I was offered by several nice ladies to join them in a local market held in my area. This market is usually held for two days, once in every season. I’ve been there once, the sellers are usually stay-at-home moms who loves to craft in their spare time, and the buyers are other moms too, so it’s a bit like an inner circle. The place is not really big, but I guess it’s enough to accommodate all of these women from the area who’s interested to come.
I decided to make reversible Charlie bags for this occasion because (1) they’re quick and easy to make, (2) they’re more versatile than clothes, and (3) they give me the chance to use IKEA those fabrics I’ve been wanting to use but never found the right thing to make. So I made bags. Not one or two or ten, but thirty-three reversible bags.
At first, I spent too much time in cutting and pairing the fabrics. But once they are cut, I began to sew like crazy. Nothing is more satisfying that seeing a heap of bags in colourful pattern and identical shapes began to emerge.
Then I had a lot of scraps lying around. I turned these scraps into boxy pouches with zipper. The pouches are lined with white thick fabrics that I found in local store. I think they look pretty cute.
We came early to the market place and began to arrange our stuffs. Before the market even opened, I’ve already sold two bags and two pouches. When it was time to open the market, everybody was asked to go outside and make a line. The place was on the second floor and when I went outside, the line was already down to the first floor. Once the door opened, everybody went inside and elbowed one another. It was a war inside.
At the end of the day, my sales was pretty good. I still have some bags left that I’m intended to give to people as gifts or maybe sell online. Anyway, seeing people taking my bags off the hanger and bringing them to the cashier was a pretty good feeling. Hey, maybe I should do this again.