My First Craft Fair Experience

My first craft fair is now over. Phew! I was so nervous this morning, did I have enough stock? Would anyone come to the fair? After a good hearty breakfast I felt calmer and was ready to meet the craft fair public.

Summerseat is not the easiest location to get to, in one direction there’s a narrow lane with passing places and the other has a 1 in 7 hill with twisty narrow roads. Not much fun for the faint hearted and limited parking when you get there. This may have put some people off, which was a shame as the hall was lovely and there was a wide variety of crafts and gifts available. I wasn’t the only card maker there, but we all offered the consumer something individual, and I offered my range of knitted items too.

The fair took a little time to get going, but a fair number of people attended and I had some very complimentary comments about my stall and stock items. The decision to use our digital photo-frame showing a slide-show of some of my previous card and craft projects was commented upon on several occasions. So I think that was a huge success.

Although the hall was never crowded with visitors, I was still able to make a reasonable number of sales, particularly my individual Christmas cards and knitted stockings for Christmas trees.

It was lovely to meet the public and gauge what people would like to see. I’ve come away with a couple of ideas for future stock lines and projects to try. I also met with some fellow crafters and have been persuaded to join the Etsy world. Thanks to ‘The U in Cute’ for the friendy advice. Watch this space for news of my Etsy shop!!

I must thank everyone who came to visit me and to all my new customers. My biggest thanks go to my husband James and daughter Alice, who helped in the set up of the stall and kept me supplied with tea throughout the day.

I have learned that I need to look well in advance for any craft fairs in the future. In particular I will investigate how successful the fairs have been in the past. I can see the benefits of my new and expanding connections in the crafting community, as being able to share our experiences. I already have a couple of fairs ‘pencilled’ in for March and late Summer 2013, and I may have another before Christmas this year. I shall keep you posted!

Thanks to all my customers, friends and family.

Happy Crafting