OK... posting this one in case someone out there needs a bit of a chuckle, and reassurance that they HAVEN'T just had the least successful market experience in the world.
Mum "does" a monthly market, where although it's described as a craft market she takes plants and jam and does OK. It's not brilliant, but she finds it profitable enough to keep going.
Mess-up with jars delivery means she has no jam in time for this month's market, so invites me along to fill the empty half of her site with recycled crafty goods and we'll split the site fee. I have a pipe-dream of one day leaving The Man to craft for a living, and even have an unused Etsy shop I don't know what to do with, so I jump at the chance.
In six hours, I made.... -$2.
I sold the grand total of one card of eight vintage buttons at three dollars, and shelled out five for the half-site.
I don't think it's because my work is crummy, I think the market itself was crummy. The people next door had wooden puzzles and they sold two all day. A lot of the inside stalls - with crochetting, embroidery and the like - didn't seem to sell anything at all.
So, that wasn't exactly a brilliant start to my crafting career...