Our last market was the French market in Rickmansworth High Street, so what have we been doing since then?
Our web orders have increased, and we have also had a few orders from local people following the French Market, which is great!
We are also busy making products for the Autumn fairs we have coming up, and we’re thinking about Christmas, which is going to be extremely busy with St Clement Danes Craft & Gift Fair and a new one for us this year – Beaconsfield School Christmas Fair. Very excited about that!
We’ve just booked a spot on the new annual Harefield Village Fair in September after we were tweeted by the organisers last week! Although I do want to pace myself, the Harefield fair is a local opportunity not to be missed! This way we can connect with the community on the other side of the canal! My aim was always to become known locally, and this will definitely help. You can’t beat face to face interaction, despite what Facebook may claim!
“Feliz Navidad!” was one of the many Christmas hits on the loudspeaker this Saturday…
Today we did our final (until someone convinces me to do another) market of the year and I have to say it was manic for our little soap stall! Lemongrass & Lime and also Coconut products were big sellers as always.
There were some good chats with customers about dry skin in this season of cold weather and central heating, so a few went away with a Soothing Skin Oil or Balm. I think many of us have managed to neglect our skin in all the busyness, or have been fooled by the mild Autumn, and then found ourselves with scaly legs or flaky scalps and peeling lips; great look for the office party…not.
It was freezing cold and we had much sympathy for our friends stationed under gazebos outdoors!
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Today we did St Clement Danes School Christmas Fair in Chorleywood from 11-3. Despite feeling slightly worn out from getting everything ready over the last few weeks, I was still really looking forward to it! The fair was really well attended and we were very busy on our stall. We sold out of Lemongrass & Lime soaps by 2.30, which included getting some out of our gift sets that we hadn’t sold (I must make sure I make enough for next weekend). Our Kelp Spa bars were popular in the morning and the Soothing Skin Balm was another favourite. Customers were also pleased to know that we are local and that we make everything ourselves!
The fair finished at 3pm and we were packed up and ready to go by 3.20pm!
Got home and realised I hadn’t finished my breakfast…
We have been crazy busy getting stock ready for our two main Christmas fairs happening over the next two weekends: St Clement Danes School Food and Gift Fair in Chorleywood on Sunday 30th November and Little Fox Christmas Market in Ricky on Saturday 6th December. I’m always excited about these fairs because they are always cheerful, fun and busy.
My place smells like a spa at the moment, but there is stuff everywhere and it seems like everything was trying to go wrong; I ran out of transparent lid boxes thinking I had loads left, I stuck Lemongrass labels on my Coconut body butters, I threw oil and butter on the floor and curtains at various times, my Mango & Passion Fruit bath bombs continued to expand out of the heart-shaped moulds and once set and wrapped they completely disintegrated, I went to carefully add an essential oil to a mixture using the dropper bottle but the whole lot came pouring out….and so on!
But despite all that, it’s still fun and rewarding when you finally get to a fair and people love your products. (Although there will always be those who say they don’t wash…)