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  • Craft Fair at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol

    Afternoon,

    I am currently in talks with The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol about organising a craft fair which will be held in the upper level next to the Food Court.

    The Mall at Cribbs Causeway is a very prestigious venue which features over 135 top name stores and has an average footfall of 250,000 per week!!!

    As I mentioned earlier I am still only talking to the venue and whilst they seem very positive about the idea nothing has been agreed. I'm afraid I cant give a rough idea of costs either as noone knows what to charge, I am hoping the fee will be reasonable.

    Would anyone be interested in taking part? If so let me know, it would be good to see how much interest their would be.

    As soon as I have more info I will let you know.

    Jo

  • #2
    If only I lived closer, I would love to be involved in your project.

    Whenever we travel to Cornwall, we always stop at Cribbs Causeway for some shopping and lunch.

    Good luck.
    Take care

    Kathryn
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    • #3
      Hi Jo,

      That sounds like a great idea, i would be very interested.
      I sell jewellery and handbags

      Thanks

      Chloe
      www.zazu-jewellery.co.uk
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      • #4
        I'd be very interested - I sell cards, postcards, artwork etc. See my website for examples of my work. Spring '09 range currently being crafted in my (very cold!) studio! Am fairly local to Bristol.

        Good luck with the project!

        Becky
        site: www.dotsandspots.biz
        blog: http://dotsandspotsdesign.blogspot.com/
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        • #5
          I'd be interested in receiving more information if it all gets confirmed. I'll forward you my email address when I get a chance. Take a look at my website if you want to see the work that I do.

          Si.
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          • #6
            I would deffy be interested!!

            Keep us posted!
            Harriet

            www.seasparkle.co.uk


            www.thechildrensjewellerycompany.co.uk

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            • #7
              Another one here who would be interested i make nappy cakes and other baby gifts plus hand made cards



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              • #8
                Yes, I'd be very interested. I make silver and beaded jewellery and sell with a friend who spe******es in fused glass.

                Fingers crossed!
                Lesley
                Web: http://www.coburgcrafts.co.uk
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                • #9
                  Yep me too count me in

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                  • #10
                    Will you be allowing handmade stuff not made by the seller?
                    If it's later in the year my son should be living in Bristol so it might be a goer. Depends on the cost of the pitch. If so stick me -as Little Chile - on your perhaps list.

                    Re "noone knows what to charge"
                    Speaking of which - has anyone got a formula for working out the cost of pitches? Moon Angel - are you out there? How do you do it? I'm trying to persuade a lass from Bournmouth to put on a craft fair for us Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex crafters. Presumably you take the cost of hiring the venue plus insurance plus (what have I forgotten?) plus payment for the organiser divided by the number of sellers you can squeeze in.

                    Jo - can I suggest something? Most fairs start with offering you their smallest table which is usually 6 feet long. There are quite a few people on this forum who just want to dip their toe in the water. What about offering half tables? (Think of illegal immigrants in town centres selling out of suitcases)(Maybe that's not a good image but it's very picturesque in Pisa or the seaside towns of Chile )
                    Something else I've seen done is craft organisers picking and choosing their sellers. Their fair is successful but has left a lot of bad feeling festering in the rejects which sometimes errups in a bout of dissing that fair. A second fair evolved where the philosophy was everyone's welcome and the customers with weed out the rubbish (as it happened we were all top class and have grown in strength ), if you don't sell you won't turn up for the next fair.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks all for your interest. I will keep you posted with any information as and when I recieve it.

                      Also thanks to AnnieAnna for your comments.

                      I am undecided yet whether to go down the craft and gift fair or purely crafts route, what is the general consensus?

                      As for the cost, The Mall have no idea what to charge for this sort of project and I believe are trying to work out a rental fee for the space that will please both sides.

                      Will keep you posted.

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                      • #12
                        Well my twopennyworth goes I'm selling stuff made by:
                        a little old granny who can't get out of her chair but is being driven mad with boredom and does the most beautiful embroidery,
                        another old granny who is stuck in hospital but we've got her doing some knitting,
                        a young ex art student in Chile struggling to make 2 dollars a day so I'm trying to get her an English wage,
                        my daughter in law to be who was working for £3 a day in Chile,
                        and some mums in Peru. The money they are earning is helping to feed their kids and keep them in school. (And it's keeping the old crafts alive)
                        So I get a bit upset when I'm not allowed in because I haven't made the things I sell (except I couldn't resist knocking up some little dolls).

                        If this makes things clearer - Annie (who makes her own stuff) is doing fine, Anna (who doesn't) needs to get off the ground and feels the weight of the people depending on me.

                        But don't let me influence you........

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ajennodesigns View Post
                          I am undecided yet whether to go down the craft and gift fair or purely crafts route, what is the general consensus?
                          I have to say that my opinion would be an out-and-out crafts fair. You'll be in a mall where that sort of handmade touch could provide a really nice contrast and do really well.

                          Sounds like this event could turn into a Forum members convention... we'll have to make sure we all print out the posters...
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                          • #14
                            Sorry guys it looks like this is a no go...

                            The Mall were really keen but wanted to charge an astronomical amount per stall. I've since said that unless they are willing to reduce their fee then there is no point discussing any further.

                            Its a litte disappointing as this would have been a good venue.

                            Not to worry, I am going to try and organise craft fairs at other venues in and around Bristol in 2009 and will keep you informed of any that go ahead.

                            Jo

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                            • #15
                              What a shame... not particularly surprised as I've seen some horrendous table charges for similar events in my time.

                              Thanks for letting us know and best of luck for more successful enquiries in the future!

                              Si.
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