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First day - I had a chat with a basket maker about making her some non-identical plates and exchanging them for a basket. She mentioned the possibility of sharing her stall, she had been trading since the market started. I conversed with various other traders and bought organic vegetables that were so covered in mud they were hard to identify. I talked to the two young stall holders about my allotment, they told me it takes five years to be given 'organic' status. All their vegetables were displayed in rustic rectangular baskets but I was handed my goods in a plastic carrier bag. A woman selling wool, fleece, spindles and knitted things borrowed my scissors and told me there's some scheme to help crafts people who promote recycling in their work. The manager came along and saw me sitting behind the stall, I was cutting rag, he advised me to watch and learn from the other traders, telling me some don't have a chair behind their stall as they know the importance of engaging with potential customers. I took his advice and from then on stood and talked with people. The two sub-managers came for rent and the car parking fee, £22 and £2.50, and were asking if I'd like to come again. I was very enthusiastic. Would I be prepared to go outside? I said I would. It seemed hopeful. As one of them said 'It's only going to get warmer from now on' (27th Jan 2007).

8.30 customer 1, the market manager, green mug, £5.

9.05 customer 2, a couple who come from London every month, 2 green mugs, I brown mug, 1 bowl, 1 bag, £33.

9.35 customer 3, I honey mug, a holiday souvenir, £5.

10.20 customer 4, large honey mug, replacement for one his daughter broke, a jovial argument ensued with his 2 young daughters, £4.

10.30 customer 6, jug same as customer 2, £5.

10.37 customer 7, oval bowl for sugar, a friend, called at later and the bowl was already in use, £7.

11.15 customer 8, plant pot, someone who knows my friend in Chesterfield, £5.

11.35 customer 9, my parents, 2 bowls for soup, plant pot and plant pot holder, a birthday present, £24.

12.55 customer 10, 2 honey mugs, for her two teenage daughters, she was weighing up if it was fair to buy a second for one daughter and not the other, £8.

1.10 customer 11, small dark mug, a couple with a little boy, they came back after I had been chatting with them about parenting, they'd just been swimming.

1.20 customer 12, mat, the soap-maker who had just sold me 3 soaps worth £5 for £3.50 and when I queried it she said it was trader's discount, £12 instead of £18.

Total sales: 18 pots, 1 bag, 1 mat.

Second day - I arrived at the market in good time, or so I thought until I got there and found almost everyone else set up and ready. The manager said people do arrive early, so this wasn't the best start. I was outside, between cakes/biscuits and venison. Sarah the baker was extremely friendly and helpful - lent me a big green cover (part of a gazebo) to put over the very wet stall boards and a white tarpaulin for the back, to keep out the wind. My green and white striped cover and clips did their job perfectly as a roof. I wondered if anyone else saw the irony in my stall 'wideyedeer' being sited next to venison (25th Feb, 2007).

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