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Title: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Menolly on October 28, 2011, 09:18:45 AM
Well at least I HOPE it is a big one! It is in Guildford at Trinity Churchyard on Sunday and I must admit to being a bit nervous!
I really do need to at least make my table money on this one, although I have events every weekend now until the second week in December so can make it up then, hopefully - and at least it is getting my name and website "out there".

MUST take pix too before Sunday - I need to update my website!


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Eire on October 28, 2011, 09:29:50 AM
Good luck with the fair, hope it's a good one for you.

Eire


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: retropants on October 28, 2011, 09:37:39 AM
all the best for this Pam! hope you sell loads :)


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Celia on October 28, 2011, 10:04:44 AM
Fingers crossed for a good one  :buttrf:


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Alphya on October 28, 2011, 10:16:32 AM
Sending good vibes and hope you do really really well. Take pics of your stall so we can be nosy ;D


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: EJ on October 28, 2011, 10:23:04 AM
Good luck Pam.


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Helen on October 28, 2011, 01:28:15 PM
How exciting for you!  Yes, pics are a MUST  ;D

Don't worry too much.  Just enjoy it and absorb the experience because you'll be able to use what you have absorbed for the next one. 

Good luck and I hope it is FABULOUS for you  :buttrf: :buttrf:


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: yomojo on October 28, 2011, 02:44:58 PM
I've crossed everything–including my eyes  ;D Good luck!


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: polly on October 28, 2011, 02:53:22 PM
Best of Luck Pam  :buttrf:


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Ugony1966 on October 28, 2011, 04:02:08 PM
Good luck... I do a craft fair every month and on my last one sold almost £400.00.  My stall is not just soap, but still I know what you mean about making you money back.

John


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: nakedtruthbeauty on October 28, 2011, 04:26:29 PM
Best of luck Missus!  ;D


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Lindy on October 29, 2011, 05:24:12 AM
Oh you are going to have so much fun!  This is just so exciting for you...  Best of luck and like the rest have said - pictures!!!!!

I look forward to hearing how it goes....


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Menolly on October 29, 2011, 09:04:12 AM
I PROMISE that I'll take my camera this time (forgot last time!) and take pix  ;D Thanks for all the good wishes - I'll let you know how it goes!


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Denice on October 29, 2011, 02:29:32 PM
Exciting!  Hope it goes really well :buttrf:


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Iulia on October 29, 2011, 08:22:14 PM
Good luck tomorrow


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: LQT on October 29, 2011, 08:49:32 PM
good luck, hope it goes well


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Suzanne on October 29, 2011, 08:53:33 PM
Good luck!


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Vanilla on October 29, 2011, 08:55:58 PM
ooooh best of luck!!   :buttrf:


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Lindy on October 30, 2011, 01:13:08 AM
I hope you have an amazing day!


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Helen on October 30, 2011, 03:08:41 PM
How did it go?   :)


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Lindy on October 30, 2011, 06:46:06 PM
 :popcorn: :cofft: :news:


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Menolly on November 01, 2011, 12:03:53 AM
Oh dear..........I don't think many people were shopping in Guildford on Sunday  :(

I had no real need to be nervous - I suppose I had expected something a bit different, with it being held just off the High Street. The organisation of the event was brilliant, but even the best organisation won't make people come!

As it was, I cleared my stall fee and made money on top AND sold stock right across the board but a lot of the stallholders didn't and were very downcast - the girl with some fabulous artificial flower arrangements and christmas wreaths sold NOTHING :(

I was really pleased with the interest in my body butter and my Winter Balm - and the solid massage bars and baby massage bars went as well. Soap was a mixture of CP and M&P and yes, I know, I haven't posted any pix but I will tomorrow - honest!


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Helen on November 01, 2011, 09:18:18 AM
Oh that's sad.  I am sorry it was so rubbishy  :(  (:hug:)

Still, you have got your name around a bit and there's a good chance some of them will come back to you as we get closer to xmas. 

Just out of interest, in terms of experience, is there anything you have drawn from this that you will use in future events?

 :buttrf: :buttrf:


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Menolly on November 01, 2011, 11:12:39 AM
Just out of interest, in terms of experience, is there anything you have drawn from this that you will use in future events?

 :buttrf: :buttrf:

Oh, absolutely.....if I can, I'll check out the venue first! What I didn't put in my last post was that the unloading area was down a steep driveway with a small car park at the bottom where you could turn round. That was fine when we arrived, as the organisers had issued everyone with time slots, so we were able to unload and then go back up the driveway easily. However, at the end of the day, we weren't able to turn the car round (too many other vehicles) so we had to reverse up that driveway (a 45 degree slope!!).
When we got to the top, there was smoke pouring out from under the bonnet  :o and we were sure that we had burned out the clutch....which on any car is an expensive job and on the Volvo  - well- let's just say I almost cried!
We called the RAC and by the time they arrived, the car had cooled down - RAC man said that it was good we'd stopped when we did, as we probably saved the clutch.
Moral of the story - go and check the venue for access and make a plan for arriving and leaving!

Also......I will put out unwrapped soap samples because people wanted to smell the soaps but were reluctant to pick up the packaged ones.

I don't think there is much you can do with regard to "footfall" - the guy who had the stall opposite me - Quack's Pickles - said that he had done a tiny village hall event on Saturday and had been really, really busy all day (and hadn't expected to be, either). He reckoned everyone in the village came (it was Sherfield on Lodden's Holly Fair, I think). I guess I'd thought that, with it being Guildford, we would be busy but......


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Helen on November 01, 2011, 03:55:56 PM
Oh it is good to see that you have pulled so many positives from the experience  :buttrf: :buttrf:


Title: Re: First "big" fair on Sunday
Post by: Lindy on November 01, 2011, 06:05:22 PM
I'm sorry it wasn't the greatest for you...  Good on you for seeing the bright side in it.... :buttrf: