This time as well as the usual Craft Stalls we also have a small careers fair, organised by local radio station AWAZZ FM. Plus we have 3 local charitable / not for profit organisations joining us to raise funds and awareness by selling delicious food and handmade goods.
We also have been invited to appear on Radio Solent tomorrow at 1:20pm to talk about all things crafty and of course the fair! The local paper have finally given in to my nagging and are running a bit of a feature and our shiny new banner for the outside of the building has finally arrived!
Little Penguin Creations – Cupcakes and Kids Cupcake Decorating
Nagina’s Bakery – Large Cakes, Sliced Cakes and Cupcakes
Creative Options – Paninis
Samosas and Bahjis
The Rowan Tree – Hair Accessories
of these crafters are not currently on the web as they are either very new to selling their work or charities, so I’ll tell you a little about them instead
Happy Thoughts – Leeanne makes a wide range of beautiful items from cushions to vinyl bowls from old records
Bits and Bobs Crafts – including kids Bauble Decorating
Barbara – very new and mysterious but she’ll definitely be selling cards!
Miriam House – Fundraising through creativity
Oaktree Originals – Carole is another very new crafter who makes amazing Owl Bags from felt and fabrics
Ember’s Hearth – Amaz
ingly cute crochet amigurumi’s often dressed as Super heroes!
Sarah and Edona – Face Painting
PLUS we are awaiting confirmation from an Eyebrow Threader too!
And Finally……….. Answers to 2 FAQ’s so often heard at many a craft fair!
1. Why Is There An Entry Fee?
The fair is organised to support the Third Age Centre, a local community charity that provides a range of services to the local community, from meeting space to regualr events for older people, plus a free bookshop. The Stallholders fees are quickly eaten up in terms on the standard costs of running the fair – including marketing, paid advertising in local papers, a nominal fee for the organiser which works at far below minimum wage, volunteer expenses, and the electricity etc used in opening the centre up for the day. The entry fee however goes straight to the charity and means that all adults attending the fair have an opportunity to contribute towards the continuation of the projects run in the building.
2. Why Are The Prices So High on the Stalls?
To be fair they aren’t unless you’re comparing with High Street stores like Primark. However, walk into a shop selling “Exclusive” or “Designer” items and you would willingly pay in excess of £30 for a cushion…….. But at a craft market people quibble about paying £10 for a unique, one off design, often never repeated. Unlike your “designer” cushion its not mass produced – so you know you will probably have the only one like it in the whole world! Also instead of being made in a factory, the designer will patiently make it to high standards and price it to sell. We have stall holders with items starting at 50p and others who are more expensive.
Remember crafters cannot charge for their time, because you would never be able to afford it –
4 -5 hours of knitting on very fine needles
1 hour to sew up, stuff and embellish
but the most I can charge and hope to sell it for is £2 – £3.
So in effect by the time I deduct say £.1oo for materials, I earn approximately 33p an hour!
So please don’t think crafters are ever trying to make their creations too expensive – we’re not 🙂