I have been pondering over a question for sometime now, are craft fairs good for sellers or just soul destroying? You get up early in the morning, pack you car with your precious creations, drive through the mist, full of optimism and a bit of excitement at the thought of selling some of the new items you have spent the bulk of your recent life creating. You get there and set up stall, getting everything looking 'just so', and then the waiting game begins....
This is the bit I hate, waiting for that first sale. I have a theory, sales are catching, once you have sold one item, no matter how small, others will follow. But at my most recent craft fair I didn't make this first sale until almost lunchtime. There were many browsers and lots of chatter, but no actual sales for most of the morning. Whilst it's lovely speaking to other lovely crafty like-minded folks, my main aim for the day is to find a happy home for my makes and to add a bit of money to the fabric fund. But sometimes it just doesn't work out like that, and that can be very hard to deal with, all weekend I have been thinking what could I have done to turn things around? Could I have had more stock, made more chatter, tap danced?
Sometimes it's just how it works out, sometimes there is no reason for it. But these rational thoughts don't occur to you as you are driving back from the fair feeling deflated.
Today, however is another day and I have given myself a bit of a talking to. I'm not sure that Craft fairs are the right place for me to sell my designs, but I find the impersonal internet a bit sterile, I'm a people person (deep down)! I will let you know how the next one goes. Below are some photo's of my most recent stall :)