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« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2011, 10:09:06 PM »

Wishing you all many sales tomorrow...
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« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2011, 10:35:16 PM »

Sorry it wasn't a better day, EJ - am v. envious of your clogs - off topic I know, but where did you get them? I'd love a pair!

Walton was busy today - Kevin helped me unload and then had a wander round town - there is a Farmers Market on the first Saturday in the month and although prices were high, folk were buying. I didn't do too badly (at the moment, every little helps) but although the organisation was great and the organisers really lovely, I'm not sure I'd do the same venue again (most of my sales came from other stall holders and the organisers).

Good luck for tomorrow, EJ  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2011, 10:37:27 PM »

I hope everyone sells out, keeps warm and enjoys the banter Smiley :buttrf:
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« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2011, 11:32:04 PM »

Mine was grim. I did take £42.50 and I was surprised to do that well, but I was discounting heavily.

The highlight was the local weirdo doing a terrible Elvis impression. He was drunk, but not as drunk as the big brassy Geordie woman doing the "vintage"* stall, who was chugging special brew at midday and just got drunker and drunker from there. She was bloody terrifying.

The other acts on stage were almost all terrible, the marquee was hideous and really gloomy, nobody had any money, and if I hadn't been there with some other traders I know already from the fair I do in highgate, it would have been really terrible.

Oh well, brick lane next Saturday...

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« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2011, 07:40:31 PM »

My today was better than yesterday - but not particularly good.

The weather was horrible; wind, rain, sleet and touch of snow on the tops arrived at just the right to put people turning out after midday meal.

Fortunately the local male voice choir and the ladies choir did turn up (with OHs in most cases) so they did swell the customer numbers a little.
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« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2011, 08:26:14 PM »

Glad that it was better though - even with the horrible weather!  :buttrf:
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« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2011, 09:15:35 PM »

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Mine was grim. I did take £42.50 and I was surprised to do that well, but I was discounting heavily.

Oh sorry it was not good – where is everyone or are they not just spending any money?  Sad
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« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2011, 09:47:37 PM »

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Mine was grim. I did take £42.50 and I was surprised to do that well, but I was discounting heavily.

Oh sorry it was not good – where is everyone or are they not just spending any money?  Sad
It was just a really financially poor area of London. Predominantly white but people looked really downtrodden. I was struck by the look of disgust and disappointment on one woman's face when she looked at my stuff. To me it said "they promised us a local community event but this isn't for us. I could never afford those prices."

A really depressing day. Got drunk with my other half after (hung over today!) and we decided to cancel my Christmas Market next week, even though it's in trendy Brick Lane and I paid £35 quid for it, so that I can a) focus on keeping up stock levels on the Piccadilly stall and b) help out there on Saturday, when it's likely to be really busy.

When I booked those Christmas markets our circumstances looked very different. I didn't have any freelance work booked in and takings weren't great. But I'm now working full time right up to Xmas and something had to give.  
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« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2011, 10:03:43 PM »

sorry for those of you who have had another shitty day. I did better than I expected, still not going to blow anyone's socks off, but at least I can go to the bank this week! The heavy rain at 3 o'clock put an end to a moderately successful day, when everyone wnet home! Now I just hope my gazebo dries in the garage.
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« Reply #24 on: December 04, 2011, 11:31:49 PM »

LS, I know the feeling - I always dread events where the customers come in with a Lidl plastic bag instead of a handbag.... had a couple of those...I am tempted of maybe trying the German Christmas Market next year, but not sure what stall fees are, I guess very expensive....

I am sorry to hear that things aren't going too well...I hope it picks up soon for everyone!!!  big hug
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« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2011, 12:13:37 AM »

Saturday's fair was great for me, despite the change of it's usual venue & the lack of signs directing people up to the school but todays was the opposite with far fewer visitor numbers & my takings were down 3/4 on last years event.

I've got the farmers market next weekend, outdoors, so I'm praying it doesn't get any colder & the bloody snow doesn't stick, there may be a small charity fair after that but I've got enough stock left to do both & have enough to make up my families baskets.

Good luck for anyone with events this week & coming weekend.

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« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2011, 05:31:37 PM »

After my crazy bust weekend I have only one more event before Christmas. Yeay!!! A chance to breathe!

Friday's event at Sledmere Estate was really good. It was in gorgeous barns with a marquee attached and they had coaches of people coming. It ran all weekend but unfortunately I could ony get a table for that one day. Will definitely do it again next year.

On Saturday I had a Christmas fair at a local school, which though a big eent with an icerink and everything, I was a bit concerned when we got there and found we were in a French classroom and not the hall where the crowd woud be. However, we took the same as at Sledmere so result! After that I ran down the road to Filey to do an evening event for the local Sea Cadets. Their summer eent had been brilliant but this was very slow. They had  choir and a band, and once the entertainment strted, the buying stopped! Still made a profit so not too disappointed.

Well done to everybody for making it through the weekend! And good luck for any further Christmas fairs!
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« Reply #27 on: December 06, 2011, 04:50:34 PM »

LS, I know the feeling - I always dread events where the customers come in with a Lidl plastic bag instead of a handbag.... had a couple of those...I am tempted of maybe trying the German Christmas Market next year, but not sure what stall fees are, I guess very expensive....

I am sorry to hear that things aren't going too well...I hope it picks up soon for everyone!!!  big hug
Yeah, I thought of you and your stall in Surrey St. But this was in Islington (technically) and I expected it to be more affluent.

I'm not blaming or criticising the local people. I just didn't have anything to offer them and if I had known what it would be like, I wouldn't have gone.  Mind, you, I think they really struggled to get anyone involved.
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