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  • Masonic Hall, Dartford, Kent - brilliant fair yesterday

    Yesterday I attended a craft fair organised by the Dartford Masons in their hall. What a wonderful event. It was well organised with a good number of visitors, including visits by the Mayor of Dartford and the head of the Masons in West Kent. Many local businesses had posters on display and other masonic groups were also invited. There was plenty of free car parking on site, plus some interesting historic and exotic vehicles by the entrance. There were about 30 stalls in 3 interconnected halls, plus a bar. The tables were about 6ft long and quite deep, plus nice comfy chairs.

    The show opened at 10 with no queue, but within 10 minutes I had made my first sale! The sales kept coming fast and furious, I was selling so much that I had to keep assembling more of the commemorative stamp key rings to replace those sold. Luckily I had a lot prepared ready to do the final assembly. Eventually I ran out of one size of key ring blanks - I thought I had brought enough!

    I only kept a record of the money I took, but it equated to about 60 key rings! Remember this is still a new and fairly untried product, but one lady thought them so good she bought 19 and another kept coming back and eventually bought 13 in total - all as token gifts for specific people for Christmas. Virtually all customers took my leaflet so they can visit my premises, which are about 15 minute drive away.

    Just thought I would save the best bit to last, the stand only cost £15.00. They are organising another craft fair in March, which I shall be attending. Also another masonic group have invited me to have a stand next June at their event to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

    This is still a learning curve for me, but I realise there are a few things I can do slightly better in the future. Also adding a few additional products will help increase the total value of sales and make everything more worthwhile.

    Roger

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    Well done on such a great craft fair - it sounds fabulous and for a really reasonable price! Good luck for the planning for next year and your sales from the customers who took your details!
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    • #3
      Congratulations Roger

      After the experiences you have had earlier in the year with some fairs, you certainly deserve to have a great one! Sounds like a wonderfully organised event - if you don't mind, can you PM me the organisers details as it may be one for me to look at taking a stall in March (Dartford isn't too bad for me travelling wise).

      Hope your next fair is as successful for you.
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      • #4
        Well done you. Sounds a great event and so lovely to hear success stories.
        Lisa x
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        • #5
          Well done,glad it was a good day for you,let's hope things are looking up.I only live the other side of the Darford bridge,maybe you would not mind to PM me the organisers details too,please.
          moni

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          • #6
            Again, could you PM the organisers details to me please? :-)
            Ian Rentoul
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            • #7
              Could you please PM me the contact details.
              Thank you
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