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Title: Getting ready...
Post by: Andy on November 30, 2011, 10:41:49 AM
I haven't done a house party in ages (since broken foot), and have one this Thurs.  It'll be a nice gathering of stylist, nail technician, card maker and more.

And some of you know how I've never been fond of markets, but agreed to one coming up this Sat.

So, I'm all set and prepared, here is a little melange of what I'll have on for sale. I've been working flat out (as some of my products will be stocked from next week onwards in a spa with two branches in London), so apologies for not being around much!

Thanks for looking! 


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Eire on November 30, 2011, 10:44:48 AM
Lovely selection of goods, Andy. Nice attractive understated presentation too. Me likes! :)


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Denice on November 30, 2011, 10:46:57 AM
Andy, your products look lovely, I'm sure everyone will want to buy them.  I love those tall bottles

A house party sounds good, they've not really taken off up here yet - not sure why that is.  I know they're fairly big on mainland Europe and picking up momentum down south, so they may start to trickle in up here - sound like a much better use of time than carft fairs.

Craft fairs I definitely try to avoid, though we had one last weekend and have another one on saturday - kind of unavoidable really.



Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Andy on November 30, 2011, 10:47:12 AM
Before anyone asks...

3 bottles on left are for the hand serums some of you tested.  I've tweaked the recipe a bit, and went for the myrrh blend.

3 diff balms on the right: one with mica, one without and a 'general' balm that can also be used on lips; all unscented (no EOs; but 2 lip balms have cocoa butter so smell of that).

The perfumed butter is may chang, frangipani and jasmine - I think the best blend I've ever made, absolutely love it, but it is overpowering.

Bath oils in green bottles at the back, and my 'boring' soap (castile with OO, no scent).


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Andy on November 30, 2011, 10:51:59 AM
Thanks, Eire!

Denice - I only agreed to this one because it's inside a massive pub, so I'll be warm. Also, it's very close to home, and in a very quaint area, first ever market they've done there was 2 months ago and now they're doing this one. Table was very cheap for West London price tags! (£15, when usually is £150!!!). We'll see...

House parties are interesting, but usually 'invitation only'. I was surprised with this one being announced openly on FB, with address and everything! I hope we're not ramsacked!!!  :mwaha:


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: yomojo on November 30, 2011, 01:04:00 PM
You'll do well Andy – fab products. I don't blame you for avoiding fairs – the two I've done so far do not make me want to do lots next year  ;D


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Eva on November 30, 2011, 03:20:25 PM
Nice products. I hope you do very well.  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: nikkir on November 30, 2011, 04:06:25 PM
Everything looks lovely I'm sure you will do very well x


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Andy on November 30, 2011, 05:11:57 PM
Thanks everyone!

I'll report back later...  :D


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: polly on November 30, 2011, 05:12:54 PM
Gorgeous products, Andy, lovely labels and packaging - no need to wish you luck, they will sell themselves.


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Suzanne on November 30, 2011, 05:23:04 PM
Good luck.


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Em on November 30, 2011, 05:38:15 PM
They look fantastic. Well done on the spa, that's amazing!

Hope you have a great time at the house party and market and sell loads!


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Lindy on November 30, 2011, 05:42:02 PM
Andy that looks wonderful!  I am so in love with those glass bottles.....


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: EJ on November 30, 2011, 05:55:25 PM
Looking good.


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Helen on November 30, 2011, 08:26:26 PM
What a lovely collection.  Oh I do hope you do well with this.  The bestest of luck Andy  :buttrf: :buttrf:


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Littleswift on December 01, 2011, 12:51:39 AM
Beautiful products - you'll be a smash hit.  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: sidewalk on December 01, 2011, 09:16:56 PM
Really lovely products, you will do fab! Have fun!


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Andy on December 03, 2011, 10:53:40 PM
Thanks, everyone!

The house party on Thursday was good, there was a nice bunch of ladies, and now that I understand better what the host does (she is an image consultant), there are quite a few specific events we may be able to plan together.

The fair today was the best ever - not only in terms of sales, but public too. To be honest, I went thinking that it was going to be a good one (as it's the only fair I've done this entire year, yes). 

What worked really well was to offer 3 for 2 (cheapest free) on a range of cheaper/smaller products. 

The other thing was that I asked everyone who came close to my stall what scent they liked (funny some replied: 'I'm just looking', and I was in such good humour that I'd reply back, 'Well, I don't carry that fragrance yet, but maybe in future, lol!'.  :mwaha:

And from that I'd ask if they bathe or shower, like to relax or get energised.  The approach was 'what will you get', and guide the client towards the products they'd love.  It worked well.

It was bloody busy the whole day but I was glad somehow I managed to really interact with customers. 

Lastly, a little pic to show you my wee table...  :buttrf:



Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Denice on December 04, 2011, 12:59:24 AM
Well done!  Sounds like you've had a couple of good events, and with the first one maybe leading on to more.

Your table looks really good - you've kept it nice and clean and simple which matches your packaging really well.

Hope you're ankle is ok with all the standing you must've been doing :buttrf:


Title: Re: Getting ready... - w/ pic
Post by: Andy on December 04, 2011, 09:18:05 AM
Thanks, Denice.  I was glad I managed 'something' for this table.  Not having done fairs in so long, I don't have 'appropriate gear', and my nice acrylic shelves are in the shop I sell in Carnaby st.  It was a bit of a creativeset up (wine box upside down  :mwaha:).

Foot suffered terribly as I had to stand the whole time. There was no way I could have had a chair around, but also, the place was packed the whole day as it was a 'short' fair, 12-5pm. I could barely walk in the end...


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Suzanne on December 04, 2011, 10:17:09 AM
Sounds like you had a great day. Well done!


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: yomojo on December 04, 2011, 10:19:26 AM
I like your table and the use of the wine box  ;D Glad that you had a really good day.


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Andy on December 04, 2011, 11:00:15 AM
Thanks!

I think for the first time ever I had fun in a fair, may even consider doing more now...  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: Iman on December 04, 2011, 01:44:01 PM
Range looks great, glad the fair was good, and well done on the Spa too! That's fantastic!!


Title: Re: Getting ready...
Post by: EJ on December 04, 2011, 06:48:58 PM
Well Done!