Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Here's the link:
Posted by O V Gillies who makes jewellery from the beautiful island of Aran. (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ovgilliesdesigns)
Monday, 15 February 2010
This is what my stand looked like at the beginning of the day .................................. and sadly it's exactly how it looked at the end of the day too! It was a very slow day and I wasn't the only stall holder to sell absolutely nothing, zilch, zippo.
That's the bad news. The good news is that I met some great people, handed out a bundle of cards, made some interesting observations and my products received some nice compliments. If you are thinking about taking a stand and are hesitating about it then don't - just do it. This one in North Berwick was organised well and I can't believe I had any anxieties - it was well run, well advertised, just short of any cash buyers. BUT, it was a small show in February and the list of items to take will be different than if you were attending a larger craft fair. That was Lesson No. 1.
Apart from my stock, this is what I will take to the next similar show:
Table cover - approx 6ft x 2ft min
Advertising banner saying who you are and what you do
Notebook and couple of pens
Cash box and change
Something to do during the quiet moments (knitting)
I didn't feel lighting was necessary. The hall was well lit and unless you were selling something small like jewellery then I don't think it would have helped much. I was also in the middle of the room and getting power to the table would have been difficult.
It was evident from the beginning that it was going to be slow so I made use of my time in talking to the other stand owners and finding out from them what other local shows worked for them and getting details of their best websites. Everyone was happy and willing to share their experiences and I learned much from them.
Lesson No. 2 for next time would be to label items and price individually. I thought one large printed pricelist would work well and to a certain extent it did. However, I thought that it was obvious what my items were and I was surprised at how many folk picked up a coaster and didn't know what it was. Next time I will have cards for each group of items and price them up.
Lesson No. 3 would be to be aware of where the potential customers were coming from. I set up my stand without thinking about this and found that most folk came from the left hand side and my best items should have been positioned on the right hand side of the table which would catch their eye first.
Lesson No. 4 would be to have more general items for sale and not customised orders. Folk were there to make a purchase on the day and generally didn't want to place an order.
That's it! I really had fun and am still very optimistic. Off now to book a stand for the Easter Fair.
Friday, 12 February 2010
I ordered some bags yesterday. I was thinking of using supermarket bags but, despite the recycling argument have decided to go with paper bags for the small items and some plain white carry bags for the cushions - I don't want to risk them getting soiled.
So, that's it, wish me luck and I'll post on Monday with the results.
Thursday, 11 February 2010
As I'm so organised (!) I'll not be doing any crafting today. Instead I'll head out to the bank and get change and probably head to the Peter Potter Gallery in Haddington for a coffee and cake - they have a new chef who makes amazing food.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
I've decided that half of my stand will be used for a display of my cushions - that's what I enjoy most of all. The remaining half will be a combination of golf items, bags and coasters.
This was a really useful exercise as I discovered that I actually have more space than I thought to display my goods (although I don't want it to be too crammed).
One useful hint I picked up was to have items across a range of prices which is why today I'm going to be making some useful (but really cheap) coffee mats/coasters. I'd really have liked to make some from Cath Kidson fabrics but haven't got time today to get into the Edinburgh shop so will make them from my existing stash of fabrics. I want to make them in really bright, spring like colours that will really stand out on the black felt. So far, I've got a selection of 8 different choices but they look lost on the table so I'm aiming to get another 6 choices to add today. Well, that's my day planned out for me. Off for a coffee now!
Sunday, 7 February 2010
I'm hoping to receive an e-mail soon to tell me what all the arrangements are. Somehow I'm sure I'll have lots of questions but on the other hand, how hard can it really be. Take my merchandise, lots of change, bags and hope for lots of folk to be interested in what I'm offering.
I've found a couple of websites that offer a good list of things that you need to take with you but after my experience I'll be posting my own list - in fact, more of a reminder for me so that I'll know what not to forget next time! Most importantly it seems that I shouldn't forget to take a packed lunch and hot/cold drinks to keep me going throughout the day.
So for today I'll be thinking about how I'm going to set up my stand and that will involve:
- table covering (I'm thinking of black felt and creating an overhang where I can applique the word 'Lifecovers');
- lighting (although I don't think I'll do anything special this time - keep it simple silly);
- display material (I want something that will add height to the table but don't want to really buy any especially for this fair);
- pricing - not sure whether to create a price list or to individually price items.
- order form - this is really important as much of my offerings are personalised
Wish me luck!