Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Selling by the gate

This is my take on selling by your own gate/drive/private property etc; probably different to others, but this is hwo I do it.
I  have a garden table which I use, on to which is screwed a piece of strong plywood - expands the selling space. It sits at the end of the drive, out on the pavement, out of the way of pedestrians (such as we get around here past my house). I try and put an old table cloth or similar on it, to brighten it up and attract the eye. The money box is bolted on, witht he bolt inside and the top locked, so quite secure. The only down side of this is when people need change, but I'm usually about to help if needed.
I sell plants, flowers, herbs, eggs, surplus fruit and veg usually. Occasionally I'll branch out into books, pots etc, depends what I have.
I believe, technically spekaing, that in this country you should have some form of licence from the local council, but they are fairly lax around here, and it's never raised its head with me so far. I think the salient points are as follows:
- keep your table clean and tidy and up to date
-place it so it's not in anyone's way
- keep prices sensible, while covering your costs
- place it where there is room to pull off the road safely for drivers
-price things up, or have eg a chalkboard for prices
-check it once ro twice a day
-talk to customers if they're around - I occasionally invite some in to look around the garden, depending
-keep it low key ; we're in a conservation area, so no big signs, wild flapping cloths and things lol
- watch out if you sell jam- there are strict rules about ratio of fruit to sugar, and youc ould well get taken to task by Env Health and your jam tested, possible enquiries about kitchen inspections (I don't sell jam, pickles are Ok I think)
- watch out for wind blowing stuff about/away
-keep an eye on the money box, I empty mine at least once a day, and always over night
- some people will take without paying - oversight or on purpose, just put it down to experience - says more about them than you

I'm jsut about to get mine organised to put out the front at the weekend, so i'll take a pic and let you see how mine looks.
Good luck if you're thinking about doing it - there is money to be made, and customers will return if you offer quality at good prices.
Anyone else do it?


Jane and Chris said...

I would love to but we are very remote and wouldn't get the traffic.
Looking forward to the pics of your stand.
Jane x

Nearly said...

BIG Thank you for the hows-whys and wherefores on selling. I enjoyed reading. And I am slowly getting the confidence to create my own table.
(the council OK'd it....and even wished me well!!!)
Hope you had a good day.N.