QT Pie Baby

What’s your name?
Marissa Williams
What is the name of your business?
QT Pie Baby
How long have you been trading?
6 months
What products do you sell?
Baby Accessories – Canvas High Chairs, Silicone Feeding Pacifiers, Silicone Teething Necklaces, “Feed & Fold” Bibs
What sells the best?
Our Silicone Feeding Pacifiers & Canvas High Chairs
What markets do you trade at?
Kingscliff, Brunswick Heads, Burleigh and Broadbeach
How did it all begin?
Our market experience began when our baby Henry was born. Being down to one income in our family, we needed a way to make a little bit of extra money on the side (not millions, just a couple of hundred dollars a fortnight or so) to pay for little extras like swimming lessons for our baby. Through a lot of trial and error as first-time parents, we came across a few stand-out products that were so innovative, practical, inexpensive and fun – these products made parenting so much easier and were a real life-saver for us. We take our baby Henry (he’s now 12 months old) to all of our markets – he’s our best salesperson! Henry loves markets as they combine his two favourite things – waving “hello” to people and eating! Often we will sit Henry in a chair out the front of our stall (conveniently in one of the canvas high chairs that we happen to sell!) with his “Feed & Fold” bib (another one of our products!) and his silicone feeding pacifier (usually with mandarin in it).
What do you like most about being a stallholder?
I love interacting with our customers – many are first-time parents like myself and my husband. It’s really rewarding to be able to share our experience – such as with our silicone feeding pacifiers. I often tell customers the story of how I bought the mesh style feeder and why it didn’t work for me (way too unhygienic), and then show them the solution we found – these amazing silicone feeding pacifiers that fit wholly within the baby’s mouth (so less mess and easier for baby to feed themselves! ) and are dishwasher safe (so you know the product is clean and hygienic every single time!)!!!
What do you like least about being a stallholder?
Daylight savings – having to be at markets which are an hour away – yet having to leave two hours earlier to account for daylight savings!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In five years time, I will likely return to my “day job” as a flight attendant, but hope to still do the occasional market. My husband would answer the question differently though – he’d say “retired on a beach, having made millions from our baby products!”
What one piece of advice would you give to a new stallholder?
Markets are not a “get rich quick” sort of venture. It takes time to build your business – your brand awareness, your customer base etc. Often you work the entire day for a little “profit” but certainly no wage (at least not in our experience!)! Because of this, I make sure that whatever market we do, we do it as a family and we enjoy spending time together and have some fun. As you can see from the photos (with our son’s play-pen in the background) – it’s certainly a family affair!
Do you have a Facebook page you would like us to feature?
www.facebook.com/takotheteethingoctopus
Plus any other social media links like Twitter, Pinterest or LinkedIn?
Our new website is www.qtpiebaby.com.au
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