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    There is Warwick Carnival next week and I'd like to go there with my cards but there are some problems. I can book the space 3m x 3m
    for £40 but they expect me to bring gazebo(which I don't have) and they don't provide table and chair. I've got only small table, small stand for about 50 cards and folding chair. There is no problem with gazebo - I can buy one but I can't display my cards properly on small table. I can't buy bigger one because I don't have a car to transport it so I've been thinking if it's worth to spent £60(with gazebo) not having chance to display my cards. I don't have much experience because I've just started with craft fairs so I need your hand. Should I cancel this booking or go for it and find a solution for bigger table problem? I'll appreciate any advice.
    HANNA
    http://hannascraftcorner.com/

  • #2
    I think you've got to weigh up whether this event is a bit pricey for you at this stage of your business. £60, presumably plus transport, is a lot of money to shell out, and it means you would have to sell a huge amount of stock just to break even on your costs. You're looking at buying new equipment just for this event, which may not be what you would choose to buy a year or so down the line when you've got a few more events under your belt.

    I make jewellery and my housemate makes cards, and we attend fairs together. We visited a few outdoor events as customers first then bought a large, pop-up type gazebo with sides, folding chairs and large tables, once we knew we wanted to do outdoor shows ourselves. It cost us around £130 altogether, and we could take the time to shop around and get good deals in sales and the like. We've also got large parasols and heavy bases for those occasions where we can't use a gazebo - the bases alone cost as much as the gazebo!

    On the other hand, if it's a well attended event, you may get other work out of it, from hearing of other events or from commissions.

    Only you can make the decision, but it seems that just by posting about it means you've got doubts.
    Heather
    Pretty Things Handmade Jewellery

    Website - www.prettythingsjewellery.co.uk


    Destash bead and papercrafting shop - http://www.misi.co.uk/handmade/BlackCatBeads.html

    New blog - www.prettythingsandwitterings.blogspot.com

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    • #3
      Heather, thank you very much for your response. Yes, I have a doubts - I don't know how well this event is attended although I live in Warwick but always I didn't have time to go and see because I was working weekends. It's a pity that I don't have a friend who makes jewellery. I'm limited with the equipment because I don't have a car and outdoor events relay on weather, actually indoor one as well. Last week was my first craft fair in Napton. Very well organized, £20 for table and chair but as you remeber the weather was rubbish. I sold only one card. Tomorrow going to Coventry for family event in City College without any charge and I can even have 2 tables so £40 for just a bit of space seems to be too expensive. You are absolutely right - at this stage I can't afford to spend too much money just for one event. Thousand kisses for your advice
      HANNA
      http://hannascraftcorner.com/

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      • #4
        Just a quick idea, hopefully I'll be able to explain what I'm thinking so that it makes some sense... Why don't you take string and clothes pegs with you and string up little washing lines between the poles of the gazebo. You could do them at different heights on 3 sides of the gazebo, and then peg up your cards. It's something a wee bit different and it means that you wouldn't have to carry a table with you.

        Emma.
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        • #5
          Emma, thank you very much - that's excellent idea, I wouldn't think about it! It's really different and I love different things. That's why I love this forum as well - you always come up with brilliant ideas. Thanks again!
          HANNA
          http://hannascraftcorner.com/

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          • #6
            Wow, Emma, what a brilliant idea! There are some really dinky little pegs in stationery shops, in lovely metallic colours. They'd look great in the sunshine - if it ever comes back [please let it come back on Sunday for our event ]

            Hanna, it took us a while to collect all the stuff we now cart around to fairs. When I first started I just had a cloth and my stock, and gradually I've acquired risers and lights and mirrors and all kinds of stuff.

            Have a look in out-of-the ordinary places for equipment. I'd been eyeing up some lovely folding tables for ages, but they were almost £70 each and it was just too much. By a total fluke I found some slight seconds [only had a couple of small marks on the top] from a catering equipment supplier for £25 each. They are the same type of tables but actually sturdier than the more expensive ones, and they're brilliant. My halogen lights came from a stationery shop in their sale, my table coverings are crushed velvet from an extremely inexpensive place on line [after I'd spent weeks trudging the streets looking in fabric shops] and I keep my risers in a lovely wooden box from Sainsburys which also serves as a riser when covered with a cloth. Sue [cardmaking housemate] displays her cards in rattan and sea grass baskets, some of which she's found in charity shops or pound shops.
            Heather
            Pretty Things Handmade Jewellery

            Website - www.prettythingsjewellery.co.uk


            Destash bead and papercrafting shop - http://www.misi.co.uk/handmade/BlackCatBeads.html

            New blog - www.prettythingsandwitterings.blogspot.com

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            • #7
              Dear Ashley, I notice from your profile tag that you are not currently selling online! Get on board with this as its a surefire way to have your stuff up on display 24/7 for a lower cost then at a fair, its actually how the majority of us crafters display our work. Ok granted fairs have the social aspect to it, like meeting other crafters and such. However have a scout around for craft sites, perhaps start your own blog. Infact starting your own blog is free to do at http://www.blogger.com/ (alot of craft forum users have a blog there)
              Otherwise just ask other crafters how they started displaying their cards online or browse the forums (I believe there is a section dedicated to selling online).

              Just my few cents worth, hope it helps!
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              • #8
                I did a local funday last weekend & had to sort out my own gazebo, table etc but I did have time to think about it & plan. I also had doubts - mainly about wether or not I could manage everything on my own. In the end it was ok, I got a taxi as it was the most sensible option & when I needed a little help with my gazebo other stall holders were only too happy to help out. I also sold lots too which made it worth the effort. A contributory factor to lots of cards sales was pegging them onto bunting - it not only made the stall look interesting but more noticable from a distance.

                With reference to your question of the expense, it was a little different for me as I already had a pasting table, a chair & got a very good deal on a gazebo but my pitch was only £20 & I have 2 more outside pitch only events booked so that makes the cost a lot better. It was also a very long day - 9.30am set up to 5pm end of event. So the question is not only of justification of expense but time and effort.
                JOIAS DESIGNS

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                • #9
                  for all crafters plenty of sunshine tomorrow

                  Originally posted by Pretty things View Post
                  Wow, Emma, what a brilliant idea! There are some really dinky little pegs in stationery shops, in lovely metallic colours. They'd look great in the sunshine - if it ever comes back [please let it come back on Sunday for our event ]

                  Hanna, it took us a while to collect all the stuff we now cart around to fairs. When I first started I just had a cloth and my stock, and gradually I've acquired risers and lights and mirrors and all kinds of stuff.

                  Have a look in out-of-the ordinary places for equipment. I'd been eyeing up some lovely folding tables for ages, but they were almost £70 each and it was just too much. By a total fluke I found some slight seconds [only had a couple of small marks on the top] from a catering equipment supplier for £25 each. They are the same type of tables but actually sturdier than the more expensive ones, and they're brilliant. My halogen lights came from a stationery shop in their sale, my table coverings are crushed velvet from an extremely inexpensive place on line [after I'd spent weeks trudging the streets looking in fabric shops] and I keep my risers in a lovely wooden box from Sainsburys which also serves as a riser when covered with a cloth. Sue [cardmaking housemate] displays her cards in rattan and sea grass baskets, some of which she's found in charity shops or pound shops.
                  I found my table on Amazon for £35 - it's folding one and very light - only 2 kg. It's very important to me because I cant' lift. The table cloth is my not needed bed cover and I found great stand on Ebay - just £15, folding one for about 50 cards and free delivery. I gave already this link to someone from forum. I bought two - one is in the shop - the owner kindly agreed to display my cards. I always look for bargains and almost always have been lucky to find them - for instance big nice wicker basket for bigger cards just for £3. I think we can share experience together and maybe I will be useful with some advice for your mate. On Monday going for hunting pegs. Wish you and myself plenty of sunshine tomorrow.
                  HANNA
                  http://hannascraftcorner.com/

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                  • #10
                    Thank you for sharing with me your experience - I've got time until Monday to decide. I found already gazebo in Argos for £16
                    but still not sure which one to buy - open one or with side panels. I'd like to go for this carnival just to gain some experience but still confused...
                    HANNA
                    http://hannascraftcorner.com/

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                    • #11
                      I've been trying to sell online for 2 years but without any success. I've got my website(below my name), I had already 1170 visitors and I didn't sell any single card because probably my website is invisible in the traffic. You have to pay to be more visible, I did it but still no sale. That's why I didn't start my blog - don't like to write to myself. So this website still exists but I found out that my cards must be displayed for customers because picters don't do the justice. Every time when I show my cards I have a sale so don't believe that much in selling online. With Ebay was the same - maybe I sold all together 3 cards.
                      Now I'm going to try better place Folksy but in August.
                      HANNA
                      http://hannascraftcorner.com/

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                      • #12
                        Are you going to be putting up the gazebo on your own?? £16 is indeed a good buy but if it isn't a pop up then you'll struggle. I got item 650/1462 & while a little pricy at £50 its amazing & almost puts itself up. The only trouble I had was that after a day in the wind my hands were so cold I couldn't press some of the buttons in to put it down & had to ask for help but otherwise great. It was also very stable in the wind - it wasn't going anywhere.
                        JOIAS DESIGNS

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                        • #13
                          Maybe I will share this gazebo with my new friend - she lives in Leamington and she has a car. We were in Coventry today - it was Friend and Family event. Very well advertised, very well organised but people didn't turn up. I sold only 3 cards, she sold nothing. That's why I can't effort to buy better gazebo at this moment. But in August I will have some money and than I'd like to buy more sophisticated one. Is yours from Argos as well?
                          HANNA
                          http://hannascraftcorner.com/

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ashley55 View Post
                            Thank you for sharing with me your experience - I've got time until Monday to decide. I found already gazebo in Argos for £16
                            but still not sure which one to buy - open one or with side panels. I'd like to go for this carnival just to gain some experience but still confused...
                            If you haven't bought one already, choose the one with side panels if you can - very useful on a windy day! (and we seem to have planty of those).
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                            • #15
                              Thank you Wendy, I did choose this one with panels thinking exactly the same - about winds.
                              HANNA
                              http://hannascraftcorner.com/

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