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    Hi all, anyone done any fairs in the last couple of weeks, if so how were they. I've just signed up for one in Nov & have one for Dec so I'm hoping to do better then my first one earlier this year when I took less than £4. cheers Linda.
    My blog http://setters-delight.blogspot.com

    Folksy http://www.justgifts.folksy.com

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    If I'd have answered this last weekend I'd have given a resounding yes !!
    I had a brilliant weekend last weekend and sold far more than I expected too, this weekend I didn't even cover my table.
    Since May I've had 3 very bad fairs now, the rest have a been good and some of them excellent.

    The bad fairs do knock your confidence but I'm afraid it is part of being a crafter isn't it......

    we keep smiling and carry on......
    Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes CAN change your life !!

    my website http://www.ticketyboo-jewellery.co.uk
    my misi shop http://ticketyboo.misi.me.uk
    my blog http://ticketyboojewellery.blogspot.com/



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    • #3
      I did a 3 day one at August BH and covered my costs...just!

      The organisers had increased pitch fees by 1/3 on previous years. It doesn't help that entrance was £9 adult, £6 concessions, £3 a pint, £3 a burger. For a family of 4, that doesn't leave them much to spend at stalls, no matter how good the products are

      It's not as if its the only event they hold in a year either. They have car boots every weekend and host other events throughout the year.

      Oh, to have my own field! It must be a licence to print money!

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      • #4
        I'm with Becky - I had a good one last weekend - strange we were at the same place!! Have had a mixed bag otherwise this year - often the weather has not been kind which hasn't helped and it is all about who walks past and what they are looking for. However, as I have said before, local ones I consider my pitch fee as part of my marketing budget as it is getting my name and goods known in the area. Sometimes you do one you have done well with before and it is no good and vice versa.
        Cynthia
        http://iforjonesdesigns.website.orange.co.uk

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        • #5
          Didn't have a great one last week but did more than cover my table fee. Every cloud has a silver lining though and a lady that bought 2 items off me and took a card has called and commissioned another bracelet which is £10 extra, so pretty pleased with that. Its the first time I have had a call like that and I thought she was calling to complain at first! Selina

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          • #6
            cheers all

            thanks for replies & I hope I do well in my 2 fairs. Good luck to everyone on the run up to christmas.
            My blog http://setters-delight.blogspot.com

            Folksy http://www.justgifts.folksy.com

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            • #7
              I haven't done as many fairs as I would have liked but the ones I have done have all been good I think the lowest amount of money I have made after paying for table,petrol and float is £20 and that was my last one that ended up being more of a car boot than a craft fair as advertised.

              In a few weeks I am going back to the venue that held my very first fair, well indulgence evening and I am hoping it will be as good or better than the first one, I took £127 that night after everything had been paid out so I am hoping to better that this time.

              Just checked my diary and it seems that starting this month I have a fair every two weeks up to the first week in December. Hope I can keep up lol
              Pauline

              GroovyCart
              Folksy
              MISI
              Ehive

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              • #8
                Dr Stu's upcoming fair will be the first non-spe******t event I've ever done, so I'm a tad nervous about it... I sell well at pagan and re-enactment events, but have no clue if I'll get anywhere at all at a "normal" fair...
                Cheers,
                Scorch

                Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
                Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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                • #9
                  I'm doing 12/14 a month at the moment, though it's slackening off a bit from now on - weather's hit us a bit, as some were /are outdoor, but generally they've been fairly good in terms of takings, with some notable exceptions up and down. People are still and will remain cautious about spending though, for some time I think.

                  Chris.

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                  • #10
                    Money!

                    My husband attended the 26th Art in Action at Waterperry near Oxford this year, a very large expensive event both in terms of exhibiting and visiting, we were highly surprised at the vast number of visitors over the 4 days,( over 24,000 ) who despite the cost of the entrance fee,were spending money.
                    Business depends upon the fairs reputation, standard of exhibitors, the advertising that the organisers do and where they place the adverts.
                    Small fair = small budget = small advertising = few visitors!
                    Woodenlady

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                    • #11
                      Hi SherrieLinda - hope you have joy at your fairs! What do you do?

                      The crafters at my fair this wknd had a very mixed do - some did very well, and some didn't even cover table costs, which is very disappointing.

                      No accounting for who's going to come in and want they're going to want I guess

                      P.S I'm sorry you didn't do well Becky - I hope things look up for you tho and was lovely to meet you - be lovely to see you again
                      Diane
                      www.artsandcraftsinthepeak.co.uk

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                      • #12
                        Hi Diane & all

                        Hi all, it seems to be picking up for a lot of you, that's good, lets hope it's the run up to crimbo.
                        Diane, I make cards & wax melts & at my next fair I'm going to have small gifts for "stocking fillers" which will be phone charms & bookmarks, have to see what happens, but as I said before it can't be worse than my first & only other fair where I took less that £5, such is life. I'm busy at the moment making crimbo cards now.
                        Good luck to everyone in the coming weeks, fingers & everything crossed. Linda.
                        My blog http://setters-delight.blogspot.com

                        Folksy http://www.justgifts.folksy.com

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                        • #13
                          MY FIRST ONE EVER EARLIER THIS YEAR WAS A BIT GRIM!!! I HAVE ONE THIS SUNDAY AT THE FLORAL HALL IN SOUTHPORT SO I HAVE MY FINGERS CROSSED!!!!!! IT IS DISAPPOINTING WHEN WE ALL SPEND SO MUCH TIME ON OUR 'THINGS' ISN'T IT? IT CERTAINLY KNOCKS MY CONFIDENCE BUT THEN I THINK OF ALL THE LOVELY PEOPLE ON THE FORUM WHO SAY LOVELY THINGS ABOUT MY CARDS AND THAT MAKES ME FEEL BETTER. SUEXX
                          http://susieQinblogland.blogspot.com

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                          • #14
                            good luck

                            good luck for sunday, let us know how it goes.
                            My blog http://setters-delight.blogspot.com

                            Folksy http://www.justgifts.folksy.com

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                            • #15
                              Thank you Diane
                              It is the only fair i've done where I havn't covered my table so I'm not that worried , plus I got to meet some lovely people and it was nice to meet saraeden from these forums.
                              I have another this Sunday local to me so fingers crossed
                              Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes CAN change your life !!

                              my website http://www.ticketyboo-jewellery.co.uk
                              my misi shop http://ticketyboo.misi.me.uk
                              my blog http://ticketyboojewellery.blogspot.com/



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