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March 18th, 2007

Sneeze guards

fruit tarts from Coco&Me

(I was meant to photograph those sneeze guards on site today at the market – but had completely forgotten to do so…. So instead, here is a picture of my fruit tarts, which are very very popular – I manage to sell atleast 25 0f these heart shape ones alone)


Last week I finally got around to buying some plastic sheets to place in front of my cakes. It was recommended that I do it by the market inspector the other day. And after experiencing little kids grabbing my items from the table & deeming it unsalable, & cheeky adults reaching for the cake crumbs from my chocolate cake, it was about time I sort this out once & for all.


First, I searched & searched for a proper ‘sneeze guard’ online, but to no avail (hey, there’s a market opportunity here someone!) – so my solution was to buy seven A5 size poster holders in see-through acylic, and line them together as per the picture above.

As a format it works fine, I love the fact that it’s in seven pieces as I can transport it no problem. BUT…, I must admit that it has created a different ‘air’ between me the seller, & the customer, & I don’t like it. Suddenly my cakes do not look as accessible as before, & it makes my stall look too showy behind the plastic… I have already had people mention to me that my cakes look ‘too good to eat’ (a nice way of saying ‘pretencious’ I think) & walk off. Oh well, I worry that it might bring my sales down…, but it had to be done, so I better get over it I guess.


  1. I think your blog is fantastic and has inspired me to do a cooking course. At the moment i am on the candida diet and i can’t have sugar so i’m passing all these lovely stalls every saturday at broadway market and i can’t eat anything….but its no forever…long live a little bit of sugar!

    Comment by sarah - June 14, 2007 9:58 am

  2. Hello Sarah! What’s a candida diet? I’ve never heard of it! Well, I hope your diet ends soonie, so that you can visit me at my stall! And good luck with finding a cooking course!

    Comment by tamami - June 14, 2007 12:41 pm

  3. thanks Coca Me, I’ve been looking for guards myself and only found guards by luminati.co.uk on the internet. thats how i found your site when I googled it. Was concerned that they would cause too much of a barrier between myself and the customer, but couldn’t find any small guards (in height). Will give your great idea a go! First time with a stall this month – nervous! P.S love the heart shaped tarts!

    Comment by ...theres always cake. - May 5, 2011 2:39 pm

  4. Theres always cake, pleasure!! ^^ All the best this month with your new stall!! Do let me know how things go!

    Comment by tamami - May 5, 2011 3:04 pm


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