Some of the items I made
These snowmen, containing a Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate bar sold like hot cakes. The snowmen's hats, you may remember, are made from cutting the tips off a pair of cheap children's gloves. The glossy effect on the eyes, nose, cheeks and buttons was created using glossy accents.
None of these calendars sold. Is it too early to think about next year?...
(I did wonder if the proportions were wrong with these. I put the scrapbooking paper on to the cardboard before I bought the calendars. All the calendars I found in the shops were bigger than they were last year!)
There was a lot of interest in the 'Pint of Socks' (see top picture). All 5 sold, and if I had had more then they would almost certainly have sold too. They are made with a pair of black socks and a white flannel, wrapped up in cellophane and tied with a ribbon.
Most of these items sold:
|Reindeers with Penguin bars inside|
..and a few of these sold too. I also had some orders for different words and different combinations of coloured blocks to be made.
Here is me at my stall. See if you can spot the 'deliberate' mistake:
Doh! When I made the banner very late the night before, I missed out the 'U' in 'Flourishes', oops!
Things I did which worked well:
I invited friends along using Facebook.
I brought along some battery operated christmas lights which added sparkle to my items.
My two boys came along and ran the 'Children's Lucky Dip' which brought children to the stall.
Things I learned from the experience:
Give myself more time to make things - not just 9 days!
Carry more stock.
Bring along a flask of tea and snacks, so you don't have to buy it at their cafe which will eat into your profit.
Consider the type of people that will attend. In this case it was a church and attracted more elderly people than youngsters. Make items accordingly, where possible.
Thanks for popping by today and for any comments,
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