It was the craft fair yesterday and even though it's June and supposedly summer, being outdoors it was affected by the weather.
It looked like a sunshine and showers day but as I got to the church yard to set up my stuff I soon realised how windy it was. I had problems securing my promotional banner, it was flapping in the wind and then my bunting was taking off! Because lots of my things are small and light I wasn't able to spread my brooches out so I had to leave them in tins and rely on customers to rummage through, not ideal so I wasn't very pleased with how my stall looked so not got many photos.
Eventually I was set up. Lovely atmosphere and friendly people and sales got off to a good start.
You guessed there's a 'but' coming! It started to rain, it came with little warning and a keen customer was rummaging through my things at the time which made it awkward to start getting my plastic covers out as a sale was about to take place, so she bought something and then I tried cobbling bits of bubble wrap together over my stuff and dragged what I could under the table. A bit too late, all the little tags and packages I'd spent ages printing out had succumbed to ink running which has left some things a complete mess with imprints and of course all the labels need making again. Some greeting cards were damaged too. I think we'd only been open for an hour when it rained.
It stopped but looked very cloudy so I kept the covers on and then of course people were just walking past as it all went to a bit of a damp squid.
Things resumed and I made a few more sales and towards the end, I think I've started packing up on this pic, you can see it ended up lovely and sunny! Darn weather!
All considered, when the takings were totted up last night, I did a tad better than I thought given the weather conditions.
Here's what sold best, I made some fudge and sold a few bags but I was next to a sweetie stall so maybe that affected fudge sales. The sweetie stall had nothing homemade, just tubs of bought sweets but the kids seemed to make for that type of thing. I was surprised to sell lots of lavender filled gifts which can be a bit hit and miss, I also did quite well with my cheaper brooches, the knitted bunnies like Bob did quite well and I always have a bargain bucket of £1 items which are either sample pieces or things which aren't to my usual quality standards and people like picking over those.
I didn't sell any of those little handmade notebooks, greeting cards, purses, iPad covers, fabric pencil pots or pin cushions.
After all this frantic making over the last few weeks I think I can relax a bit with craft things and restock my Folksy shop with the leftovers!