Well, we did it – we held a fair!! All the organising and marketing came to fruition last Friday morning when the first stall holder turned up at Crowcombe Court – you know who you are Robinsons Smokehouse! After that, the flood gates opened and all our wonderful traders turned up on time, went where asked, set up without fuss and were very ready when the first customers rolled up the drive 15′ before we opened.
And when I say we, I mean Clare Roberts and Rachael Goldsack, my fellow conspirators, without whom none of this would have been possible. Having been on the other side of the table, so to speak, as a stallholder I now appreciate the very hard work that goes into organising events such as this.
Above are images of just a few of our 30 stalls.
Our sincere thanks to David and Kate Kenyon who not only gave permission, but also a huge amount of support, to hold this event at their wonderful home. And to Georgie and Alistair, their amazing back room team, without whose help and walkie talkie expertise this whole thing would have been a complete nightmare!
David chose the RNLI as the charity for our first fair, a charity that has particular resonance with those of us lucky enough to live close to the sea and enjoy all it has to offer. That applies to most of the UK really, as it is an island!
It was like a large party with faces old and new flowing in to shop at our fabulous stalls and sit in the dining room drinking, eating and, above all, chatting! People I thought had left, kept re-appearing, having bumped into a friend, gone for coffee, then resumed their shopping!
Once the dust has settled, we will be organising the 2nd Top Drawer Shopping Christmas Fair @ Crowcombe Court planned for October! Watch this space. If you are a stallholder who would like to be considered, please contact me via this website.