Sunday, November 21st – Our first time at the Museum Market in Amsterdam. What an awesome feeling! Not only for joining the very first market in Amsterdam, but then also this market, being located directly at the Museumplein – a place where arts and culture meet. It’s another dream come true, and we are really proud having been a part of today’s market.

As mentioned, the area is known for its artsy surrounding, whether it’s museums, shopping, designer companies or cultural attractions. When you think about art in Amsterdam – this is the place to be.

During this time of the year the area tends to be even more magnificent. All the lights and not to forget the ice skating lane that is set up in the middle of Museumplein make it feel like a little Christmas market itself. No wonder it felt so festive today, and made us feel all warm inside.

The weather couldn’t have been any better in November. We had sun, rainbows above the Rijksmuseum every now and then, and not too much wind around us. Only later in the evening when the sun went down it started to get quite cold. But getting back to the warm feeling inside, we found our savior at the café Cobra! They sold really good Glühwein which kept us warm. And what a coincidence their name is Cobra too! Told you, the cycle always completes. ?

Looking back at today, we are grateful for all the people that stopped at our stand to take a look at the bracelets, listen to our story and took the time to understand the meaning of Brahman Bracelets. The faces people make when they finally see the snake in the bracelets – in case they struggled seeing it before – is priceless. I won’t lie, I always get a certain kick of it. This feeling is simply amazing!

Special thanks go also out to our followers and friends who took the time to come visit us at the market, spend some time with us and provide us with hot coffee, tea and Oliebollen. You are awesome, and your support is more than appreciated!! Sometimes I still can’t believe how many people there are supporting us on our way and celebrating every little success with us. Brahman Bracelets is really starting to feel like a community, even family sometimes. And it is exciting to see this circle slowly but surely growing more and more.

Talking about growth – we gained the most new subscribers to our Instagram page we ever received from a market today! In case you are one of our new followers – this thank you goes out to you!

What a day to look back at… Let’s enjoy the rest of the evening, and be prepared for our next markets already! Hope to see you soon again, next in Haarlem (Biomarkt Kweektuinen) on December 4th for their festive edition, and two weeks later in Baarn at the Trotsmarkt Christmas edition from December 17th to 19th.

No markets close to you, but you would like to meet us in person too? No worries! As mentioned on our feed, this blog is there for you! Tell us in the comments section – Where do you live, and on which markets would you like to see us? We love your feedback!

All the best & see you soon!

“F*ck it! Let’s go!” – That’s what I told myself when I stepped into the car on November 14th.

My partner was sick, so I had to go to the Trots Markt in Baarn all by myself. The first market alone, and I felt terrified.
During my drive I decided to turn off everything. No music, no podcasts, no news. I used the time to breathe consciously and meditate. And as expected – it helped. I was glad to feel the fresh energy inside of me when I arrived. Setting up the stand was easier than expected, and it went quite fast as well. I was proud. Until I started to feel cold…

The first few hours were incredibly calm. I almost felt like giving up, thinking this will be the first market I won’t sell at all. But after a quick chat with my partner, who reassured me that the first hours in Baarn are usually that quiet, I got my positive vibe back, and soon after I got rewarded for that! I sold two bracelets to two gentlemen almost simultaneously. What a nice feeling that was!

By being myself again afterwards and sharing my positive energy with people passing by, I attracted more and more people to stop and have a chat, which did me really good and kept me warm after all. And the neighboring entrepreneurs made it a fun day as well. Seeing everyone being there with the same mindsets, having talks in between, laughing together and watching each others stand whenever needed made me feel part of a warm and great community!

Something I always notice at the Trots Markt in Baarn is the crazy amount of dogs there are. Not only from visitors passing by, but this time also from the other entrepreneurs next to me. Being surrounded by that many dogs is causing mixed feelings nowadays. As much as I enjoy being around them, it also reminds me of Maja – my partner’s dog, who passed away this February. I wish I could have had her with me that day. She used to be quite therapeutic for me, and I never thought I would ever say that about a dog. Having grown up in a family where pets were not common, I used to be scared of dogs. But Maja made me change my perspective, and helped me become more comfortable in my own skin when being outside. But that’s another story to tell. Either way, that’s what you get for standing in front of Studio Sif. I know for sure I had spoiled here with a new dog’s bed from them, and I am sure she had liked that.

But long story short – This day has been a good day after all! I have stepped out of my comfort zone, went through a short dip, but got up and – looking back – I don’t think I have ever spoken to that many people at a market, and therefore enjoyed the time a lot. Once again I realized – “Saqib, you can do it on your own! You are stronger than you think you are.”

And with that feeling in mind, I drove home. Just in time to spend time with my second favorite hobby – Formula 1.

Thanks for everyone who has taken the time that day to talk to me, share their stories with me, and especially to those who decided to get connected and bought a Brahman Bracelet. Looking forward to the Christmas Edition in Baarn from December 17th to 19th. Hope to see you there again!

For other upcoming markets, check our agenda here. Hope to see you soon! Best, Saqib.