Monday, 2 May 2011


So as you may or may not have gathered, yesterday was the craft show at the gorgeous Victoria Hall in Saltaire.

I was a little bit apprehensive to start with, as I had been allocated table number 13... eek!  But I needn't have worried (besides, my mum pointed out her birthday is on the 13th, so it can't be that unlucky!).

I had a glamorous assistant in the form of Adeel, a friend and work colleague, who was given the daunting task of being in charge of the bowl of sweeties on the table.  He did a smashing job (Cadbury chocolate eclairs and opal fruits, yummy yummy) even if it was only the two of us eating them!  So a huge THANK YOU to him for giving up the majority of his Sunday to help me.  He did a lovely job of helping me set up the table, his side was much neater than mine!!!

I really didn't know what to expect when it came to sales and how many I would make.  I'd read a few blogs and accounts of people's experiences of selling at fairs and shows, and at best they made enough to cover the cost of the table.  So I thought to be on the safe side, expect the very least so even one sale would be a pleasant surprise.  Which it really was.  And so was the second... and the third (who was in fact a repeat purchase from my very first customer!!)...  All in all I think I made about 10 sales, which was loads more than I anticipated, and was really surprised that I had underestimated the 'pocket money market'.  The earrings and hair grips from the Picture Box Collection went down an absolute storm with the little girls who had come along with their mums.  I think I will have to re-stock rather quickly in time for the next show!!  I was quite surprised with just how popular they were, and the pendants too.  I didn't sell much in the way of the semi-precious stuff, which I was slightly disappointed about as it was that which took the most work to produce!!  But as they say the customer is always right so I can't really argue.

So all in all a smashing day was had by everyone, I have a lot to think about and plan for the next show (Ilkley, 28 May, put it in your diaries!!), and fingers crossed there are a lot of little girls who will look very pretty with their new earrings and hair slides at school tomorrow!!

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