If you follow me via social media you will have seen already that last Monday (28th August 2017) was the day I launched a pop up workshop/stand at my local village show; The Enville Village Show.
Now I’ve not purposely gone out my way to advertise my services very local and this became apparent on the day of the show. Instead I chose to hit the equestrian market specifically and target market via social media instead. After Monday’s experience however, I have realised that I have not made myself known in my local area enough. How on earth can I make a success of this business if I can’t inform my local villages before hitting the internet?!
The pop up stand was a success. I hadn’t planned to sell much, although I did sell a couple of items which then covered what I had spent to register the stand at the show so that was a win win result.
I had made a few leather belts with brass, nickel or equine themed buckles on and some magic braided leather bracelets to sell but otherwise the stand was decorated with my bridle work that I had completed for my City & Guilds Bridle Making exams as examples of what I can make to order.
I also took a small selection of tools & equipment so I could finish off the belts if anyone brought one as I was offering a made to measure service but also I took some items that needed stitching and finishing off so I could show people the traditional techniques including hand stitching and buffing that take up so much time to produce an excellent quality product.
Whilst meeting lots of new and existing friends during the day I had a lovely conversation from a leather worker who has recently retired; I finally met the lady who keeps two donkey’s near to our cottage and I also received a repair job on the day from a local car enthusiast.
Overall, I had a super day, we had beautiful weather and a cold beer or two. I sold a couple of items which covered my stand fee, handed out many business cards and met some lovely people. I cannot wait to do it all again next year. 😃