It being new an' all, I really didn't have much of an idea bout how popular it would be - would people turn up? If so, would they buy things? Much excitement, some trepidation. However, it didn't take long for punters to start appearing - and buying - and I think this was in large part due to some seriously good advertising by Queenie and her many festive elves - banners around the area, posters in pubs and shops, well-designed (by Duncan Wilson) cards through doors rather than badly photocopied fliers, plus some major social networking effort. Also, it was great to see a fair populated by genuine local craftspeople - as well as jewellery, there was graphic design (cards and posters), fabrics and cakes, among other things, but no tat shipped around the world to be resold, and all the stallholders live nearby. Bishopstoke may have been engulfed by Eastleigh in many ways, but it's still got a lot of village in it.
|My first craft fair stall, ready to go! Includes honey made by Paul who lives just round the corner and kindly lent me the table. All the honey went...|
|Stick-pins on their stand (which used to be a VHS cassette reel)|
So, a great day - not just in terms of selling my shiny wares (more than I bought from other stalls, hurrah), but also socially. I bumped into an old school friend I haven't seen in a decade who it turns out lives mere minutes away, met some excellent local crafters (lots of mutual facebook liking followed!) and had a great celebratory (beer, rum, hic) time at the pop-up pub that the fair was transformed into for the evening, complete with the band Scallywag who were splendidly entertaining and re-formed for the event from what I gather. It went well from Queenie's POV too, so I hope that it's just the first of many - I fully intend to be there...
|More of the stall - I'm gonna need a bigger board...|