Sunday, October 15, 2006

Post craft fair post

Okay, one last post about the craft fair and then I promise to shut up and never mention it again. It was absolutely FAB! I had such a good time, with lots of lovely compliments and I sold more Minimoopies than I had dared hope and made a shedload of money for Home Start.


The only down side is the lighting in the hall was so abysmal that I don't have any photos to show you of the stall. Just these 3 of some sweet Minimoopy makers.
The little cat girl had the most amazing colour sense - she knew exactly what she wanted and that's going to be one fab Moopy. I'm hoping to catch up with some of the finished softies in the future.

I used this Halloween tree to display some of my wares - batty peg making kits and ghostie lollies.

The lollies sold really well, which I had expected, but the surprise bestseller was some Christmas Organizers which I never even photographed. I sold out - people were so keen on them I even sold the sample I made for folks to play with!

But I think the thing I enjoyed most was the chance to chat to people - a real advantage of doing an event in my own community. Folks I knew, even very vaguely, were by far and away my best customers. Actually, I had to hold myself back - a little voice in my head kept saying "Close the deal! Quick - don't let them put it back down on the table." I may have watched a little too much of The Apprentice recently!

Without getting teary on you though - I couldn't have done it without you guys. Folks were stunned when I explained that the Minimoopy fabrics had been donated from all round the world by people I don't actually know in real life. And your feedback on some of the stuff I made really gave me the confidence to put myself out there without being scared. So whether you posted me fabric or left a kind and supportive comment, or posted a tutorial which taught me something new, thank you. Thank you for your part in a truly memorable day.

13 comments:

linda said...

I am SO GLAD you had a good experience! Wonderful, wonderful, Ali! Are you going to do another one? Are you already planning what you'll do next? I sure wish there was a picture of the organizer that sold out, but I'm sure you'll make another one for us to see. :o)

For the record, I won't tire of hearing about your craft fair.

Julie said...

Great to hear that you had such a good time at the craft fair. It's a nice thing to come face to face with the people buying your work and to hear their coments - had a giggle at the thought of your hard-sell impulses. Anyway, well done, you certainly deserve it.

tiel s-k said...

glad to see that it was a success Ali. I would love to see one of those Christmas organisers. I hope that you have the confidence and enthusiasm to do another very soon.

megan said...

Fabulous Ali, just fabulous.

joanna said...

Ali, it sounds like it was a wonderful day; I'm so pleased, you had obviously put an awful lot of hard work into it. FAB!!

capello said...

Ali, that is by far the best craft fair I have ever heard of! Congratulations -- not only did you sell a bunch of your stuff but you also made money for Home Start. Awesome!

madmommy said...

Woohoo! I am so happy to hear you had such good results. It always amazes me what can happen when folks get together for the same cause.
What was the organizer like? sounds like a must-have.

Soo said...

Wow, sounds like you had a wonderful time at the craft fair! It's so great that everyone loved your stall and it went to a good cause!

kirsten said...

congrats - sounds like it went swimmingly - would love to see the Christmas organizers!

Sarah said...

I'm so glad it went well and was a positive experience.

Kristy said...

I am so glad it all went well for you.So when's the Christmas fair then? lol!!

monica said...

how wonderful!

I'm so happy for you it went well/raised lots of money/sold all your great things.

Well done and ... are you already thinking about next year? ... you are, aren't you?

caroline said...

I am so pleased to hear that it all went so well - congratulations!