Lavenham Christmas Market 2014

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A while ago, I decided it would be a great idea to start making jewellery. I’ve always been crafty (in the DIY sense!) and have always made something whether it’s gifts, cards or meals for friends and family. This time around, I decided to make jewellery. I love jewellery. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, rings, those mini tip finger rings – I love them all! Anyway, I saw an advert for the Lavenham Christmas Market and thought it sounded lovely so I booked a table around July and it finally came around on Saturday 6th December.


It was so cold in the morning and the car was all frosty, but once we got going it soon warmed up. Lavenham is quite far from where I live as well so we left early to get there on time. On arrival everyone had already began setting up and we were definitely novices. I thought we stuck out like a sore thumb, but once we had finished, our stall didn’t look too bad. The morning was successful, but it soon slowed down. The weather probably didn’t help! For a long day, it actually went really quickly and I had loads of compliments on my wares. This was probably the most satisfying part of the day.


Highlight: I saw a miniature schnauzer in a jumper!

SEE! >>>

Pros and Cons of a Craft Stall

 Negatives


You have to spend hours crafting (VERY difficult, especially with a full time job and a love of the gym)

You have to pay for a table and there is no guarantee that you will make your money back (I broke even this time, but for my first fair I thought that this was ok…)

The best way to improve is to go to craft fairs (more money and time) – Listen to what people say

Have you priced your items too high? - That's a scary thought, along with will anyone buy anything?!

After you’ve made the items, you also have to consider packaging and pricing your pieces – A lot more time consuming than I had planned!

If it goes well then great! However, be prepared with a website, contact details, a business card, you don’t want to get caught out… I did and just had to give my email address… very unprofessional

You don’t know what the weather is going to be like/ will people turn up/ will you run out of items?

People aren’t happy spending a lot on something they can make themselves… Someone said at my stall that they could make a pair of earrings that I had on display… not impressed!


Positives


You get to meet some really lovely people

I took on this project for fun and it allowed me to spend a lot of time with my Mum and actually finish a project that I started (this rarely happens). This is also an item that was on my bucket list so it can be crossed off!

I didn’t sell everything :( - but I now have a lovely collection of gifts that I can give to friends and family for Christmas

Fairs are held all over the place so you get to visit areas that you might not have been to before

You will (hopefully) make some money!

Final thought:
For me, it was a little too time consuming and I made very little money so I won’t be doing another fair in the near future – I probably would do it again, but only if I had a craft that was unique and a bit more different.


Have you ever held a stall at a craft fair? How did it go? Any advice for me? Tell me, tell me, tell me! 

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