Buying! and SELLING!

Despite the foggy weather it’s been pretty jolly here on Planet Penny this weekend. I hope yours is being just as much fun.
Yesterday morning we set off to Holt in North Norfolk to the third Pick n’Mix Makers Market organised by Teena  of Kitschen Pink, and Lisa of Bobo Bun. The Church Hall was filled with not only beautiful things but with lovely people I have been gradually getting to know through the blogging world.

It was funny to be greeted by cries of ‘Planet Penny? You must be Higgins’ Mummy!’ There were a lot of people disappointed he didn’t put in an appearance, but I think he would have cramped our style a little. Emma from Silver Pebble was there, with a gorgeous display of her jewelry, and since she had asked me take along one of my Robins to buy, a little bargaining and bartering meant that she could go home with the Robin of her choice, and I had these wonderful earings.

I had gone with Christmas shopping in mind, but it’s going to be hard to part with this set of little notebooks from The Lapwing Printworks

– I actually need to write down my Cunning Plans – and this soap from Perfect Scents is heavenly.

Later on in the town we visited Verandah, a shop run by a co-operative of artists ( where I always want to spend too much money), and where I found these pottery Christmas decorations. 

 See how focused I am? Well there are only 34 days to go!

But I didn’t just spend money yesterday, I MADE some!  How amazing is that?  I actually sold FIVE Robins!  Why I have so little confidence in what I do that I have taken so long to get to grips with marketing it I don’t know. I think it’s the curse of working alone,  in a vacuum.  And although I’ve been gaining confidence thanks to all you lovely people and your positive feedback, I really needed to be shoved off that diving board so I could start swimming.  Special mention must go to Emma, and to Celia of Purple Podded Peas, and my fellow procrastinators!

And that wasn’t the end of it.   I got home to a request to buy one of my cushions!!


For the first time in a long time I ended the day richer than when I started!

So here I am, thinking positive.  I hope I can spread it around, there are lots of talented people in blogland hiding their lights under the proverbial bushel, you can do it too!

P.S.  This post took a little longer than intended.  Half way through, Higgins’ magic nose detected the sweetie Tim dropped down the side of the reclining armchair.  Have you ever tried to remove a dachshund from the inside of an armchair?  In another life, I’d have  Truffle Hound… In reality, a Jelly Bean Hound.  Probably just right for Planet Penny…

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About penny

I live in Norfolk, England in a cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads where it can be peaceful and beautiful, or wet and muddy, or occasionally wild and windswept. With me is husband Tim, Henry the elderly and opinionated tabby cat, and Higgins, the miniature dachshund with a massive personality. You’ll find me chattering on about wool and textiles, knitting and crochet, recipes, books and patterns, exhibitions and shopping and of course, the adventures of a small dog! Planet Penny has a Facebook Page, you can find me on UK Handmade and I am featured on Channel4/4Homes Favourite Craft Blog List.

13 thoughts on “Buying! and SELLING!

  1. Magic Cochin

    The last para made me laugh aloud (refuse to type L** Aaagh!) Higgins is a Badger Hound after all… a badger sett and an armchair are much the same when there’s a jelly bean to retrieve!

    Well done – great result for the day! And wow! to your purchases, that’s it! I think I need to hot-foot it to Verandah (Vanessa is already nudging me for new stock for her prints and cards display racks).


    Higgins makes such a cool mascot for your brand 😉

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  3. Carol

    Glad it was such a successful day for all you talented ladies. I am not surprised your robins flew away, they were lovely.
    Particularly like those handmade Christmas ornaments you purchased.
    Thanks to Higgins for giving us another laugh, can just imagine him, head down in the armchair, bottom in the air and his tail wagging like crazy!
    Carol xx

  4. Cissie

    I would love to buy one of your fair isle cushions, are they likely to be in your shop anytime soon? Please also give Higgins a kiss on the head from me. x

  5. Bobo Bun

    It was good to see you yesterday Penny, so glad you enjoyed your visit. thanks very much for your postive words on it all in your message. I thought it was the best so far too and I had a great day.

    I loved your Robins. I held Emma’s in my hand for a while. If I ever have any spare money and I notice you have one for sale I’ll be along to buy. Unfortunately drama lessons, music lessons and car tax are all asking for my fun spending money at the moment. How dull.


  6. Penelope

    What a fabulous weekend Penny, you certainly deserve all the sales and recognition you get. I wanted to make a folksy purchase but my bank balance said NO, so maybe next time I hope! I love your earings from silver pebble, really special.
    xxxP xox

  7. Suz in LA

    Loved the image you painted of Higgins hunting for the jelly bean in the recliner. Best giggle of the day!

  8. Crochet with Raymond

    Yay Penny! I’m not surprised in the slightest that you sold so many Robins and that someone wanted to buy that gorgeous ripple cushion! I love that picture of it, the colours are lovely.
    Yay for real and true craft markets, glad you had such a wonderful time!

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