I did a craft show at Christmas two years ago in December and did fairly well but the stall fee wiped out most of my profits! Hence I decided that maybe having a live, as opposed to an online presence wasn’t such a good idea after all. Now, with the revamped stall, new stock and a new partner, I am taking Rosa-Mundi out into the big wide world again for another try. Tony and I have so far gone to two village shows – one at South Cerney and one at Hucclecote (both in Gloucestershire).
South Cerney had a massive crowd of thousands and therefore a good potential footfall. The downside was that we were in a marquee with someone selling dog food behind us (his brightly coloured goods distracted from the look of our stall somewhat), next to a cake stall (people would shoot off to buy a cake instead of lingering to look at our stock) and surrounded by mainly charity tables. The other stall holders were lovely but, I think, it wasn’t the right place for us. Nevertheless, we had a lot of interest in my new beeswax candles and in Tony’s decorated boxes and we made enough money to make a small profit. We also sold quite a few tomato plants!
The next show was much closer to home and the marquee was much better. This time, at the Hucclecote show, we were situated with our backs against the tent wall, were not next to any one who sold yummy, tempting food (although there were some fantastic cup cake stall close by and a fudge seller opposite! And this time it was full of craft stalls. So far then, so good. The whole event, a community show, was fantastically organised and once again, there was a fantastic turn-out. BUT – and this is something we need to keep in mind for the future – the rest of the fair included a fun fair and live events and, I think, that is what most of the people came for. The craft marquee, although well organised and attended, was like a side-show and visitors were more likely to save their money for the Dodgems and candy floss for the kids.
We did OK, but not brilliantly. And I think several other stall holders had the same experience. Once again, the plants we took with us (tomatoes and herbs) proved the most popular and attracted the most interest. So maybe this is one avenue we need to think about more seriously for this time of year, and plug the candles and incense nearer Christmas. Nevertheless, it was, once again, a nice day out meeting people, so we are not giving up the live stalls just yet!
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