Craft Fair, Etsy shop, Sigrid Bannier workshops

It’s been a busy weekend an an even busier start to Monday!  On Saturday I went down to Woodbrook House to discuss a couple of things with Giles and also to clarify the set up of our felting room and the dining arrangements for the Sigrid Bannier jewellery and nuno workshops next weekend.  Due to unforseen circumstances I am now going to be organising and cooking the food myself next weekend as well as participating in the Saturday workshop and entertaining everyone on Saturday night!  We also need to rearrange the workshop room somewhat and I will be going down to Woodbrook again in the morning to try for a final organising with Giles. 

At last I am starting to get a few more items up on my Etsy shop.  I wanted to have nice hand made products in the E15 to E60 price range suitable for Christmas presents and stocking fillers.  This morning I uploaded a range of images of trellis scarves and wraps selling from E30 up to E47, one thing to remember is that the prices on line are un USA dollers so they are not actually as expensive as they sound at first, $38 = approx E30!  As soon as my camera charges up again I have a series of felt necklaces (some with vintage or hand made buttons) to photograph and get on line.  These will cost from E15 to E20 each so do check in over the next few days as I get to grips with getting the shop up and running.

The Craft Fair that I participated in on Sunday was interesting if very dissapointing.  Unfortunately there was an extremely low turnout of people to view the stands and although in general the standard of work was very high there just weren’t enough people to make it worthwhile.  I was lucky enough to sell both of the alpaca scarves (both to men!) that I had on display and therefore covered costs and made a few Euro.  Most of the exhibitors sold nothing although the home made biscotti and preserves that the organisers had made did sell steadily to anyone who came.  It was a salutory lesson for me.  Normally I am on the organising end of events and to be honest advertising in many shapes and forms is the main answer to get the foot fall, the only sign that I saw for the event was on the road leading to the town and although the organiser did assure us that she had advertised extensively locally none of us had seen anything.  I am not blaming her in the slightest but I do feel that she underestimated the amount of signage needed and the actual cost of getting it all together, purely through lack of experience.  The venue was beautiful if small, a gorgeous room overlooking the river Barrow and the organisers were helpful and friendly.

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