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Information for Makers

PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS FOR MARCH 2022 ARE DUE TO OPEN IN JANUARY 2022
Thanks for your interest in Super Seconds Saturday! Are you a maker who is interesting in joining in? Great! You can find out more below! If you have any further questions, please get in touch with Sophie from Ink & Bear, who is the organiser of Super Seconds Saturday. I'm available on sophie@inkandbear.co.uk or over on Instagram (www.instagram.com/inkandbear).

Who can get involved in Super Seconds Saturday? 
Super Seconds Saturday is for independent businesses who make/design their own work - the event was set up by Ink & Bear as a response to a lack of fairs in 2020 where makers were unable to sell seconds/misprints at stalls like we normally would! This is the perfect opportunity to sell off seconds/misprints/old stock - the only stipulation to get involved is that you're an indie business owner who designs/makes their own work and that you can offer discounts!

This online fair will be accessed through this website and makers will be added to categories; categories will include jewellery, ceramics, prints, art & cards, kids stuff, fabric goods & accessories, homeware and marvellous makers (for those who make a bit of everything or don't fit in the categories above!). Check out some of the makers below involved last October. 
How do I get involved?
Thank you for your interest in Super Seconds Saturday for March 2022. The joining form for makers will open in January 2022 via my newsletter and spots will be offered to makers on a first come, first served basis! Spots filled up quickly last time (especially for printmakers and marvellous makers who sell a bit of everything) so if you're interested please sign up to my newsletter (link here!and keep your eyes peeled for the link which I will share to my newsletter subscribers first! Please sign up to the Ink & Bear Newsletter (link here!) to keep in the loop.

I think spots will go quickly! So to enable makers to be prepared in the best way possible I have popped some top tips below and an idea of what info I will need from you (your spot is only confirmed when I have the form AND the £16 joining fee to my Paypal account):





























 

1.

Please have 2 square photos ready to submit (one of your products/a sample product and one of yourself)- the product photo will be used for Instagram promotion on Ink & Bear's page and the catalogue. To see examples of good photos please see the examples of makers' product photos on this page. Please make sure you submit a photo you're happy with as it will be tricky to change this later! (NB - I only need a photo of you if you are planning to be on a panel (see point 6) or would like to do an IGTV). 

3.

Be ready with a 100 character bio. The form will ask you to provide a brief description (up to 100 characters) to be used as a tagline. Please see the catalogue from last February for examples of this. 

5.

Have your Paypal account and Google account signed in and ready to go. Your spot isn't confirmed until I've received the fee and your Google form!

2.

Be ready with the info the form needs! The form will ask you for your Instagram page, email address and your chosen category.

4.

Know which website you'd like to send buyers to. Get your website address ready with where you'd like buyers to land. *More important info on this below!

6.

Have a think about whether you'd like to join a Zoom panel this year and what topic you might be able to help with a Q&A on (e.g. top tips for SSS, Etsy tips, etc.). The panels are to help other makers to prepare for Super Seconds Saturday (this is a fabulous opportunity to promote your business as well!). 

*Last time makers really liked having a Super Seconds Saturday landing page (e.g. https://jenniesergeantdesigns.co.uk/pages/super-seconds-saturday) with more info on. If you'd like to do this please make sure you include the exact link you'd like to send people to. Please note that buyers will be accessing your site in the month before Super Seconds Saturday to plan their shopping list for the big day - so it makes sense to add info/sneak previews on a specific landing page so they know what to expect! Please note that whilst makers who sell only on Instagram via stories/DM/Posts will be ok to take part, this isn't encouraged as a way of selling as many buyers have fed back that they find this a tricky way to buy!
What do I get as a maker involved in Super Seconds Saturday?
There is a £16 joining fee to get involved as a maker - for the joining fee you'll be:
  • Featured as a maker on this website under categories (e.g. jewellery, ceramics, prints and cards, etc.). Please note that the sooner you sign up the better, as I will be listing makers in the order they apply under each category. There will be up to 250 makers involved - ionce a category is filled up I will be closing each category. 
  • Access to a private Facebook group for makers to support each other in the run up to the event - this is a great peer to peer network! This private group will include top tip videos/info and a space to ask as many questions as you like about Super Seconds Saturday!
  • Promoted on Ink & Bear's Instagram as being involved in Super Seconds Saturday - via stories and/or posts.
  • An opportunity to get involved in Instagram Lives in the run up to help promote your business - this will be done on a raffle basis if lots of people want to get involved!
  • The perfect opportunity to save on waste, sell off old stock and make some room. Makers also said it was the perfect testing bed for new ideas as they knew they had a space to sell testers! Last time 75% of makers (from a survey of 121 makers involved in Super Seconds Saturday in Feb 2021) said that they made more sales than they were expecting!
  • Learning opportunities - Access to feedback after the event about what worked and what could have been improved so you can learn for future events!
  • An opportunity to be involved with a wonderful, supportive group of indie makers! We collectively will use a hashtag to bring us together through an Instagram challenge in the run up, and then on the day so buyers have the website and Instagram as a way to find bargains!
What makers said about being involved last time:

75% of makers made more sales than they expected

​80% of makers had more website visits than they expected

"The group morale, the build up, community vibe, being a part of something special and something important to independent makers!"

@amberwardart

"It gave me the opportunity to sell things I've had languishing for ages. It was really well structured. I felt supported and loved the community aspect. Plus I made loads of sales!" 

@themoonandthefurrow

"Brilliant community spirit, so fab having the Zooms in the run up as so many great tips to help get sorted, SOOOOO well organised!!!!!"

@melwickham

"Excellent promotion, lead up and buzz about it. Felt like doing an in-person market. Faultless organisation and support, absolutely loved it!"

@rosiejohnsonillustrates

How does it work as a seller?

Once the catalogue is created in September you'll be added to the catalogue with a photo and a link to your website/Etsy (wherever you'd like to direct people!)-  buyers will buy from you direct via your preferred methods.
Once you're on the website buyers will be able to find you from the catalogue - the best way to boost your sales is to promote your involvement beforehand via Instagram, Facebook, newsletters, etc. There will be a Facebook group for Sophie, and other makers, to support each other in coming up with ways to increase visibility. This is all about collaboration over competition and we'll be working together as a community of indie makers to help each other!
Can I join in from overseas?
Of course, the more the merrier! But please be aware that the majority of the audience for Super Seconds Saturday are UK based so please consider postage and the impact of a UK audience prior to joining in.