Sunday, 14 October 2012

Our first ever craft show!

Bethany and I have finally done our first craft fair at The Country Barn where she works. We turned up just before nine to set up and immediately felt really small and unprofessional. We had all been asked to supply our own tables and the only one I had that would fit in my tiny car was a wee picnic table. Also, we didn't want to spend our limited funds on having business cards and such printed, so these were handmade using free gifts from craft mags and cheap card already bought for another project. 

The stool I had taken to sit on was incorporated into the display until I made some space by selling a bag! All in all I think we managed to make an attractive enough display and jotted down many tips and ideas on how to improve. 

Humble beginnings!

Despite feeling a tad unprepared we couldn't have had a better introduction to craft fairing. It was a small venue, only a dozen stalls, but everyone was so friendly and helpful it was a pleasure to be there. We ended up with some new friends and contacts, covered our costs, made a tiny profit (and, oh yeah, I got a stiff neck!) so all in all a good day.
Bethany's Christmas cards (yes it's creeping up on us!) received lots of good feedback, which made the tears and last minute cutting, folding and stuffing all worth while! She will be adding more designs and featuring them all on her Etsy shop as soon as she gets a chance.

I must share with you my favourite stall of the day and the two lovely ladies behind it. We were set up next to each other and they were so friendly and supportive despite our stalls being at opposite ends of the spectrum! Tracey owns the business and has huge support from her sister, Michelle, who is much more than 'the unpaid help'. They had a great rapport with the customers, Michelle encouraging people to pick items up and smell them and Tracey out front explaining the ingredients and how best to use the products. That said, they were never intrusive or overbearing, just enthusiastic about a fantastic range of products. Well done, ladies and best of luck to Tracey when she leaves full time work in December to concentrate fully on the business. I can't wait to see your Christmas gift boxes at the next fair.
Email Tracey at: or Tel: 07983 536402
She also has a website coming soon, I will keep you posted.

The Little Soap Company by the Sea.

Sooooooooo pretty!

And it smells gorgeous too!! 

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