Fibre Fest will be soon upon us and this year I will have a table for both days. I feel excited and sick at the same time. I have never even done a car boot sale, let alone a craft fair. I know there is a big difference between a car boot sale and craft fair. Car boot is what you do to get rid of stuff. A craft fair is what you do to sell stuff you make. I go to every craft fair near me, if I am made aware of it. There are so many talented people out there. The problem seems to be that people don’t want to part with money for well crafted hand made items. Granted, most items on offer are not essential and merely decorative. Art is decorative (depending on one’s taste), certainly subjective, but I think it is essential. People need to create and be creative. It is like singing, we may not be great at it, but everyone will sing at some point in their life as the voice has to come out. People that sell their wares seem to be very proud of what they make. Even the lady at the craft fair last November who bought stuff from the pound store and stuck things together, and not very well (that insulted me and still does). I tend not to buy anything from craft fairs as I will make things for family and friends instead, because I know how to make stuff. Craft fairs are generally for people who don’t know how to make stuff or can’t make the stuff they buy. Without those people, craft fairs would be redundant.
It has been suggested to me many times that I sell my ‘things’, whether it be artwork or my felting. I have an Etsy Shop, and I have sold a few things there, but I think it is really tough to sell on Etsy and I don’t do commissions right now. I have managed to sell a few things by word of mouth. I don’t make things just to sell them. I make things because that is what I like to do and I like to experiment and try new things. If I sell anything, that is a bonus. So why am I going to do a craft fair? Well, it is close to home, the fees are reasonable and I have a lot of stock, for starters. I would also like to see if I can do it. I like people and talking to them about what I have made. Although there will be other felters at the fair, they are mainly needle felters and I won’t have any of that on my table. I will focus on selling my hats, scarves and vessels, plus some accessories. I will be devoting the next few days to making brooches and hair clips. I have a card reader so that I will be able to accept card payments. Like everyone, I suppose, there are doubts about whether my work is good enough. If I was selling hand painted furniture, no problem! But selling things for people to wear is something else as it has to have function, form and quality. We shall see what happens. In the meantime, if anyone is in the area, the information is below.