I'd had a bad night's sleep on Saturday as one of my twins was poorly and so I arrived to the fair a little late yesterday morning, and with very heavy eyes, but with a lot of excitement.
I'd remembered my camera, drink of cranberry juice and sandwich thankfully and immediately started to set my table up. Everyone was so friendly and I actually found myself next to two wonderful French sisters who were such lovely people and very eager to help and tell me all about another fair in a Chateau around 25km away on December 14th. It's only 5 euros too and as the ladies explained, is warm ( we were freezing yesterday as they only put the heating on once around lunch time for half an hour! ), well lit and has a super ambiance so sounds perfect to me! I wasn't going to do another fair but the 14th December will be buzzing with Christmas excitement and so I just have to, he he he.
I was so excited by my table as thankfully it turned out just as I'd hoped and better although the two tables given to me were quite small and so everything was pretty squashed together but maybe that added to the charm? Luckily I'd added price labels to everything and people were so nice, always asking if they could look before touching which surprised me.
Unfortunately, my camera skills at 9am are even worse than usual and so I'd forgotten to put the flash on and the photos are unclear and yellow, such a shame! You can't see how pretty everything looked, funky too! I'd set out my mini baubles, kind of dotted around, with little LED candle lights which were quite simple as I don't like anything over the top. With the white tree lights too it all looked very stylish and so I was extremely happy and my partner did take a photo too which isn't yellow but still a little unclear. I used some vintage fabric boxes to display my brooches, phone cases and little gift bags and then displayed everything else on the table in front. To the right was my large silver metal vintage suitcase which did a beautiful job of displaying my cushions and I'd found shopping on Saturday a couple of candy swirly lollipop decorations, one in pink and one in blue ( brilliant luck! ) that I stood at the back of the suitcase.
Things were very quiet until 3pm but the time went very fast anyway and I'd made quite a few sales already and so was thrilled because I honestly didn't expect to sell anything and knew that if I sold even one thing I would be so happy. Lots of people were complimenting my stall too saying how beautiful the presentation was and how gorgeous my things were which made me very happy and I was also asked for lots of business cards. I think the most exciting bit of news was speaking to a lady I know from Paris ( a long term friend of my partner's ) and her telling me that she has a friend with a boutique, yes, in Paris, who she thought would adore my things as it was right up her street!! How amazing would that be to send things off to a Parisienne boutique?!!
There were so many English people there too, all selling different things from beautiful knitted items to cross stitches and Christmas cards, and I made a few new friends and contacts which was so lovely. Some of them will be at the fair on December 14th and so it'll be lovely to meet up again and know people next time too!
The day was just a huge success for me in every single way but I do think that even if I'd not sold anything then it was already a success because I had such a wonderful time, such an amazing experience, made some new friends and contacts and got to show France a bit of Button Fayre which was huge for me as I've done nothing here yet. It's just such a shame that they don't go in for craft fairs around here, except around Christmas time, but it was one massive step for me and something I will always remember and feel proud of.
Here's the photo of my stall that my partner took and sorry, it's the most decent one I have and still isn't brilliant. There was a professional photographer there, from the newspaper I think, and so no doubt my French mother-in-law will be the first to let me know if I made it into the news, he he he.
I was a little disappointed that I'd put myself down for a grill stand behind me and had to share it with the lady behind. I don't mind sharing but it made things awkward for both of us as I had her things in view that people thoughts were mine and vice versa.....oh well, you can't have it all!