I was at Belton House yesterday for the craft fayre. It was a Christmas themed event with decorated trees and a brass band, so there was a nice atmosphere and the customers were really friendly :) My Mum came with me to help out, and I’m so glad she did because it got busy at times and there weren’t enough hands to box cupcakes and package jewellery! The day seemed to go by so quickly apart from at the end as the shoppers tailed off – it’s in the quiet times that you realise how tired you are!
My stall looks a bit odd in this pic because I spaced the jewellery out like this once all my cupcakes and cookies had sold out after lunch (yay!) - I wish I’d taken a photo at the beginning of the day when the table was full, but I was in such a rush to finish getting set up before the first customers arrived!
I took 3 different cupcake flavours with me: milk chocolate brownie, maple and pecan, and lemon curd. I also took an assortment of cookie lollies in light blue, lilac and rose, decorated similarly to the cookies in the post below. Oh, and I made some cookie hearts with ribbon attached to hang as decorations, but I forgot to take a photo before they sold. I might make some as gifts to give at Christmas so will hopefully remember to take a pic then.
I think my favourite thing of the day was using my crash-lock cardboard cupcake boxes, lol! My brother designed me some fab little round stickers with my Gillyflower Bakery logo in pink, so they were stuck onto every box that I sold. So cute :)
It’s always interesting to see what sells – different items of jewellery seem to go at different fayres – but my flower pendants always seem to be popular so I make sure I have them in every colour. The wildflower knotted necklace seems to be my best seller, and usually sells in the first hour, so I’m going to work on expanding my range of knotted jewellery in the New Year.
It was a good day, and I would definitely do the fair next year – there was a good turn out despite the drizzle and people were really interested in buying, which was lovely. Emma Grey, the organiser, did a great job, and the co-ordinators came round with hot drinks regularly which was a nice touch. The stable area that I was in was pretty dark, so that’s probably my only criticism but I knew that when I booked the pitch so I can’t complain! We took a string of lanterns with us and two bright spot lights and created a friendly glow :)