The following was my experience of my first fair of the season. Both Christmas craft fairs were very successful. The first one I attended was held on a Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4 each day. It was extremely well organised, in a lovely centre with lots of facilities. It was open to the public with no admission charge. There were many varied crafts with no two being the same. There were plenty of volunteers available for unpacking and packing the car, a well run cafe and we had lovely weather. I had a very small area in a small room but I made the most of it. My fellow crafters in the room were lovely and we had great fun chatting during the few quiet intervals. I had a prominent sign advertising I was fund raising for a well known charity and I am sure this helped with sales. However I was very proactive selling and for the most part I stood out around at the front of the stall explaining what I was selling and would go around to the back to bag sales and take payment. I was attending another fair in a couple of weeks so I was under no pressure to sell. I didn't reduce prices at any stage. As luck would have it I did sell out on a number of items and I think it slowed down sales in the afternoon on the Sunday. The low prices items encouraged people to buy and while they were at it, they were inclined to throw in another item or two.
In total I raised 851 euro.
I SOLD OUT of
Christmas Table Teasers 25 at 6 euro
Magic Reindeer food 100 at 1 euro
Chocolate snowmen 50 at 2 euro
Website and Blog books 11 at 5 euro
Desk calendar and notepad 12 at 6 euro
Earring holders 18 at 6 euro
Christmas Wreaths 3 at 15 euro
I also sold
Notebooks 28 at 4 euro
Tooth Fairy Tins 12 at 3 euro
Peg sets 7 at 3 euro
Gift cards 16 at 2 euro
Bookmarks 6 at 1 euro
Starlight mint tin 7 at 2 euro
I hope this helps my blog visitors who are preparing for their own craft fairs. Though from my experience no two fairs are the same.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Hope you all enjoy the above video I made today using the photos of the items I made for the past two craft fairs. I was really very fortunate. Nearly everything sold out and I raised an enormous amount of money for a very worthy cause.
I'll post tomorrow with a full list of details.
Friday, December 2, 2011
I first removed the old and worn wicker, then washed and repainted, then added two fabric baskets. The photo below just shows one of the finished frames in a mock up preparation for the fair at home.