Tuesday, May 31, 2011

♫to market to market....♫

I've become a bit of a market addict lately, there are so many around Perth now and all vary in quality, products and numbers through the door.

I've bought everything from cupcakes, curry, clips and clothes! This is just a few of my tips for when you head to the markets.

1. Set your budget! It's very tempting to go overboard once you see all those cute items, new products and sweet treats.

2. Head off early or towards the end. Some products sell out early in the day but I've also grabbed some bargains in the last hour of shopping.

3. Do a looking lap. My first lap I just look at what everyone has so I don't blow my whole budget on the first aisle!

4. Try and do it pram free. Some locations are not pram friendly or there isn't much space in each aisle, great opportunity for the other half to spend some quality bonding time with the kids while you go browse or use a baby carrier.

5. Take along a reuasable bag, cuts costs for the stall & saves the environment 1 bag at a time!

What catches my eye at a stall

1. Bright, clear signage on the stalls. Love to see the names clearly as it leaves an impression and I go looking for them online later.

2. Friendly looking stallholders. Sometimes the people behind the counter look bored so I just walk past.

3. Clearly priced items. Makes it much easier as a buyer to browse especially at busy stalls where there are a lot of people trying to get the stall holders attention.

4. Have a market day special! Lots of the time the prices at stalls are the same as online if thats always the way I'd rather pay for postage than head out to a busy market with 3 kids! Maybe try for something different to get extra attention, a Facebook likers special where they can mention they are a liker and get something on special, have a different special for each hour of the day or give every buyer a raffle ticket with purchase and draw a winner later on your facebook page/blog.  Have some fun!

5. Lots of stalls now offer wrapped lollies/lollipops to people but how about doing something a bit different? Make up some printed labels to add to the sweets so you are remembered or get balloons made up with your logo, your stall will stand out with helium balloons or kids walking around holding balloons with your logo & will be remembered long after they leave the market.

6. Don't clutter. You might have 20 different patterns of one thing but just put a few out and let people know you have others if they want to see them or as they sell restock.

7. Go for different heights. Add some boxes under your table cloth so when people are walking by they can see everything you have plus its much more eye catching. Use baskets, stands, a pretty piece of furniture, showcase some items on an antique frame or a favourite piece of clothing on a mannequin.

8. Keep your business card in easy reach and add it in with puchases

9. Keep a pack of wipes handy in case a child heads your way covered in cupcake (is my #2)

10. and finally! Try and offer something unique, even if its something you won't sell that can be a centrepiece for your market like your 'couture' piece. A way out their headpiece or clothing item that attracts attention or becomes a talking point, something fun to use your imagination for!

Just thought of another one so #11. Have a mirror!!! My girls love to try hats, headbands, clips etc and see how it looks on them but noone ever has a mirror!

There are lots of markets around and not all are created equal, visit the ones near you before you decide which one is right for you.

Most of all for buyers and sellers have fun! Chat to everyone as the handmade community are a pretty friendly bunch!

Feel free to add any comments of tips you have as either a market goer or stall holder.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Beyond 2000 winners....

Madeleine Hair Design Princess hair pack winner Kimberlee Tan

Cuskiboo winner Jayne

Cuski Pillow winner Cynthia Tatters

Candy Goldsmith winner Felicity Guthrie

Smiley Tots winner Angela Schofield
Speady winner Sarah Bray

Jellybean books 1 winner Evelina Dobrowolski

Jellybean books 2 winner Luke Vu

Cherry Blossom Wigs Bebe Doo winner Rebecca Peters

Cherry Blossom Wigs Headband winner Natasha McIntosh

Burlesque & Pin Up Couture winner Amy Gormley

Sunny Beez winner Melanie De La Garde

Monkeys Over the Moon winner Felicity Caratti

Steve Christides photography winner Rochelle Hooper

Dozey Boo winner Christina Matthewson

Tara Trewhella print winner Nicole Ward

Sosi winner Rachel Griffiths

Inspired Accessories Apron winner Leila Matthews

Ooh La Liza stickers winner Theresa D'Souza

Princess Peanuts Closet voucher winner Bianca Dunn

For the Love of Paper plaque winner Candice Ecclestone

PHEW!!! As much as I love doing giveaways ones this big is full on! Thanks for our record number of entries, thanks for all the fantastic businesses taking part and special thanks to my kids for sleeping when I need to type!

I could never imagine getting to 2000 likers so 2500 seems impossible but if we get there we will do it all again!

Hope you enjoyed. Winners please feel free to contact the businesses about your prize or later on I will email them to let them know your email addresses to contact you :) CONGRATS!

**CUSKIBOO & CUSKI PILLOW WINNERS these prizes are coming from the UK to me so once they arrive I will send them on to you, no need to contact cuski unless you want to thank them after receiving them ;) **

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Beyond 2000!

I can't believe how quickly this has come but I'm not complaining as it's lots of fun showing you great stores and fabulous prizes!

We have a huge amount this time and its taken me all weekend to do it so let's get started!

First, you don't have to do all the questions, just the ones you want to win. Please send all the answers for the ones you want to win in ONE email to caprice@y7mail.com & please don't share answers as each business deserves your support. Entries close Monday 23rd May at 11.59pm and will be drawn (hopefully) on Tuesday the 24th May and posted on the blog (link posted on Facebook).

Some of the businesses answers are found on Facebook and some on their Webpages, whichever it is will be hyperlinked in their business name above their questions. Prizes come directly from the business and Bub & Moo hold no responsibility for lost, damaged or not sent items.

If you make a purchase from one of the businesses this week you get a bonus entry. Please advise if you do with your entry email or if the purchase is made after your questions just email through saying you have.

Madeleine Designs Hair Accessories
Picture #2 in the prize album

1. In the "personalised clippies" album what is the letter on the personalised set?
2. Which number picture is your favourite in the New Boutique Beanie Designs Album?
3. In the Clippie Bonanza~March 2011 what is written about fairies on one of the pictures?

Cuskiboo from Cuski
Picture #3 in the prize album

1. Cuskiboo is the ONLY baby comforter approved by who in the UK?
2. What does 'Cuski' mean?
3. What 3 colours do the organic cuski's come in?

Cuski pillow from Cuski, answers found at The Sleep Store
Picture #4 in the prize album

1. How much do you save when buying the Cuski 2 pack?
2. How much can you currently save on the ERGO baby carriers?
3. In the baby's white noise & music section what are 2 household appliances you can get the noise of on CD?

Candy Goldsmith Art and Photography
Picture #5 in the album (only available it Perth)

1. What is included in the half day shoot on location?
2. What is the cost of a one hour studio shoot?
3. If you wanted a 16x20 inch picture how much would it cost for Candy to print it for you?

Smiley Tots Clothing
Picture #6 in the prize album

1. What size is the Hearts skirt in the Old Stock Clearout Sale!!! album?
2. What is the name of the doll that was the only one left after the markets and was looking for a loving home?
3. Name 2 of the prints available in the boys shorts.

Speady Entertainment
Picture #7 in the prize album

1. How much is the Dinky Dragon costume?
2. If you wanted to make a really BIG cupcake, how much would the pan cost you?
3. In the womens costumes which fairytake costume can you find?

Jelly Bean Books
Picture #8 in the prize album

1. In the Justice League Giant Personalised book which villain are they after?
2. What price is Shipping on the Deluxe Personalised Children's Books?
3. How much is the My Baby Book?

Jelly Bean Books'
Picture #9 in the Prize Album

1. Jelly Bean Books was a great supporter of Joel, what soccer team does Joel play for?
2. What store has Christine started to sell her own handcrafted items? (look for the ponchos)
3. Name one of the stores that made an outfit for Julia for Christmas.

Cherry Blossom Wigs
Picture #10 in the Prize Album

1. What hair colours do the bebe doos come in?
2. In the Bella Curls Colour Chart album what colour is photo #10?
3. The album Hairpiece Collection, photo #16 what is the name of that design?

Cherry Blossom Wigs
Picture #11 in the prize Album

1. How much are the Amber Piggy tails?
2. How many hairpieces have 'wiglet' in their title?
3. How many bow colours are available in the Bebe doos?

Burlesque and Pin Up Couture
Picture #12 in the Prize Album

1. In the BORDELLO - THE ULTIMATE SEDUCTION FOOT WEAR album what colour shoe is
picture #20?
2. What sizes does the Chemise in picture #10 of the Blushing Bridal album come in?
3. What fruit is pictured on some of the shoes in the Pin-up Couture Retro Foot Wear album?

Sunny Beez
Picture #13 in the Prize Album

1. In the Friday the 13th clearance album what coloured flower is on the bow in photo #48?
2. Check out the New Samples album, what colour is the Korker in photo #7?
3. What is the email address to get in contact with Sunny Beez?

Monkeys over the Moon
Picture #14 in the Prize Album

1. What type of ship is in photo 1 of the Designs on the Go album?
2. What fabric is used in the rainbow in one of the tops in the Completed Monkeys Over The Moon April/May 2011 designs album?
3. If you look at the 'info' section of Monkeys Over the Moon's Facebook page where does it say their location is?

Steve Christides Photography (Perth)
Picture #15 in the Prize Album

1. Cake smashes are so much fun! How much is it to do one with Steve Christides Photography?
2. In the Babies album what bub is in picture #9?
3. Who's maternity shoot did Steve do in July 2010?

Dozey Boo
Picture #16 in the Prize Album

1. How much are the gorgeous crocheted toy balls?
2. What percentage can you save off the Summer items?
3. In the Girl's Winter Dresses, size 4 album what is the name of the pinny in picture 3?

Tara Trewhella Photography
Picture #17 in the Prize Album

1. In the Street Photos album what is picture #23 of?
2. What dance studio did Tara do a shoot for?
3. In the 2010.04.15 Macros album what is next to the flower in picture #4?

Picture #18 in the Prize Album

1. Name 3 brands Sosi stocks?
3. What is one of the designs in the Cheeki stainless steel mugs?

Inspired Accessories
Picture #19 in the Prize Album

1. Of course Moo Man is my favourite apron, which one is yours?
2. In the headband album what is on the White lace headband in picture #25?
3. In the Fotos of Fans album who is celebrating their 7th birthday with an Inpired Accessories headband?

Ohh La Liza
Picture #20 in the Prize Album

1. If you wanted a customised one piece long sleeve for your little one how much would it cost?
2. For $12.00 + postage how many customised name stickers would you get?
3. What do you get in the Special Occasion, Birthday Sets?

Princess Peanut's Closet
Picture # 21 in the Prize Album

1. How many gift vouchers are Princess Peanut's Closet giving away in their 500 likes competition?
2. Whats the photographers business name that took the photograph for the Princess Peanut's Closet Profile Picture?
3. One of the Newborn Peanut Pettiskirts is called ...... yellow?

For the love of Paper
Picture #22 in the Prize Album

1. In the Papers Available album what is on paper #8?
2. 'A' Category Frames album how wide is the frame in photo #6?
3. How much can you get a frame for in the grand opening special?

Goodluck to everyone!

Millaruby, who's going to have a lucky girl?

Someone is going to have a VERY happy girl when this arrives on their doorstep.

The winner is.....

Wendy Hatton!!! Huge congrats Wendy, there were so many entries.

If you could please email Caddie from Millaruby on aaroncaddie5@bigpond.com

Now that one is over its on to our HUGE 2000 liker giveaway which will start whenever I get the massive amount of questions done tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Agoo pay it forward winners announced!

Well those fabulous girls over at Agoo blew me away with their generosity after announcing that EVERYONE was getting a prize plus 3 major winners!

Cooper & Campbell chose the kids nominated by Yana B, Alyssha Paul and Cindy Fairey. Hope they love their surprises!

Just need these people to email Agoo with their nominees addresses

· Mel – posted by Caprice

· Rebekah Taylor

· Xmas Angels

· Barebelliedyeoh

· Claire

· Alyssha Paul

· Cubbie

· Wundergurl

· Annabelle

· Cindy Fairey

· Ozmum3boys

Email address is  sales@agoo.com.au

Thanks so much Agoo for letting me be a part of something so wonderful xx

Friday, May 6, 2011

Millaruby giveaway!!

Millaruby Designs is located in Perth, if you are over here and get to the Kids Markets you maybe have seen their fabulous items at Market Girl and Perth Upmarket.

These days on facebook handmade could mean anything so people begin to doubt quality but at Millaruby you will always find well made items with great attention to detail.

In our collection we have a gorgeous Millaruby pinny that will soon be going through my second daughter and still looks as good as new and for my youngest one of their owls which sell like hotcakes at the markets!

Caddie from Millaruby has offered a fantastic prize just for Bub & Moo blog readers and its simple to enter! To win this gorgeous pinafore below with matching brooch, hair accessories or necklace valued at $40.00 you just have to link your status to Millaruby, maybe you could say what you would like to get, what you have already bought or just tell your friends to head over there and have a look. Make sure you hit the little padlock under the status and change it to 'everyone' for it to show up on the wall to count your entry.

Entries close Sunday the 15th May 2011 at 7pm.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Last minute Mother's Day presents!!

You didn't forget did you? Is Mum in another state? Well here's a way to get a gift to her (or yourself) without having to drag the kids to the shop and line up at the post office! YAY to online shopping!

Rudy and the Dodo are located in Sydney and have a wide range of gifts that are a bit different for those that have everything. This Babushka Tote Bag ($34.95) is a huge 48cm x 36cm and perfect for a day out shopping or as a beach bag, there are other designs and sizes available. I also love the personalised prints like the 'family rules' and the 'love word chart'. There's also plenty of B's ~ bus scrolls, boxes and baskets! Check them out in the Stuff for Home section.

Moving on to Gifts for My Girl. It's hard to know where to start on this site as there are WAY to many lovely items that you will want for yourself. To help you out they have a Mother's Day Gifts category with prices from $9.95 up to $174.95. I love the MOR products, mmmm marshmellow or check out the gorgeous herringbone silk scarf on sale from $64.95 down to $19.95! Bargain! Free gift wrapping and a delivery fee of only $8.95 per order.

Moving on to Lifestyle Ensemble (Victoria) who have a massive 12 pages of Mother's Day Gift ideas! I'd love this shower cap ($24.50) especially if it came with a shower without 3 little girls in the bathroom with me! Oh how I miss long, hot showers.

In WA check out Home Addiction. I am not the greatest of cooks but I like to have every appliance available, the best pots and pans I can afford and some sharp knives (with each new purchase I blame something else for my cooking, it's now our old ovens fault!!). Free delivery on any order over $100. I'm sure with this little set to set me up I would soon be a Masterchef in the making! This 4 piece Scanpan set was $1025 but now down to $449.95! I'd even get out of bed and make breakfast Mother's Day morning if this is what arrived!

If you leave your gift really, really late you could always head to Red Balloon and choose Mum a gift in the appropriate state. Learn to cook Japanese, Sail the seas or jump out of a perfectly fine aeroplane! You could also try your luck on the coupon pages, Scoopon has pamper packages, meals and accomodation available in nearly every state or try Jump On It or Deals.com.au  to see which has the best deal at the moment for your city.

Last but not least, if all else fails there is always flowers. Interflora have some beautiful arrangements for Mother's Day and deliver all over the world.

Or Edible Blooms for a bouquet that might or might not last longer. They offer same day delivery.
Whatever you decide I hope you spend the day with those most important to you ♥

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh