My First Holiday Vendor Market

My first time being a vendor at a market was a success! When I was asked if my little bake shop wanted to participate in a holiday market in Pittsburgh, I was all on board.

Girl standing at table of baked goods during holiday vendor market in Pittsburgh, PA

As the big day approached, I was a little nervous! I wasn’t sure how much to make of everything, how it would go, or if I would be able to keep up with Etsy orders while spending a day away from the kitchen 😂

Thankfully I had a lot of help and encouragement along the way! My mom watched Sadie on Friday so I could bake all day, my in-laws watched Sadie on Saturday so she wasn’t running around a holiday market breaking things, and Jimmy helped me man my table during the event ❤️

We started the day with coffee from Starbucks, headed to the venue, and set up the table around 9:00 am.

Wife taking selfie while husband drives

Setting up table for holiday market

I made a bit of everything for the market: challah, peppermint bark, toffee, granola, chocolate covered pretzels, brownies, and chocolate covered Oreos. I was really curious to see what would sell the best in person versus what sells best on Etsy (<–bread and peppermint bark).

The brownies completely sold out, and there were only two chocolate covered Oreos left by the end of the event. I was so surprised!

Chocolate covered Oreos

Challah bread and peppermint bark from Etsy shop on table at holiday market in Pittsburgh, PA

I ended the day making great connections with customers, other vendors of all types (crafters, seamstresses, bakers, etc.), made a profit, and spent a few hours with my husband. It was a good day 😊

Have you ever been a vendor at any type of market or fair?

7 comments

  1. How fun!! Everything looks amazing, sounds like the perfect place to showcase your talents and also gift someone with your delish baking! I also didn’t realize you were on Etsy! Definitely going to be checking it out 🙂

  2. I’m so proud of you!! What a great experience and big step out of your comfort zone!! I’m glad it was successful, but most of all enjoyable.
    Love you!!

  3. Oh my goodness, how exciting! And so cool to see what products sell faster in person compared to online. Does this make you want to open your own little storefront somewhere?

  4. This sounds like so much fun! I’ve manned my fair share of tables for events but this looks like it was exciting because of the baked goodies!

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