Sunday 28th November 2010 was the annual Christmas craft fair for the 1st Stockton Brook Scout & Guide HQ… this is our third year exhibiting at this event and each year is bigger and better than the previous, this is a local event which we continue to support and it is always clear to see how much work has been put into the organisation by the lovely Claire Keen of Pawprints of Staffordshire.
The week leading up to this event saw the start of the wintry weather in Stoke on Trent – lots of snow and ice and freezing cold, so we were feeling quite deflated and not as hopeful as past years. Set up was from 8am for a 10am opening to the public and when we arrived around 8:45am there was only the organiser, her sister and friend there – normally most people are at the venue by now, so needless to say Claire was getting rather anxious and panicking in case the other stallholders didn’t arrive and the visiting public decided to stay at home.
There was no need to worry though as soon enough all of the other stallholders arrived and had their stalls set up in plenty of time before the event opened at 10am, when the customers started to arrive – all looking for unique, personalised and handcrafted Christmas gifts and all appreciating the time and effort we each put into our craft.
We had the first stall as you came in the door of the venue and it proved to be very beneficial as people saw one side of our stall as they came in and many saw things on the other side of our stall as they were leaving, things they had earlier missed.
A lot of customers asked for their greetings cards to be personalised so a lot of time was spent throughout the day personalising stock items so customers could take their purchases home with them.
There were lots of very tempting stalls at this event, from cupcakes to german cheesecakes, knitwear, looms, teddy bears, jewellery and notebooks made from recycled board games, jigsaws and books… the customers definitely seemed happy with what was available.
There was a steady stream of visitors throughout the day with lots of familiar faces from previous events – this is definitely a well supported local event… the local people (and some not so local) always come along to show their support to the organiser and crafters, always stopping for a chat with a friendly smile.
Throughout the day, Gordon also managed to get some lovely seasonal photographs outside the venue… looking at the snapshots here, we could have been anywhere – beautiful views but very cold!!
All in all, this was a great day for Cards And Candles For All Occasions and as always, thoroughly enjoyable!!
Here’s to the next one!!
Laura and Gordon xxx