I’d like to start by apologising for not visiting anyone’s blogs for the last week and half.
Here’s my excuse But it’s been for a good reason.
When I set out in trepidation last month, clutching my newly created knitting kits from the newly created Dartmoor Yarn Company, the lovely owner of the Kooky Nook told me that Finch Foundry at Sticklepath were having their first ever craft and vintage fair on father’s day and, since it was a new venture for them, were offering free stalls to local crafters.
Although I knew my lovely daughters would understand and do father’s day with just Lovely Husband, I had a commitment on Sunday morning that I couldn’t get out of. But with just over week to go, things changed and said commitment became escapable. Just call me Houdini!
I rang Finch Foundry. Although all the stalls were now booked up, they kindly decided they could squeeze me in.
I was very excited, but slightly panicked about the timescale. I had a busy weekend coming up, a tooth being extracted on Monday morning and had been told by my dentist I would need to take things easy until Wednesday. I was also booked into the hairdresser for the whole of Thursday afternoon. Panic was growing. I didn’t have much time, I didn’t have a strategy and I didn’t want to end up buying things in a rush and waste money.
At least going slow at the start of the week allowed me to google advice on craft stalls and have a good think. Top of my list was how to make a good display with only four different kits and three different colours of wool.
Here’s what I did:
Fortunately I’d already been experimenting with how the Ryeland dyed, so I set Wednesday aside to dye some.
To give height to my display I decided to use cardboard boxes and giant jenga bricks.
I bought a piece of hessian to cover the table and I found a pretty jug to put some knitting needles in.
I also intended to run up some small project bags, but I ran out time.
In the event, I was pretty pleased with how it looked.
Unfortunately the day was very wet and quiet. I didn’t sell a lot, but I met alot of lovely people and got advice on selling from craft stalls from my lovely craft stall neighbours – Bluebell Love.
In talking to people, I also gained invaluable insights into my market and this sparked lots of positive thinking and ideas afterward.
And on top of that, I made a new friend….
So all in all a good experience and a BIG THANK YOU to The Kooky Nook for telling me about it and to Finch Foundry for squeezing me. If you’ve never been to Finch Foundary, do go if you ever visit Dartmoor. The foundry is very interesting and the gardens are beautiful.
Back to a less panicked week this week, but a lot to catch up on. Hope you’re having a good one.