Good morning you beautiful people, I thought it was about time I came on and shared with you my experience with my first ever craft stall. I’m not going to lie, this post is really overdue. The stall was a few weeks ago now, and I am now preparing for the next one.
I realized that lately, I have been a bit neglectful of my blog, as I really have been working on my AlexaJade Creates business. Which has taken up a lot of my time recently. So as well as getting back to posting, I also wanted to start sharing with you all, my journey with my small business.
As well as opening my online store on Big Cartel, I have been busy writing business plans, creating stock to sell, and as the title suggests, doing my first ever stall at a craft fair.
I’m gonna be completely honest with you. Running a stall with my handmade items was a goal I have had for a while now! however, when I received a message to see if I was interested in holding a stall at a craft fair, I did panic and say no. We had a commitment that weekend, so I didn’t think at the time it was going to be possible. I gave myself other reasons why it wouldn’t work. Then my partner and family pulled me into line and told me to get back in contact and say I would. Actually, I am really proud that I did.
Although that meant, I was then faced with 3 days to get everything I have made in order and prepare. The presentation and packaging of the products, I have created was my first task! I designed jewelry backing cards, printed them, and got them all cut out. Luckily Emma was very happy to be put to work on this too!
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Although since the craft fair, I have been rethinking my branding and packaging, I am still pleased with the outcome. We achieved so much in a short time and it all looks so good! Plus having my creations displayed like this made me feel proud of and satisfied with everything I have achieved.
So, running my first ever craft stall… The actual day.
On the day, I got my mum to came to pick me up and we loaded all of the bits into the car. I didn’t think I was going to have enough, but it definitely filled the car. My mum has always been an inspiration to me when it comes to crafting. I remember when I was younger she ran many craft stalls selling her paper creations. I grew up in her footsteps exploring my own ways to be creative. At this point, there are not many crafts left, I have not tried my hands at!
I had never actually been to Bursledon Windmill, considering that it is only a 10-minute drive from where I live, I did not know how beautiful the place was until we got there.
It didn’t actually take me long to set up my stall. I spent a lot of my setup time faffing around with how the stall looked! Knowing now, that I need to invest in some baskets and holders for the stalls, to display my stock.
Making lots of sales wasn’t even something I was focusing on for the day. I said from the set, that I would have been happy to have sold 1 item. I honestly, was nervous that I wouldn’t sell anything. Actually, I was just nervous in general! Originally I thought running a stall felt outside of my comfort zone. However I did it! and as the day went on, and I started speaking with other stallholders, my confidence grew, and really helped me. Being able to network with others really inspired me on what to do for future events.
I was pleased that I sold a few of my items on the day and I did make a profit. Actually, I would not have managed any of that if I didn’t have such a supportive family, and partner. Of course, I am so grateful. That they all came to support me and help me organize for the day.
Have any tips for running a craft stall?
Experience always trumps any planning and learning in this case, as well as many others. However, I love to learn from other people, so, if anyone has any tips for running a craft stall, I would love to hear them. So, leave a comment below.