The reason for the title of my post is that life is hectic at the moment and the days/weeks are not long enough. A long time ago, I posted the question on here asking can I organise craft fairs and still take part in craft fairs organised by others; the questions still remains completely unanswered and having taken part in two fairs recently as a seller, I am still unsure. The silly thing is that I excuse my self forgetting to take things to a craft fair on the basis that I am too busy! Er, yes, so is everyone else. I forget that I owe it to the organiser to do the very best I can by dressing my stall attractively, having a nice range of work to sell, following their terms & conditions and giving myself over to enjoying my time spent at the event (and all the time worrying about the million and one things I have not done). Oh dear.
I took part in a craft fair in North Camp, Farnborough yesterday. The weather was atrocious and this affected footfall, which was low. However, the event was well organised, I met lots of lovely stallholders and I was pleased with my sales - I covered all costs and made a profit so left the event as a happy bunny. A couple of pics of bags sold at yesterday's event:
My only niggles were my left and right side stallholders - lovely people, but...... If terms & conditions say don't put boxes, shelves, items, etc in the gap between tables, why do some stallholders think it includes 'but you can if you want to' on their information sheet? To my left was a very big space, which was great because I moved my table several times to escape the ever-growing pile of display material the stallholders on my right were adding to the gap! I placed one of my bags on the door to my left only to have the daughter of the stallholder plonk herself down in front of it and lean on it - despite there being a very large space to park her backside elsewhere! How unfair of me I can hear people say, but come on we are all there to display and sell our work, enjoy the company of others and look back on a successful event - not have annoying memories. As I said, lots of lovely stallholders, but just a plea for some to remember they are not the only ones in the room.
I digress, I was supposed to be explaining why the post is called Izzy, Whizzy, Let's Get Busy because I must get busy. A two-day event in two weeks time at the Medicine Garden in Cobham followed by my final event of the year as the organiser, closely followed by a hospital admission to have my knee sorted out. An early Christmas present? Fingers crossed. In between these are lots of Christmas lunches and evenings out with friends and family and getting ready for Christmas at home - mobility will be limited so I will be able to get Richard to do all of the preparation and shopping. As if.
Have a good week everyone - see you soon.