I live in a relatively small village called Healing. Every summer they hold a family activity afternoon called The Healing Showcase, where local crafters and small businesses can show their products within the community. For the first time, I decided that this year I would join in, and try and promote the Pickles & JJ name.
As I’d never done a fayre before, I had my work cut out in tracking down items I could use to set up my stall. After a Facebook plea, one of my friends came up with a gazebo for me to borrow, and I managed to sneak a suitable, foldable table from my Mum’s. However, my main problem was what would I sell? As everything I make is made to order, I don’t actually stock anything! I didn’t want my stall to be empty, but on the other hand I didn’t really have the time or resources to make a range of stock. I make so many different items, how would I know what would be the popular style? Well, this is when having five children is really useful! With it being a “Showcase” event, I decided all I needed to do was SHOW what I was able to do. All the items I’d ever sewed for my own children were perfect examples of my abilities and my product range, and with having five of them there was plenty of “stock” to display! I was also able to borrow some previous orders from my lovely friend, who told me that most of her daughter’s wardrobe is Pickles & JJ!
How It Went!
When I woke on the morning of the Showcase, it had been raining overnight even though the previous day had been glorious sunshine! Typical! Luckily as the day went on it did stop with the down pours and brightened up. I managed to set up the gazebo, with a little help from a neighbouring stall, and I was really pleased with how it all looked. I had some business cards ready to give out to people and hoped that my display would attract some interest.
Families began to arrive at 2pm, and one item in particular really seemed to catch people’s attention. It was a beautiful reversible skirt with a multi-coloured tassel trim. This was actually one of the items my friend had ordered for her daughter’s holiday and I have to say, it was also one of my favourites! The fabric choices were a tropical print on one side and a brightly coloured toucan fabric on the other.
A Fab Day!
All in all it was really nice afternoon. As it was aimed at families, there was also a dog show to watch, face painting, circus skills, and a man who was demonstrating how to create some really giant bubbles! I was really pleased that I’d taken part, and I’m sure I will do it again next year. I’ll have to make sure I have a few reversible skirts to sell, but at least I got some orders!