Do you have what it takes to do a Craft Fair?
Take this simple, easy quiz and find out.
Please answer the following questions honestly. No sense fudging just because you believe this to be a glamorous profession.
faces. The baker looks conspiratorially over at you rolling their eyes each time someone ignores them. In order to
make them understand that you are NOT taking their side, do you make that ‘I’m watching you’ gesture?
12. Is it polite to death-stare at other exhibitors' customers?
13. Is Murphy’s Law in action when someone finally wants to buy something and you’ve just taken an unladylike bite of
14. Are children charming when they stand in front of your table vigorously picking their noses then fondling your items
15. The following are some of the things you may hear at a Craft Fair. Please rate them in order of annoyance:
a. Parent to child with chocolate/sticky substance on hands: ‘don’t touch honey’ (said in a whisper while not even
looking at child).
b. ‘How long does this take to make?’
c. ‘How much is this?’ (Price clearly marked on card). ‘Do you make this?’ (Name clearly marked on card). ‘Are these
like the ones in Penney’s?’ (Do you see ‘made in a sweat shop in China’ written anywhere on these items?)
d. Two people standing in front of your table blocking other customers:
‘Well, so and so. How’re things? How’s so and so. No, I’m just here killing time. Did you see those plastic Santees
(Santas for those not residing in Ireland) over there? They’re gorgeous’.
e. ‘Six euro for these completely handmade earrings with pearls and Swarovski crystal. Is that sterling silver too?
Are those beads handmade? God, these are so expensive’.
f. Arty-looking younger person speaking in a slightly superior tone of voice to baffled-looking older person: ‘Do you
know so and so? They make jewellery just like this’ OR, to you directly: ‘My friend/friend of a friend/colleague
/auntie/grandfather-mother/nephew does exactly this same thing’.
16. Would it be fair to say that by 3:15 you fully understand why whoever first uttered the words ’man’s inhumanity to
man’ uttered them.
Now score yourself!
If you answered YES to questions 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13 and 16 - NO to questions 1, 3, 12 and 14 and ‘all of equal annoyance’ to question 15 - congratulations. You’re clever, resilient, witty and discerning. Why would you want to waste all that by doing a Craft Fair?
Besides on this website, you can also see my time-consuming ‘yes it is completely handmade’ jewellery along with the varied work of many other professional artists in The little Design Shop on the Quay in Waterford City and at The Craft Granary in Cahir.
Telling stories and making jewellery since the days of big hair and eyeliner.