My name is Samantha and I live in Aldershot. I am an army wife and mum of 2 boys Daniel 3 and Brayden 1.
I started mum2mum market because I needed something totally flexible that I could do around not only my children but my husband as well. When working for someone else I was not always guaranteed to be able to do my work if my husband was away which if you understand the army it seems to be most of the time, then on top of that with childcare prices my wages were going mostly on that.
With Mum2mum Market the main work is marketing the events, which I am able to work flexibly around my children and husband. Other marketing things I do in my local area are flyers and distributing posters. I liaise with baby/toddler groups, nurseries and pre-schools. I cover lots of online marketing due to the majority of people these days taking to social media, I keep up with the enquiries on those like Netmums and Facebook just to name a few. I had never done anything like this before but the manual and training is brilliant and there is loads of support from other franchisees and head office whenever you get stuck.
Sale day is the busiest day but so much fun! I start the day loading the car with everything I need and might need – clothes rails, goody bags, paper work, tea and coffee making bits and I head to my venue to set up. I get their at least half an hour before my sellers to make sure everything is ready for them so I can help if needed. Just before opening time I have a walk round and make sure everyone if ready and that the aisles are clear.
The first hour is manic so many people finding great bargains, when things start to quieten down I can have a wander round and chat to sellers and buyers and also take some photos for social media.
At the end of the sale it amazes me how quickly the hall changes from bursting with so many bargains to empty tables.
I knew my local area was crying out for aMum2mum market and I was right. The events have been a huge success. I am really enjoying organising my events and making so many people happy. I get a huge buzz at every event seeing so many bargains being snapped up and get lots of lovely feedback from buyers and sellers.
“nice big hall, plenty of time for set up”
“friendly atmosphere, local”
“everything was great, people were buying and were friendly, £140+profit”
“a few buyers commented they wished they had booked now seeing how busy it was!”
Buyers have said-
“so many bargains, great place to buy baby equipment”
“my son loves his new toys, and I love the fact they didn’t cost me loads”
“I will come again, lovely atmosphere and was able to sit and have a coffee before I went on the bargain hunt a second time round”
My events are staeadily getting busier. I started with 80+ buyers on the day at our first event and now we are getting over 140 people after only 5 events, we have 20 sellers with 8ft tables which is great space and there are thousands of bargains at each event. Like starting any new business it takes time and effort to get started and build a business
I love running my events as I get to meet so many people, shop for my own kids and making money, but the best things are sellers making money and buyers save so much – it’s a win for everyone. Thanks to all the other mum2mums for their great words of wisdom and help along the way- I have managed to build a business I am really proud of.