Yesterday we had our stall at the Chalfont Crafty Collective Spring Fair over in Chalfont St Peter between 10-2.
We arrived at the hall around 9.20am and got set up. I have to say I was really concerned that we were almost directly opposite a stall selling very strongly scented wax melts… Not good for a scented soap stall! Last time this happened was at the Little Fox Market in Rickmansworth where we were side by side with a similar stall and people were ‘smelled out’ by the time they got to us and either couldn’t smell our essential oil products or just didn’t want to! It seems to throw up an annoying either-or scenario. Or people think you’re selling the same thing!
Anyway, we actually did fairly well. The fair was busy most of the day and we recognised some visitors from previous fairs, which is great. We actually sold out of our Miracle Mango and Hemp Butter (not hard as we only had a few left in stock!) after having a discussion with a few ladies about dry skin complaints and the amazing benefits of mango butter and hemp oil, along with the therapeutic effects of Lavender and Tea Tree. Of course I am able to share my own experience of eczema and generally dehydrated skin. I really hope it helps with their skin issues as you really can’t escape your skin.
Also got given a few leaflets about fairs and shows that are being organised if we’d be interested. Always good to find other events in the area.
We’ll keep you posted on our future events! Don’t forget to check our website www.thesoapcabin.co.uk
We are booked into Chalfont Crafty Collective’s Spring Fair on Saturday 18th March, which will be our first fair of the year!
(We were going to do another event in February, but it turned out to be a Valentine-themed Pamper Evening which in our experience usually means that guests are there more to enjoy the massage appointments and not so much to spend spend spend on products…especially not that long after Christmas)
Anyway, we hope to see you in Chalfont St Peter and hope it’s a fun day!
St Peter’s Church Hall, Church Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire SL9 9RJ
On Saturday we will be at Chalfont St Peter’s Chalfont Craft Collective Christmas Fair, with lots of delightful soaps, body butters, oils and accessories, as well as some lovely gift sets! Support your local crafters and small businesses x
Update on markets – we are now booked onto the Little Fox Market’s new venues at Amersham in March and Gerrards Cross in April! Very Exciting. I hope these turn out to be well supported events and that we make lots of new customers.
You may have noticed that the Soap Cabin website and blog have changed their look. We decided it was time for a 2016 freshen up with a cleaner and consistent look. Hope you like.
Yesterday we took part in the Family Christmas Fair at Beaconsfield School, organised by Iain Rennie Hospice. We were very excited about this one because it was our first ever fair in Bucks (I have been hoping to get into a good fair with high footfall in the South Bucks area for a while), the fair is usually well supported with 500+ footfall and Beaconsfield is a wealthy commuter town.
The day went fairly well and we were on a table next to our friends Bjarne & Sarah of Artistry Coffee, but there were several lulls in the day due to the atrocious weather outside, and I think the footfall was half of what it usually is. It was raining when we arrived to unload and raining even harder when we were loading up to leave! So unfortunately I didn’t get any shots of the picturesque character buildings in the Old Town for the blog.
The thing I love about fairs is the opportunity to chat with people about problem skin, and I had several conversations with customers yesterday about eczema and how there is sometimes a lack of understanding around it, like “can’t you just put some E45 on it?” probably to do with the way adverts simplify the condition to a dry skin issue. (E45 is a petroleum-based emollient that does nothing for itching and I found it actually stung my irritated skin, which wasn’t actually dry, but clammy). One lady was telling me that her sister made her a pair of cotton mittens to sleep in because she would scratch in her sleep. We also discussed adult chickenpox with a few other people and we decided that calamine lotion doesn’t do much either. So it was a good way in to talk about the benefits of our calendula-infused Soothing Skin Balm and Soothing Skin Oil, (all natural ingredients, calming, can be used head to toe, I keep one in my handbag…)
You will notice our new jute The Soap Cabin banner on the table display; I made this after seeing someone in the US had something similar (professionally printed I think), so I decided to whip one up on Friday, using a burlap sack, a home-made stencil, a black ink pad and a sponge!
Next up: St Clement Danes School Christmas Food & Gift Fair, Chorleywood 29th Nov 11am-3pm
At the moment we are working around the clock (as my nan would say) to get our products ready for the first of our line-up of Christmas fairs, the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home Christmas Fair at The Beaconsfield School (not to be confused with Beaconsfield High School) up the road in South Bucks. We’ve been melting butter, mixing and pouring oils, infusing soap mix with essential oils, wrapping, sticking, labelling, stamping, ordering more supplies, stressing…. It’ll all be fine…I’m sure!