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- Earning income from jams, jellies and preserves
Sat 11-Sep-10
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brightspark
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If my experience is anything to go by, then cakes and biscuits will be a winner, I'm sure - and they don't have to be fussy or difficult - just to taste nice eeek  !!

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Sun 12-Sep-10
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Well done, Shelley. You have broken your duck and made a worthwhile chunk for your efforts. I can only see your progressing onwards and upwards from here as you experiment with additional offerings and make a name for yourself in the market.

I am really chuffed that you have persevered, navigated the bureaucracy, produced a good range and, most importantly of all, sold to strangers! welldone magic

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Sun 12-Sep-10
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While I was putting chutney into jars I remembered how expensive Shelley said jars are for her. Would it be possible to offer a credit for returned jars? They'd need to still have your labels on them to show they were yours, but a few cents  (whatever would be a small incentive and not eat into profit) off the next purchase with a returned jar.

Then you would get jars and know your lids would fit them, the jars would be reused which is more energy efficient than recycling glass, and customers might like that as part of your image. Always assuming that you are allowed to use recycled jars, of course!

Sun 12-Sep-10
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What a good idea Barbara.  I do hope that Shelley would be allowed to do that.

I'll try that again!

Sun 12-Sep-10
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Here in Latvia the jars are all standard and you just buy new lids every year, so in some ways buying back jars of any sort would work. I guess you would want just want sort though to look good but just a thought, nice one Barbara!cheers

Sun 12-Sep-10
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devongarden said:

While I was putting chutney into jars I remembered how expensive Shelley said jars are for her. Would it be possible to offer a credit for returned jars? They'd need to still have your labels on them to show they were yours, but a few cents  (whatever would be a small incentive and not eat into profit) off the next purchase with a returned jar.

Then you would get jars and know your lids would fit them, the jars would be reused which is more energy efficient than recycling glass, and customers might like that as part of your image. Always assuming that you are allowed to use recycled jars, of course!


yep done that!! 50c for every jar returned, refundable on the next jar bought!

 

Sun 12-Sep-10
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you are all so kind an supportive; thx all!! smilesmilesmilesmilesmile

After a hard day foraging and no painkillers for over a week now, I am feeling kinda wiped: so your comments are very welcome!

Tue 14-Sep-10
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Congratulations on a successful first market day. It sounds like a really good start. And your offer of a refund on returned jars is a really good way to bring people back to your stall.

I didn't want to tell you beforehand, but my Mum's furniture and lighting shop didn't lift a penny in its first 3 days of trading. We were so nervous - you should have seen the celerations when a little old lady bought a wee fabric shade 🙂

Wed 15-Sep-10
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Building a business is hard, it is even harder when all you see are the success stories roll_eyes

Wed 15-Sep-10
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Well done Shelley!ok Excellent the market went so well.

How about little English puddings in the winter?

Lakeland do single portion pudding basins with lids...the French are always mystified by English steamed pudding, might be worth a thought- or proper mincemeat/mince pies....something they won't find anywhere else...

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Wed 15-Sep-10
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Would love to do puddings and may well later on, but cannot legally sell at the mo as not on my list of what I do!!!

I went to the local chamber of tradespeople today to try and join; I thought that I could and it allows me access to cheaper training.. I was told I could not, however I did have a letter explained to me and also found out that I do need to change my status in order to be allowed to sell at markets other than my village one!! Just when you think you have cracked the system....

Was feeling rather disheartened when, on a visit to my local pizza van for tea, the owner recognised me as 'the jam lady' and said how much she had enjoyed my melon and ginger jam (my fav too!!) and how she would be back very soonsmile

Wed 15-Sep-10
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Fame at last Shelley

today the pizza lady tomorrow the world ..........of jam festival's

MOS kisskiss

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

Thu 16-Sep-10
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thx MOSsmilesmilesmilesmile and everyone else  for your kind words!

Thu 16-Sep-10
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Would be nice if they invited you because of your reputation cheers

Thu 16-Sep-10
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What 'status' do you need, Shelley, to be able to join them ?

Well, I suppose it's another way to get some more funds from you ..... our neighbour told us that any improvement to one's home (normally, planning is required just to change the windows, for example, and of course then, that's an improvement!) then the tax is increased!

Luckily Shelley, you don't dwell on these things, which is great!

Yes, I think Kate's right, some English foods would go down rather well, although it's a bit more tricky, preparing them at the time (jam is easier to store and make ahead).

Good Luck, Shelley

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