Last week I wrote about Kirsty and my new venture and now I can show you piccies from the first event!
We had such a good (if slightly terrifying at first) time – working out our displays, seeing people's reactions, getting really positive feedback and taking a small stack of orders! Because I have conducted most of my handmade business from the safety of my laptop I've been able to hide behind the internet. Potential customers can't see me go bright right when I write about my pieces and equally I don't have to see them pass by my stall.
But you know what? Meeting people in person is soooo worth the terror because of the comments and response you get. Yes I am protected from face to face criticism by selling online but I'm also missing out on seeing my customers ooh and aah and smile and touch and feel my pieces and that is a marvel to see. Obviously making sales is important but so is contact with my customers.
Our first Handmade at Home event has given me a boost in confidence and I'm really looking forward to the next event in ten days' time as well as the two handmade fairs I'm selling at! More on those another time.
By the way, Kirsty and I were pleasantly surprised to see how well our handmade pieces worked displayed together, without prior detailed knowledge of each other's colour schemes or product lines. What do you think? (I'm tempted to ask you to play spot the designer maker but I won't.)
You can read Kirsty's blog post about our event here at ginger and george and do keep an eye on her shop as she'll be listing some of her gorgeous pieces, including her fab socktopuses and embellished drawings, very soon. And of course you can buy my handmade pieces at the green gables – take advantage of the FREE P&P until Sunday 21 November!