Southampton Christmas Craft Fair

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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!

 

 

Food Zone

CakesLittle Penguin Creations – Cupcakes and Kids Cupcake Decorating

Nagina’s Bakery – Large Cakes, Sliced Cakes and Cupcakes

Creative Options  – Paninis

Samosas and Bahjis

Jewellery Zone

 Gem in a BoxJewels

Raggy Rooz ( mixed media inc jewellery)

The Rowan Tree – Hair Accessories

 

Crafty Zone

Sadly mostCrafty

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

ABC Project – Women’s Wisdom- supports local women into work through crafts

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!

 

Beauty Zone

Face

Sarah and Edona – Face Painting

Henna Tattoos

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 –

For example making the  minHewlett-Packardature star bag charm pictured involves:

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 🙂

 

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