Can I confess something?
Craft Fayers - Not sure they are worth the effort.
On the upside - it is a way for your craft business to support a charity as often we get asked to set up a stall for really good organisations such as Cancer charities, Children's charities or Church funds. You get to meet great people and spend an afternoon out of the house.
On the down-side - a fee for a table is anywhere from £10-40 - which if you only make £100 is actually quite a dent in our profits. Take into consideration the money required for petrol to get to the event and for food at the event and you are already beginning to wonder if it will pay for itself. At £100 you might just be lucky enough to break even - which means you get nothing for making the products and nothing for the day you have just spent working at the stall.
Saturday tends to be a family day and generally there is very little on at a craft fair for a 1 year old and a 3 year old to catch their attention for a full day. For that reason - we tend to do very few of them.
Killyleagh recently launched a chocolate festival within the grounds of the castle and we were asked if we could support a retailer that sells for us by coming along to the event.
We went one better - we made some chocolate soap luxuries. Call it our own personal indulgence.
And these were the results.