Saturday 22nd September saw me attending my first Craft & Gift Fair at Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow, Essex. I must admit I was a bit nervous, I was worried whether my stall would look OK, did I have enough products, would I be the only newbie, etc, etc but I'm pleased to say it was fine and I had nothing to worry about! The morning started off well with a steady flow of people browsing the 35 stalls there were to offer but by lunchtime it eased off and didn't really seem to pick up again. It was a nice sunny day though so maybe people decided not to spend it indoors as it will probably be the last one we'll see for a while!
Here's a pic of my stall, not the best photo as I was getting a lot of glare from the window - what do you think?
There were a gorgeous selection of crafts and gifts available and I got plenty of ideas for Christmas gifts which I shall be stocking up on at the next fair! There were a few handmade jewellery stalls, all offering something a little different from the last which made it a lot more interesting to look round. One lady had a massive selection of handmade button jewellery in fabulously bright rainbow colours, great idea for those that like something a bit quirky and unusual. I was inbetween 2 lovely ladies who were really friendly and helpful throughout the day and who I look forward to catching up with in December. Exceptional Gifts, who sell a range of fairtrade gifts and accessories including some fab Yak's wool slippers, were on my left and to my right was Meg Martin, a Forever Living Distributor. Aloe Vera based products that I'm sure many of you are aware of.
I had a lot of interest on the day, the Hand/Footprint Keyrings were very popular - great gifts for Dads and Grandads - as were the Fingerprint Pendants. I also had my new Gift Packs on display which will be added to the website soon and will make fab Christmas gifts but more on those another time.....
The fair was organised by Paul and Malindi Freeman of Creative Events and I really recommend them if you are looking to get into Craft Fairs. They advertised well and were extremely helpful both in the run up to fair and on the day and all the stallholders I spoke to sung their praises too. Overall it was a great experience and a really well organised event, I'm looking forward to the Christmas fair on Saturday 1st December!
I'd love to hear about any craft fairs/events that you've been to, as well as any pics of your stalls! I think I need to add a bit more height variation to mine but would love any comments and/or suggestions :-)