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    sarahthewombat
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    Hello all!

    Fair warning: I talk a lot.

    A bit of background about me: I’m 22 years old, live in a rural town of about 11 thousand people, currently work in telecommunications and I’m studying internet communications. When it comes down to it I’m a creator – handmade goodness from re-purposed and new materials. I’ve recently started selling on etsy and at local markets.

    My local town only has a monthly market ideal for my merchandise. I’ve been considering starting a small shop where I can sell handmade products created by myself and other local creators. However, at this stage I don’t plan on staying in my current town long term (maybe another couple of years), so I’ve started considering a regular pop up shop.

    I was thinking once a month, maybe a week at a time, but I’m just looking to get some advice and suggestions about how to go about it. I do recall there being a small pop up about a month ago locally, but I didn’t have the chance to check it out.

    As well as the regular pop up, I was thinking of hosting workshops during the pop up period during the evenings and maybe weekend before or after.

    The goal would be to raise awareness of the amazing handmade products available from local creators, and to help promote their small businesses. I also do a bit of a web design, and I figure I would be able to generate business in regards to that by doing package deals for participants by assisting them in creating their online presence.

    BUT YEAH, I talk a lot, I know. So much info, not much detail.

    But basically I’m trying to get ideas on where to go from here. For fitting’s I think a lot of it would come down to re-purposed, upcycled, handmade fittings/displayed to go with the aesthetic. I’d also like to find someone who would be interested in partnering – particularly since I think it would be wonderful if it continued once I was no longer living in this town.

    SO TL;DR

    – Want to start a regular pop up shop (possibly one week every month, since the local market is once a month)
    – Need advice on where to go from here
    – I have an ABN (registered as sole trader) and business name
    – Advice on insurance
    – If anyone has experience of a pop up shop with multiple sellers, how did it work? Was it consignment or wholesale based? Or like a mini market where participants paid a “stall fee” to cover the cost of their space, overhead and other expenses
    – How much do you think I should look into for a start up cost?

    Anyway, look forward to hearing from everyone. If you need me to clarify something, don’t hesitate to ask! I’m a little jittery from excitement from thinking about this, so I’m sure I’ve forgotten something

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    Lucinda Lions
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    Hi sarahthewombat

    Love your forum name! Is there a story behind the ‘wombat’?

    Welcome to the Flying Solo forums! It’s wonderful to read about your business and your plans.

    I don’t have experience with pop up shops, but hopefully someone can offer some good advice. In the meantime, welcome, and look forward to seeing you around!

    Lucinda :)

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    elig84
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    sarahthewombat, post: 194017 wrote:
    Hello all!

    Fair warning: I talk a lot.

    A bit of background about me: I’m 22 years old, live in a rural town of about 11 thousand people, currently work in telecommunications and I’m studying internet communications. When it comes down to it I’m a creator – handmade goodness from re-purposed and new materials. I’ve recently started selling on etsy and at local markets.

    My local town only has a monthly market ideal for my merchandise. I’ve been considering starting a small shop where I can sell handmade products created by myself and other local creators. However, at this stage I don’t plan on staying in my current town long term (maybe another couple of years), so I’ve started considering a regular pop up shop.

    I was thinking once a month, maybe a week at a time, but I’m just looking to get some advice and suggestions about how to go about it. I do recall there being a small pop up about a month ago locally, but I didn’t have the chance to check it out.

    As well as the regular pop up, I was thinking of hosting workshops during the pop up period during the evenings and maybe weekend before or after.

    The goal would be to raise awareness of the amazing handmade products available from local creators, and to help promote their small businesses. I also do a bit of a web design, and I figure I would be able to generate business in regards to that by doing package deals for participants by assisting them in creating their online presence.

    BUT YEAH, I talk a lot, I know. So much info, not much detail.

    But basically I’m trying to get ideas on where to go from here. For fitting’s I think a lot of it would come down to re-purposed, upcycled, handmade fittings/displayed to go with the aesthetic. I’d also like to find someone who would be interested in partnering – particularly since I think it would be wonderful if it continued once I was no longer living in this town.

    SO TL;DR

    – Want to start a regular pop up shop (possibly one week every month, since the local market is once a month)
    – Need advice on where to go from here
    – I have an ABN (registered as sole trader) and business name
    – Advice on insurance
    – If anyone has experience of a pop up shop with multiple sellers, how did it work? Was it consignment or wholesale based? Or like a mini market where participants paid a “stall fee” to cover the cost of their space, overhead and other expenses
    – How much do you think I should look into for a start up cost?

    Anyway, look forward to hearing from everyone. If you need me to clarify something, don’t hesitate to ask! I’m a little jittery from excitement from thinking about this, so I’m sure I’ve forgotten something

    Hi sarahthewombat

    There’s a really useful guide on my website for pop-up shops- http://www.navonretail.com.au/2014/06/17/the-ultimate-guide-to-opening-a-pop-up-shop/

    I don’t specialist in pop-up shops, but I help retailers obtain planning approval for regular shops. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions- [email protected]

    Regards

    Eli Gescheit

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    MissSassy
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    Hi Sarah

    Pop up Shops can be a great way to test your business idea without committing to long leases and expensive fit outs.

    Given your town size I guess you understand your potential client base quite well as this is ultimately the most important part.

    Don’t try to be everything to everyone – pick something and do it well, if things don’t work as you thought you can refine it from there.

    You will need public liability insurance for the shop – short term is available.

    The mini market would be the easiest, and you can decide if you are looking after all the areas or the stall holders look after their own.

    Lots to think about – please be in contact if you would like to chat further.

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    Hi Sarah,

    Great idea! Certainly one way to get not only your products but the products of other creators as well. We have one of these in my town and it seems to work really well!

    Regarding insurance, you should look at the following:

    Public / Products Liability
    This is a must and will almost certainly be required by any landlord before you set up in their building. You need to ensure the following:
    – that your policy includes Products Liability (surprisingly some policies don’t and as a retailer this is critical, even if you are not the manufacturer of the items);
    – that the policy is not confined to market stalls (some of the short-term insurance products – especially those sold by direct insurers – will only cover you at markets and not if you set up a retail premise or sell from home/online);
    – that the policy covers you not only as the retailer of the products, but also as the manufacturer (for your items);
    – that the policy covers you for the retailer of other peoples products, either from wholesale or via consignment. Note that the policy will only cover your ‘vicarious’ liability as the retailer – it will not protect the person that actually made the product (they will require their own cover);
    – the policy covers you for your website design component – not the professional side but in case you go to visit clients who are not involved in your retail business; and
    – if you are going down the ‘mini-market’ route, that your policy covers you as the organiser of this.
    Liability cover is generally an ‘Anywhere in Australia’ cover and, as such, would extend to include the pop up shop, market stalls, workshops etc (you wouldn’t need a separate policy for each).

    Stock / Contents
    – You may look to have cover for your own stock and contents (fixtures/fittings) at the stores.
    – You can also extend the policy to cover other peoples stock whilst on consignment.

    Glass
    – Part of the terms of the lease/agreement may be that you are required to cover the external glass of the building.

    Professional Indemnity
    – Website Design (although as part of the overall business) may provide you with exposures that aren’t covered by Public Liability (especially from a professional negligence perspective). As such, you should look at cover for this.

    There are also a number of other covers that should be considered.

    You are able to package together a policy that includes Contents/Stock, Glass, Liability – this can then be altered depending on your requirements. Policies are usually provided for a 12 month term however you can modify and amend as required during the year (generally if you want a short-term policy to cover what you are doing the premium will be the same as a 12 month cover – as such there is no benefit in taking the short policy).
    My suggestion is to spend the required time (and money) on the insurance policy(ies) so that you have the correct cover when you need it to respond for you.

    Also, re wholesale v consignment: there are benefits to each, however it may be better in the short-term to sell on consignment… that way you are not outlaying capital on items that may or may not sell.

    Happy to clarify anything above – either let me know on here or give me a call to discuss further.

    Regards,

    Mark

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    nicomambo
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    elig84, post: 194180 wrote:
    Hi sarahthewombat

    There’s a really useful guide on my website for pop-up shops- http://www.navonretail.com.au/2014/06/17/the-ultimate-guide-to-opening-a-pop-up-shop/

    I don’t specialist in pop-up shops, but I help retailers obtain planning approval for regular shops. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions- [email protected]

    Regards

    Eli Gescheit

    Useful guide indeed, thanks for this Eli!

    I am starting an online retail business, and plan on doing pop-ups later on.

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