Here at Crafty Gifts & Cards there's been a lot of thinking & general decision making going on.
I was at St. David's Church in Neath yesterday & I knew that how the day went would be the turning point for the fate/fair end of the business. There seems to be a lull in the amount of craft fair footfall at the moment. Ask around at any such event and all the stall holders will tell you the same story; it hasn't been good for a long time.
Every one of us has a theory - it's too hot/wet/cold, it's not being advertised enough, the location isn't right, there is a clashing event nearby, the recession... & the list goes on. I feel badly for the organisers who put in such a lot of hard work & for us stallholders too - it is soul destroying to sit there for 5 hours or more & still sell very little.
For instance - yesterday I sold two 'Make it yourself' kits, 1 button brooch & 1 crochet pattern. I had lots of complimentary comments but not many were willing to be parted from their cash.
On a brighter note - I was approached by two ladies who asked if I'd be interested in some Autumn/Christmas fairs. The first is in October & the lady is sending me contact detail for the organisers but she attends & says she will recommend me - how kind. It's not far from CG&Cs HQ so that's a plus point too. The second is in a school in Neath - a Christmas fate, dates to be confirmed. This lady is one of the organisers of school events & had just helped arrange a successful Summer Fate the week before.
With all this information in mind I've sadly decided that Spring & Summer fairs are a waste of money & will only do Autumn & Christmas events from now on.
And now for some lovely facebook pages for you to drool over......
I met these lovlies at the fair yesterday & they are well worth a mention.
Drop by, 'LIKE' & tell them Jo sent you...
That's all for today folks...
Hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather