As you know, last Saturday I did a local craft fayre organised by Estrella Events. The room was full of lovely stalls, with some beautiful work, and filled with some friendly like minded people.
I had my stall all set up, with a range of cards and small gifts, displayed in easy to reach boxes .....
I think next time I could have gone for a bigger stall, I was pretty cramped behind there!!
So with over 150 people through the doors, I couldn't understand why I didn't make more sales. Unfortunately I didn't make enough to cover the cost of my table. Equally, I don't think I was alone in this; from conversations I had, other people struggled too.
I left in the pouring rain feeling pretty low about it, and spent the evening eating crispy chicken, chocolate, and thinking through what I could have done to make my stock more attractive. Was it what I was sell? is my work good enough? the usual crisis of confidence when you don't do as well as you would have liked!!!
However, after a good nights sleep, and one massive lie in, I decided that I was happy with the stall, presentation, the stock, and the pricing.
I came to the conclusion that I one thing I could do is to be more proactive in supporting handmade items by others. I thought back to Christmas, when I tried to use Folksy to buy gifts, and wondered why I had only bought handmade once since then. How can I expect anybody to buy my work when I don't support others regularly in what they do? As far as I am aware, not one craft stall holder bought from me, and all I bought from someone else's stall was a slice of banana bread!!! Why had I not used this opportunity to do some shopping myself? Yes I do not have a great deal of spare money, but I would find it to buy pressies from a large store if I needed something, so why not spend there instead?
So my mission is to buy handmade, via stalls and online shops, and to share the items with you when I do. For those of you who sell handmade, feel free to join the mission, try to buy handmade too ..... we can support our own industry and take responsibility for its growth. Sister Diane over at Crafty Pod has touched on this a number of times, and actively promotes supporting handmade, and free online services.
There are some beautiful, fairly priced handmade items all over the net, I am making it my task to find them!!
I'll let you know how I get on!!!!!!!!
Bye for now X