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The Surprisingly Productive Weekend at Jaya 33

It was yet another fun (albeit tiring towards the end because I was soooo hyper in the beginning) outing for Kinder Soaps at Jaya 33. Not only was I blessed with surpassing my initial sales target, I even completed a labour of love that has taken me about half a year to finally bring to fruition. I know this will sound boastful, but it really IS visually stunning.

Making new friends is by far the best thing about setting up stall at the bazaar for me. This time around, I shared the rental of a stall with these two lovely aunties, the Madams Tan (the taller one is Helen, and her sister is Mrs Wong):

The Madams Tan, who ran a knitting and haberdashery shop at Jaya Supermarket for 35 years until the building was closed for renovations.
The Madams Tan, who ran a knitting and haberdashery shop at Jaya Supermarket for 35 years until the building was closed for renovations.

They even had _their_ 89-year-old mother drop by the bazaar! This spritely great-grandma was a joy to watch, as she was almost perpetually smiling and walking around so briskly. She speaks Hokkien though, so I failed at having a proper conversation with her.

The Madams Tan and their lovely mother
The Madams Tan and their lovely mother

Here are a few more photos of what my stall looked like.

The upper shelf
The upper shelf

‘Specialty’ soaps (for face and for babies), the lucky draw basket and the general catch-all surface. Using the narrow shelf on the right created precious display space that was also attractive to look at.

The lower shelf
The lower shelf

For the rest of my soap selection. Decided to place the soap in neat stacks, as opposed to the messy-on-purpose piles I did last round. I think I’ll keep to this arrangement from now on. :p

My business card plus sample for handing out
My business card plus sample for handing out

This was an instant hit with customers and passers-by. Noone who walked away holding it was without a smile. I’m glad you all liked it! It would also be awesome if you could e-mail me and tell me what you think of the little sample, as it is a new recipe I have just tried and I’m deciding whether or not to make it en masse for sale. Thanks.

In between speaking with customers, there was ample time to read my book, Awaken The Giant Within, chat with my neighbours–and on Saturday, I finally hunkered down to finish my long-overdue paper-cutting project:

My first paper cutting project - a peacock
My first paper cutting project - a peacock

My stall was on the fringe of the bazaar area, along the major walkway directly in front of True Fitness’ main doors–a great spot to be placed at because of the high traffic flow there. So when there weren’t many people about and I sat down to peck away at my project with my craft knife, people invariably came over very close to see what I was doing. It was an excellent conversation starter, and yet another way for me to connect with strangers.

When I was trimming off the last little feathers and bits of the peacock’s legs to release the design from the A4 sheet it was cut from, I was grinning from ear to ear while being SUPER CAREFUL not to tear anything! It was such a thrill to know that I had well and truly completed a project that I started, even though it has taken this long to do. I didn’t give in to laziness, which I think I am wont to do. Go me! :p

There were a couple of things I managed to observe over the course of the weekend, but I have to leave that for another post, when I can actually see my computer screen clearly. :p Good night, and once again, thank you all so much for your kind support for what I do.

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  1. I loved the Cocoa Body Butter! Haven’t got to the soaps yet, but I’m sure that they’d be just as fabulous! Glad to note that your stint at Jaya 33 was a success!

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