It almost goes without saying that last week was hectic. I had left Friday fairly clear to do some last minute leaflet dropping, produce some directional signs and check I had everything packed and ready, then disaster struck! The people running the pop-up vintage tearoom cancelled due to illness! I spent most of the day trying to book an alternative, crazy really because if someone was free was that good sign or bad? However, friends came up trumps and stepped in to save the day.
As they say on the television, the day of the event dawned bright and clear - well eventually it did because it was still pitch black when I was up and out putting up the 'today' banners. I made my way to the venue and put up some bunting and balloons:
We set-up the hall, welcomed the stallholders in and while they were setting up I began to feel I should have changed my name just before I opened the doors. One the whole the setting up went without too many hiccups. Doors opened for customers, balloon man on the front door, face-painter in position, everyone ready to sell, refreshments set up and ready to pour. The customers came in waves - slow waves and bigger waves. The Mayor and Mayoress of Godalming were lovely and spent a long time with us - they visited all of the stands and spoke to stallholders and customers; the Mayor had some face-painting on his hand and they both had some coffee and cake with their daughter.
As with all events of this type, some stallholders did very well, some not so well, the odd moan and groan
Advertising for this event was extensive: local newspapers; friends, shops and businesses displaying posters and handing out flyers; around 3,500 flyers were dropped through letterboxes in and around the Godalming area; Facebook, Twitter and Streetlife were used extensively to promote the event as were other paid and unpaid online sites. On the day I fixed placards to roundabouts coming into the town centre and one on a roundabout just off of the A3. Could I have done more? I am sure I could, but what?
On the whole, it was a very good day and I enjoyed it and I feel the stallholders did too, which to me was the most important thing. A great atmosphere, visitors were pleased with what was on sale, stallholders were friendly, welcoming and worked hard throughout the day to promote their work. Now it is on to the next one: flyers already printed, some distributed, all places nearly sold, floor plan nearly completed, so I am hopeful it will be easier next time around - fingers crossed.
Finally, I did have a sneak away-day with a friend on Tuesday. We went to the RHS Plant Sale in their Westminster Halls. As fabulous as the show was (I bought plants, seeds, bulbs and a new bench!), the highlight for both of us was a tour of the library - we turned out to be the only two booked onto the tour and we had the undivided attention of one of the librarians. We were shown gardening books, guides, botanical prints and seed catalogues that were, in some cases, over 300 years old. It was 90 minutes of pure heaven.
Here are a few pics of the plants we saw at the show:
Isn't the Hosta stunning?
I am late with my post this week, but off now to link up with Handmade Monday. I will be back next week, hopefully with some of my makes as getting a little behind with them Have a great week everyone.