Today saw the beginning of the Cards And Candles For All Occasions events calendar of 2011, and also the grand unveiling of Badger’s Woodcrafts which was only launched online at the beginning of February.
This event was being organised by Uriel Jane – a local Stoke-on-Trent events organiser, formerly known as Mum’s Knits and was being held at the Weston Coyney Village Hall, Stoke on Trent… open from 10.30am until 4.00pm and in it’s second month, though for personal reasons we were unable to attend in February.
We arrived at the venue and had a prime stall space, in the middle of the room and facing both entrances so we were able to see what was going on – we like to people watch (other people call us nosey lol) so it was a great position in the hall for us and we eagerly set up our displays.
As this was the first event where we have exhibited Badger’s Woodcrafts we were unsure of how to display the items to their full potential and as you can see there is a lot of room for improvement on the stall set up but these products got lots of interest from people at the event, admittedly mainly other stallholders and the peg loom became a good talking point as we demonstrated it’s use.
Cards And Candles For All Occasions had our stall set out well compared with previous events… everything was displayed clearly without overcrowding and we were happy with the overall look:
The venue was filled with a variety of stallholders including many jewellers (each of differing styles), a henna artist, Spellestial of Longton, homemade German cheesecake, a franchisee of Kumon and a man selling some gadget to reduced static electricity in your body (or something like that – stopped listening when his spiel included mobile phones cause cancer!!).
After speaking to fellow stallholders who had attended the previous Uriel Jane event at this venue we were assured that the potential customers visiting today was an increase on last month, that said it did seem that the footfall was very low and sales throughout the stalls reflected this.
A couple of stallholders began packing away their products as early as three hours before the end of the event, which came across as very unprofessional and off-putting had there been a higher number of visitors throughout the afternoon.
Sadly, this event resulted in a financial loss for both Cards And Candles For All Occasions and Badger’s Woodcrafts, however we will be trying this venue again in May before making our decision as to whether we should continue attending events at Weston Coyney Village Hall.
We will be attending a local Spring Fair being held at St Albans Church on Finstock Avenue, Blurton, Stoke on Trent tomorrow evening – Monday 21st March 2011 from 6:30pm until 9:00pm so please pop by if you are in the area and show some support.
Let’s hope that event sales pick up for everyone!!
Laura & Gordon xx