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How can I keep warm at my market stall?

Traders- Hints & Tips

A few tips and trade secrets for stallholders by stallholders!

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These UK winters feel like they are getting longer and tougher to cope with on a market stall. “How can I keep warm at my market stall?”, we hear you cry. Do not fear, although it’s difficult to stand outside for up to 9 hours at a time on a market stall, we’ve got plenty of ideas to keep you toasty!

How can I keep warm at my market stall?

Outdoor markets can feel even colder than you’d think when you’re standing still for hours and if you are not prepared it can be a truly horrendous experience.

When it’s 1 or 2 degrees, common sense would tell you to move around, keep walking and get a hot drink, but when you are trapped behind your market stall you can’t just walk away and get a hot drink or go inside to warm up for a while!

Here are a few tips for stallholders, from those willing to share their trade secrets.

Lets start at the feet and work up!

Floor Covering

Starting at the floor is the best place to start. If you do this it prevent the cold radiating through from the floor. These mats are a brilliant option because you can make it fit behind your stall and under your table to protect your stock. If you don’t want this a free alternative is simply cardboard or a camping/yoga mat if you already have one at home.

Thermal Insoles & Heated Insoles:

These lambswool soles help you to self regulate your heat.

However if you are not great at self regulating and you need to heat your feet then try heated insoles. We’re not recommending any because the reviews are not great but maybe consider heated socks.

The reviews on the heated socks are great – worth a try and these specifically have great reviews.

It’s always a good idea to wear walking boots or similar – something sturdy and comfortable so you’re happy being on your feet all day. 

Hand warmers

Electronic hand warmers are amazing. Gloves obviously work but when you need that little extra pocket heat – these have up to 12 hours charge and are super reasonable price. Keep the lithium battery topped up and you should be fine all day. Simply hold them in your hands and avoid losing a finger or two!

There are plenty of alternatives on the market.

Heated Gillet – the game changer

This could be exactly what you need to help you stay jolly even when faced with the worst weather. You need the sales and in order to be your best selling self you need to be happy, well fed and calm and not too cold (or too hot). On those cold days these fab gillets could be just what you need.

Food & Drink

Be prepared and take plenty to eat from home. There are two benefits to this – you don’t spend all your profits on food but also a well fuelled body stays warm better! Taking a thermal flask with a hot drink or soup in is super important to help keep your internal temperature up throughout the day too. Also keeping your energy high throughout the day prevents those bodily crashes and temp crashes too!

Beating the cold is essential if you are to have a good market and enjoy it! It helps you to keep focused and on your best form all day.

We hope you have found these tips useful and if you have any more to add, please let us know we will happily share them. Only a few more months until summer! Happy trading.

Click here to view our market checklist, with useful lists to check what you need to take to market!