I had a lovely day on Saturday! Rosie did a fab job of the organisation and of looking after all the talented crafters and visitors that came through the door. I made some more gingerbread men, as requested … I think they were the most successful batch yet, so will be sticking with this recipe for the time being. What do you think, do you think my decorating skills are improving?
I think it makes such a difference to a fair when the organisers have made an effort to advertise, prepare for and plan their day. There is nothing worse than going to a fair where you know more about what is happening than the actual organiser (yes I have been to some like this believe it or not).
I don’t think selling at fairs is for everyone. Some people see it as a necessary evil, others just plain hate the effort that it takes, me, I love it! I love to see people’s expressions when they are viewing my goods. I like to interact with my customers and get to know them a little bit. Through craft fairs I have found some of my best customers, and yes I did say I found them not the other way around!
Craft fairs are hard work. There is the organisation of stock, planning your table, making sure you have everything that you need, travelling and then sitting with your stock being friendly and talking to people for a number of hours and being cheerful about it – even if you know you have a pile of washing to do, the cat’s thrown up on the carpet and you have a thousand & one things that you would like to be doing right then. I think though that it is worth all the effort – I genuinely have fun at 95% of the stalls I attend.
So where am I next? I am at the fabulous sounding Coconut Shy Vintage & Artisan Fair in Whitchurch on 1st Nov (This Saturday), so if you are in the area pop in and say hello! Don’t forget though if you are not in the area you can always shop online … jewellery makes great gifts 😉
I’ll leave you with some stall pics from Saturday …