Country Living – all the fun of the fair!

5th December 2012 6 Comments

I’m back this week from the Country Living Fair in Harrogate, I had a fantastic time!

I’ve not done a big retail fair such as this before, and I have to admit to a lot of nerves and worry about whether I could carry it off, if I’m honest. But I did!

I don’t think I would have managed it if I hadn’t moved upstairs to my new loft workspace, I had things laid out all over the floor and mocked up the stand before I went. My tiny house would never have accommodated all that.

Props laid out.

 

mock up 1

 

Mocking up the layout.

 

mock up 2

 

Setting up at the show.

 

setting up 1

setting up 2

 

Nearly there …

 

stall3

 

I was really pleased with how this turned out, but more lighting would be a good idea next time.

 

stall 1

 

As you can see, it got very busy, and my little stand got rather swamped over there!

 

 

Mug shot!

 

Rachel Lucie Jewellery at the Country Living Fair

 

I need a wider stand next time, being on a corner (albeit a prominent one) meant that not many people could get in to view the jewellery. I did have 1000 flyers printed which I could hand out to people who couldn’t see, but it would be better if they could get in to see the stand!

I met some fantastic customers and exhibitors, everyone was really friendly and genuinely interested in my jewellery. It doesn’t do me any harm to get lovely comments and compliments about my work (or maybe it does!) and I got plenty of sales, too.

I’m now waiting to see how many of the Harrogate visitors have noticed the exclusive 15% money off code for my website in January … watch this space!

Rachel x

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...

6 Comments

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    Kirsty

    12th March 2013

    We are thinking of doing the Country Living Fairs next year. By your blog account you found it good and were nice and busy!
    Would you recommend the Harrogate fair to others? And would you do the fair again?

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      Rachel Lucie Johns

      13th March 2013

      Hi, yes I would recommend it. I am still thinking about whether to do it again. I was so busy online in the run up and afterwards in my online store, that the fair kind of got in the way. Obviously I have no way of measuring if the increase in online sales afterwards was a direct result of the fair. I will keep you posted on what I decide!

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    Unique SIlver Jewelry

    19th December 2012

    It is nice post, i like the pictures of setup

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    Amy

    5th December 2012

    Your stand looks excellent. Glad it went so well.

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    Jennifer

    5th December 2012

    Rachel, it was lovely to meet you at the Fair and your stand looked stunning – even your most gorgeous images don’t do it justice – glad it was a great time!

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      Rachel Lucie Johns

      5th December 2012

      Hi Jennifer! It was lovely to meet you, too – I meant to get back over to your stand, but you know how it is! I did see it a few times (but you weren’t on it). Hope your beautiful sculptures went down well x

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