Having read what fellow bloggers have gone through at craft fairs, I approached this one yesterday in a marquee at the Donkey Sanctuary with some perception of the time it takes to make all the stock and then the commitment to being there all day and maybe only covering costs. We paid our £2 each and entered. Maybe I’m a craft fair purist but I don’t go to a craft fair to buy a) plants or b) cheap tat. This made it easy to avoid the first few stalls. Because I’m a knitter, I had a look at what one lady had on offer but as it was all knit in acrylic (I imagine in order to price it cheaply) I didn’t linger. We were both very taken with a stall selling hand dyed scarves and ties, though I suspect at the price they were selling them for they were bought in and not artisan. I may be wronging the very nice people on the stand, but I recently bought D a handmade, hand printed tie and it was £30. So at £14 each, £25 for 2 possibly not.
Sounds like I’m being very picky, but I just feel a greater sense of awareness of homemade versus looks crafty from reading crafty blogs. We had more luck on the next stand, where I fell in love with this print: It’s from an original artwork and I just love it. D and I agreed it would look fantastic in the pink room. Maybe I’ll save up and buy an original – they were £80 – our entire budget for the fair and beyond so sadly not an option yesterday. I also bought this card for my friend who had a birthday soon and is into esoteric stuff. I think the tree looks magical! The artist is Mark Betson and his website is http://www.tandm-artsandcrafts.co.uk – his wife made lovely wire & bead jewellery too.
D bought countless jars of chutney, lemon & lime curd and pickles. This made him very happy. Our last purchases were from the kind of stall you get at posh markets – they weren’t crafty but nice different stuff – socks made from bamboo: And socks made from alpaca: And a pair of arm-warmers to wear while it’s not quite cold enough to wear woolly ones but bracelet length sleeves aren’t quite long enough: I was delighted with these. I bought two pairs that are very similar in Australia four years ago and I gave worn them constantly.
Lucie, none of the stalls were as nice as the pictures I’ve seen of yours! I’m very glad we went but it did make me reflect on what we consider craft, as well as what people produce for sale. And I admire those of you who persist at it.