Wednesday, 13 July 2011

First Fete experience

Had my first fete on Saturday.  Luckily the weather held - warm & dry, but I think the showers forecast & the fact that this was the final fundraiser in the school calendar, meant that numbers were lower than expected...oh, and that it wasn't in the local paper 2 days before (they made a mistake and it went in a week early!).

There were 5 stalls (one didn't turn up), and they'd put us inside due to the forecast rain and grey clouds.  The tea & cake stall was in with us too, but even they were struggling to get rid of all the cakes an hour before the end.  There was another jewellery stall too - unexpected, but at least our jewellery was very different (although her displays put me to shame; she was obviously a professional stall holder).

I had a lot of interest, and people saying they'd come back, but I heard a lot of women saying to other people how their kids had spent all their money.  However I did manage to chat to lots and handed out my card, so hopefully they'll remember me and maybe pass on the card to friends as well.  I only made 13 sales, but actually compared to the others that wasn't bad (one stall didn't sell anything!), but did still make a profit after petrol and fees (which were 10% of sales to allow for the everyone doing well/badly together).

Things I learnt that I can take away for next time:

  1. Make sure you get the biggest table possible to spread everything out.  I only asked for one table (not sure I'd have filled two), but everything was a bit cramped.
  2. Somehow get some shelves to get more height...also find some ways of making displays wind proof in case of being outside.  Not sure my earring displays would have coped if we'd not been inside.
  3. Take some items suitable for children.  I tend to avoid this usually what with safety guidelines and sizing quandaries.  But it was a the girls who were drawn to the stall - but a lot of items they liked were just adult sizes (memory wire bracelets - do they even do smaller sizes of wire? - etc).
  4. Do my print outs of handouts to go in bags earlier...this time the printer was playing up and making everything wonky and pink, so couldn't use them.
  5. Put up my banner even if no-one else has one.

Hopefully next year the fete will be bigger & better, and also hoping to get some jewellery parties in, and possibly get at my local fete for Christmas too.  Was pretty enjoyable, and great to see what items people liked.  It also gave me lots more new ideas for making items - means I'm going to have to spend my profit on new, new expense.  Really want to use up my existing beads and sell more items before I buy more.

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