A last minute opportunity arises to have a stall at a Christmas Craft Fair in Mumbles. This is too good an opportunity to miss out on. With 5 days to get ready with everything needed to sell, plus the stall to set up, and the 9-5 having a HUGE deadline that week, it was going to be pretty tough. A few late nights both at work and home, meant that we were just about ready on the day of the Fair. A dress rehearsal the night before in my kitchen, mocking up the stall, deciding where and how everything would be displayed, was definitely worth it. It took us about 3 hours to get everything as we wanted it, to have all the displays ready and the packaging.
We left early on the day of the Fair, arriving an hour before the doors opened to the public. We were just ready by the time the the first people came in. It was an interesting experience, we didn’t sell very much, but that was OK, it was a quiet fair, which was unusual for Mumbles. Our costs for the day were covered and it’s very different from selling sat in your home listing items on eBay, as opposed to meeting the customers and actually selling the items to them directly.
It’s been a few months since I’ve really found the time to post. My 9-5 has been hectic and stressful, with few days that were actually 9-5, more like 9-8, and then there was the Christmas rush on eBay, so it’s been very busy designing, creating, listing, packing, posting and the good news is, it’s continuing into 2007.
So since November it’s been fairly busy. Slightly frustrating too as I have many creative and business ideas, but as always very little time in which to act on them.
This month saw the creation and design of a new range of spectacle cords. All hand beaded with seed beads, bugle beads and swarovski crystals. I’ve taken to making these whilst watching the Osprey’s thrash their opponents. It means I can time myself quite nicely to make these, which is one cord completely finished by the time the whistle goes for half time and Gavin is rushing to the changing rooms to apply fresh hair gel. All change for me too as I select a new set of colour beads, grab a cuppa and as the whistle goes to start the second half (and Gavin is re spiked) then I am also ready to make the next spectacle chain.
Within a week both had sold.
Quicker to make, easy to design and they make fabulous Christmas presents. During November demand started to increase, with even some custom orders requested.