I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the original Little Fox Market in Rickmansworth has ceased for the time being. I believe the organiser is in talks to find a more suitable venue because the footfall has decreased so much in the last couple of years. Such a shame!
In the meantime, you can visit the other venues in South Bucks.
Today we had a stall at the *BRAND NEW* Amersham Little Fox Market, held at the Amersham Free Church Alfred Ellis Hall, just off the High Street in the Chilterns.
As it was a new event, we didn’t expect it to be amazing, and although there were people browsing throughout the morning, it went fairly quiet later on. It just needs some time for word to spread and for it to gain a following (in person, and not just on social media :))
There were plenty of people on the High Street and we managed to get some of them in (including an old friend!) by leafleting at points during the day. Hopefully they’ll return next month.
Annoyingly, I filled up my flask at home with Lemon & Ginger tea and then ended up leaving it at home! Then when we got to the fair we found out that the person who would have been running the tea & coffee stand unfortunately wasn’t there due to illness, so we were all making trips back and forward to Costa and Caffe Nero. Pricey! (I did have a bottle of water as always, but that was gone in no time).
While we were there, we picked up an amazing piece of tree trunk to use in our display. But more on this later…
Our next one in the diary is a new Little Fox Market at Gerrards Cross on 24th April… What we’d like to do is probably stick with ONE of the Little Fox Venues (Rickmansworth was our launch-pad), but we’ll keep you updated! But remember, our online shop is always open.
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!
We’re excited to have booked all of our Little Fox Market dates for the year, starting with Saturday 18th April (check out our Events Page), and we are also doing the Woodoaks Festival in Maple Cross and the Courtlands Residents Association Family Fun Day in Watford the Summer!
Our aim in 2013-2014 was not to be running all over the UK doing markets, but to concentrate on our regular Little Fox, along with a choice few Summer festivals, but even more so this year so as not to over-stretch ourselves as we do need to keep our shelf at Rebel Pebble stocked and exciting, plus we have some other projects in the background (like you do), plus online sales have picked up in the last six months, which is fantastic.
Being at an event is great for getting your name out there and meeting people. (I love chatting to people about skin!) However, a market takes out the entire day, plus the prep time beforehand, which although we really enjoy, can also be exhausting, so we don’t want to be occupied in that way every weekend when we also need to distribute our time amongst making products, the behind the scenes admin and of course coming up with new ideas! I know some business owners who rely solely on markets, so they need to be at everything, and perhaps their production is not as intensive as ours (not always the case!), but as much as we love them, we don’t want markets to be our main thing, if you get my gist.