Raggedy Bits by Sam Hay

What’s your name?
Sam Hay
What is the name of your business?
Raggedy Bits
How long have you been trading?
On and off for 18 years, now full time as of October 2014!
What products do you sell?
Re purposed and Collected Vintage Home Decor
What sells the best?
Hand painted and restored furniture
What markets do you trade at?
Leura First Sunday Markets, Blaxland Saturday Markets, Glenbrook Rotary Markets, Rivergum Cottage Markets, Windsor Mall Sunday Markets and Belgenny Farm Markets
How did it all begin?
Raggedy Bits all began nearly 20 years ago when my son was born. I was a stay at home mum who just loved and still does, everything handmade! I started going to markets as my little man got older. Back then it was all country craft and folk art! These days it is chalk paint and re purposing! What better way than to give something dear to you a new lease on life to enjoy for many more years to come instead of ending up as landfill!!
What do you like most about being a stallholder?
It’s so nice when you see something old and tattered and straight away know what your going to do with it to bring it back to life and even more rewarding when your customers eyes light up with joy and big smiles!
Also friendships that I have developed doing markets, via facebook and through my website is priceless not only with customers but also with other stall holders.
What do you like least about being a stallholder?
As I re purpose a lot of furniture it is a tough gig if some markets don’t have access to where your stall is by car and you have to carry it a mile or two!!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I hope to have a studio set up at home to be able to display all of my goodies and also hold painting classes.
Any funny stories to share about your time as a stallholder?
The very first market that I did rained and came in sideways under the marquee. There was nothing I could do except stand there and cop it on the chin as the storm came in really quick. Lots of stock was lost that day but I saw the funny side of it and didn’t let it stop me from doing what I love!!
What one piece of advice would you give to a new stallholder?
Smile! Even if your having an awful day!!
Do you have a Facebook page you would like us to feature?
www.facebook.com/RaggedyBits
Plus any other social media links like Twitter, Pinterest or LinkedIn?
https://twitter.com/RaggedyBits
https://instagram.com/raggedybits/
https://www.pinterest.com/raggedybits/
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