Hmmmmm. It would seem that in my locale there is no such terminology in the craft fair community.  Having been turned down for my second craft fair stall application I am begining to feel like I am applying for a job. Ok so the first email asking if there were any spaces available for me was greeted with a prompt and polite sorry we are full. Fair enough thought I since i had stumbled on it rahter late in the day and was prepared for that possibility.

The second request for a booking form sent out nearly 4 days ago was meet with a “sorry we already have someone selling similar items but I will keep you in mind for future events”

I guess I must be completely missing the point here but I didn’t believe I was asking for my work to be pre-judged before the consumers saw it. I also merely stated that the majority of my work is knitted and crocheted. I wonder if this person even bothered to click the link to my website to see exactly the type of thing I make. Or more likely presumed what knit/crochet means.

Sorry but there is a vast array of items that are hand knitted and crocheted and I know of a fair few on FB alone that have pages. To this end I have seen only one who comes close to making anything similar to me and even then they are sticking to a narrow market whereas I aim to be somewhat more eclectic.

So, does being “kept in mind for future events” mean that should whoever decide not to do another craft fair I get to take my knit/crochet items? Or I am basically politely being told my services are not required? Sorry, since it was a charity event and I would be paying for the stall, I (apparently wrongly) believed that they would only be turning people away if they had no more room.

I would have thought that a little healthy competition hurt no one. The number of craft fairs that I have been to that had several stalls selling similar items made me appreciative not only of the item but the relevant skill the different vendors put into them. And admittedly, though I would have been a little put out to find someone selling very similar items to me, I think it would have done us both good as business people to see how each other operated and the quality of workmanship.

And I’m certain it would have given the consumer a better choice also.

Oh well, if that i show they wish to run their fair that is entirely up to them. At least I know that when I organised a charity craft fair I gave everybody the same chance as best I could and made sure I checked out the seller and what they made to give both seller and buyer the best from the day.

So I guess it just gives me more time to concentrate on my craft work and encourage me to believe that it is the right direction to move into new areas.