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  • Am I The Only One????

    Hi everyone......
    How did you all do over the weekend with your sales etc? I am absolutely gutted....I did a craft fair in Ilkley on Saturday which cost £60 and only took £10 all day on one bracelet and then went to a little village in Derbyshire yesterday (beautiful venue and the organisers could not have been nicer people) and didn't sell a thing all day!!!!! I cannot believe it. I felt like crying when I got home last night. To make matters worse, on Saturday I was flanked by people selling bought in scarves from China and someone else selling cheapo bags from a warehouse and they did a bomb!

    I cannot ever remember fairs doing this badly since I started (2006). What galls me ever more is that people weren't even stopping to look at my stuff and just sauntered straight past with their noses in the air or moaned to me that there was too much jewellery!

    There were 3 other jewellers at the Ilkley event (and a few others whi had bits of jewellery on their stall with other stuff) and I don't think anyone did well, How are other people doing?

    I sell handmade jewellery made from semi precious gemstones and Swarovski crystals on sterling silver. Maybe it is just too competitve or people are just fed up of seeing jewellery? I don't know! I just don't know where to go from here. I have fairs booked most weekends up until December but I really can't afford to keep doing them if I am not going to sell a thing (financially or emotionally)!

    Sorry to start the week off with a depressing rant! lol! I just wondered how other people were finding things at the moment......
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    We did 5 events over the weekend, and found sales all up on last year, one event was 10% up on 2007 - which was encouraging.

    We don't do many craft fairs as we generally find that they are not so profitable for us.

    I think you have to "find" your market and go for that - though it does take time.

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    • #3
      Had a good day at the farmers market on Saturday. People were beginning to think about christmas.
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      • #4
        Maybe I am going to the wrong events???!!!!

        People didn't seem to be thinking about Christmas at all. Yesterday I would be surprised if £50 was spent in the entire fair all day.

        I have never even thought of doing a farmers market. Do people sell jewellery at them?
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        • #5
          Sounds to me like it was badly organised especially as there were 'bought in' things like the scarves. I so hate it when I go to a craft fair and see such obvious rip-offs like this, it makes my blood boil - especially when I've had to pay an entrance fee too! As for too much jewellery, I love looking at all the different designs, just as long as they are different. Chin up!
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          • #6
            I did a craft fair on Saturday and sold one thing all day. well I say all day 10-2pm.

            I must admit though that I did not expect to do much as it was organised by a church, they charged 50p admission, they do cheap cooked lunches, and the only advertising they did was a banner outside and an ad in the local paper.

            I used to attend that church every Sunday (which is why I had a stall) and have to say that the only people through the door were the elderly from the congregation who just came for a nice lunch, the others who came were either from the church committee supporting their own stall or young women from the Mother and Toddler Group. Nobody was interested in buying and I was not the only one who faired badly.

            Some fairs are good and some are bad, a lot of it goes down to advertising, location, admission and also standard of stalls attending. I agree that bought in etc will not ever do a true crafter any favours.
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            • #7
              Sandycat, where in Derbyshire were you yesterday?
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              • #8
                I was at Hartington Village Hall yesterday. Lovely venue and the organisers were lovely.....totally gutted I didn't sell anything as I would have loved to have done that fair again
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                • #9
                  Sandycat, I would try and look at doing jewellery parties and going to businesses or your local hospital at lunchtimes to sell your Jewellery and recruit hostesses for parties as I think there is tooo much competition at craft fairs for some goods including jewellery.

                  The thing is to come up with something else to sell along side your jewellery that may attract a different crowd?
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                  • #10
                    Thanks Rach. I have often wondered how to get inot hospitals etc. Do you just phone up reception and ask who to speak to?

                    Any advice would be gratefully received!
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                    • #11
                      My weekend was very similar. The farmers market from 10-12pm was very quiet yesterday. I doubt there were 25 people through the door and I sold one necklace for £10. At least the table was only £4. Most of the stuff sold on the other tables was bought by other stallholders.
                      It didn't help that we had been at different venues for the last 2 fairs as the hall is being re-furbished and 1/2 the car park was taken up by the building work, a skip and builders rubble.
                      The organiser has finally realised that he needs help as it seems to by dying on it's feet. So we are having a meeting to appoint a chairman, treasurer, press officer, leaflet maker etc. So hopefully between us we will have some new ideas and can re-launch it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sandycat View Post
                        Thanks Rach. I have often wondered how to get inot hospitals etc. Do you just phone up reception and ask who to speak to?

                        Any advice would be gratefully received!
                        Basically for my local hospital I spoke to the catering manager as most of the sales are conducted in the dining rooms at lunchtime!!

                        Must take my own advice as I have not done one for a while!!

                        The other thing is to make sure that you do not go on the wrong side of payday!! I think most hospital staff are paid end of the month!
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                        • #13
                          The last three weekends I've done haven't been as good as usual. At each fair, attendance was down as well as spending. I've managed to cover costs each time, and make maybe a small profit, but at each event there were stallholders who either sold nothing, or failed to break even.

                          I do think maybe there has been a lull in spending in general, and can only hope people are saving up for a great big splurge!!!

                          I have noticed a few people are buying for Christmas - but it is only a few (yet!!!). Most of my recent sales at fairs have been smaller items.
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                          • #14
                            I was at a fair yesterday and really didn't do well at all, it was well orgainsed with a good mix of stalls, and a fair amount of people came through the door, they just didn't spend anything!
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                            • #15
                              I feel a bit better now knowing others didn't do well. We did bakewell (derbyshire) for the last 3 weeks. We covered our stall/petrol and a bit over each week and we were one of the lucky ones. lots came though the door and was looking at our stall but not many buying all round. we are booked in every week until mid December its a great fair all friendly and Steward the organiser its a great guy, very helpful and always there to help. I was it retail for years and this time of the year was always quite and would pick up mid November. if our ware is good the stall looks nice and we are smart and friendly what more can we do..........I know give up

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