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    Hi, I have a 2 day craft fair coming up in a High Street location (and am getting very stressed!) and was just wondering all of your thoughts on what craft fairs are more successful for you? Are the events held in village locations in halls etc more successful or ones where you have a passing foot flow of potential customers?
    I'm worrying that I'm not going to sell anything lol! Just normal nerves I'm sure!
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    All shows are different and two held in similar locations can give completely opposite results so there really is no knowing! I do a High Street market and do well there once a month - a good amount of people is important but in a High Street you do need to make sure that your stall is seen so plenty of height and lighting (if you can) along with good signs and bright colours to grab the attention.

    Don't panic and don't get too stressed - just view it as another show the same as any you have done before. Make sure you give out lots of literature with your online shop details on it so that if someone doesn't buy on the day they can still purchase from you afterwards. Its all a case of getting your name known.

    Have a great fair - don't forget to let us know how you get on.
    Ali x

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    • #3
      Ali's right on all counts!

      High streets are great in that people are already there, and often they are ready to spend and actively looking for something.

      I'm sure you'll be fine!
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      • #4
        Relax. Take a deep breath. Go for it!

        Originally posted by little.miss.sunshine View Post
        Hi, I have a 2 day craft fair coming up in a High Street location (and am getting very stressed!) and was just wondering all of your thoughts on what craft fairs are more successful for you? Are the events held in village locations in halls etc more successful or ones where you have a passing foot flow of potential customers?
        I'm worrying that I'm not going to sell anything lol! Just normal nerves I'm sure!
        I take it you're doing Midas Leisure with Mick & Jason, Carla. You'll have no problems there. They run a nice down-to-earth family firm. Jason will have put plenty of banners up to attract attention and they do get the people in. I'm always amazed how they manage to get so many along to Kings Hall right on the beach in nearby Herne Bay. Imagine that. Seagulls a-squawking, sea crashing in, v limited parking. But come 10 o'clock suddenly you've an audience.

        Anyway, you've some rather bright fetching jewellery from what I can see and that's what always pulls 'em in.

        We've never made a fortune with Mick & Jason but we've never lost money either. You'll do ok.
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        • #5
          Hi and thanks for your replys,
          No I'm in Folkestone doing the 'artsmart' fair, only the second year of it so fingers crossed..... Leaving shortly (eeeeeekkkkk!)
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          • #6
            Good luck ;-) Just enjoy it and I always try and learn something from each event I do so I can continually improve. I never treat an event as a bad one as you really do never know what will come from it after the day. Try and gather people emails in some way so you can contact them after the event. This list will become invaluable to you in the future. By doing craft fairs and highstreet events you will be reaching far more people so I think it would be good to do both if you can for a while. Hope this helps a little and have fun xx
            Victoria x

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            • #7
              Get your friends there...

              Hi,

              Just wanted to say I agree with much of what's been on here already about depending on organisers etc but if it's local to you don't forget to put on Facebook etc where you'll be and what you're doing. I very rarely do fairs near me as there aren't many but when I have I've put it as my status and made sure I've told other local people about it cos you never know who'll come along and bring other people.

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              • #8
                I have done the market in rendezvous street and this was good fun - didn't make a fortune over the two days but there were plenty of people around which is certainly preferable to some of the village events - they can be some what hit and miss and although i love chatting to other crafters I usually end up spending any profits on other peoples lovely lovely stuff!! Good Luck I am sure you will have a great time.
                Liz
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                • #9
                  good luck and i hope you have good day when i was doing craft fairs with my first wife we found people like to look but they dont like to buy lol. But it depends what you are offering and the mood on the day. I used to find home partys was very good and cold selling to shops but that takes the fun out because they want large amounts so you have to make it like a production line and at the time i used to do sub contract in day and up till 4 filling shop orders. When me and Pauline did fairs we used to sell more to the stall holders than we did to the punters lol Happy days all the best regards Charlie
                  Pauline (Deceased) and Charlie (wishing he was)
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                  But it was Paulines so i cant delete it

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