We have now done all our Christmas Fairs for the year! On Friday evening we had a stall at the very festive Carols on the Green and Christmas Market in Stoke Poges, South Bucks. It had been chucking it down with rain most of the day, so we were very fortunate to have dry weather for the event in the evening!
It was really well supported by the villagers and the choir leading the carols were excellent. There was a Santa procession, reindeer, barbecue and bar to keep everyone entertained. We were really glad to be part of such a nice event!
We’ve just booked onto the Chalfont Crafty Collective Summer Fair, which takes place on Saturday 3rd June! Hope you can join us if you’re in the area. This event started last year, but it is getting busier every time, which is great! It currently only takes place once a quarter, which is probably a good idea at this early stage. We’re looking forward to it and hope the weather is as amazing as it was at the weekend just gone!
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!
Sunday was the very first (I think) French Market with added Little Fox Market in Rickmansworth High Street! We arrived at 8.30ish to set up our gazebo (Little Blu) and table and before we knew it, it was 10 o’Clock.
It was a really busy and fun day, with LOADS of visitors. Most were local residents, some of whom didn’t even realise the market was happening, and plenty of people from further afield. We did well at our table and of course, we spoke to many people with various skin complaints, some of whom invested in a pot of Soothing Skin Balm.
Lots of people were asking if the market would be there every week, or every month. I really hope this is the start of good things to come with regards to Ricky High Street, which has gradually lost its interesting, independent shops (e.g gift shops, homeware, carpets, hairdressers) and gained many (many) estate agents, charity shops and even empty shops 🙁
Let’s hope Little Fox Market can be a regular occurrence outdoors and bring some atmosphere back to what is a lovely little town 🙂
Unfortunately we are going to be taking our products out of Rebel Pebble in Watford at the end of the month after a year of renting a shelf there. It has been great to have a bit of The Soap Cabin in a shop on the High Street, and we even got some new business out of it, but we haven’t really been making back our shelf rental, so we’ve decided it’s time to pull the plug for now 🙁
Watford has a strange High Street. It’s way too long and the footfall is heavily concentrated at the bottom end where you have Intu (formerly known as the Harlequin, as it will always be known by Watfordians!) and the monster-Tesco and other retail parks. Watford Market was also moved higher up the High Street and is now a fraction of the size, but well worth a visit. I ask lots of people if they’ve been to the New Watford Market and most don’t even know where it is or they say “I never walk that far up”. The top end where Rebel Pebble is has tended to be the restaurant, bar and clubbing part of the High Street, so lots of people just don’t wander up there for the purpose of shopping. Also, no-one goes to the library any more!
However, that end, I would argue, is the most interesting! There are lots of independent shops, the New Watford Market, the LP Cafe, a great photography studio, the new-look pond, a great pay-and-display car park and it’s just a short walk to the stunning Cassiobury Park!
We are looking at perhaps renting space at another crafty venue that has better footfall…will keep you posted! I was chatting with a lady at a BBQ the other day who mentioned I might be interested in some shops in Iver, but it turns out she meant empty shops. Not really up for renting an entire shop. *Sigh*