This seems quite apt at the moment! We organised our first craft fair with our name on the weekend and some things were good and some were not so good - but we're not that stupid or arrogant not to recognise and learn from the not so good.
What was good - the crafters as ever were the most lovely bunch of people you could ever hope to be stuck with on a dreary afternoon. All had made their most wonderful things, decked out their stalls in red, white and blue and generally come along with the most fab attitude. Feedback was that it was a very well organised event, stall holders were great and the networking invaluable. And as Hippos we seem to be building a wonderful group of dedicated people keen to see crafting develop and grow which is great.
What was not so good - footfall. We had advertised as best we could, but it seemed that all in our town had decided to disappear for the weekend. We even had the local press photographer tell us that too, as well as others who had come through town to see us said that people were noticeable by their absence!
What we learned - to keep trying! Had a bit of a personal thump earlier when I found out that someone was having a pop and kind of took it personally. However, it's not personal - well one comment was but we will assume they had been on the gin he he! But we're not that daft to believe that a good day out with lovely people makes up for spending on a stall where you don't sell much because I would be grumpy too, so completely understood their frustrations. So, we shall re-group and take the good bits (of which there were loads) and try and put right the not so good bits (but please don't blame us for the weather!).
And a huge thank you as always to those that help behind the scenes that you may not hear from, you know who you are ... and we know where you live!!!