What have we been doing in August? We always take August off from fairs and things just to regroup, have break and look at product development. At the moment we are working on getting some bigger orders out, but also developing some exciting new products for the autumn, including a skin oil, which will hopefully be on the stall on 4th October. We always have a selection of our products at Rebel Pebble in the Parade, Watford, near the new-look pond, so do pop in and have a look at our shelf. We have also had our space confirmed at the St Clement Danes Christmas Food & Gift fair on 30th November in Chorleywood, which was mega-busy last year. Can’t wait!
On Saturday 5th July, as part of the Little Fox Market, we had a stall at the Woodoaks Association’s new annual festival on Woodoaks Farm on the Denham Way in Maple Cross (not far from home), sponsored by Renault, who are based across the road.
We knew the weather was going to be rainy, and it was drizzling from when we arrived to set up at 9.45am. We got our Gazebo (aka little blue) up without much fuss, apart from the fact our tent pegs bent every time we hit them with the mallet! There were also high winds to contend with, which resulted in the gazebo to our left being damaged, and those stall holders went home early as it was impossible for them to continue.
The day went okay for us as people seemed quite interested in our soap! But the footfall wasn’t amazing because of the on-off weather and also because the stalls were spread out over a very large area – probably too large an area for people to want to make the effort.
Highlights included a taster from the Grand Union Canal musical by Land of Liberty theatre group, Phoenix Morris dancers, the jazz band, the owl & hawk display, the Baking competition and of course the football tournament. Those who went on it would also say the woodland walk was a particular highlight.
Someone with a family member involved in the organisation of the event was telling us that David Attenborough had been there the week before filming a piece on owls! Seems like an interesting place with lots going on, so worth checking out: http://www.thewoodoaksassociation.com/
Saturday 7th June we had our usual stall at the Little Fox Market in Ricky.
Unfortunately we started at 10.30 with rain showers and was therefore a little quieter than usual…but it soon brightened up and we had a steady flow of visitors to our table.
To make the time pass and to do something useful while on the stall, I’ve started making my greeting cards on the stall, which works much better for me. At home I can’t seem to get started!
This Saturday (5th April 2014) we will have a stall at the Little Fox Market in Rickmansworth, which was the very first market we ever did once I was feeling brave enough to put my products out for public consumption! They have moved to a new venue, having been based at the Fox & Hounds pub garden near M&S in the High Street. It’s great because we now have the option of being indoors or outdoors, rather than just outdoors, and hopefully there will be a bit more footfall.
If you’re about, pop in and see us!
Little Fox Market, St Mary’s Church Centre, Church Street, Rickmansworth 10am-3pm
I saw a programme a few months ago that was exposing the bathing industry – DID YOU KNOW that shower gel and bubble bath/bath essence are exactly the same thing, but just labelled and sold as two different products? Scandal, I hear you cry! On my next visit to Superdrug (or was it Boots?), I picked up a bottle of Herbal Essences shower gel and the same fragrance in their bubble bath range – exactly the same ingredients and the bubble bath was twice the size and half the price! Following this revelation, I now buy bubble bath as a multi-use product; shower gel and bubble bath. Now that I think about it, when I was a teenager, I realised we had run out of bubble bath, so I squeezed some shower gel under the running tap instead and noted what amazing bubbles it produced… Always good to read the ingredients methinks.