On the 2nd of December 2017 between 1pm and 5pm. I attended the winter fair at a lovely school in Granton Primary School.
The night before I came home after a late night at work. I made a list of items that I needed.
Last time I forgot a few items to take with me and this time I thought I am going to be prepared. I ticked the list as I went along the items I needed and off to bed I went. Somehow I fell asleep.
I woke up had breakfast and my youngest daughter and husband joined me ( well I dragged my daughter to keep me company). I was nervous, I was constantly thinking have I forgotten anything, how will this event go, will there be any issue, will I make sales etc. nerves were getting to me.
I parked the car and made our way to the venue. I set up the table with the help of my husband and my daughter. I wanted my daughter to come and experience, to see and also if she wanted to any activities in the school it was the perfect place to be.
I set up my soaps, fragranced clay stones and I was so pleased with the outcome. The parents and children were lovely. So much support was given and such amazing arts and crafts that was available. I was most impressed with the arts and crafts teacher in the school was teaching local parents on how to sew. They made alphabets and pillows with materials. The money raised is going towards more classess and I thought what a fantastic support network this is. Believe me I was impressed and proud of the teacher and the parents for coming together to learn and take the learning further.
The fair was amazing. My daughter eveytime a customer came she would kick me under the table. I do not know who is running the show but I did not say anything I got up and assisted the customers with any enquiries they might of had.
I did say to my daughter why don't you help me and deal with the customers she said "dah no way. I will let you know when they are here and you take over". I had a little smile. I said " why dont you deal with the money side then and packing" of course she jumped at the chance.
Thought of the event.
It is very scary when I was out of my comfort zone. I did not like it. I booked the fair three months in advance and every day I was thinking about cancelling and I did not. I thought if I dont do it now I wont do it at all. I pushed myself and my neighbour gave me the boost that I need.
It is always scary when things are done for the first time. With persistent reminder, you can do this, you can do this, you can do this and go for it. However, the biggest help I got was from praying. I kept on praying for strength and calmness and eventually half way threw the day it was there.
Thoughts for the future:
I will do this again. Would love to actually but a bigger market this time. I would like to sell online more and wholesale, this way it would help me to start buying bulk and this will reduce the price on the soaps so that my lovely customers can enjoy the product I make without paying a lot of money.