Out & About: Top Five Tips for A Successful Pre-Loved Bazaar Sales!

About a couple of weekends ago, I had the opportunity to participate as a vendor in Markets, the 19th edition at Jaya One. This was actually my second time having a booth sale to sell my pre-loved clothes and my brand new beauty product. My first ever booth experience was at ClosetStyles one where I shared my first day experience here >>> Out & About : The Star Closet - Celeb & Bloggers Bazaar by ClosetStyles. Do click on the link to read more.

It’s only been two bazaars which I had the opportunity to participate in but each of the bazaar had been an awesome exciting experience for me. Based on my observation and experiences, I thought it’ll be handy to share some tips on how to have a successful sales at these type of bazaar. I have came up with these tips from my experience at these two bazaars.

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Smile, often.

I know this is actually really obvious, but the thing is when you have a friendly face and it appears more approachable. That way, potential customers would be likely to come over, just to have a look at the things you have on display. When that happens, you have an opportunity to strike a conversation (this will be elaborated further in the point below). It doesn’t cost a dime to smile and you’ll even feel better by smiling. So, remember to smile smile smile!

Have a conversation.

This is a tip which my sister and her friend, Jue Shuen told me about, when they were helping me to man my booth. What they did was simply to chat up anyone who dropped by the booth and then show them what were selling. Of course, they went on to promote the items on sale, if necessary. When they did this, they actually managed to sell more things. Why? Simply because you build and create a rapport with them.

Be prepared to give discounts.

Somehow, when you’re selling your own items such as pre-loved clothes and beauty items whether brand new or used, people will ask for discounts still, even if prices are already stated on the items already. When they ask, there are two possibilities whereby they are actually interested in the products but wanted to see if they can get it at a cheaper price. Or the other one is when they are interested only if the price is reduced to what they would be ready to pay.

So, you also have to option then… to stick firm to your prices or to actually give them a discounts. I think when it comes to giving discounts, it would be very subjective. If your aim is to clear everything, then giving discounts would be the way to go. For me, if these items were not sold… it would just continue to collect dust in my room as compared to exchanging it for cash instead, albeit at a lower amount. Of course, there are items which are already cheap for what it is worth, so I wouldn’t give any further discounts on it. This brings me to my next point, on the pricing of the items.

Mark up your items.

This is the simplest solution to counter the discounts you would be expected to give from customers who ask for discounts. From my experience, I have had many customers who willing paid for the full price of the items I was selling and of course, there were the bargain hunters around too. Sometimes, I had to give massive discounts up to 50-70% of my already discounted items. Whilst I didn’t actually make a loss (since I have already written off the costs of these items and this is not a business to me), selling those items for extremely low prices can be quite the heartache. I sold off a really nice pair of brand new boots for only RM12 :(

And so, it’s simple. Mark up your items to an acceptable price. Say if I was actually willing to sell the boots at RM20.. I should place the price at around RM25. If someone asked for discounts, I could say, “Okay, RM23.” If they negotiated more, I can push it lower to RM20. My point is simply to sell your goods with an intention of giving further discounts but yet the prices are still reasonable.

Have an interesting concept.

The last point is one that I came up with after my observation of a fellow blogger friend of mine, who had an interesting concept to sell her pre-loved clothing. What happened was that she had boxes and boxes of clothes and to sell them, she sold Ziploc bag at RM10/each and allowed her customers to stuff as many pieces of clothes in it. If you can zip the bag, then you can take home whatever clothing in that bag. This concept is actually borrowed from the clothes buffet event, you can read more about it here ; http://www.carmenhong.com/2014/05/event-malaysias-largest-clothes-buffet.html. I blogged about it years ago. But it works! My friend’s booth attracted a lot of customers and I’m sure it helped to clear her items out too!

As for me, what I did was simply to have pre-loved clothes in a box and offering them at RM5/piece. From my experience at both booth sales, I realise that customers tend to have a tendency of rummaging through boxes for cheap finds. I had both my clothes on rack and in boxes ….. it was always the one in boxes which sold more. So there’s a valuable tip for you, right there!

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And that is the top five tips on organising your first pre-loved bazaar! I’ve been lucky and blessed to be able to participate in the Markets at Jaya One, as a vendor after years watching it grow year on year. The experience have been an amazing one being able to sell my items to make spaces for new things, to know that my loved ones are so supportive of me from helping me to set up the booth and accompanying me, to meet all my friends who dropped by to say hi to me and to meet all the lovely customers who have purchased from me. I hope you enjoyed the items you have gotten and gave it a new home! 

I’ll leave you with some of the pictures from the bazaar at Markets 19 at Jaya One, which was held a couple of weeks back! I took some pictures of my booth and a whole tonne load of selfies with my friends and family.


And that is a wrap for my bazaar experience at Markets 19 at Jaya One! Like I mentioned above, once again I just wanted to say how thankful I am for my family and friends for always being so supportive of me! I really couldn’t have done this without my awesome support team. Thank you again to the Jaya One team  for the opportunity too. It’s been a blast!

I know I didn’t mention much about the other Markets’s vendors but just briefly, I actually fell in love the meatballs from Meatball Kingdom which is the most amazing meatballs I have ever eaten and one of the creamiest mashed potatoes too. I didn’t have much time to shop because I was on booth duty, having to care my booth but I saw so many clothes vendor, selling their pieces at a steal! Now, I cannot wait to attend the next Markets 20 bazaar which will be held on 15th & 16th October, The School, 11am – 7pm.

So, if you missed this one, be sure to catch the next edition! I’m already counting down the days till October comes. That is just a few more months more! Hit me up if you’ll like to go together. :)

Till next time,

Review: 360° Beautiful Hair, with the Global Milbon Smooth hair treatment!

Ever since I have embraced my curls, I have always been on a constant hunt for a good hair product and treatment which is suitable for my hair type. Before I go, let me explain more about my hair. It’s curly with almost even curls of those similar to instant noodles but my hair texture is coarse and also frizzy. If you know speak the curly hair lingo, my curly hair type is probably between Curly 3A or Curly 3B. My hair also hates water so much that it repels it, which pretty much explains why my hair is dry.

Meet the whole range of products which will be used on my hair! I'll explain more on each of the products below. So read more to find out! 
There are salon care products and home care ones as well, so that you can continue to have smooth healthy hair after the treatment.

Recently, I was invited for a special session to try the new Global Milbon Smooth Hair Treatment by the Japanese brand, Milbon under their latest 360° Beautiful Hair campaign. The Global Milbon Smooth Hair Treatment  have yet to be launched yet, and it will be introduced, available in selected exclusive salons. At the moment of posting, I am not informed of the salons yet but once I know, I’ll be updating it here.

Milbon, which is Japan no.1 professional hair care brand introduced the all new Global Milbon Signature Line which is made up of Smooth, Moisture and Repair range. The line of products contains a special ingredient which is called SSVR-Silk complex which helps to improve the hair, from the inside of it to the outer side of each of the hair strands. It’s basically a nano technology incorporated into their product after years of research!

Having heard this all, I’m curious over how it works especially since it will help with my frizz hair which have been a long battle I have had. For curly hair, it pretty difficult to see the results of the treatment cause the curls are all over the place. So, I was indeed curious when the educator of the brand, Jacklyn mentioned that I would be able to see the results, even with my curls. The treatment recommended for me was the Global Milbon Smooth Hair Treatment.

This treatment detangles and improves the hair condition, giving it a soft, silky-smooth treatment. So let’s begin, with a simple run-down of how the Global Milbon Smooth Hair Treatment.

We started off with the Smoothing Shampoo (this is part of Home Care series, so can be purchased and used at home), by shampooing the hair. After the shampoo, a special step using the Perfecting Primer, which helps to increase and maintain the slippery texture for the treatment to absorb better for a softer hair. For more coarser type of hair like mine, the hair will be blown dry and flat iron after the Perfecting Primer is applied to achieve the smooth texture.

As I mentioned above, my hair is more of the coarse type and hence, Jacklyn suggested that it'll be best for my hair to be flat ironed after applying the  Perfecting Primer to open up the cuticles in my hair for better absorption of the nutrients!

The three part treatment is only then applied after the prepping the hair in the steps above. The first part, No.1 – Smooth is to smooth out the bumps in the hair, the No. 2 – Hydrate helps to keep the hair hydrated and the No. 3 – Top Coat, seals in the treatment for long-lasting smoothness. There is a salon technique in applying the No. 2 – Hydrate which help to emulsify the treatment cream and will remove the roughness of the cuticle, this technique is actually repeated until the hair is smooth. After all three part of the treatment is applied, it is then rinsed off from the hair.

After that, it’s the last step which is the Luminous Softening Oil topped on with the Restorative Blowout Primer applied to the hair, from the middle to the ends.The primer is an emulsion type, which is milky and appears to be thick. However, when I tried to apply it on my hair, it absorbs really quickly and was actually able to shape my curls or rather, it held my curls in position. I remember years back I stumbled upon a product which is similar to this and I loved it! I can’t find that product since but I’m so glad Milbon released this!

For the styling, Jacklyn opted to maintain my curls and she styled my hair with just the two products mentioned above! I usually just use oil to style my hair, but with the combination of the Luminous Softening Oil and Restorative Blowout Primer, my curls appeared to have more shape and body to it! See, the final look for yourself! In all honesty, I never seen my curls so gorgeous before. Not only was it defined, my hair looks smoother with definitely less frizz and healthier for sure. I’ve always had people telling me how “damaged” my hair was when it’s actually just dry and frizzy.

I’m actually really really amazed and satisfied with the end results, didn’t expect that the treatment would be able to show instanteous results. To be honest, I would have thought that with my coarse hair texture, it’ll be harder for the treatment to work? That’s my logic at least, but I’m glad it did. Now I cannot wait to try it again in the salon! I’m already planning to get the whole range of the Home Care which is the Smoothing Shampoo, Smoothing Treatment, Luminous Softening Oil and Restorative Blowout Primer, especially the oil and the primer cause I have seen how it works!

The primer actually also repairs damaged area while keeping the hair supple and manageable. What I love best about this was the fact that it doesn’t leave my hair oily and greasy after the application. When I use coconut oil to style my hair, my hair is actually oily when I touch it. So yes, if you’re interested to get the products and try the treatment, do look out for my update. I’ll be attending the launch for the Global Milbon range soon, so let’s hope they will let us know then. Thank you once again to the team, the very talented Jacklyn and Gary for styling my hair and Cain for inviting me for this review. I loved it to bits!

Till next time,

Shout-Out: Markets by Jaya One, the 19th edition!

Man, don’t you think that time flies by too quickly these days. I know I’ve been feeling so lately, especially with many of my friends already working and some even marrying now. I still remember those days in school with these friends of mine… oh, how we would crawl you many online blogshop and just browse. Back there, the online blogshop scene was booming and there were so many options to shop but there was a downside to it. We couldn’t try, see or touch these items since there were sold via online. Then came Markets which brought these online shop to an offline bazaar, where we could see these items in person and buy them.

Fast forward to now, Markets has ran 18th edition of their lifestyle bazaar and will be running the 19th edition, come this weekend! It’s their second time this year, so if you missed the first one this year, you can catch it at Jaya One on 6 and 7 August 2016, from 11am until 7pm on the Ground Floor! As I mentioned previously, this bazaar have now grown to host a plethora of vendors catering for fashion-savvy individuals, food lovers and music enthusiasts to find the best in fashion, gastronomy and entertainment.

There would be a whooping total of 80 different booths ranging from footwear, homemade paraphernalia, apparel and artisanal food! You’ll be sure to find something there that would suit your fancy. I’m eyeing on the clothing and food, mostly! Besides that, there will be entertainment from local up-and-coming musicians such as Nan Blues, Monsoon Market and Wolf that will be belting out melodic acoustic tunes to keep the crowd entertained. You can find the full list of the booths below! Do keep the layout below in your phone for easy reference since there are so many and it’s hard to keep track!

This time around, Markets 19 will be special for me as I will be having a booth there as well, selling my pre-loved items. I’ll be having cheap sale for my clothes, starting at just RM 5. There will other items for sale such as this Temporary Tattoo Eyeliner and Temporary Lip Sticker at just RM1 each! This is super clearance, so come support me and show your love. I’m located at Booth 79, the bloggers area, so do find me there! I’ve been really blessed to have friends come support me at my last booth gig which was for the Celebs & Bloggers Bazaar by ClosetStyles (see the pictures below!). Fingers crossed, I hope to see friends dropping by to support and accompany me again!

So, what are you waiting for? Mark down in your calendar and block the dates to attend this bazaar! Parking is only RM 3, a flat rate for the day. Do note that if you’re parking in the basement, park near Block J or Block H as these are the closest to the bazaar. :) See you there! Oh by the way, there will be goodie bags given out as well, so come early to grab them bags! 

Till next time,