A Two Day Fair

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This was a good fair for Didi Lou Crafts. From a sales point of view, lots of Christmas ornaments sold, but so did other items. From a practical point of view it was very organised, lots of stewards checking in regularly and taking orders for tea and coffee. Unloading and loading cars in the small area outside the village hall was made so much easier with assistance carrying the boxes and they co-ordinated the leaving times to make it a smooth pack up.

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They also opened the hall the night before the fair, which made it less rushed with the setup. It was nice to feel relaxed in those minutes before they opened the doors. Being a village meant it was a very social event for the locals, although there were visitors from further afield too. Definitely one for next year.

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Christmas Fair

craftfair151115-1aAnother fair down. Many more to come, but each brings more experience and definite improvements. Didi Lou Crafts made more sales, in fact selling out of the Christmas character suncatchers, so I have more of them painted and drying ready for next weekend’s fair, and selling out of the silver peg angels, which I will not be able to remake as the kits are not available any more.
craftfair151115-2bI added some Christmas fairy lights to the display and also some tealights. Another new addition is a clothes rail for the hanging items. Moving the felt decorations from being slung low on the front of the table to on the clothes rail made a big difference and four of these decorations sold this weekend, that is four more than at the previous two fairs.

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A Better Fair

craftfair151107-1Today was the most successful fair so far for Didi Lou Crafts. This one seemed very well organised, with signs out on the tables indicating who was where, and a bottle of water too. There was a place to unload the cars, but they had to be moved to the multi-storey car park, which was luckily right next door. They advertise a lot beforehand and, in my opinion, it felt like it, the foot fall was good. Santa was there in a grotto handing out gifts to the children, although I didn’t see Santa at all. I got into the christmas spirit with an elf hat with elf ears.

craftfair151107-bI will certainly consider this fair again in the future and I understand they do several through the year, not just at Christmas. I’m feeling very upbeat right now even with the knowledge that I have 6 more fairs lined up in the next 4 weeks.

 

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Another Fair

craftfair151017-2Didi Lou Crafts attended another indoor fair yesterday. It wasn’t necessarily a huge success but each one teaches me more, even if perhaps the biggest lesson this time was don’t dig a whole new garden border in the days before a fair… not only has it taken me days to get the dirt out from under my nails but also I ache all over, but I did “borrow” my husband’s cushion from his wheelchair and sat on that… it is very comfortable on the horrible plastic chairs found at most craft fairs.

craftfair151017-1I am happier with how I am setting out my wares, although it is much harder to fit all my stock on just a single table. I have a few weeks break (this was the only fair I booked for October), before a very busy schedule with 7 fairs from the beginning of November up until Christmas (and still looking for more). I am now considering a well earned break in January at my favourite crafting hotel, which will give me the chance to do some more items.

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First Indoor Fair

August is often the month for holidays for many people here and I am no different taking two short breaks away. I had a lovely relaxing few days away in the north and also spent the long weekend camping with friends. As is the norm with camping here, I have since been drying out tents and recovering from sunburn as the weather was mixed.

Now it is September, I am back to the work and Didi Lou Crafts did an indoor fair this weekend.

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I now have a gap in fairs until November, to build up more Christmas stock, but I am also looking for other fairs to attend in September and October.

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First Fair Done

craftfair150815-2A lot has been happening. Didi Lou Crafts has been to it’s first fair with another 5 currently booked for the remainder of the year, but there is a possibility more will be added in time. To see which events Didi Lou Crafts is attending, keep an eye on the Events page here.

craftfair150815-5I have swapped over to using a new light box and the first photos from that are starting to appear here on the website and on Etsy. I am working on more Christmas stock as well as a small selection of Halloween items. Below is just a sample of some of the Christmas items that are already completed, but with at least 4 days booked for Christmas fairs a lot more will be made.

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