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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Thank you, Louise