WHAT DO YOU MAKE AND SELL AT MARKETS?
My main product is the soy wax candles and melts and also scented reed diffusers. I use soy wax because it’s such as easy wax to work with and it’s also a natural product – it’s made from the oil of soy beans. I use a fragrance oil to scent the candles, melts and diffusers. I have also added crocheted items to my market stall. These include soft crocheted animals, blankets, and beanies.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING YOUR CRAFT?
I have been making the candles for about 7 years and crochet is a relatively new hobby – about 2 years.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
It was actually my husband that suggested I try making my own candles, so I guess I have him to thank for my little business venture! I love having candles burning but couldn’t justify the huge price of some big name ones. I purchased a candle making kit to start with and from there I was hooked. It took a lot of testing to eventually get a product I was sure was safe and that I was happy to sell to others. I still test wicks to make sure they burn correctly.
I started crocheting about 2 years ago and am basically self taught. I love finding new patterns for the soft toys and seeing if I can create them. My pattern and wool stashes continue to grow. I am more than happy to custom make things for customers as well.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE CRAFTS YOU MAKE AND ATTENDING VARIOUS MARKETS?
I have always enjoyed making things and now I get to share what I make with others and at a price that is affordable. I enjoy being able to meet the people who buy my products, hearing feedback and seeing repeat customers also keeps me doing what I enjoy.
Another thing I enjoy is working with a customer to create a personalized label for the candles to celebrate a special occasion – birthday, weddings just about anything.
It’s great to meet other stall holders and see what talents they have and where possible support their businesses as well.
I’m the creator of WICKS & SCENTS. This little hobby/ business started about 7 years ago. I’m a stay at home, full time carer for my husband who is a quadriplegic. Making my candles and crochet items is something that I can do from home in my spare time. My aim when i started selling my candles was to provide a quality product that was affordable to everyone – nice smelling candles shouldn’t be a luxury item.
It’s great to see people appreciate handmade items.