed in this country, the light evenings make my days feel longer. Meaning the kids and I have longer to go and explore.

Name one thing you always carry in your handbag? – My purse, with 5 children it is constantly taking a battering or I always leave it to the last minute to fill up the car or I need an emergency chocolate fix to see me through the day.

One bit of information you wish you’d known before becoming a parent? – Every child is different and even though you can pick up bits of advice, each model (Little Pickle) doesn’t come with their unique manual, so it may be a case of trial and error to get things right. Trust your instincts and try not to doubt yourself.

Enough from me look out for the next team members answers in the coming weeks.

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