Ipswich Library Craft Fair

I spent half of my Saturday off at the Ipswich Library craft fair today. Our Rotaract club had put together a few items over two craft evenings to sell for charity, and I donated a few of my tiny hand bound leather books to the mix, hastily turning them into necklaces and throwing together some packaging (by which I mean attaching them to small pieces of folded card…) at 11pm last night.

Ipswich Library Craft Stall 2012

(Yes, we know the leaflets make Rotaract look a tad like a dating agency…)

Helen and I manned the stall into the early afternoon, but unfortunately the advertising for the event seemed to consist solely of some colourful bunting and a sign just outside the door. Most of our customers were library regulars who happened to wander over to have a look, expressing their surprise that the event was on. If even the regulars don’t know about it, then you know the advertising was non-existent! I suppose that’s the downside of getting an incredibly cheap stall. Despite that slight setback we managed to sell a good few items and had an entertaining time chatting to customers and library-goers. One talkative gentleman even requested a lesson on screen printing from us! A few of the other stalls hardly seemed to get a look, let alone sell anything, so I think we did well considering… especially as a first-ever attempt at a craft stall. It was definitely a steep learning curve and we have lots of great ideas for next year, not least of which is to go for a stall at an actual craft fair, rather than a table in the library…

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The photos are from when we were setting up. We ended up changing the prices before too long! As well as the books, I made some little labels to dress up the mulled wine, and we also had sewn Christmas tree decorations, linoprinted and handmade cards, and some Christmassy window transfers made by club members. Definitely something I’d like to do again, and if I get myself really organised, I may even do a stall as QueenHare as well as one for charity. I have lots of ideas for things I want to make, but couldn’t due to the fact that all the items had to be donated to the stall.

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3 thoughts on “Ipswich Library Craft Fair

  1. Hello! Nice to see a post from you again!

    I like the photos from your stall, It all looks very lovely! I’d have liked one of your book necklaces.

    If you are doing another fair / stall, this link might help you with publicity: http://www.gogomargo.com/
    Folksy have had something to do with setting this up, so that Folksy sellers have somewhere to advertise their off-line sales events. But it’s aimed at anyone who is attending or running a craft fair etc. Hope it is useful to you!

  2. Hey Lizzie, thank you for the link! It looks very useful so I’ll be sure to bookmark it for use later in the year. The Library was just a tester really, to see how difficult it would be. If I go for a proper stall next year I’ll definitely look into doing my own advertising as well 🙂

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