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  • So - how did the weekend go?

    Hope those who did craft fairs/events had a good weekend. I wasn't doing anything this weekend, so would be good to know how things went and whether people are spending!!
    Cynthia
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    I did a fair yesterday morning and a pamper evening last night both were quieter than normal .Sales are down on last year but it was still worth my while to go !!
    People spent more at the pamper evening than the fair .
    I have lots more fairs to do before Christmas so i am hoping people will spend more as Christmas gets nearer !!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by saraeden View Post
      I did a fair yesterday morning and a pamper evening last night both were quieter than normal .Sales are down on last year but it was still worth my while to go !!
      People spent more at the pamper evening than the fair .
      I have lots more fairs to do before Christmas so i am hoping people will spend more as Christmas gets nearer !!
      Don't we all!! Glad to know it went OK though.
      Cynthia
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      • #4
        Totaly confused by the way things are going, we have had our second best weeks sales ever, but having built up our stock of cheap lines I am shocked because we are selling the dear stuff!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by urbtaf View Post
          Totaly confused by the way things are going, we have had our second best weeks sales ever, but having built up our stock of cheap lines I am shocked because we are selling the dear stuff!!
          That sort of confusion you can cope with!!!!!!!!
          Cynthia
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          • #6
            Did a church Christmas fair yesterday, stall fee was £20, but my daughter had agreed to pay £5 towards it, as we also had her £1 bracelets on.

            She took a total of £8, so went home with £3.

            I sold a couple of pairs of earrings, a couple of memory wire bangles, a bookmark, a keyring and some Xmas decorations, takings were £27.50 so I made a whooping £12.50.

            But then I was up against the plants, handmade cakes, second hand books and toys and the usually variety of tombolas.

            Onwards and upwards, have another one in two weeks and that is a craft fair.
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            • #7
              We were at Northfield Farm yesterday (and met the lovely, Recycled Bag Lady)... there were lots of people looking but not many people buying unfortunately. We covered costs but that was about it - just hoping that we manage to sell more next week at Lostock Hall.

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              • #8
                The craft fair that I did on Saturday was not a success. The organiser was ill and therefore was not present. I think we probably had about 20 visitors in total over a 5hr period. The first exhibitor packed up after 2hrs as they weren't impressed, and we all made the decision in one room to pack things in an hour early at 3pm. The local crafters stated that they had not heard much in the way of promotion for the event, despite what we had been told. One jeweller had been told that there was only one other jewellery maker attending... only to find a total of 7 of them (so nearly half of all the tables). I just made my table and petrol money (thanks almost entirely to one sale where I sold a bathroom kit which is one of my larger craft fair items). Most people who had booked for the whole weekend were not intending to return for the Sunday.

                On the plus side, we all kept ourselves positive in the room that we were in (Dunkirk spirit!) and I spread the word of the Crafts Forum to a few more potential members.

                Hope others had a better time, it definitely wasn't anywhere near as successful as my last event.

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                • #9
                  Well I was at Belton House all weekend, inside a barn and it was really cold, I was in Victorian dress but my coat didn't come off all weekend so nobody could see the outfit! I did pretty good takings wise and am happy with it, although for the amount of people that were there I should say that people still weren't buying that much.

                  I have got another big fair next weekend so I am glad I did't sell everything but I have to get going on making some more during the evenings this week.
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                  • #10
                    I have attended Hemswell indoor market for the last two weeks and I have to say, even though there are lots of poeple there, no-one seems to be spending much. I took my cards and jewellery, as it is ideal time to be buying for Christmas and although I did make sales and profit, it wasn't enough for me to be shouting about. I have a few more events before Christmas, so I will keep trying. I think poeple are scared of spending any spare money they have, with the economy the way it is at the moment.
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                    • #11
                      well i hate to moan but i had a terrible weekend in alnwick castle in northumberland
                      it was an excellent venue and i reckon it could've been really good but the organisation was terrible and there was absolutely no advertising - hardly covered my costs if i include all the petrol!
                      i t was so absolutely terrible that all the stall holders banded together to write a letter asking for a refund!!!!
                      luckily i have a fair few other chirstmas fairs booked i really hope it gets better...

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                      • #12
                        I was at Rawlins school in Quorn,Leics it was a very busy fair and lots of people came to buy rather than look , I had a very good day plus took 2 custom orders and hopefully a booking for a jewellery party.
                        It's been running years and has a waiting list to stand but alot of the previous crafters noticed a real drop in sales from last year to this...seems everybody is being a bit more careful with their money at the moment
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                        • #13
                          I had the same experience at Northfield Farm - lots of people, but made all my money on the little items rather than selling any bags (thank heaven for Folksy as came home to a sale on there!)
                          Lovely venue though - fab jazz band playing all day and I got free mulled wine and surplus veggies from the farm shop to take home

                          PS - good to meet Fluffysquirrel as well!
                          Cathy xx
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                          • #14
                            I was in visitor mode only this weekend and took myself to the fair at Leamington Spa Town Hall in aid of Save the Children where I met Claire from Lady Luck Jewellery who's stand looked really good and Silvercat Designs who was making her second sale of the day while I was at her stand. I hope their day was worthwhile as the fair seemed well advertised and attended.
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                            • #15
                              I attended a Fayre in Battle and although there weren't many people through the door I did make quite a few sales and my takings were OK, covered my costs and had a bit over.
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