It’s late at night and the long weekend has officially started. I close my eyes and I’m transported to four months ago when my brother, sister-in-law and I had our first “business venture” together when we joined 98B Collaboratory’s Saturday x Future Market in Escolta. I don’t know about you, but I thought our name was pretty cool and not to mention totally spot on – Mr. & Mrs. Sis. Need I say explain more? Hehe. It was such a fun, albeit tiring, day and I almost want to kick myself for not writing about it when everything was still raw and the natural high from a fulfilled day is at its peak. I mean, I love writing about and examining things in hindsight, but I also think there’s a certain beauty in “fresh” and “right-after” perspective. Ugh I blabber way too much.
Well you know what they say: better late than never. So this is me revisiting one of my most memorable Saturdays so far this year.
I was in charge of making our DIY business cards and they did the more seriously artistic stuff. Hehe. We slept at around 2:30 a.m. and left the house at around 7:00 a.m. in time for the 9:00 a.m. opening. I was at the backseat of the car but I wasn’t alone…
…because I had all these goodies beside me. It was quite cozy. Haha.
The drive took a little over an hour and finally we were at First United Bldg. Time to set up!
Trivia: even though our flagship (flagship?!) product was handpainted sneakers, we only had four pairs to sell that day. We were really just testing the waters and weren’t sure if there was a market for such. One not-so-nice woman also came to us while we were setting up, scrutinized the shoes, asked how much and frowned when we said Php400 per pair. She said it was too expensive and us being total newbies, we decided to price it at Php350 because the woman was such a morale-booster…not. But we’ve learned our lesson: do not sell yourself short!
We don’t have photos of the other two customers who bought the last two pairs (one of them was my friend), but they were just as happy. Hehe.
One of our booth displays was such a hit; a handful of people asked if it was for sale and I was like, “Um, no, sorry.” but deep inside, “It’s miiiiiine.” Hahaha.
The market ended at 6:00 p.m. and by that time, practically all our products were sold out. It turned out way better than expected and we were very happy and thankful.
And now, it is with pure excitement and joy that I announce that we’ll be joining another bazaar, the Maker’s Market at Estancia, Capitol Commons on September 26! We’ll mostly be selling the handpainted sneakers and we’ve rebranded as @faceoffkicks (please follow us on Instagram to view our ever-expanding designs!).
Very much looking forward to Maker’s Market! Hope to see you there! :):):)