FORMER indoor market stall holder Danielle Beardmore, of Prince George Street, Cheadle, is a great example of how a market stall can lead to a successful boost in business, as she has now opened a new shop on Cheadle's High Street called No. 67.
She started making knitted items including cushions and restyling furniture for friends and family as a hobby at first.
She then moved on to create a Facebook page taking orders and making personalised items for people.
She then set up a stall called Redeezine in the indoor market 16 months ago in April 2012.
She ran the stall for three days a week alongside working two nights a week as a care assistant, which she still does.
She has now opened No. 67, selling her own hand-made wares.
She said: "I enjoyed my time in the market and I always went there with the ambition to move into a shop.
"It gave me the opportunity to test the waters and feel my way and gave me the confidence to know that people would buy what I made.
"It paid off and made it possible for me to move into my own shop.
"I'm also able to stock fabric now, which is something loads of people asked me for on the market but I wasn't able to do then."
Danielle has been working on the shop for six weeks, redecorating it ready for its official opening on Saturday, August 10.
As well as selling her own hand-made goods, she also sells other crafters' including felted items, crocheted goods, jewellery, cards, deco-patch kits, and handbags made from recycled fabric, nappy cakes and upholstered furniture.
She added: "I suppose it was a risk getting the shop, but it's not just myself, I've got a lot of other people in with me, about 16 other crafters.
"It takes the pressure off me to have to fill the shop on my own. "Craft fairs can be quite expensive, from £5 to £25 in some places for a stall; I thought this was a good way to let people display their items for free and I get commission on whatever they sell."
Danielle said that the response already to the shop within its first days of opening, and even before it opened, has been very encouraging.
She said: "Feedback just from posting about the shop on Facebook has been great.
"In time I'm going to do workshops because I've got a big, quirky cellar room and kitchen, I've has a lot of interest from people for that, but that will be in time when I've settled in more."