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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In the Neighborhood



Another bazaar just took place in my neighborhood last Saturday. Regardless of my fear of the rain and no one would be available to assist me, my positive thinking fuelled my determination to participate. I regarded it as a good opportunity to improve my baking skills, meet face-to-face with my previous bazaar costumers and get to know new ones.



The experience of meeting customers always amazed me. From the second they came into my sight until the second they left my booth, I had learnt so much about them. It was interesting to notice that some came decisive - they basically dropped by spontaneously and instantly pointed their fingers to their desired cakes without even addressing any single question about the flavor of the cakes they chose. These were my best customers! (wished that all my customers would have such confidence in my cakes but unfortunately it was not always the case)... To the opposite extreme, they were those who walked away empty-handed after a long session of questioning every single detail about the cakes.



Nevertheless, I loved selling cakes in the bazaar. Despite the lack of sleep a few nights before had induced drowsiness while I was standing at my booth, I forced myself to stay alert and communicate with my customers. Obviously my neighborhood consists of people from all walks of like. Some bought without asking about the price while others left after presenting startled faces when told about the price of my cakes.



And of course the rain did pour as I had worried about, and I and T had to carry our cake boxes under the rain, plus other discomfort happened such as T had to leave to his seminar soon after helping me settling up my booth, but still the whole selling experience was fulfilling and satisfactory. 75% of my 7 cakes were sold out!



And yes, before I forgot.... in case you are curious... the 7 cakes were 1 Sacher Torte, 1 Coconut Cheese Cake with Butterscoth topping, 1 Coconut Cheese Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Almond Decoration, 1 Capuccino Cheese Cake, 1 Blueberry and Strawberry Cheese Cake, 1 Fresh Fruit Chocolate Whipped Cream Cake, and 1 Fresh Fruit Blueberry Whipped Cream Cake.



I did hope my customers enjoy what they bought... And I would definitely take part in this bazaar again next time!

31 comments:

  1. Such fun! Selling your own stuff! That must be an intriguing experience no doubt... the cakes look amazing.

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  2. I can't imagine leaving your booth empty handed! Each one of your cakes is worth every penny! They all serve a dual purpose...before enjoying the delicious dessert, the cake can be set on the table and enjoyed as a work of art! :) BEAUTIFUL work, Kris!

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  3. Splendid! Those cakes are just simply to die for!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Kris, your decorating skills are amazing! I know what you mean about surprised looks of customers. I used to sell few products at a local farmers' market and there were always few people who thought my prices were too high. Some were not really polite about it.

    Happy bakin'!

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  5. I would love to visit you at your bazaar, the problem would be picking just one cake to take home.
    Mimi

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  6. Ouah!! C'est magnifique!! =)
    Un grand bravo pour tes superbes photos..
    Bonne soirée

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  7. Stunning work, Kris! I would definitely be on of the people to ask a lot about them and would certainly leave with at least a slice of each kind! :o)

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  8. These are just amazing, how creatively gorgeous

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  9. Is bad to live away from your neighborhood, as an incipient baker myself I take in a very seriously way the decoration part, I wold totally buy cake (photo) number 1, or number 2, perhaps number 5 too. You did such a great job, as always.

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  10. Your cakes are always divine!
    People are odd, aren't they? They don't trust a good thing when they see it!

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  11. Wow, what a great job you did. Those cakes are gorgeous, you should open a pastry shop.

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  12. Oh Kris, those are beautiful cakes! I would have a hard time deciding which one to buy, I love them all. I will be starting to sell in the weekend market here too starting the first weekend of November and I'm getting excited reading your experience selling.

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  13. Kris, not sure what happened, but I left a comment and then something appeared to have gone wrong, so I have no idea if it arrived or not... In either case; I love all your cakes!

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  14. Beautiful, beautiful cakes! I'd probably would have ended up buying a piece of each :-) Too bad I'm not in your neighbourhood...

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  15. Those cakes look gorgeous. I would have bought them all!! LOL! Recipes please :)

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  16. I love looking at the pictures when you go to a bazaar. You truely are gifted! Your cakes draw sighs! The way you describe customers it would seem people are the same the world over!

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  17. What a stunning selection of amazing cakes! Please come to my neighbourhood, I'll make us some tea, you bring cake!
    *kisses* HH

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  18. Amazing as always, Kris! I would go for the fresh fruit chocolate whipped cream, although they're all so very tempting. Set up shop in Paris!

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  19. I'm sure they did!! Hard to choose one though!

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  20. I love the analysis of customers, of faces, of the ones who bought without even asking about the flavour... I would have bought instantly too. There is insane beauty in each of these cake Kris...just gorgeous!

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  21. Your cakes are sensational! No wonder most of them sold out!

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  22. Stunning as usual, Kris. Especially now that I've baked a few cakes of my own, I'm always impressed at how perfect yours look. Sounds like working the bazaar is both a challenging and rewarding experience. Glad you did so well :).

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  23. What can I say, hm? I enjoy in this lovely pics and congratulation for success on bazaar. I will buy your cakes anytime, no mater where - on bazaar or in confectionery:)

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  24. Kris, would it be too much to ask for all of those cakes to sample? They are absolutely beautiful! It's no wonder many customers just pointed and didn't even ask what was in them. I'd be pointing with 7 fingers. :)

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  25. un seul mot MAGNIFIQUE SUBLIME
    bonne soirée

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  26. Your cakes are gorgeous, who wouldn't want to buy them? Wish your neighbourhood included mine. :)

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  27. You are so amazingly talented Kris! All of these cakes look extremely professional - and I'm sure tasted better than the professionals!

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  28. Your cakes look divine and absolutely gorgeous. I would be extremely happy just to have a slice.

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  29. oh, that cappuccino cake looks amazing! ha i'm afraid i would have been one of those customers asking many questions then leaving! that is me all over at a market, at least until i start making more money. but you should take it as a compliment, it means your cakes are lovely and fascinating, even for those who can't afford to buy.

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  30. Your baking and decorating talents are amazing! I'm in awe.

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