Market: Wonder Hill Market
Reviewer: Robyn Parker from Folksy shop Archie Mac
Venue: Tooting Tram and Social, Tooting Broadway, London
Dates: Saturday October 26th November and Sunday 27th November 2013
Cost of stall: £55 for both dates
Entrance fee: Free
Footfall: 310-350 on each day
Organisation: Very well organised. Nattie and the rest of the team are lovely and respond to queries quickly.
Sales: Not good for me, but some others seemed to do ok.
Would you do it again: It’s not for me but lots of sellers are regulars.
A close-up of my Archie Mac stall at Wonder Hill
Wonder Hill Market is held in the beautiful setting of the Tooting Tram and Social on Tooting Broadway, south-west London. It’s a gorgeous Victorian tram shed spread across two floors. The market is all on the ground floor now, and there’s a seated area where tea and cake can be enjoyed upstairs. Being less than a two-minute walk from Tooting Broadway underground station, the Tram and Social is very easy to get to – if you can find it, that is! The venue is nestled away behind other buildings on the high street, and if you don’t know it’s there, it could be very easy to miss. Saying that, Wonder Hill had this covered (at least on the second date) by dispatching someone to point people in the right direction with a sign on a placard.
Wonder Hill attracts a wide variety of sellers. Stalls can be found offering jewellery, art prints, textile products and knitted toys, among other things. François from Folksy shop bonsoaps can often be found at Wonder Hilll, selling delicious smelling natural soaps that look good enough to eat. Rodology, another regular seller, makes and sells curious pieces of jewellery constructed from watch mechanisms, and Knits and Peaces were also there offering their cute-as-a-button knitted toys. There were screen-printed textiles from Jonna Saarinen, and Steph from A Shine To It bought a touch of summer to the proceedings with her beautiful floral headbands.
Two of the other sellers at Wonder Hill: bonsoaps and A Shine To It
There were almost 350 customers through the doors on each day that I sold at Wonder Hill, many of them young families or young couples. There’s a lovely atmosphere in the Tram and Social on Wonder Hill days. They have a knack for booking incredible live music, but I do feel that maybe, enjoyable as the music undoubtedly is, it kind of detracts from the buying side of things. The music’s pretty loud, which makes it hard to talk to customers, and by the afternoon I felt like it had become the main focus of the event. Saying that, the music does add an extra dimension to Wonder Hill, making it more than your average craft market and this is really reflected in the atmosphere.
Knits and Peaces, and their wonderful knitted toys
Nattie and Kiki who organise the market seem to work extremely hard to put together a really well-run event, and their passion for promoting new crafters shows through. I felt that maybe a bit more could be done on the advertising side, perhaps some more listings in local press could help to boost footfall, although they do have a strong presence on social media platforms.
I won’t be returning to Wonder Hill as a seller. I think that perhaps my cushions at £40-£50 just aren’t suited to markets and have heard from other sellers that it was the lower-priced of their items that sold best. I will definitely be visiting Wonder Hill again as a customer though, as listening to the live music and checking out the always interesting items on offer really is a lovely way to spend a Sunday.