Swan Market | Rotterdam | 2.8.15
Being part of Swan Market was a small dream of mind and now I’m so glad to say that I’ve accomplished it after going through quite a few ups and downs to make it happen successfully. Not to brag… But seriously who does this kind of thing on a holiday… I’m so cool… Hahaha… Mmm… hurhur
Anyways, the first of two markets that I did with my cousin, Bettina… Was a real test of my skills and patience.
We had two days to bake at her’s friend’s place. And how glad I was that I had made that decision of time allocated for baking… Because the first half of the day was an utter disaster. We had forgotten to bring the flour that was left in my aunt’s car, then the battery ran out for the weighing scale and the oven which was supposedly bigger and better, was a mystery I had to solve as soon as possible in terms of its settings. Then the first two cakes didn’t rise enough which caused me a bit of a mental meltdown. Fortunately, after I took a break to calm myself down, everything worked itself out in the end. I was pretty exhausted afterward but like any other event I’ve done, all my efforts was worth it!
Setting up the stall was very simple. Large wooden planks formed the tables so a table cloth seemed so unnecessary. I lined up the cakes in two rows, placed the flowers to fill up the spaces and done!
Our stall fitted in very nicely with the rest. The market was filled with so many wonderful stalls selling food, homemade trinkets, vintage wares, clothes etc. I personally bought quite a lot of things… Scarves (my crazy obsession), jewelry, a bag and wooden buntings. Self-control was pretty difficult!
People were very generous with their kind words, praising the look of our table and the cakes on it. Some devoured our cakes on the spot and had nothing but kind and generous word to say. It was very encouraging!
At the end of the day, we were tired but also felt extremely proud of ourselves of what we managed to accomplish considering our initial issues and circumstances.
Swan Market | The Hague | 16.8.15
To be honest, I enjoyed this market much more than the last. I don’t know if it was because my other cousin Brian joined the fun or because the customers here were even friendlier and more enthusiastic with their purchases, but it was such a fun day! Bettina and I have every intention of setting up a cafe in the Netherlands and we felt that The Hague seemed the best choice. This market reaffirmed our choice and hopefully, I would be able to call this lovely city home.
Preparation for this market went much smoother than the previous. We decided to bake from Bettina’s home, even if we only had two small ovens that took quite long to bake. We figured we would take the risk seeing how it was seemingly much more convenient and economical to do so. And thankfully we did as we finished everything on schedule and was more well-rested for Market day. Clearing up after so far has been a bit slow as the next day we were in much needed recovery mode… haha…
Our stall at Swan Market nearly didn’t happen and I’m so glad it did. It was such an eye-opening experience as a stall owner and a dream as a shopper. I wanted to buy so many things! If you are in the Netherlands, you must check it out. They open on some Sundays throughout the year in different cities so do check their website for updates! Hopefully I will have the chance to be part of it again someday soon.