The weather forecast meant that Saturday afternoon would be the best chance for an autumnal stroll in the sunshine. So we went to a Michaelmas Fair at Weyhill village Craft Centre. Michaelmas is the feast of Saint Michael, and in very public schools, this academic term is called Michaelmas. More erm, commonly, we use it as a marker really for the onset of Autumn. It was a gorgeous day. Look at the colour of the mid afternoon sky. Chilly in the shade, but no matter. There were some wonderful craft stalls. The scene stealers were the carousel and the helter-skelter, don't you think. Wonderful painting - there the brave St George towered above us, keeping us safe and frightfully British as we went about the craft stalls, bravely ignoring the people who run them. Lest we feel obliged to make a purchase. It's a funny thing that isn't it. A sort of passive guilt. Very noticeable if you've ever been a stall holder though. Can easily be confused with rude mannered customers. But equally, if you run a stall, after a brief summary of how/what/who, please leave me to browse. The 'hard sell' is as big a turn off to the customer as the ignorant ignoring customer is to you. So strike a happy medium huh. And if you run a stall..try to look busy-ish, engrossed in your craft, even...makes you more approachable, gives your wares a greater credibility and stops you looking horribly bored. Equally, I promise not to pick up every damned thing, talk to you with my mouth full of home made food or tell you how expensive your stuff is.
This really is the season for craft fairs and hand-made gift buying - so come on stall holders....add a comment, see if you can educate us purchasers!