One of the things I have learned is that my display needs to be flexible to fit each space that is provided. After the Garlic Festival I was at Havenstreet Steam Fair. A four day show of steam engines and old vehicles.
Because all of the shows I have been doing are local to me I am lucky in that I can turn up the day before to set up. I find that this is invaluable especially when challenged with a new space.
When I turned up at Havenstreet, I walked into the craft tent and found that I had been put in the centre of the tent facing the door. Now that sounds like a brilliant place to be (as long as the weather is good and the wind isn't howling through it) but there was absolutely nothing behind me. I really didn't feel comfortable about this so I set of in search of the organiser and was told that it was ok, there was going to be someone behind me but they didn't need a table. This was Rich from Treclaimed who I had met at a previous show.
This meant that I would have people coming on either side of me as well as to the front. I only had one spare table and there wasn't really room for another (plus I would have trouble filling another table) so I opted for an L shape. Then the organiser said another person was coming so they could go behind me in the opposite L, perfect I thought until I turned up the next day and they were so close to me I couldn't get behind my stand! They hadn't thought to move their tables out a bit and there were 4 people standing behind the stand. I wouldn't have minded but it wasn't even a craft stand it was a charity stall!
So with help from some other stallholders I moved my tables forward to make room for myself.
Friday was a bit quiet but on Saturday I had my best day so far. I sold this statement necklace which I have to say I was a bit sad to let go.
Now unfortunately Bank Holiday Monday was a washout. Unbelievable the show still went on. People had pre-bought their tickets online beforehand so if they didn't go they lost their money.
|As you can see it is a bit wet!|
|The show must go on!|
The arena was getting a bit muddy to say the least and this is the first time that I have even seen a steam engine pulling (or pushing) another steam engine.
I took a video of one of the steam engines getting stuck.
This is the sheep racing.
Thanks for looking.