Last Event of 2010

Sunday 12th December 2010, saw the last event of the year for Cards And Candles For All Occasions… this was the Christmas Craft And Gift Fair at Moorville Hall Hotel, Stoke on Trent – organised by the lovely Mandy of Mum’s Knits & Bits.

This is a local event to us and Mandy is also a friend of ours (this is a new business venture for her and only her second craft fair, the first was also held at Moorville Hall Hotel in October this year) so we were eager to support this event and help build it up to be a regular event at this venue.

Sadly it seems that no matter how much hard work this organiser puts into organising craft and gift fairs at this venue, the public don’t seem to show much support. Prior to this event there was an extensive advertising campaign in the local press, radio and internet as well as the venue displaying posters to raise awareness of the event.

Sunday’s event had a variety of stallholders and wonderful gift ideas, including:

Cards And Candles For All Occasions
Mum’s Knits & Bits
German Cheesecake
Jewellery by Sue Hahn
Purple Moon Accessories
Gemini Cards
Wool spinning and knitted gifts
Glass painting by Patricia
Hobby related gift baskets
And much more…

The day also saw lots of Christmas music and cheer, a visit from Father Christmas and a raffle raising funds for the Children’s Ward at University of North Staffordshire Hospital.

Unfortunately there were very few visitors to this event and the people who did browse were mainly gym users who happened to be passing the hall which we were using.

This was a very disappointing event for both organiser and stallholders alike, very few sales were made and by the end of the day morale seemed quite low – for many stallholders this was the last event of 2010, the last opportunity to sell Christmas stock and like many, we were looking for a boost in sales to cover the Christmas holidays which sadly didn’t happen.

All of that said, Mandy did a great job of organising this event and we will definitely be attending future events organised by Mum’s Knits & Bits in the Stoke on Trent area. Thank you Mandy for all of your hard work!!

Now it’s time for our “major stock take and sort out” before Cards And Candles For All Occasions begin thinking of new ideas for the 2011 events circuit… here’s hoping that 2011 will be our year!!

Merry Christmas everyone… we hope you have a wonderful festive season and that the New Year is all you want it to be!!

Love Laura and Gordon xxx
Cards And Candles For All Occasions


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