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‘That’ season is fast approaching & craft fairs are aplenty

Christmas is looming and there are plenty of craft fairs being advertised and Facebook Pinterest and Etsy are going crazy with all things christmas.

So not wanting to  sit on the fence, I’ve been topping up my own  supplies for the craft fairs that I am going to be selling at.

Thinking back to last year, it was definite that folks are keen to look at want we as crafters make, they love to comment on the colours, the quality of the crafting and the price. Craft Fairs are often mistaken for jumble sales and folks want to buy hand crafted items for pennies, to buy one and get one free, and ask ‘will you take XX for it’  and HOW MUCH?

I read a post on Facebook recently and it went something like this; lady was at a craft fair and was interested in a particular item.  she talked to the crafter and said ‘I will offer you £10 pounds, that takes account of the fabric, the wadding, the thread, the buttons; I think that’s a fair price.  The crafter thought for a moment and said, for that, Yes it is a fair price.  So having chosen her fabric and given her exact specifications, the lady agreed to buy and left her address and paid the £10.    About 2 weeks later the parcel arrived and the lady opened it eagerly.  She was appalled to find fabric, buttons, wadding and thread.  There  also was a card that said; ‘Hope you enjoy; all the items you wanted are included, what is missing is the time and care and expertise the I put into every thing that I make, you hadn’t included it when you decided what was a fair price and I have not included it in the finished product.  Hope you enjoy, best wishes, x’

As the first craft fair draws nearer, its time to take my ‘don’t be so sensitive pills’ and forget all the work, the thought, the time and the creativity  that goes into making every one of my own hand crafted products and I will enjoy the craic and the new friends that come  with every fair.

Hopefully I can empty the boxes of goodies that I have made during the past 12 months, well at least some of them……..

Here are a few pics of current works, ongoing, in progress and ready for sale….

 

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I have loved making 'things' as long as I can remember. As a child I wanted to be a 'Blue Peter' TV presenter making things with paper, sticky tape and odd household objects. I adore being creative, I love quilting, patchwork, fabric and multi media crafting. TheCraftyPixy as a name started as a bit of fun but I love 'playing' so much, it has stuck! Family and friends ask 'where is she, is she playing?' meaning am I upstairs in my craft room working or playing.... I make samples of lovely quilted and fabric items for television, magazines, social media and for demonstrations. I sell some of my handmade items, I take orders and special commissions. From here ..... the world is my oyster or my lobster- so they say.

2 thoughts on “‘That’ season is fast approaching & craft fairs are aplenty

  1. You’ve been busy! It’s been like summer here until last week, but 2 days of cooler weather and all of a sudden I can imagine “that” season. Not the least bit ready for it, of course…. Keep on going, love your projects.

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  2. I found at the start I was more or less apologising for my prices and inwardly winching when I told them how much. I was selling them far to cheap because I thought nobody would pay the price I really wanted. It all turned around when we did a two day craft fair. The cost of the fair meant I really had to increase my prices to even get my table money back. I added an extra £5 to each item. The first time I said a bracelet was £20, I was waiting on the “oh no, that’s far to dear”, but no…the people paid it willingly.
    I firmly believe if your prices are too cheap, people think your work is cheap and not good. If you charge a higher price and believe in your work, you will sell your work

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