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Market Stall Trader

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Market stall traders buy goods from a wholesaler or manufacturer and sell those goods from a market stall.


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Market stall traders sell goods to the public. They spend most of their time standing at a stall dealing directly with their customers - giving advice and encouraging people to buy, as well as selling and taking money. On a market, there may also be 'pitchers' who shout about the good deals they are offering, often gathering crowds as they put on a 'show'. Some markets allow 'demmers', who demonstrate a product to encourage sales.  
 
Most market stall traders buy their goods from a wholesaler or manufacturer. They rent a market stall or space and present the goods to attract customers. Sometimes traders have to provide and set up their own stalls. Some markets provide stockrooms for stallholders to keep their surplus stock.  
 
Most markets have regulations that traders have to follow, usually about the range of goods being sold. Traders should also have insurance cover.  
 
Casual traders may travel from market to market on different days, either locally or nationally. They are usually allocated stalls on a first come first served basis. Winters can be very cold and warm clothing is needed.

 


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Market stall traders have to stand at a stall all day. Depending on what is being sold, you may need to be very fit for lifting and carrying heavy goods. As a newcomer, you'll have to identify gaps in the market and choose the right product to sell. You'll need to get on well with people, speak clearly, and have confidence, determination and a sense of humour. You need good stamina as well as being physically fit and outgoing. You also need a basic computation of maths. You have to be comfortable working on your own. For most jobs a driving licence is essential.


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Organisation: Irish Organisation of Market and Street Traders
  Address: 101 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7
  Tel: (01) 860 3886/ (01) 830 2271
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