|Looking startled in a photo from a local paper fo Belvoir Craft Fair!|
|Our stand at various craft fairs|
Next, the shows themselves didn't always go to plan. Several shows cancelled due to foot and mouth disease, another one flooded, the next had no customers due to the petrol crisis. One show during a heatwave and no one wanted to enter the marquee, another so cold and wet, the electrics failed. Some shows simply failed because the customers weren't interested..arrived on a bus, bought an ice cream and went home again or they just didn't seem to 'get' what we did...
Customer: "What is it?"
Me: "It's a cupboard"
Customer: "What does it do?"
Me: "Erm...you put things in it..." (what do you expect it to do?? Put on a funny hat and do a little dance?!)
But there were some good bits...we met some brilliant talented designer/makers along the way and we started to pick up loyal customers and trade contacts. I was also featured as 'Creative Person' in the now defunct Inspirations magazine...it gave us a real boost.
|'Creative Person' feature in Inspirations magazine|
It turned out to be a brilliant decision! People flocked to the stand, were interested in what we were making and talked to us enthusiastically...we sold heaps of products! We also took plenty of orders, trade orders and spoke to magazines...finally, we were heading in the right direction - Giddy Kipper had made a big splash at last!! We continued to show at Country Living Spring and Christmas fairs for the next 4 years with similar success. (unfortunately, I can't find our CL fair photos but will keep looking and post at a later date)
|Feature in local magazine The Journal|
Several phonecalls later and we were on board and we saw our sales continue to grow. So much so that by 2008, we had to give up all fairs and concentrate on the online sales and trade alone!
|Country Living magazine, Ideal Home, Coast & Junior - a small selection of our press coverage|