Thursday, 30 December 2010

My second craft fair

My second craft fair went really well, it was held in the main church in our town and although the snow lay thick on the floor and it was so cold outside people came. I must say though because it was on the 18th Dec and close to Christmas I did feel under pressure to get things done, I had also been poorly so lost a few days making too. My hats sold really well, I was pleased but also surprised, you know my bf is always telling me how good my things are but even though I believe him it's always nice to hear strangers say it, it gave me a real boost.
The naughty tinker elves at the back went off to some good homes, apart from 2 who are sulking here with me!! I called them tinkers and a friend pointed out that in Ireland that's what Gypsies are called!! I am still going to call them tinkers as I don't mind gypsies anyway.

My bunting said "Dotty Delightful" after my shop and misi page, I had loads of fun and can't wait to do another one, I just wish here in Blackpool there was more going on culturally, I know individuals try and organise things but the council make it hard and also people don't tend to turn up to events much either. We had loads of empty shops right in the middle of town that could be used to hold fairs and such, it seems so silly them sat there doing nothing.
I would love a shop again (I used to have a vintage/retro clothes shop), I really enjoyed doing the window displays and it is so nice to talk to people, some have such interesting things to say. I also have some rather funny stories from my shop days too, like the one where a man asked if he could try on clothes and then took this large holdall (shoplifter I thought) and a woman's dress into the changing room. He was in there ages, I knocked on the door and asked if he was OK, I wont type what I heard but put it this way it's something you should only do in private!. I knocked loudly and said we are shutting now, you need to come out.....he did wearing a blond wig, full makeup and one of my dresses, heels and stockings! I didn't quite know what to say and tried hard not to look shocked or laugh, he asked if he looked OK!!. I said yes but he had to change as we were shutting (he had been in shop about 2 hours now), he then spent ages longer back in the changing room and asked if he could stay all night, he asked to be locked in so he could try on more stuff!! My friend called her boyfriend and he had to be rather stern with the poor fellow!. I did kinda feel sorry for him as he said he felt free dressed up, but not so sorry after I found the dress covered in ...use your imagination :{


Claire said...

Eeewwwwwwww Rubles - I have too many images in my head now! Great job on the craft fair and I totally agree about Blackers - it's a bit shoddy and lots more could be done with the place. Why don't you think about opening something up again? I could do the vintage jewellery for you :) xxx

Sarah said...

Ickkkk! I need to give my brain a wash now ;0

Well done with the craft fair!!!

Pippa said...

Oh heck, how awful!! As they say, "There's nowt so queer as folk!"

I love your stall and I'm so glad that your things were appreciated and you sold lots of your makes. I agree, I wish there was more opportunity to sell things in 'real life'. I used to make hand-tooled leather items and used to go round local shops to see if any of them would stock them. I always got a really positive response, but the answer was the same, that central buying were in charge and this was out of their hands. As you say, selling in real life, meeting the people who will buy your things is really uplifting. I hope you get to have another craft show soon. Happy New Year to you and your family xxxxxx

Primrose Beresford said...


I absolutely love the little elves in the suitcase - what a great way to display them.

Best Wishes for 2011,