Yesterday we had our stall at the Chalfont Crafty Collective Spring Fair over in Chalfont St Peter between 10-2.
We arrived at the hall around 9.20am and got set up. I have to say I was really concerned that we were almost directly opposite a stall selling very strongly scented wax melts… Not good for a scented soap stall! Last time this happened was at the Little Fox Market in Rickmansworth where we were side by side with a similar stall and people were ‘smelled out’ by the time they got to us and either couldn’t smell our essential oil products or just didn’t want to! It seems to throw up an annoying either-or scenario. Or people think you’re selling the same thing!
Anyway, we actually did fairly well. The fair was busy most of the day and we recognised some visitors from previous fairs, which is great. We actually sold out of our Miracle Mango and Hemp Butter (not hard as we only had a few left in stock!) after having a discussion with a few ladies about dry skin complaints and the amazing benefits of mango butter and hemp oil, along with the therapeutic effects of Lavender and Tea Tree. Of course I am able to share my own experience of eczema and generally dehydrated skin. I really hope it helps with their skin issues as you really can’t escape your skin.
Also got given a few leaflets about fairs and shows that are being organised if we’d be interested. Always good to find other events in the area.
Yesterday we took part in the Family Christmas Fair at Beaconsfield School, organised by Iain Rennie Hospice. We were very excited about this one because it was our first ever fair in Bucks (I have been hoping to get into a good fair with high footfall in the South Bucks area for a while), the fair is usually well supported with 500+ footfall and Beaconsfield is a wealthy commuter town.
The day went fairly well and we were on a table next to our friends Bjarne & Sarah of Artistry Coffee, but there were several lulls in the day due to the atrocious weather outside, and I think the footfall was half of what it usually is. It was raining when we arrived to unload and raining even harder when we were loading up to leave! So unfortunately I didn’t get any shots of the picturesque character buildings in the Old Town for the blog.
The thing I love about fairs is the opportunity to chat with people about problem skin, and I had several conversations with customers yesterday about eczema and how there is sometimes a lack of understanding around it, like “can’t you just put some E45 on it?” probably to do with the way adverts simplify the condition to a dry skin issue. (E45 is a petroleum-based emollient that does nothing for itching and I found it actually stung my irritated skin, which wasn’t actually dry, but clammy). One lady was telling me that her sister made her a pair of cotton mittens to sleep in because she would scratch in her sleep. We also discussed adult chickenpox with a few other people and we decided that calamine lotion doesn’t do much either. So it was a good way in to talk about the benefits of our calendula-infused Soothing Skin Balm and Soothing Skin Oil, (all natural ingredients, calming, can be used head to toe, I keep one in my handbag…)
You will notice our new jute The Soap Cabin banner on the table display; I made this after seeing someone in the US had something similar (professionally printed I think), so I decided to whip one up on Friday, using a burlap sack, a home-made stencil, a black ink pad and a sponge!
Next up: St Clement Danes School Christmas Food & Gift Fair, Chorleywood 29th Nov 11am-3pm
This Saturday was our first Little Fox Market of 2015! Unfortunately the wooden bath accessories that I had ordered with a month’s notice hadn’t arrived in time, so I was bit annoyed that we didn’t have more soap dishes and nail brushes to make up more gift sets.
It was a nice sunny day, and the morning was fairly busy, but it soon became very, very quiet (boo!) We did have a few customers, two of whom were repeat customers, so that is great! One lady was really pleased with her Soothing Calendula Skin Oil and was glad that we were there so she could buy another one in person. We will be there again next month, which will be during the Ricky Canal Festival, so we’re hoping it’s a lot busier with so many visitors in town! If you are in Rickmansworth on Saturday 16th May, do pop into St Mary’s Church Centre (near the Feathers Pub) and check out the Little Fox Market – it’s a real gem!