… my first fair …

It definitely was an experience! I am so proud that I had the courage to do this. I am so proud I could handle such a social event and for the most part even enjoy it. I am so happy I was able to meet a bunch of wonderful customers with so much passion for crafts. I am so happy I got the chance to meet and connect with other fantastic entrepreneurs that immediately felt like old friends. It didn’t feel like a competition but a joint venture to make this event as fantastic as possible for all of us. My main goal was reached. I got the confirmation that fairs are something I can handle – in my own way – and perhaps even end up loving!

Another goal of mine was to gain more exposure and find new customers. I hope I accomplished at least a little bit of that. Hopefully some of those people I met during the fair will remember me afterwards and visit my webstore in the future. Of course I also hoped to make a good amount of sales but that is something I was quite disappointed with. According to my experience this fair didn’t attract enough people with passion for modern fabrics. But on the other hand as a first experience this was probably a good thing – not too hectic and overwhelming.

And immediately after this fair in Helsinki I had to make a decision… to accept or decline my booth at Suomen Kädentaidot in Tampere. But this decision was easy. I talked to several exhibitors in Helsinki and they all praised Tampere and encouraged me to go there. And I really wanted to experience this again! So I am hopeful that Tampere will give me some final answers… what direction to take in the future regarding my fabric production…

Of course all this would not be possible without the support of friends and relatives… and especially without my husband who supported and stood by me in Helsinki and will follow me to Tampere as well. I was surprised how well he behaved ;), probably better than I did :D. Thank you…

And what would a trip be without some extra hassle…?! A screw in the trailer tire… my husband giving some first aid so we can get back home :D. I was so tired that I could only laugh 😀

 

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