Our Constantia Open Day was — exhausting, wonderful, and best of all worthwhile! Even the sun came out for us. Megan’s original illustrations were the biggest hit of the day, and she sold thousands of cards and notebooks. Jane and Mary provided home-baked choc chip cookies and red velvet cupcakes, which were so good they have been commissioned to provide the treats for a Womens’ Day lunch late this week. An interesting offshoot!
Some pics in slideshot format for speed:
I would highly recommend holding regular Open Days for small, growing businesses like ours because they are an excellent medium for showcasing concepts and getting feedback (with minimal cash outlay). What might seem like a genius item when you first produce it at home late one night might not actually appeal to Real People at all – and things that you don’t think will sell can surprise you. It’s damn hard to know what people want!
Jam Tarts is grateful to Jane and Craig Butters for the use of their house and garden. Thanks, guys. (Same time next month?) (and Craig, thanks for ordering a knitted warmer for a certain part of your body, I’ll get onto it right away and will be sure to make it XXL).
To be continued…
Wish I could have been there. Hope to make the next one, and am really excited about my soon-to-be lampshades!
Funnily enough, your lampshades were the first thing I thought of this morning when I woke up :-)
Looks like a wonderful day Jill! Isn’t it just impossible to know what will sell, just trial & error! I have tried selling cards & jewellery before, & the jewellery sold best. Good luck with the next one :o) x
I’ve noticed that food always sells best! – but we don’t do food, despite the name. Heh
Yay for you! It looks like you had a beautiful start. Thanks for sharing the great photos. Cheers :)
Thanks. And of course one is always relieved when it’s over… :-)