Saturday, 2 July 2011

Dear Mr/Mrs Craft Fair Organiser...

Dear Mr/Mrs Craft Fair Organiser,

When I sign up to do a craft fair and hand over £40 of my hard earned money, spend weeks working on stock, neglect my family, faff over display ideas, spend late nights wondering and hoping to at least make my pitch back please do tell me of the following before I sign on the dotted line...

Tell me about the lack of actual craft sellers, sure food producers should count but do we need more than actual crafters??? Tell me about the franchise jewellery sellers offering to print in silver the foot print of your lickle cherub? Tell me about the nail artists and henna artists and the fake hair extensions. Tell me also about the tombola that if rumours are to be true - you pocket the cash. Also tell me about the sellers that buy their 'fashion jewellery' from China or Taiwan who then go on to sell it for such a pittance that it makes my own stuff look over priced and stupid.

You don't however need to tell me about the dirty looks I received today at using *strike me down now*... vintage or thrifted or *shudders* DOILIES in my work. Or that the only other credible crafter came over looked my stall up and down with a look you wouldn't give a dog if it had shit on your shag pile.

So thank you for such a wonderful day... the £12.50 I made and then spent on putting fluids back into my body (its a sauna in a marquee) was worth it all. No need to panic about paying for the wedding hun ive got it covered....

Oh and I get to do it all over again tomorrow.

Kind Regards
Soon to be Ex Crafter









P.S A couple of lovely ladies were very kind to me today in case they ever read this you two were the only thing stopping me from crying right there in the middle of the marquee.

8 comments:

veryberryhandmade said...

Oh that is rubbish!! I really feel for you.. that has been my experience of some craft fairs too (especially the people selling 'gifts'). Your work is absolutely lovely.. don't take it too personally - clearly it was the wrong kind of audience!

pennydog said...

Every craft fair I did last year was just like that. I even forked out £280 and spend 4 days at a fair 20 miles away to take £50 for the whole show :( Craft fairs suck for non-food sellers, end of. :(

Quirky Boots said...

omgoodness i really feel for you, been there and done that so many times, thats why myself and my friend have started a monthly handmade only craft market and our sellers and customers know exactly what to expect.
really feel for you, hope tomorrow is better somehow xxx hugs xxx

Bigbluebed said...

I am so angry for you!! And you stall looks gorgeous. How annoying that you were not properly appreciated there.
xxx

Jenny S said...

Thats awful! Sorry you had a rubbish day, your stall and work is lovely and deserves to be appreciated!! I hope tomorrow is a happier day
xo

Handmade and Heritage said...

Thank you all for your support. I feel better after sounding off. Its my own fault really I should be more forceful when questioning organisers - it saves us money and our sanity. Its just annoying knowing that with a bit of effort she could have filled it with decent local crafters.

Nic :) said...

Oh no! I am so annoyed for you.
Your work and your stall is amazing. x

NoodleBubble said...

LOVELY looking stall though!

It can be poo whichever side of the trestle table you stand - have organised the last two years and got majorly pooed on by venue last Xmas (heating broke - they didn't tell us)

Here's hoping your next one makes up for it...