Wednesday, 6 April 2011

My First Craft Fair

Sunday 3rd April (Mother's Day) was the date of my first official craft fair. I had done a shopping event at my local casino a few months ago but this was my first proper craft fair and I'd been building up to it for about 6 weeks. Panicking about what would sell and how much should I make, laying all my bits and pieces out on the table to see what I had and making sure everything was clearly branded.
A lot of effort went into it I can tell you!

So Hubby dropped my off at 9am at the Kings Hall, in Herne Bay with all of my bits and pieces and I started to set up my table.


The board was my husbands idea, he thought it would be a good idea to have pictures of me at my sewing machine so people could appreciate that each item was made by hand, by me.


My friend arrived a little after 9.30 as she had very kindly offered to help me man the stall in case I needed loo breaks (frequently) and food (which was questionable, should have brought a sandwich)
I had a stand for all of my larger bags:


This proved to be invaluable as I never would have fitted everything on the table otherwise.



All of my other purses, new craft accessories (more on that in another post) brooches etc were laid out on the table with their price cards.


These are all of my little fabric brooches and felt brooches. The cupcake ones did very well, and I sold all of the poppy ones, it always fascinates me what sells at events like this at the casino it was the coin purses that got snapped up.



The keyring stand made such a difference and I was really glad I'd bought it the week before, it really showed them up and I sold so many keyrings, it was looking a little empty by the end!


I had a really great day and it was so lovely to hear all of the nice comments about my things and the thrill when someone bought something. I will definitely consider doing another one again and I'm already looking for my next fair.

All day long the bag I had finished the night before had been getting quite a bit of attention and had been catching people's eye. I kept secretly hoping no one would buy it as I really liked it and didn't have enough fabric to make another for myself. In the end no one did so I decided to keep it :)

9 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed your Craft Fair and that it went well. One thing that I have seen before is someone sold Bags and simply added them around the Table. Hanging them all around the edge. That looked really cool and I did notice that by the end of the Fair she had a load of gaps. Maybe worth thinking about.
    Well done for you

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  2. I love your site and as I browsed your blog I decided to award you the Creative Blog Award.
    Go to http://astorybookworld.blogspot.com/p/awards.html and pick up your award.
    ~Deirdra

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  3. Thank you for the tips, I had thought about doing that with the bags :)

    Thank you so much Deirdra for your lovely comments and for the award, I will display it on my blog with pride. Thank you :)

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  4. Darling crafts!

    Joyce
    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  5. Congratulations on the success! That purse IS adorable. I'm stopping by from the A to Z challenge and I look forward to visiting again.

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  6. what great pictures, and what great products!
    Great meeting you through the A-Z!

    nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  7. As always fantastic collection. Very inspiring. Shared it on Twitter and Facebook.
    Business Logo Design

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  8. Hi! Found you through Etsy, your stall looks great! whta a good idea with the keyring stand, i always like to see how people set up their stalls :)

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