Wednesday, 5 November 2014

i tried a craft fair


Pretty self-explanatory title wouldn't you agree? So I mentioned last week in my crafty ramble post that I was working towards a craft fair, and on Saturday I went along and did it!


As you can see I had a relatively full table which was in a prime position directly in front of the main entrance so my table was pretty much the first that people saw upon entering. Can't really ask for more now can you? I had a nice full table and lots of professional looking business cards adorning my table. Needless to say I was proud of the work I put in to preparing for this fair, even if I had come to resent that preparation.


I did enjoy the day, sitting next to B (who perhaps was less than happy to be there) and hoping that people would buy the things I had made, but enjoying the kind words from people who were impressed though not inclined to buy anything. And I was visited by Soph from work who was lovely enough to buy a Spiderman, and E from Blossom's Knitty Night who also bought a Spiderman! And after those two sales I did sell five more items to people I didn't know! A grand total of seven - which was an improvement of, oh, about seven compared to the one I did in March!! :) I made the money back on the table, and the business cards, and felt vindicated enough that even though I made no money I was proud that at least some people felt my creations worth something. I'm sad that I didn't manage to sell any of my neck wraps though...BUT my sister has been singing my praises at work and some orders might be coming my way :p

All my trouble the night before however on pricing items was thrown out the window when I saw what other tables were charging and I immediately lowered the price of everything by a couple of pounds. Perhaps that was over cautious, or selling myself short, but once you appreciate the fear and anxiety of having people critically eye everything that you have spent hours making - some with little more than half a glance at your face, no matter how big you smile - I felt desperate to show that my stuff was worth buying, if not for the quality then perhaps the price. That was maybe a little melodramatic, but it was a nervy affair! Made more so by the occasional older lady who demanded (rudely) why I had not made something else that they wanted, such as gloves or clothes for babies - an explanation of not having anyone small enough to model such items on was not a good enough reason.


But they were in the minority, and everyone who has ever been to a craft fair must know that crafters and those who appreciate crafts are really such a lovely bunch who can get along together so easily and warmly most of the time. Which is why the day was fairly enjoyable!

I really was so glad I went through with the craft fair, but having done that now the relief I feel for no longer having to prepare for it, being able to move back to knitting and crocheting the items that I want to make for myself/gifts for people I love. And to feel that relief really vindicates the feelings I was having leading up to the fair!

So I learnt something, I enjoyed myself, and the pleasure at selling some items showed me that I would be happy to carry on selling the things I make, but prefer if people let me know what they want before hand!

Have you even been to or even sold at a craft fair, would you agree with the points I made? Perhaps you could add some more :)

6 comments:

  1. Well done for doing it and for selling your wares! Craft fairs are a funny old business, so you should be proud of yourself. A lot of people don't realise how much effort and work goes into them X

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    1. thank you Alexandra :) they are a funny old business, thats a nice way to describe them. true, but when someone comes along who does appreciate it, it helps your mood and confidence a lot :) jenny xx

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  2. Your table looks great! Was really interesting reading about your craft fair experiences. I've never been brave enough to do one myself! So glad to hear you sold some stuff. It's a brave thing to do and looks like it involves so much prep. Achievement unlocked! :) x

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    1. aw shucks thanks Becca :) and thanks! I hope I haven't turned you off from having a go if you fancied it?? it is worth a try i think, but really if you already have lots to sell and don't get too stressed like i did :p thank you so much though, XBOX life points to me! jenny xxxx

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  3. I think it's great that you did the craft fair! I have been trying to work up the courage to do one myself... it really is so intimidating! I'm hoping to do one sometime next year! Thank you for sharing! Your table looks awesome!

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    1. thank you Kate, I am very happy I took the plunge, even if it only means I know I don't fancy it again (at least in the immediate future) oh you really really really should try it out! start making now so that you don't get stressed and have plenty to sell :) thanks again! jenny xx

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