Friday, November 03, 2006
Working out what works.
I came back from yesterday's Christmas Fair at Duntreath feeling very flat.
Partly it was tiredness -it seems to be very tiring working in big venues, with the loading and unloading and the fact that more experienced stallholders always manage to block the carpark exits in their rush to get as near as possible to the doors thus adding 200 yards to everyone else's packing up trips.
Partly it was the fact that I didn't really sell as well as I hoped - the stall looked beautiful, I had a wide range of stock but people weren't really buying - most of the other stallholders were very disappointed with sales as well so that was reassuring in some ways. I won't be doing the fair next year.
Partly it was that I had been offered a table at a small fair in Bridge of Allan and I had to turn it down as I had already booked Duntreath. I just know that it would have been about the same amount of money for less work and in more congenial company where people offer to help you with boxes rather than blocking the exits!
I have now decided that I much prefer selling at small venues where people are relaxed and there is time to talk to customers. I shall have to be really nice to those B of A people and book myself into their next year's fair!