Farewell to events in Raunds

This first year of organising craft fairs has been a very steep learning curve for me and as with most things, there have been lots of positives but also things which have needed to change along the way. The Higham Ferrers Craft & Vintage Fairs, for example, have been a real success and it’s been great to be able to go to the market for a few hours each time to drum up business and hand out 100s of flyers. Unfortunately, the events in Raunds have become a bit more of a headache…Support hasn’t been great locally and although many stallholders say they have done really well at these events, I’m not as happy with the footfall which is really frustrating as I know how much effort I put into advertising. I’m forever having signs vandalised and spend a lot of money advertising in the Raunds Roundup and distribute 1000s of flyers to local schools etc. Although I hate to have to cancel events I also hate to put on events that I don’t feel confident will be successful for my stallholders so have decided that this is the right decision to make. I have been in email contact with all stallholders involved. I do apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope you can understand my decision. Thank you

Handmade, Vintage and Gift Shopping Event in Raunds

A massive thank you to all the lovely stallholders and customers who came to the Handmade, Vintage & Gift Shopping Event in Raunds on Saturday. We had 25 handmade stalls in the larger hall and 15 vintage and gift stalls in the smaller hall as well as refreshments and yummy cakes! Stalls included vintage jewellery and Christmas decorations, cards, wax melts, both handmade and Scentsy, Forever Living, fabric gifts, vintage inspired crochet, knitted items, charity stall, patchwork, printed illustrations, sand art plus plenty more! As it’s been a year since Rainbow Craft Events first started Dawn had made a fantastic birthday cake as well which was delicious! Jamie took some great photos of local families too which went down really well.

Feedback from stallholders was positive and many said they had had a successful day which I am always pleased to hear! For me, I would’ve preferred higher footfall. I always advertise like mad and spent some time on Saturday walking up and down the High Street giving out flyers but there were hardly any people on the High Street to give them to. The ones I did see tended to already be on their way up to the hall. There was always a steady flow of people walking round the hall and most had bags full of things they had bought which is great. We certainly got through a lot of tea and coffee and I sold plenty of craft bags!

On December 3rd 1-3pm we will be holding a Nearly New Sale and Craft Fair at Saxon Hall. There are still spaces in the NNS room so if you would like to book at able please send me an email to rainbowcraftevents@Yahoo.co.uk Stalls are £8 and include a free hot drink, bottle of water and cereal bar.

More spaces at the Band Club in December!

Today was the first time we held a Craft & Vintage Fair at the Band Club on Wharf Road in Higham Ferrers. We usually use the Working Men’s Club but if they’re booked we can use this venue instead. All went well today apart from the expected teething problems with a new venue! I will be making lots more signs to point people in the right direction next time! We had a great footfall and it was fantastic to have a couple of customers come back to see me in the Market where I was handing out flyers and say how impressed they were with the quality if stalls. So lovely to hear positive feedback! We had a great selection of stalls including wood turning, Christmas bauble pictures, fabric gifts, canvas bags, framed pictures plus lots more! Have a look at the photos to get an idea of what was on offer.

We’re back at the WMC in November but December is back at the Band Club. Today we used the hall upstairs but I found out today that in future we can use all 3 rooms downstairs which is brilliant! It means we can have more tables, stallholders don’t have to carry their things upstairs and it means customers who might have problems using stairs won’t have to worry. So all in all, I’m really pleased. It also means that I now have extra spaces at the December Christmas Craft & Vintage Fair on Sat 17th December so if you’re interested please get in touch ASAP and let me know. rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk

Two events in November – the Christmas Handmade, Vintage and Gift Shopping Event at Saxon Hall, Raunds on Sat 19th November 10am-2pm and the Craft & Vintage Fair at the WMC, Higham Ferrers on Sat 26th November 9am-1pm. Hope to see you there!

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Advertising Ideas Please!

As with all the events I organise I work really hard to advertise as much as I can to get as many people through the door as possible. I hand out 1000s of flyers every month during events, at the Farmers’ Market in Higham Ferrers, to schools, nurseries, shops, cafes, hairdressers etc. I advertise in the Raunds Roundup which is distributed to many houses in and around Raunds. I submit articles to the Nene Valley News every fortnight and they’re usually published along with ads for upcoming events. I put posters up in shops etc in Higham Ferrers, Raunds and other areas such as Wellingborough, Rushden and Irthlingborough. I advertise wherever I can online such as stallfinder, stall and craft collective, wherecanwego and radio stations such as Heart and Connect FM. I also regularly share events and posters on all the local Facebook pages and groups. Banners go outside each venue and signs are placed around the local areas before each event.

However, I am still looking for more ways! I’m particularly keen to get more people to subscribe to events on Facebook and click ‘going’ or ‘interested’ on each event page. To a certain extent, I’m sure this will all continue to grow with time – Rainbow Craft Events has been running for less than a year so I feel proud of what has been achieved so far and feel confident that as events become more established interest and footfall will steadily rise. This year has been a massive learning curve for me, from trying out different venues and learning from mistakes along the way. Stallholders and customers are always so positive which is so kind and any constructive feedback is genuinely very useful.

So if you have any good ideas for more ways of advertising events and encouraging more customer participation on Facebook, I’d love to hear from you! rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk or contact me via facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rainbowcraftevents

Thank you! Here are the new flyers ready to distribute!

Remember the next event is the Craft & Vintage Fair on Saturday 29th October 9am-1pm. This month we are at the BAND CLUB on WHARF ROAD. Please be aware that the hall we will be using is accessed by a flight of stairs. See you there!

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Nearly New Sale and Craft Fair in Raunds

Yesterday was the first Nearly New Sale & Craft Fair at Saxon Hall in Raunds and I’m really pleased with how it all went! It’s always a gamble when you try something new but thankfully yesterday was a successful event! In the larger hall there were 25 craft tables selling all handmade items and as usual, there were plenty of compliments on the high quality of items ranging from chocolate novelties, hand sewn items, wood turning, book folding, preserves, greeting cards and gift boxes, crochet and plenty more.

In the second hall was a Nearly New Sale for people selling baby and children’s clothes, toys, books, equipment etc. There were also refreshments and books and colouring for the little ones. This room proved especially popular and lots of customers left with bags full of bargains!

Seeing as the Nearly New Sale was so popular, and as I unfortunately had to turn a lot of people down for tables as we filled up so quickly, I will be switching the rooms at the next one on Saturday 3rd December. This will also mean there will be more room for people to move between tables and prevent any traffic jams with all the buggies! If you would like to book a NNS table please email me for more info rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk or get in touch via Facebook http://www.facebook.com/rainbowcraftevents. Thank you

The first hour was incredibly busy yesterday which was great and the second hour, as you might expect was a bit quieter. 3-4pm proved rather too quiet though so future NNS/Craft Fairs will now be held 1-3pm instead and all tables will be priced at £8. As with everything, you learn with experience so thank you for any feedback which was given yesterday. I do read it all and any constructive advice is always taken into consideration. Thankfully, the vast majority of feedback was positive with people commenting on the friendly atmosphere, good organisation and amount they had sold. I’m looking forward to the next one now!!

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SPECIAL OFFER!! Nearly New Sale / Craft Fair, Raunds

So yesterday was the 3rd Craft & Vintage Fair at the Working Men’s Club, Westfield Terrace in Higham Ferrers and the variety and standard of stalls was as excellent as ever! We had 3 amazing vintage stalls selling gorgeous jewellery and homewares, homemade cakes, hair accessories, crochet, wood carvings, wood turning, fabric gifts, book folding, various crafts from Rushden Mind plus more! It was lovely to have a chat with some already regular customers over a cup of tea too!

On October 15th, 1-4pm, we will be holding a Baby & Kid’s Nearly New Sale / Craft Fair at Saxon Hall, Raunds (Thorpe St NN9 6LT). Here we can use 2 halls. The larger will have over 20 all handmade stalls selling a fabulous array of items including vintage inspired crochet, fabric gifts, chocolate novelties, greeting cards, scrabble pictures, handmade fudge, vintage upcycled furniture, dream catchers, handbag charms, tie dye bags, homemade jams and chutneys, book art, plaques and more!

The second room will be for a Nearly New Sale where local people can sell preloved children’s items such as toys, books, equipment, clothes, maternity wear etc. There are still a couple of spaces so if you’re interested stalls are reduced to only £8 this time seeing as it’s the first one – and that price includes a FREE hot drink, cereal bar and bottle of water! If you’re interested please email me: rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk. Why not come along and grab a bargain! Lots of great quality items sold at a fraction of the original cost! Time to start buying a few stocking fillers..!?

So the SPECIAL OFFER as mentioned in the title??? The first 20 customers through the door on the 15th October will receive A FREE HOT DRINK!!!!!! There will also be sweets for the children (as long as my supplies last..!) So please do come along and remember, all events are FREE ENTRY! What more could you ask for? Please share this event with as many people as you can to make it a real success. Thank you

PS Here are some photos of the wonderful items which were on sale on Saturday at the Working Men’s Club:

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A little update!

So it’s been a busy few months setting up the new Craft & Vintage Fairs at the Working Men’s Club which run at the same time as the Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm on the last Saturday of each month. We’ve held two so far and feedback from stallholders and customers has been fab! We’ve had a great mix of stalls and an increasing number of vintage stallholders have started making bookings which I’m really pleased about. As these run during the Farmers’ Market, I (or lovely volunteers!) have handed out 100s of flyers to people in Higham to encourage them to come and visit us. I’ll carry on doing this to make as many people aware as possible.

Stallholders have been very keen to make repeat bookings which is a great sign. To make it fair for all stallholders, and also to keep the range of stalls interesting for customers, I have limited the number of bookings for 2017 at this venue to 6. However, people are able to go on the waiting list for as many dates as they wish and I’ll let them know if a space becomes available. If you would like an up to date datres sheet please email me at rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk.

To make the event pages on Facebook more appealing to customers, I would like to add a short paragraph and photo about each stallholder attending. If you have already sent me yours, then thank you very much! If you haven’t, please could you email it to me when you get a chance and I’ll add it to all events you are taking part in. If you’re not sure what I mean, take a look at the September 24th event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1730020710605263/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2298%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

On October 15th we will be holding the first Nearly New Sale / Craft Fair at Saxon Hall, Raunds 1-4pm. This is an exciting new event for Rainbow Craft Events! The larger room will have 25 handmade stalls selling a fabulous range of items including jewellery, fabric gifts, book folding, handmade children’s clothes, dream catchers, bags, vintage painted furniture, scrabble products, cards and much more! There will be a chance to have a go at pottery painting too! The second room will have a Baby and Children’s Nearly Sale selling all sorts of items including children’s clothes, toys, books and equipment. Come along and grab a bargain! As always entry is FREE and there are refreshments and homemade cakes. If you are interested in having a table in the NNS room, stalls are reduced to only £8 and include a free hot drink, bottle of water and cereal bar. Sell your own items and keep whatever money you make! Please email me for more info rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk I hope you can come along and support this event. It’s not just children’s items!!

That’s it for now. Enjoy the rest of your week and hopefully see you on Saturday. Louise x

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