...the title sounds like a kiddy toy, doesn't it? :)
As it says, today I sold at a craft fair for the first time! In doing so, I completed a goal from The List!
02. Sell things I've made at a craft fair.I've been making jewellery for several years but only started selling last year. Mostly I make necklaces, but include earrings, rings, bracelets and brooches in my collection! Almost everything is one-off because I love unique things!
I incorporate vintage/retro/upcycled items into as much as possible so everything has its own little story to tell.
I've been trying to get into a craft fair for a long time but they get booked up really quickly. This time I was able to book months in advance, which is great as it gave me extra time to plan and source display. Please excuse the wonky-looking table--I used the panorama feature on my camera app! That's my Mum behind the table; she used to do craft fairs when I was small, so came to help out! She doesn't normally have a hole in her shoulder ;)
I made or customised almost everything used for display. This wooden crate came from a charity shop; I added hooks and the moss and toadstool decoration at the bottom. I also made the toadstool earring stand in the picture at the top of the post.
As it was my first fair, I didn't know what to bring along, so I ended up bringing everything! Usually I focus only on necklaces, but I recently made a bunch of bracelets and earrings too. Variation is always good, don't you think?
I promise that I didn't drink everything from all these bottles! Well, I drank most of the biggest one (but not all at once!)
We met some really nice people at the fair, also selling their homemade wares. Also met a couple of rude ones, but they're best left forgotten! Unfortuantely I didn't make much money - not even enough to recover the cost of the table - but it was the same for most of the stallholders there. The event was so quiet that a few sellers didn't sell anything! It's a shame, because there were some really nice, well-made items on sale.
Despite not selling anything, it was still good to get my jewellery out there for people to see. I received lots of positive feedback from people, and made a couple of new contacts! It hasn't put me off doing craft fairs, though I think I'll avoid selling at fairs during half-term holidays in future. Here's hoping I can get into one at the end of the year, when people start thinking of Christmas!
In the meantime, I'll continue to sell on my Etsy shop, Little Deer Daydreams.