I’m primary an online seller, but I can’t resist participating in a SJMADE market because of the sharp social media campaigns they put on for their vendors and the impressive venues they make available to us. If there’s any kind of festival in town, SJMADE usually has vendors there. You’ll find them at San Jose’s foodie/shop local place, San Pedro Square Market, Westfield Valley Fair, one of the largest malls in Northern California, and my favorite, Whole Foods.
Here’s how SJ Made describes themselves:
San Jose Made (SJMADE) is a platform for creative entrepreneurship. Our projects, centered in San Jose, CA, create and support pop-up concepts, operator-owned business, and local goods.
They’re about so much more, including San Jose pride, the shop local movement, and championing creativity. Most of their markets mix a crafts show vibe with a farmer’s market.
I sent them a photo of my wares, and they blended it into their branding for this weekend’s market. SJMadeFallSeries
If everything goes as planned, I expect to be moving in December or January. I know, it seems like the worst possible time to move. My To Do list is off the charts! I’m a very organized person, but what never makes my To Do lists are items like adjusting to new surroundings, time spent going through boxes looking for stuff, missing my favorite coffee place, and (what is a very big deal for me), not having a place to make cold process soap for a while.
So many things I love come together in soap making: design, the nuances of fragrances, chemistry, and a challenge with each and every attempt. There’s always another design technique or oil or color combination to try. And there’s always the mystery of how room temperature and humidity impact the soap, and how long it will take to cure (finish making itself into soap while it sits on a shelf).
More things I love come together with marketing soap: writing, photography, page arrangements, and the chance to communicate with customers and find out what they want and need in a soap.
For now, I’m going to have to content myself with the marketing part and making bath and body items that don’t need lye in my kitchen.
Up until now I’ve been making soap in my garage studio where I haven’t had to worry too much about spills. But with an eye to the future, there’s talk of building a soap studio from scratch at the new house…
My soon to be old soap studio