I have done a few fairs now and as my crafty Facebook friends who haven’t taken the plunge yet keep asking me what it is like, I decided to keep a diary! Today I was at a Christmas Fair at my local church hall so here is how it went =)
9:10am- Packed the car and set off. I take my mam’s car to craft fairs as it has a much bigger boot than my little car. My mam comes too to help me out, I’m really glad of her support, it sounds silly but I would be really nervous if I went to a fair alone!
9:30- Arrived and set up my stall. I try to place some of my items on cake stands or on top of boxes so that I don’t have everything at the same height. The trick is to get the right amount of items on the stall, not too many and not too little. It can be a delicate balance. I also place children’s items near the front of the table so that the little ones can spot them!
10:00- The fair opened. At first it was fairly quiet, just the stallholders, organisers and their families looking at each others stalls.
10:30- There was a sudden rush and loads of people appeared at once! I was really glad to have my mam with me as we served multiple customers at once. I sold several of my snow flake chocolate boxes and post-it notepads in the space of 15 minutes!
11:00- The fair continued to be really busy, with loads of local people that I know coming in. By 11am I had made my table money, yay! The table fee for this particular fair was higher than I normally pay because it was raising funds for the church hall. Anyway it was well worth it!
12:00- Locals continued to stream in. I sold a lot of stocking fillers and gift sets. I also had some great conversations with customers about how I get my ideas and why I started crafting. Its a great feeling when people make nice comments about your work =)
12:45- The fair started to die down, most people left but I managed to make a couple of last minute sales. Had a great talk with two young girls about my post-it notepads, they had bought one each and wanted to know how I made them. They were fascinated, although I think when you are 5/6 everything is a bit more exciting! =)
1:00- Home time! I packed up and said goodbye to everyone. The lady who organised it has taken my number and will let me know if she arranges another fair.
I sold lots of items today. Its a fantastic feeling knowing that you are taking home less than you came with! Although the table fee was higher I made a good profit and wouldn’t hesitate to do another fair at this location!
This is going to be a pretty short post. Saturday I was at my local craft fair. My neighboring stall just happened to sell homemade biscuits, toffee and truffles and kept offering me samples… Can’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday morning 😉
I apologize for the bad photos, I took them in a hurry! I was selling a mixture of nappy cakes and Christmas giftsets/stocking fillers. I sold a few things and I’m looking forward to going back again in two weeks. November and the beginning of December are going to be very busy for me in terms of craft fairs, I have four fairs in five weeks =)
Hope everyone had a good weekend!
As a keen crafter I read a lot of magazines that feature hints, tips and projects for you to make and sell. Most of the time I think these magazines are fantastic. Incredible. Extremely relevant and useful. However, there is one part of these magazines that I have occasionally doubted. I have given them the benefit of the doubt up until now. But in the latest issue of one of my favourite craft magazines was a feature that made me think “Ok, enough is enough! I must speak up about this and find out if I am the only one who feels like this!”
What am I talking about? The projects featured in these magazines. You know the ones: “Make this for £X and sell it for £Y”. Sometimes I think “But no one would pay that much for that project”. At this point I should probably point out that I live in the North East where generally everything costs less than in other areas of the country. Which is why up until now I have given these projects the benefit of the doubt, because maybe people who live in London, for example, would pay that much for that project because the cost of living is higher there.
So why have I changed my mind? I changed my mind because of a project in the latest episode of a craft magazine. This project made me shake my head and check that I had read it correctly. I had. But I still couldn’t believe my eyes…
This project was telling you to paint pebbles so that they resembled bugs and then sell them in sets of five… FOR £15!!!
Painted pebbles… Now to me that sounds like a great project to do with the kids. A fantastic rainy day activity, something to keep the little ones busy. But they are seriously suggesting that you paint loads of these, split them into groups of five and take them to a craft fair. Then sell them for £15 a set!? If I did that around here I would be laughed out of the building! We are in a double dip recession! Surely I can’t be the only one that thinks this?Would you pay £15 for five pebbles painted to look like bugs?
I want to finish by saying that I do honestly love these magazines, they advise and inspire thousands of crafters but I feel that some of these projects need a dose of reality! Let me know what you think =)