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  • How did everyone get on at fairs this weekend?

    On the other thread there were quite a few of us doing craft fairs this weekend, so how did you get on?
    Mine was the first in a new venue, an art centre. There were 14 stalls and 4 of them jewellery. We all had different styles though.
    There was :
    Indian Silver and gemstone lady who had everything marked 1/2 price, still around £15 for a pendant. She didn't have as much stock as last time so I think she may be selling up.
    Peruvian and Chinese rhinestones at about £8 a set. along with ethnic shell chunky stuff. She also had Indian throws so it looked very hippyish.
    Swarovski girl with lots of sparklies and sterling silver, Mainly delicate and with a few seedbead cuffs. I'm not sure she sold much and was very quick to pack up. She was very friendly though and we shared a few tips.
    I did OK, I sold a few lampwork beads on thong, and a few gemstone necklaces along with my wire rings which always go down well with the 7-13 year olds - they paid my table fee. I had a new big board for my necklaces and it certainly caught people's attention.
    I just got a phone message from someone offering a table at another fair so I will be phoning back after dinner.

    Melanie

  • #2
    well done for yesterday, when is your next fair?
    Sarah

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    • #3
      I had my regular spot at a local Craft Fayre and I normally do OK, but it was fantastic yesterday I sold loads but of course now I've got to stock up ready for the next one in just over a week. I think it was the Christmas Shoppers that made it such a success for me, I'm just hoping it continues throughout November as I have quite a few fayres lined up.

      Hope everyone else did well.
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      • #4
        My next one is next Sunday and then the first Saturday and second Sunday in Dec.
        The weather yesterday started cold and then got wet so we didn't have a huge crowd but at least they were buying from me.
        I'm thinking of trying a mail drop in the local villages about my Sunday farmers market as the organizer is not too hot on advertising and won't take up on any suggestions.
        I was wondering if I could do a discount voucher - maybe a % or free matching earrings with any necklace - any ideas?

        Melanie

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        • #5
          The Christmas Craft Fair that I was at went very well for me, I'd made twice the table money before it even opened (don't you just love fellow exhibitors?!)
          It was probably up there in the top three events that I've done in terms of sales. Now got my fingers crossed that the next few on the run-up to Christmas do as well...

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          • #6
            Well mine went ok. It was in a church so a bit odd - luckily we got there in plenty of time to get the end couple of pews and could stand the table in front of them (the pews were curved inwards there) other people had to put the table top across pews. It was also freezing cold .

            I did ok selling wise. It was the cheaper stuff that sold so lots of little bits really. I have my next one in a couple of weeks (Sat & Sun) so need to get making loads of stock.

            There was a lady (kind of) next to me selling jewellery too but she'd made all the beads herself (lampwork ones). Her prices were so low. £8 for a neckalce on thong with about 10 handmade beads on. At the bead fair I went to the other week there was someone selling just the beads for £3 each. She said that she just does it cos she enjoys making them rather than wanting to make money but some of the beads were amazing. She had some like little people with faces on. They were stunning.
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            • #7
              I'm glad that everyone did well
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              • #8
                mine was disasterous!
                Thanks to a couple of buyers at the end I at least made my table fee money back
                It's a learning curve for me though - it was a table top, not a craft fair - there aren't really any round here at the moment
                I don't thing table tops are the right venue for me, people were more interested in the bric a brac bargains than looking at my items
                I've got some school fairs coming up - fingers crossed that's better!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by craftynclothy View Post
                  There was a lady (kind of) next to me selling jewellery too but she'd made all the beads herself (lampwork ones). Her prices were so low. £8 for a necklace on thong with about 10 handmade beads on.
                  I would have been very tempted to buy a few to use in my own stuff.
                  Samigail It is very hard to sell if there are no craft fairs near you. Farmers markets often accept craft fairs. School fairs can be good, make sure you have a range of prices for presents for the children to buy as well as mums.

                  Melanie

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                  • #10
                    I had a brilliant day today, thanks.

                    It was quite quiet but the ones that came in spent well

                    Virtually ran out of 2 of the ranges and managed to secure 2 really good orders which I can drop off at my leisure as they both live locally.

                    Made a couple of useful contacts too that I'll follow up next week as I think it might lead to 4 more fairs if I want but think I'll just do 2 as I'm already well comitted for November and December.

                    At this rate I'll collapse in a wee heap in a corner on Christmas eve

                    Glad most people had a good day.



                    samigail - I made the mistake of doing a table top sale too, once - didn't know what it was....we live and learn eh

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                    • #11
                      Not a brilliant day for me either
                      Made my table fee back and a little extra so that has to be positive, but still only two bags sold plus a couple of knick knacks (one to a blind lady and one to a friend ). Hey ho, still got a few more to do before christmas so it will be interesting to see how things go. Might need to rethink craft fairs altogether
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Recycled Bag Lady View Post
                        Not a brilliant day for me either
                        Made my table fee back and a little extra so that has to be positive, but still only two bags sold plus a couple of knick knacks (one to a blind lady and one to a friend ). Hey ho, still got a few more to do before christmas so it will be interesting to see how things go. Might need to rethink craft fairs altogether
                        Hello again,

                        I'm with you on this one. Not many people through the door though and not a particularly diverse age range. Atmosphere was a little flat. Having said that I did a few last minute sales and and order for a bracelet - and at least you sold to the blind lady, she didn't even look at my stall! (a joke in poor taste I know - sos!)

                        Are you at Great Glen?

                        Claire

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by crafty-clarie View Post
                          Hello again,

                          I'm with you on this one. Not many people through the door though and not a particularly diverse age range. Atmosphere was a little flat. Having said that I did a few last minute sales and and order for a bracelet - and at least you sold to the blind lady, she didn't even look at my stall! (a joke in poor taste I know - sos!)

                          Are you at Great Glen?

                          Claire
                          This was only my second fair, so I thought it was quite busy! That is a positive then
                          Hope you made a sale to young lad, crew cut hair, black fleece? I directed him to you in search of a birthday present for me! (dropped big hints about a bracelet with dark heart shaped beads!!) I'd have primed you first if I'd realised he was doing some shopping.
                          I'm not down for great glen - never did find out the contact Wonder if there are any tables still free? Am doing Blaby though!
                          Cathy xx
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                          • #14
                            Well, I did OK at the Misty Moon fair, despite the teeming rain!
                            Cheers,
                            Scorch

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                            • #15
                              I did ok at the Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham. It is a really nice venue and the people were really nice!! Thankyou again Tania!!! (Your secret is STILL safe with me!!) he he. Sue xx
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