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Frock ‘N’ Roll

Handknitted Scarves

Last Saturday was Fe-line Women’s Christmas Frock ‘n’ Roll and I was lucky enough to have a stall for my crafty little bits and pieces. It was only the second time that I’d had a stall anywhere so had the same worries that I’d had before: What if I didn’t have enough stock? What if no one bought anything of mine? What if I sold out? (Okay, this last one would be awesome! But I worry about everything!) I always worry about not having enough stock, & just like last time, had left making things to the last minute. I had a new range in scarves that I’d been working on, but I hadn’t even started the final one by Saturday (though I was half way through by the end of the end of the day!). I hadn’t made any jewellery in ages and wanted to add some mobile phone covers to by collection. So in the run up the Frock’n’Roll, I was crafting like it was going out of fashion! The end result? I had more than enough stock!

Frock n roll

Not bad huh?! I was sharing my stall with Carol from Beyond Bubbles, who hand makes her own soaps, using all natural ingredients. I think the stall looked, & smelt, pretty good. I was right by the entrance to the stall area, so wanted my stall to be as eye catching as possible. The scarves were a great hit, as they are so tactile! Almost everyone came up & felt the softness of the scarves. They were quite popular & I sold the red one quite quickly, with one of the blue ones not too long after. I sold some jewellery too, which is great, and some of it was older stock.

Handmade Jewellery

I had hoped that some of my newer pieces would sell too, but they didn’t. Either way, I still like my new creations & have updated my Folksy shop so if you like something in the picture, then feel free to hop over there & take a look!

Handknitted Scarves

My scarves are my absolute favourite thing though. I love the brightness of the red and am tempted to buy more red wool and knit another. I’m halfway through the purple one and hope to list that buy the end of the week. They are relatively simple to knit, even though they take about 8 hours of knitting each. I’m glad they were popular and am hoping that those who were umming and ahhing over them on Saturday will buy them on-line! They are really soft and super toasty. Perfect for this icy weather!

My First Craft Stall

A Crafty Chai Stall

As you know, I’ve been very busy making my craft products for my first ever stall at the Oxford Bake Off. I had a fab day! Oxford Town Hall is a lovely place for this kind of event, especially when it is decorated with bunting from the lovely people at Oxford Bunting Co (one of whom bought one of my iPhone/pod covers! Thanks!)

We arrived in plenty of time to set up, having done a ‘dry run’ at home, making sure everything would fit & look okay. My lovely OH was on hand to help with everything thank A Crafty Chai Stallgoodness! He made me a fantastic poster advertising the stall too.

While we were setting up, lots of people who had entered the bake off competition were nervously bringing in their entries & setting their cakes up. The standard was very high & I was lucky enough to sample quite a lot of the cakes later on in the day!

Once we had everything set up & prices laid out, we had time to get ourselves a drink (giant chai for me, obvs!) & have a good old look around the other stalls. There was quite a variety of stalls mixed in with cake sellers. We were next to Made in Jericho who made some fabulous pies & muffins (yep, sampled those too!) Our first port of call however, was to the very lovely Oxford Cupcakes, who make the best cupcakes & macaroons! Not only did they have these delicious treats for sale, but they also had some cupcake decorating going on. Fun for everyone. Later on in the day, after my first few sales, my OH visited the tea shop. The tea was provided by my favourite tea company, Jeeves and Jericho, who also had a stall at theA crafty chai jewellery bake off.

There was a constant stream of people throughout the day, but when the bake off judgement was due, the place was packed! I managed to sell quite a few pieces and something from every part of my range. It was lovely to hear so many compliments from people as they looked through all my stock. It’s good to know what other people think!

I was pleased with the amount of stock I had on display & I’m pleased that I’ve got enough left to restock my Folksy shop. This means I can work on making some things for me & presents for other people. (Yes I’m already thinking about Christmas!)

I would definitely do another craft stall. It was nice meeting people from Twitter; hearing nice things about my products, and of course, selling things too! It was also a great opportunity to network with other local sellers & to get tips from them.

I did learn a few things too!

  1. Don’t park in Oxford City Centre! It almost wiped out my profit! I didn’t see the tweet from Oxford City Guide about cheaper parking until later. Should’ve moved the car then.
  2. Take a packed lunch. Not taking lunch did mean I got to eat a mushroom & goats cheese pie from Made in Jericho and a whole lot of cake, but it’s not cost effective.

I’m sure some other things will come to me the more I reflect on it. When I do another one, I think it needs to be closer to Christmas. Most of my stock is suitable as a gift so people will only buy it if they’re looking for a present or a treat for themselves. And with money being tight, it’s not the time for treats.

I really hope the Bake Off raised lots of money for the charities it was supporting. I had fun, even though I was exhausted by the end of the day!

My craft stall

I’d like to say a massive thank you to Kate for organising the event & to my OH for helping to run the stall, carry the stock, get my chai etc! Couldn’t have done it without him! x

The Oxford Bake Off

Oxford Bake Off

A few weeks ago, the lovely Kate from Oxford Bake Off tweeted me to ask if I would be interested in taking A Crafty Chai along & having a stall at the event. I ummed & ahhed about it for a while, wondering if I would ever be able to make enough stock but thought that I’d give it a go!

This will be my first ever craft stall and I am so excited and nervous at the same time. I have so many things to think about: displays, bags, a float, will I have enough stock, how much do I need, what if no one buys anything, will I spend all my profit on the cakes that are for sale at the event?…it goes on! But am I so excited and chuffed about being asked.

I am going to be crafting so much over the next few weeks. I’m going to be selling my jewellery, cosies & brooches and maybe headbands as well as cards, including some of the Blom flower cards that I made recently.

Below is a list of the stalls that will be in Oxford Town Hall on 24th March. Look, there’s me! So proud! There’ll be cakes a plenty, lovely local tea company Jeeves & Jericho (my latest tea obsession) and vintage china from The Jolly Vintage Tea Party in the pop-up tea room.

Oxford Bake Off

If you are free & around Oxford on the 24th March, pop along and support some of these excellent causes: Oxfam IWD, Coppa Feel, Cecily’s Fund and Oxford Rape Crisis.