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
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.