The Leeds Steampunk market held at the Left Bank was a brilliant, morale-boosting event. We covered our costs and made a small profit which for a first time specialist market, we felt was pretty good going. We made a few changes to our stall set up since Christmas, namely by getting more height on to show off the smaller terrariums. Stacks of ancient volumes of Plato’s Republic would do nicely! We also left a lot of the bigger glassware empty as I found that customers loved to mix and match their favourite toy characters with a terrarium they fancied the most.
Despite our success, there is still a lot to learn about marketing particularly from the other stall holders – “damn, we need a big sign” – featured a lot through the day and – “what do we do with the care instructions?” - highlighted our inexperience. Still here we are, dressed warmly in pre-war style garments, still smiling in the freezing conditions.