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  • I've had enough :(

    Hey all, I've decided I'm not going to do any more candle making. I've lost faith in myself after I did a craft fair thingy last week and made £8 - it cost £10 for the table!!! So I'm not happy anymore. I'm giving it up. So if anyone's interested in buying some candlemaking stuff off me, fragrance oils, dyes, moulds, wax etc, let me know ASAP either through PM or email me at [email protected]
    thanks.
    I've got 5kg of soy wax to get rid of btw.
    http://www.freewebs.com/handmade-cr
    Handmade by Cathy Richardson

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    OH NO! Don't give up - everyone has bad days, especially at craft fairs! And in these credit crunch times, no-one really has any spare money, but that's not to say that people don't appreciate your work.

    Please think long and hard before you sell all of your materials - you might regret it in the long run. Give yourself a few days off to think about other things, don't look back on the craft fair, and see how you feel. If you had another really good experience, would it put you back on track?

    Find something that gives you inspiration, such as a walk in the countryside, a cup of tea, or a favourite film, and see how you feel in a couple of days.

    Helen x

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    • #3
      Don't give up just yet, things are really tough out there. Other members have had the same problem at fairs recently. I sent out 20 invites to my Open House 10 days ago for tomorrow evening, have only heard from 4, 1 of those is not coming, will probably end up with about 6 people but that is the way it goes, buzzing last year with 30. I am not going to give up but keep trying. I do appreciate that when you do not get your rent back etc etc but things may take an upturn nearer Christmas. Have you tired a party at home, at least it will not cost much and you are home anyway.

      Keep you chin up.

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      • #4
        Yeah, I've thought about it enough though really. And especially with the credit crunch, I know it means people don't have as much money to spend, but I don't either! I've got no job at mo and with the current state of affairs it doesn't look like I'm going to get one before Christmas. I'm not making anything from my candles, so need to sell my stuff so at least I will have SOME money! I haven't totally given up on candlemaking, I still enjoy it, but I think I'll just stick to making candles for myself and family rather than trying to make money on it. Anyway, I can always buy some new stuff if I change my mind can't I? Thanks for your support it does mean a lot.
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        • #5
          Please don't lose faith in yourself because of a bad fair. It's not your lack of ability thats the issue its just a really tight time for everyone.

          I have often thought of giving up as 'every second person does jewellery' and you hear the people say 'urgh not another jewellery stall'. But it's something I enjoy and if you enjoy what you do then keep your equipment and do it just for fun, family and friends.

          It will only be more expensive if you sell and later decide to buy again.

          Def take a timeout and please don't take that bad fair experience as a personal reflection, it certainly isn't. The doom mongerers have been very successful in scaring everyone about a worldwide recession.
          Terry xxx
          You can't have everything. Where would you put it all?" - Steven Wright
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          • #6
            Yeah, appreciate what your saying, but I know I'm not that good at making candles. I'm not totally negative though, I know that I'm good at making the cappucino candles in a mug so I'm going to keep making those,maybe just do novelty ones instead. But I've got loads of candles that I made for the fair, about 50 left or something, so going to try get rid of them to make some money.

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            • #7
              Your cappucino candles look AMAZING!!

              I'm so sorry you're feeling negative about it all ... hope you change your mind about giving up!!!
              Carol

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              • #8
                You may regret giving up, have a couple of months off making and concentrate on selling the stock you already have
                I've lost all faith in selling on ebay,maybe try listing some of etsy,folksy etc or contacting a local gift/farm shop if there are any near you and see if they will stock them for you.
                People are too scared to spend at the min , hopefully after Christmas the doom and gloom may lift a little

                I agree your candles look good enough to drink
                Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes CAN change your life !!

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                • #9
                  That cappuccino candle looks amazing!!

                  With talent like this.... keep at it for a while...you never know the next fair could be the turning point and you could sell out!

                  Whatever you decide to do good luck!
                  Sarah

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                  • #10
                    Why don't you just pack it all away somewhere for now. Take it from me, you will want to have another go sometime in the future. These are very depressing times, it's all enough to get anyone down. It's also very hurtful when you have put your heart and soul into your product and no one appears to want it but in this case, its not that they don't want it but more they can't afford it. Please don't part with your kit.
                    Carol
                    God helps them that help themselves.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Critchley View Post
                      Why don't you just pack it all away somewhere for now. Take it from me, you will want to have another go sometime in the future. These are very depressing times, it's all enough to get anyone down. It's also very hurtful when you have put your heart and soul into your product and no one appears to want it but in this case, its not that they don't want it but more they can't afford it. Please don't part with your kit.
                      I totally agree, pack your kit away, don't part with it. It will cost you a lot to replace it, if you want to take up candle making again and then you'll regret parting with it. Don't make a decision while your feeling down, at least, if you leave it until the new year, you'll have time to think it over, when you're feeling less stressed.
                      Jayne


                      "One must have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star."

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                      • #12
                        Trust me pack it away

                        I sold all my fimo stocks molds etc as I stopped making frames and plaques, I then got an email from an previous client wanting 10 frames and I couldnt do them, gutted!!!!

                        Also I sold my sizzix machine on a whim and could do with that now too lol

                        A very valuable lesson learnt....do not declutter lol
                        Ren x
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                        • #13
                          I've been there too - several times, although I think it's quite a common place for artists to be. The most recent time (not that long ago) I decided to give up doing commissions, a decision I don't regret, but as soon as I'd made the decision, the requests started piling in! I was tempted to take a step back but have managed to resist, and I haven't got rid of my canvas stock (this time) because I know one day I will use it again even if only for fun. Think very carefully befor you de-clutter!
                          Gail x

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                          • #14
                            I am so sorry you are having a hard time and feeling let down. I have found every fair I have done this year to be a struggle and at some I haven't covered my stall money either - it really does leave you feeling deflated.

                            I do agree with the comments from everyone else that maybe it is time to pack your stuff away for a while and then see how you feel in a few months. Is there anything else apart from candle making that you are interested in?.

                            About 90% of my sales have been from my website so I definitely think that is the way to go. More and more people seem to prefer to shop online these days.

                            Keep smiling!
                            by Nicki
                            www.bynicki.co.uk

                            Home Decorations & Gifts with Country Style

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                            • #15
                              that was me sunday after another bad fair on saturday. I was moping around & it does make you think your stuff isn't good enough but now " I'M OVER IT " & have another fair in 2weeks time. The way I see it, it can't get much worse. Most of the reason for poor sales is not enough people through the doors. Like other people say, put the stuff away for a while & try & sell what you have made on ebay or similar. I love the candle in the mug, it's FAB., cheer up.
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