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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!
“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!
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…)
First we attended our regular Little Fox Market at St Mary’s Church Centre in Rickmansworth on Saturday 4th October for fun in the…rain. Although it was bustling early on and we chatted with customers and saw many familiar faces, the rain settled in and soon the afternoon was very quiet. However, it was a fun and friendly day, and we got to debut our skin oil and skin balm.
Our next event was the following Saturday morning at Watersmeet Theatre in ‘Ricky’ for the annual Rickmansworth Society Autumn Market, which has been going for about 30 years.
The event was introduced by a town crier (Hear ye!) and then the Chairman of Three Rivers District Council and finally Miss Rickmansworth and her attendants. When we arrived, we realised we were right over by the stage in a really dark corner, so we had to nip out and grab some emergency LED lights to illuminate our products. It was a busy event, with lots of people wandering through and it was great to speak to so many people at the stall about skin complaints, particularly eczema, which seems to be plaguing a lot of people in this changeable season. From this, about 4 people purchased our new Soothing Skin Balm, which I was really pleased about. Of course there are some who are extremely cautious about trying a new product on irritated skin, and perhaps prefer to rely on prescription creams only, but I did my best to reassure them that the product is completely natural and gentle enough to use on the face (which I had done that morning) if they wanted to try something natural to calm the itch.