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  • Who does summer fairs ???

    Hi all, just a quick question, does anyone here do summer fairs and are they usually worthwhile. I did my 3 fairs in November but am wondering if it's worth looking into doing any school summer fairs. Cheers all Linda.
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  • #2
    I was pondering this question too as a lot of my items would sell better in the summer with ladies days and weddings. But also thinking I should maybe do fayres in the spring to be noticed in good time. I am also looking into wedding Fayres but its a lot of outlay and I worry about if they are successful producing goods around my Day Job. Sorry realising I am stealing your thread Ill shut up now


    • #3
      I have been to a great many Medieval Festivals (and other historical shows) over the past 5 summers, and most of them have traders, dealers, and craftspeople to a greater or lesser extent, selling things which are so varied that there is appeal across the board to the visiting public as well as to the captive audience of re-enactors and performers.

      The big ones, such as Herstmonceux, have dedicated craft areas and marquees, but can be very expensive for a pitch. However, they try to justify that by the visitor numbers, which can be 12,000 or so people a day if the sun shines.....

      Of course, if you can find a new show just starting out, then the pitch fees are usually very reasonable

      Best wishes


      • #4
        I did a few this summer as an experiment.
        I did OK but I won't be doing them again nest year.
        The thing to keep in mind is that people have gone there for a day out, not for a shopping experience, and so sales may not be as high as you would hope for, baring in mind the cost of some of the bigger shows.

        The good thing about Christmas fairs is that people are going there to shop (althouugh it never ceases to amaze me how many people turn up with no money to these things)

        Not sure if that helps you at all.....


        • #5
          I do summer fairs - schools, church halls, local carnivals - and find most of them quite profitable - though this can depend on the organiser. Many of them are local (cheap on transport), sensible times, well known to their audience therefore well attended (as long as it has a good reputation) and often have a very reasonable pitch fees (I've paid between £5 and £10 for a tabletop). Of course, they don't have the same kudos as some of the larger events and won't reach as wide an audience but if you're just starting out in this field, they're a very good starting point. As I also work to commission, local is very good for me as people know they can order stuff from me and I'm handy for collection/delivery.

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          • #6
            cheers all, have to keep an eye out for school summer fairs.
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            • #7
              I did a number of summer fairs this year - schools and other family-type events and did well at them. My products are very child-oriented though, so that may well make a difference.
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              • #8
                I did some summer galas last year and didnt do very well, this year I've done less but have done fantastically well. so you never can tell. The weather on the day has a lot to do with it too.
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                • #9
                  Local village summer fairs can be great if the village has a good community spirit they will all turn out (even if the weather is not brill). Buy yourself a cheap gazebo, take a bottle of wine and a picnic and enjoy the day!

                  Also really good for contacts for other events.
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