Monday, 29 October 2012

A Small Learning Curve!

Well, my first foray into the world of craft fairs is over.  I enjoyed the day spent talking all things crafty and business with my fellow stall-holders.  We had a steady trickle of visitors in the morning but it was very quiet after lunch.  Although the day was bright and sunny, temperatures had dropped dramatically and the wind was very cold so there weren't many passers-by to draw in.

When I made my first sale, I wanted to jump up and down with glee but, being with experienced crafters, I kept my cool and tried to act like I was used to it  :-)

 This is my stall, which I was quite happy with, but I learned a few lessons from the others.  First, I need at least 3 times more stock. Second, I need to get platforms and/or hanging equipment to display my goods to better effect. Thirdly, I need to get some printed information such as business cards.  If you think I have enough stock take a look below!!

 This is Elsie Rag Bag's stall and what a stall should look like.  She's only been doing craft fairs for a year but has had a soft furnishing business for much longer. And, as she said to me, she only has to top up between fairs, but I still need to build my core stock.

This is Holly Pop Cakes' tempting stall with her halloween themed cakes.  Holly's business is different from us in that it's more about taking orders and promotion than selling on the day. 

Also at the fair was my friend Bev, signing and selling copies of her book.  She's been doing really well and sold a few copies here as well as at her local book launch event last Wednesday (where I got my signed copy).  You might remember me blogging about how I did the first proof-read of it for her.  I'm also going to a business workshop soon that she's hosting, to get help with that side of selling my crafts.

When I was a girl I remember being enchanted by a story in a book where a girl set up a toy hospital where she fixed broken dolls, teddies and the like.  I can almost see the illustrations now; simple black outlines of the girl in a room with little beds where toys lay with bandages on an arm or a patch on an eye.  I wanted to be that girl.  I was reminded of this when DS's girlfriend brought me her favourite childhood soft toy that her father had found in his attic.  It was a bit worse for wear with it's head almost hanging off.  She asked me to fix it for her, and here it is, post-surgery.  As good as new! It's funny how things work out!

Progress since last time:

Finished another cushion for the craft fair at the last minute (the blue and white one above)
Sold 5 items at the fair
Started knitting another scarf because 2 people at the fair wanted the same one.
Pink cot-sized quilt started but didn't get finished in time.
Knitted lamp-shade - on  hold until other items done.

Bye for now
Teresa x


Highland Monkey's said...

You did well at the fair even tho there weren't so many customers. It's nice to get tips from more experienced crafters. Your stall looks good to me.

wayside wanderer said...

Oh, congratulations! Sounds like you had a fun time and learned some things, too. I love that sweet rabbit! I have one, a very different one, that was my childhood toy, too. That is sweet that she asked you to fix it for her.

Linnhe Mara said...

So is it Nurse Teresa or Doctor Teresa? :o)

Well done on the craft fair, your stall looks lovely. Sometimes having too much stock can be detrimental, not everything can be seen to its best advantage.
The search for portable, lightweight display materials is almost never ending. I've found wooden shoe racks work well as a shelf system to give added hight. They are easy to assemble, dismantle and transport.

Little Green Doll said...

Congratulations for your first craft fair!! Your stall looked very nice, love your cushions :) For the next one, you will have many things :)) Silvia x

hausfrau said...

Well done for getting out there and selling; still haven't had the courage to do that for myself - only for good causes!

Natalie Jones said...

Well done on getting your first sale! Your stall looks fab - you have to start somewhere and the more you do, the better idea you'll get in regard to what stock you need. I hope to be able to do one myself one day. I used to hold kitchen equipment parties and I used to carry stock in wicker baskets that I then turned upside down to give height to my displays - could work with crafts too maybe? Love your cushions, they look gorgeous. Natalie x

angharad handmade said...

Congrats on that first sale! The stall looks very inviting.

I was obsessed with the idea of dolls' hospitals as a child - I repaired all the teddies my siblings and I owned, whether they needed it or not!!

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