It’s been quite sometime since I’ve done a fair, I think it’s been 4/5 years?!
As you have likely to have seen on my social media posts, I’ve been “a bit” busy sorting out everything for this event. I tried my best to use what I’ve got from my previous fair appearances but ended up a lot anyway as I was doing 2 days at Abington Park Museum’s Christmas fairs.
I would like to say I’ve got enough stock for the two days but you have to wait and see.
I like to say life was against me on the last appearance at the museum because there was a lot of events all on the day such as the World Cup, Cricket and tennis. So as you could expect, the turnout of people wasn’t that great but I can’t blame the museum for that.
Anyway back to the main event, as usual I got to the venue early so I didn’t have to rush and have a look at other stalls. I always like to think it is best to get somewhere early than late.
Doing a lot of craft fairs in the past and working in retail for many years has given me a lot of experience in how things should be displayed, which was another reason to come early so I could focus on that.
It was great meeting many of my creative friends that I haven’t had a conversation with in quite sometime like Jean Edwards, this lady is incredibly talented that me and dene aka the Bonfire Banter Podcast even had a chat with her which you can find on Spotify and other platforms which you can find podcasts on!
The first day of the fair went rather well, something that was surprising was the stall holder I had in the same room as me was friends with the Mayor of Northampton (he was an author and photographer and one was the items he had on sale was a calendar of Abington Park and a £ of each calendar went to one of the mayor’s charity).
I did get a lot of interest in my work and a fair few saying its very much different which made me happy.
Sometimes as a craft stall holder especially when it comes to art, you often get more interest than sales as its not something you buy everyday. You have to think at least they aren’t ignoring my stall.
Thankfully I got some sales so I can’t complain after all the stuff you have just said above haha.
The first day of the Christmas Fair went better than I expected, all the conversations I had with customers really made all the preparation I made in the end worth it.
If you selling linocut at fairs, there is a sentence you will hear a lot and I do mean A LOT is “oh I remember doing that at school”. I wish I was joking but we hear it a lot.
I left my items in my stall for Sunday, normally close to the time the day ends I start to pack away but as it was a two day event I was able to leave my products. Of course I took my money with me home for obvious reasons.
I came back to Abington Park Museum early on Sunday because overnight I decided to change the layout around as I noticed the day before that the tote bags didn’t get enough attention and done major reductions on items I just wanted to get rid of.
The morning was a surprise as didn’t expect to have 2 sales in the first 10 minutes, this made me really happy and start the day off great.
The Mayor of Northampton came back to help the stall holder opposite with awhile without his mayor chains he had on the day before.
The layout change I made in the morning helped me shift a few tote bags that I sold out of some tote bag designs I had available at the start of the day.
The only annoying thing for the whole weekend was the card reader I bought just for the event, thankfully I was able to buy it for £8 but never worked due to where I was in the museum due to the big beams of wood etc blocking signal which other stalls had the same problem with me. A lot of customers paid with cash so thankfully it was only an issue for one customer.
As mentioned already the start of the day went well, of course died down at lunch times but built back up again.
I did write a lot of this post on the weekend and I had a big paragraph about my card reader again but more or less continued to moan about it..... So let's continue.
Closer to the end of the weekend, I went crazy with the reductions to try to shift as much stock as possible so I didn’t have to carry that much back to the car when the fair ended I even made a “Everything must go” sign to attract customers.
I managed to by the end of the day triple the sales I had the day before, in hindsight I should have done the mega reductions at the start of the day but I will give my pricing some thought for my next fair appearance (whenever that is going to be).
I can honestly say the Christmas Fair was a success, with that I can end this post saying thank you so much for the support and thank you for reading.