Baby and Children’s Nearly New Sale / Craft Fair in Raunds

Some people have been asking about this event which will be held on Saturday 6th August at Saxon Hall in Raunds…so I thought I’d write this blog to explain it a bit more! At Saxon Hall we are lucky enough to be able to use 2 rooms for events. This means I can separate the types of stall to make it clear for customers what each room is for. So at the Handmade, Vintage and Gift Shopping Events so far the large room has been for handmade items and the smaller one for vintage and gift stalls. This can be switched depending on the number of stallholders I get for each category.

At the Nearly New Sale / Craft Fair, the large room will be for handmade items and the smaller room for around 16 stalls selling baby and children’s nearly new items. This is also the room where refreshments are sold. Other local Nearly New Sales tend to run for 2 hours for £10, whereas mine are for 3 hours and the fee also includes a free hot drink, bottle of water and cereal bar. As this is the first one, I have reduced the price to £8 in the Nearly New Sale room. The Craft Room will have over 20 stalls selling all handmade items including vintage inspired crochet, greeting cards, scrabble products, plaques, personalised gifts, dream catchers and bears with adoption certificates.

Why not book a stall to sell some of your children’s pre-loved clothes, toys or equipment? I know I’ve got plenty of toys, books, play mats etc. that still have plenty of life left in them and a few pounds back would be very much appreciated! Or if not, why not come along and grab some bargains!?

There will also be plenty to keep the little ones entertained. At this event there will be a face painter and Sarah from Ink Marked, the tattoo shop in Raunds will be offering temporary tattoos! Also, Little Art Works will be there so you can come and have a go at pottery painting too!

Much more than just a Nearly New Sale! Check out the Facebook event and SUBSCRIBE to events so you never miss out! Thank you. See you there!

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Handmade, Vintage and Gift Shopping Event – Raunds

The sun was shining today (for most of the time anyway..!) and we had a lovely day at Saxon Hall in Raunds. So many fantastic stalls including memorial gifts, vintage style crochet, fabric gifts, homemade cakes, vintage jewellery, greeting cards, hair clips and hair bands, needle felt gnomes, leather goods, handmade pens, wooden gifts…the list goes on! Lovely to see lots of people taking part in some pottery painting too! As always, an incredibly high standard and wide variety on offer!

We had a really good turn out in the morning, although the afternoon was a bit quieter, maybe due to a couple of local events which were also on today. However, there were lots of smiling faces and customers leaving with bags full of goodies! We certainly got through lots of cups of tea and coffee and the cake stall completely sold out! So that’s always a great sign. It was suggested that maybe these events are shortened to 10am-2pm, for which I could reduce the fee to £15. I’d be interested to hear people’s opinions on this. The next Handmade, Vintage and Gift Shopping Event is in November, ready for Christmas so would people prefer this was 10am-3pm as it’s bound to be a busy one or shorten it to 10am-2pm? Let me know what you think!

Thank you for all the positive feedback regarding the amount of advertising I do for all these events. I certainly do my best! However, I’m always looking for more ways to spread the word. I’m going to invest in some smaller banners which I can put out the week leading up to each event around the main entrances into the town so hopefully lots of people will see them. I always give out around 4000 flyers to local schools and nurseries etc. and advertise monthly in the Raunds Roundup. Facebook is a great way to advertise and the more people can help by sharing posts and inviting as many people as they can on the actual event page for each event always really helps. Adverts go in the Nene Valley News and although I sent in an article this edition, unfortunately it wasn’t published! I’ll try again this month!!

Upon reflection, I have decided to concentrate on the Raunds and Higham Ferrers events as I feel the feedback and footfall is/will be much better here and so have cancelled the events at the Mandeville Hall in Kimbolton. Anyone who has paid for a stall will of course either be able to transfer their fee to another date or have it refunded. This year is most definitely proving to be a very steep learning curve for me and I appreciate all the positive comments and helpful suggestions as at the end of the day, we all want to have a successful day! I’m sure that as events become more established in Raunds and Higham Ferrers, word of mouth will also help and people will get to recognise the signs that are out. Customers are always so incredibly positive so please do tell your friends and encourage them to come and visit us next time!

Don’t forget, I’m taking bookings for the Craft & Vintage Fairs in Higham Ferrers and am looking for more people to have a stall in the Nearly New Sale Room in Raunds on Saturday 6th August 1-4pm. Stalls are on offer for this room at this event – £8 including a free hot drink, bottle of water and cereal bar. Please email me at rainbowcraftevents@yahoo.co.uk for more info. Thank you, Louise

 

Higham Ferrers Craft & Vintage Fairs

So as I mentioned last week, I have booked monthly Craft & Vintage Fairs to run at the same time as the very popular Farmers’ Markets in Higham Ferrers. They are usually on the last Saturday of every month (except in December) and run 9am-1pm. The flyers and banner have been ordered and I’ve started putting up posters to advertise this event – MANY more to follow! Lots of bookings have already started coming in which is wonderful. Please remember that these events are for HANDMADE and VINTAGE items only.

Occasionally the Working Men’s Club may have another booking so we will need to move venues as I’m really keen for this event to be held every month so that people who come into Higham Ferrers for the Market will know that we are on too. There are 2 dates this year that the WMC is busy (29th October and 17th December) but I have managed to book the Band Club which is just round the corner on Wharf Road for these dates. They have a lovely big airy hall upstairs (no lift so keep this mind if mobility is an issue or you have very heavy boxes!) which we can use and I have now booked for these 2 dates. If any stallholders have booked the WMC for either of these dates and would prefer not to use the Band Club I would be happy to transfer your booking to another date.

There is a car park at the hall which will fit around 12 cars and we should be able to use the car park at the hall opposite (to be confirmed). There is also a free car park by the Doctors’ Surgery on Saffron Road which is only round the corner which stallholders can also use once they have unloaded. For the dates at the Band Club I will provisionally limit the number of stalls to 20 and take it from there! The Band Club is opposite Higham Ferrers Junior School and Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant School so plenty of passing trade to see the banner!

At all of the events I will place the large pavement signs at each end of the Market to advertise where we are and also one on the corner of Wharf Road to point people in the right direction so I’m sure people will see us! I have also just written an article for the Nene Valley News which will hopefully be published on 2nd July. This introduces Rainbow Craft Events and advertises the events in Higham Ferrers and Raunds. I’ll continue to write them for this fortnightly newspaper as it reaches so many people locally.

As always, feedback is welcome. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

Louise

PS 3 large pavement signs and 5 sets of the smaller signs have been put out for the Handmade, Vintage and Gift Shopping Event at Saxon Hall, Raunds 2nd July. Have you seen them and WHERE!?

A lovely day in Kimbolton

So today was the second Craft Fair at the Mandeville Hall in Kimbolton. We had 20 fantastic stalls, as always the quality and diversity of stalls was wonderful. I’m always so impressed with how much effort everyone puts into making their stalls look so appealing and yet again, many customers commented on that to me too. Customers also commented several times at how nice it was to see a craft fair where all the items for sale are handmade rather than bought in which was great to hear.

There was a great selection including chocolate novelties (very popular today!), upcycled vintage and vintage craft items, wicker hearts, cushions, bunting, toys, crochet, wax melts, preserves, children’s pottery painting, cakes, dream catchers, jewellery, war time foods and plenty more!

It wasn’t the busiest day we’ve ever had but there was a good steady flow of people throughout the day and they all seemed to leave with a bag of goodies which is great! One stallholder described their day as  ‘phenomenal’ so I’m delighted to hear that! It was also great to see how friendly all the stallholders were, sharing tips and buying from each other’s stalls, there is always such a fantastic relaxed atmosphere at all the Rainbow Craft Events Craft Fairs which I’m really proud of. A lovely day had by all!

Higham Ferrers Craft & Vintage Fairs

I’m over the moon with the amazing response to the Higham Ferrers Craft & Vintage Fairs which are booked to run at the same time (9am-1pm) as the Farmers’ Markets on the last Saturday of each month. Places are being booked right up to the end of the year so please do get in touch if you are interested in a stall (£15). The first one will be on Saturday 30th July. Thank you, Louise

Possible new venue in Higham Ferrers…

Yesterday I went to revisit the Conservative Club in Rothwell to take some photos of the venue to show stallholders. Unfortunately I was really disappointed with the incredibly low lighting in the hall which somehow I hadn’t noticed when I visited previously. I feel very strongly that if I am taking people’s time and money then I need to feel completely confident that a venue will be a great place to hold a successful event. After much consideration, I therefore decided to cancel the events booked here. Good lighting is so crucial to show stallholder’s work off at its best and I feel that a poorly lit room wouldn’t create the best atmosphere. Such a shame as otherwise this is a fantastic venue…

Anyway, onwards and upwards..! I have been thinking for a while about other possible venues but now that we’ll no longer be using the Conservative Club thought I’d best get cracking on some new ideas.

I live in Higham Ferrers and often go to the Farmers’ Market on the last Saturday morning of each month. There are often stalls in the Bede House and sometimes in Chichele College but there aren’t always very many and not always handmade. Today there were around 3 stalls in the Church (mainly gift) and a plant sale in Chichele College Gardens. The Farmers’ Market always draws many people into Higham Ferrers so this would be a great opportunity to hold a successful event.

I’ve been to have a look at the Working Men’s Club on Westfield Terrace which is just round the corner from the Market Square. They have a large, bright, airy hall we can use (and they’re very keen for us to do so!) with space out the front and down the side for stallholders to park their cars. There is also the space for a bouncy castle if we sectioned off part of the car park. People are used to parking around the town for the market so I’m sure if I put signs up around the Market Square and gave out flyers they would walk round the corner to the hall. There are many large schools locally so I can also give out 1000s of flyers to promote it.

I would like to hold Vintage and Craft Fairs there on the last Saturday of each month 9am-1pm (same as the Farmers’ Market) with set up from 8am. There wouldn’t be time for me to get in first to set up but the tables would be out ready and stallholders could choose where they would like to go on arrival. There are tables there but they’re only 3′ x 2′ so stallholders could have 2 tables for £15 or bring their own if they prefer. If there is space and enough free tables on the day, I would be happy for stallholders to use an extra table. I would estimate there is enough room for up to 25 stalls.

So what do you think? I’d love some feedback. We could get booked in for July 30th, August 27th, September 24th, October 29th, November 26th and December 17th. November might be a bit of a push seeing as we’ve already got 13th in Kimbolton and 19th in Raunds but if enough people are interested I’m more than happy to go ahead. Thank you, Louise

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Suggestions Please!!

Hello lovely people, I’d like to pick your brains please..!

I’m looking for a new venue to hold Craft Fairs, or possibly Handmade, Vintage & Gift Shopping Events and wondered if anyone had any bright ideas? I’ve been looking around for a while and can’t seem to find anything that fits the bill. The venue needs to:

  • be affordable!!
  • be bright and airy
  • be spacious – room for 30-50 tables ideally
  • have free car parking
  • be on a High Street or somewhere with lots of passing traffic
  • have rectangular tables
  • have kitchen facilities
  • not already host craft fairs or be too close to another regular craft fair
  • be within 20 minutes or so of Higham Ferrers

Ideally I would also like…

  • flexibility of rooms e.g. as at Saxon hall we can use 1, 2 or 3 rooms depending on how many stalls we have
  • outside space
  • power points of stall holders to use

So if anyone has any ideas please do get in touch! Thank you.

Enjoy the sunshine and have a lovely bank holiday weekend x

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Good morning!

Morning all customers! I always appreciate people taking the time to give feedback about what they thought of the crafts fairs I organise. The vast majority of comments have always been really positive, especially regarding the high quality of stalls and friendly atmosphere but constructive comments are also really useful.
I have made changes based on what customers have said, for example, allowing more tables for teas/coffees, having only handmade stalls at the craft fairs and selling crisps. I will now also be starting to sell biscuits and fizzy drinks too. I might be needing a bigger car..!
I just thought I would ask today if there is anything else people would like to comment on regarding the events. Maybe there is something you like or something you think I could add/change? I’m always happy to hear constructive comments as they mean I can improve the craft fairs and provide what customers and stallholders like. Thank you for your time and I hope you have a lovely day:)
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