|Cake Truffles and Gingerbread House|
|Fudge and Chocolates|
It is always a nervous time. It takes A LOT of work to get everything ready on time (baking, marketing, labels, presentation, packaging etc etc - it takes forever to do it all)
|Knitted and Crocheted Goods|
Oh and my crochet Rudolph proved very popular, so much so that I took orders for 15 of them in the first hour and then had to hide him so I didn't get anymore. I'm going to be busy in the evenings now. A good way to get my crocheting speed up.
I took £583.50 from 22 orders which was loads more than last year (just under £300). AND I made £77 for Cancer Research.
On Saturday, Tom went to spend the weekend with his grandparents, Matt went to Edinburgh and I had a craft fair at Smile Nursery - thought it a good idea to get exposure to the new parents of Kirkby. Also as it was the day after my open house - it was two birds with one stone! No-one was allowed to take anything away on Friday, but everything was for sale on Saturday. Well to say the fair was disappointing is an under statement. There were plenty of vendors: Phoenix, Body Shop, Vintage Stalls, Beauty Stalls, Fell Tarn Friends etc etc. Everyone had put a lot of effort in, except the Nursery. I was surprised to find NO signs on the A65 advertising the fair. The fair was empty for the full 3 hours. Those that turned up, turned up so their children could meet a character from Paw Patrol - they didn't bring any money for shopping? It was as if they didn't know it was a Christmas Shopping Fair?!
I did have a feeling that it would be a little amateur but I didn't expect it to be so under attended. Luckily I had lots of small ticket items - gingerbread biscuits for 10p / 50p / 80p to entice people over and I managed to sell quite a bit of fudge (boozy fudge very popular amongst Dads), but really it was disappointing and some vendors didn't sell anything - some were really quite upset at how bad attendance was! Not sure they will get any to return. For me, it was a way to sell all the samples I had to make for the Open House, so it was no skin off my nose - I made £50, not great, but £50 that would have got thrown away otherwise.
So advice to me for next year:
+ Yes you have to get up at 6am to get it all ready in time for 9am start
+ 9 till 6 is good - people came up to 5.30
+ Have prices ready for the big cakes as people wanted to know
+ Definitely go for 'experimental' cakes - the Giant Jaffa Cake was very popular
+ Marketing - do some flyers next year and post round houses nearby, also let the teachers at school know. Poster for the newsagents.
+ Crochet Rudolphs very popular
+ Find out projected attendance
+ Are they marketing the event? How are they marketing it?
+ Will they put road signs out?
+ Think about maximising on fudge. Find out Food Hygiene rules re selling fudge in a public place (spit shield etc). Do boozy fudge flavours for Dads - very popular.