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Tetbury Market Hall 9th September 2018
We were pleased to make a return trip to the beautiful English Heritage Market town of Tetbury complete with our stand of gorgeous Art Cards and Prints by Thumbnail Members.
Check out the photos below showing Sue Townsend's view of the Market Hall itself which was our home for the day and of course attracts many visitors through it's historic doors. We were thrilled to have Sue's brand new 2019 Calendars with us which provided our first Sale of the morning.
Being a tourist town meant that we met many travellers from all over the world; USA, NZ, SA and China. We saw a trend of very 'English' designs selling at this event, perhaps to show the folks back home that people in the UK really do hang out in ancient old stilted, beamed Market Halls selling cards of Thatched Cottages and views of Ye Olde London Town.
Salisbury Farmers Market 5th September 2018
It's Wednesday at Thumbnail so it must be a Salisbury Farmers Market Day - This time we went armed with Autumnal designs, golden leaves, gardening theme card, pumpkins and wintry trees! We were not disappointed, even though Salisbury had very much more of a 'Back to School/Work' feel about it than last week, our stand was busy all morning. Some Customers had returned because they hoped we would be there again which is of course a wonderful complement to even the most seasoned Stallholder.
Sales were a total mix of Artists on this day, but it was a trend in POPPY images which came through on the Sales Sheets, perhaps ahead of Remembrance Sunday in November? Or perhaps folks clinging to the scarlet wonders of a long hot summer now definitely passed.
It was agreed that Thumbnail Pop-up Shop was close to being a Thumbnail Swept-away shop...Note to self DO NOT FORGET LEG WEIGHTS!
Warminster Market 7th September 2018
This little Market is fast and furious ...We are talking serious early morning shopping here - the people of Warminster seem to know exactly what they want and they don't hang around until lunchtime to get it! Our first sale of the day is always before we have even finished the stand or opened the cashbox and the last is normally around 12.30, whereupon tumbleweed starts to drift by the now empty Warminster Market square.
I think we can safely say we are now regulars on this pitch, we see familiar faces and have even received feedback from the recipients of some of the Greetings Cards. One lady's partner is overseas with the Armed Forces and will shortly be receiving Karina Goodman's design called Home Sweet Home <3 Another lady particularly wanted a Flamingo card for her Flamingo-mad niece's birthday and we were happy to supply Carol Symon's design featuring this beautiful bird. Proving Thumbnail Pop-up Shop literally has something for everyone.
Mynt Image Art - Chippenham Town Hall 22nd September 2018
Thumbnail commanded a double-sized corner stand of this event. The Town Hall is a beautiful facility in this Wiltshire Market Town and attracted many visitors all day. We really enjoyed getting into conversation, listening to what people are looking for at these events and sharing the gorgeous products on offer featuring our Members' works of art.
The rainy weather was on or side as people took shelter browsing and purchasing from our stand. Great day on the Pop-up Shop, we will definitely be back!
Salisbury Farmers' Market 26 September 2018
Back in what has now become our favourite regular pitch!
Pleased to report Calendar Sales here for Jane Hyder, Sue Townsend and Bridget Winterbourne. Christmas is definitely on our shopppers' lists! A small print of Race to the Finish by Elizabeth Barnikel also found a new home on the day. Last sale of the day went to a gentleman who purchased all 10 of Trisha Wood's Siamese Cat cards from our stand - better do a reprint!!
We were pleased to meet John Baxter at our stand in Salisbury, a chance meeting for us both which has led to him building a new and exciting relationship with Thumbnail to market his photographic collection, so watch this space....
Royal Wootton Bassett Art Market 29 September 2018
First and loudest shout-out to son of Thumbnail, Dexter Jones for stepping in to run the stall with me on this day.
The sun shone all day for us and the streets of this beautiful historic town were full of smiling shoppers, wearing they summer clothes and enjoying the delights of this Artisan Market. Handmade, crafted, organic, bespoke - all the stands complemented each other well and added to the overall success of the day.
Cards, Prints and Calendars were all sold on this day, Dex likes to think due to his improvements made to the stand!! (He may well be right, shhhhh!)
Salisbury Farmers' Market 10 October 2018
Our stand was notably colder and quieter. Customers who ventured out to visit us did so with the same enthusiasm to which we have become accustomed at Salisbury and we thank those shoppers who have now become our 'regulars'.
One lady specifically asked for a brindle haired Dachshund and we were pleased to oblige with Trisha Wood's delightful drawing of said dog! On this day we also had our fist stocks of newcomer artist, Jayne Bateman on the stand. We wish Jayne all the best and hope our shoppers will enjoy the new range she has brought to our Pop-up Shop. Next event in Tetbury...
K & S Craft Market Tetbury Town Hall 20 October 2018
A chance to show off our new Cards by Jayne Bateman as well as re-visiting this beautiful venue. Our stand was thankfully warmer than the outdoor events and we noted a general climb in Christmas Card and Calendar sales.
One lady was thrilled to bits to see a card of Welsh village Pantmawr by Chris Langley as she grew up there! Needless to say, she bought the card and took down Chris's website details where we hope she found even more images to jog her nostalgia.
Another notable sale was a woman who came to our stand dressed from head to toe in purple - and then proceed to buy cards by Karina Goodman - Karina will no doubt find this amusing due to her own passion for the colour which shines out from her palette in many of her artworks.
Salisbury Farmers' Market 24 October 2018
Top memorable sale of the day goes to Maggie Smith Artist whose delightful designs attracted a lady to purchase 7 all in one go! The same customer who bought the Brindle Dachshund returned, this time asking for a Springer Spaniel which we happily fulfilled with Anne Clark's black and white photo study - another happy customer! The sun continues to shine on our outdoor events even at the end of October but we look forward to some of the indoor Festive events lined up in November and December...
A very elderly man came to our stand this week and spent half an hour looking through our card designs, prints and calendars. He settled on purchasing 5 cards, all by Bridget Winterbourne - Art to Inspire and he spoke to me for a while. He told me that 18 months ago he had a stroke and now considered himself lucky to be alive and walking and talking. He also said that he had not picked up his paints or brushes since his illness, he had felt so drained by the recovery and felt he had lost all creativity. With tears in his eyes he thanked me and said that his time looking at our stall had awoken that part of him again. We struck up a deal that he will come and see us again at the Salisbury Christmas Markets and give us a progress report on his return to painting. His sister thanked us and said she had not seen him this happy for such a long, long time.
Heartfelt thanks to all our hard working and talented artists who continue to supply beautiful images to be shared and celebrated by all.
As Bridget's tag line says, this creative gift truly is 'Art to Inspire'.