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    As in do you do craft fairs alone or do you have help? As the one im going to tomorrow was short notice and my first one i have drafted in thehelp of my OHs mum. But i think shes taking over a little and its kind of ruining it a bit. Which is a shame. I just wanted it to be a good relaxed day but shes turning it into a drama!

    Next time im doing it alone i think. I work better alone....
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    I think you have to gently but firmly let her know how you want things to be. Its great to have help and company but this is your fair not hers. Give her some little jobs to do but don't let her spoil your day.
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    • #3
      I think most OH mom's think they know better. If i did one it might be with a friend of my sister-in-law(who does balloon artistry).
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      • #4
        well, tomorrow im doing it alone. Alan is coming in to help carry stuff and set up but then he's leaving and just coming back at 4 pm to get me. And im a bit worried about what to do if i need the toilet! And in 4 hours, i'll probably go a couple of times at least!
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        • #5
          I like to have a friend on the table next to me so that we can cover each other for toilet breaks, extra change, cups of tea, and most important that we can swop stalls because I think most people find it hard to sell their own stuff but easier to sell a friends
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          • #6
            usually other stall holders wont mind watching your stuff while you go for a pee. Never had anybody say no anyway (yet)

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            • #7
              My OH always comes to fairs with me as I can't drive , so I have no probs , but like Spagbog says other stallholders don't mind watching your stall while you nip off to the ladies.
              Maybe your OH's mum is probably as nervous as you and feels the need to be extra useful............ ,my tip is lace the flask of coffee with brandy , lol, she may have a nap mid afternoon
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              • #8
                Do them on my own but if it's a bigger one, OH will come to help me set up then go away, usually coming back in the last hour.

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                • #9
                  Snow - if you are very desperate come and find me and i can leave OHs mum at mine and watch yours.

                  My mum wants to come too! But she isnt sure if she will yet as she is in Jedburgh and would need to get the bus and train. But craft fairs are very much her thing and i think she wants to help out too. If they both come and help and start squabbling im sending them both home!

                  I feel silly even asking OHs mum for a hand, as i know what shes like. Ask her for one thing and she insists on doing 50 others. She is saying all this stuff about after the fair we can do this and that and planning stuff for my website! Iv found the best way is to just not mention anythng to her about anything! Not lie, just not tell....it sounds mean and she is great and a real help but it is really annoying lol.
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                  • #10
                    I always do mine on my own but I sometimes get a lift to the door but never any further! It would drive me insane having someone 'fussing'!

                    Good luck with your fair!

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                    • #11
                      I do most things with Wendy, although our crafting skills differ they compliment each other and most of the time we are an excellent team, we can see problems from different angles the things we differ on we usually find some middle ground to settle on, I'm more head down, plough on in Wendy gets pulled along a little by my enthusiasm but thankfully she has the sensible head on and steers us away from any problems, and when Wendy get bitten by an idea I give her a push and a helping hand

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                      • #12
                        My son comes with me - he can sell snow to the eskimos
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                        • #13
                          Aw thanks!

                          Originally posted by handcrafted View Post
                          Snow - if you are very desperate come and find me and i can leave OHs mum at mine and watch yours.

                          My mum wants to come too! But she isnt sure if she will yet as she is in Jedburgh and would need to get the bus and train. But craft fairs are very much her thing and i think she wants to help out too. If they both come and help and start squabbling im sending them both home!

                          I feel silly even asking OHs mum for a hand, as i know what shes like. Ask her for one thing and she insists on doing 50 others. She is saying all this stuff about after the fair we can do this and that and planning stuff for my website! Iv found the best way is to just not mention anythng to her about anything! Not lie, just not tell....it sounds mean and she is great and a real help but it is really annoying lol.
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                          • #14
                            DH came with me once to a farm open day and spent all the time chatting to other stallholders and his mates. He went to get me a cup of tea and disappeared for over an hour. When he came back he said they were just setting out for a farm walk so he joined them.!!
                            My mum has come along for an hour or so to keep me company at fairs before now but she sits next to me chatting and as soon as someone comes up to the table she stops abruptly and then starts again as soon as they move off. I'm sure they think she is talking about them.
                            Years ago I did a fair with my friend helping and my -then- 12 year old son. My son insisted on taking the money out of the box when I sold anything - so he could keep track of how much I had made - and I kept having to ask him for change. My friend virtually took over and although it was all my stuff she was acting as if it was hers, and boasting about how much she had sold.
                            So I prefer to do them on my own now.

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                            • #15
                              I want to do a wedding fair in February and my sister is coming with me, in case I am overwhelmed by customers . I noticed on the last fair I went to a lot of brides wish to discuss their requirements in great detail and some stall holders were missing potential customers, as there was no-one else for them to talk to. I think it may be nice company for me too.
                              I realise wedding fairs and craft fairs are a little different, I think craft fairs seem to be more friendly and open to be honest.
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