That basically changed for us by April 2017. In fact, it was on April 1 of that year we attended our first-ever vending date at the Oliver Indoor Flea Market. According to George’s stats, we sold a total of 17 jars that day. While the number may not have been spectacular, the feeling we got from the building, the other vendors and the customers caused us to put the Oliver Indoor Flea Market on our radar for the future. By August, we committed to fulltime vending there.
April 2018 Was Not So Inspiring
By the time April 2018 had rolled around, we had already spent eight months vending in The Yellow Room of the Oliver Indoor Flea Market. There were so good months and some soft ones but we never gave up thinking there were going to be ups and downs like any business. Well, April of last year was not a spectacular month. Of the possible eight vending dates we attended six of them. Two dates in the month saw us at two different indoor events elsewhere. However, our JamBusters! booth was still open and operating in the market when we were not there.
April 2019 Was A Much Better Month
We had some dismal sales days in April 2018. The worst one being April 22 where we sold just 2 jars. In fact, the entire month saw sales in single digits with the exception of April 8 and April 21 where we sold 11 jars on each of those days. The total jar count for that month in Oliver was 51. Compared to April 2019, it’s a completely different scenario. First off, we were in attendance at all eight potential vending dates in the month. The day with the lowest jar count was April 14, 2019 with 10 jars. All other dates were double digits. The month end total was 127 jars, more than double the previous year. Needless to say, that made this month a good month this year.
Speaking Of Yearly Totals
The year-to-date jar total for sales in 2018 was 304. That’s just the sales in Oliver. Compared to this year, the year-to-date jar count is 408, just over 100 more. George is convinced that it has a great deal to do with our ongoing self-promotion and that JamBusters! is fairly established in the Oliver Indoor Flea Market. This month we had several customers indicate that they had made purchases from us in the past. The repeat customer factor has become a big part of how we sell our products. We also have continued with our ‘Jar-A-Day Giveaway’ which keeps bringing people back as well. If things keep going the way they have been lately, it could be a very, very good year for us. I know both George and I are prepared to keep going weekly in Oliver.
Oliver Is Sort Of Our Home Base Now
There is no way we would have known back on April 1, 2017 that those 17 jars sold at our first vending date in the Oliver Indoor Flea Market would turn into a full-time vending gig. We really have found a comfortable place for us to spend our weekends in our ongoing vending calendar. Will we still attend other events? Yes, of course we will but that will also change compared to last year. We will see what happens in the next couple of months on that matter.