Monday, 29 November 2010

First Charity Craft Fair - Really Fun!!

On Saturday I attended my first charity craft fair in Reading and must admit to being a little nervous.  The main point for me was to promote the website by handing out business cards and leaflets but I very quickly got caught up in the whole experience.   The proceeds from the fair were going to charity and as it was a local fair, many of the buyers were young children and families.

Initially it was a bit scary as I looked at the other sellers, as they seemed far more prepared than me.  Many people seemed to have proper stands that they'd bought whereas my stands were handmade..

Initially it was slow until i dropped the price of the Voodoo Dolls keyrings by a pound.   The affect this had was for the kids to grab their parents and pull them over to my stand :-)   Once they were there, the parents usually ended up buying something as well which was fantastic and was pleased my handmade jewellery was selling so well !

The scene looked a bit like this (ok maybe not quite but i'd forgotten my camera :-)   )...

I'm feeling happier about these sorts of fairs now and will be looking out for stands to hold my items.  If anybody knows of where i can get such stands cheaply and also how to make a professional cardboard logo for the stand - do get in touch and let me know and share any tips you might have for successful stands at these sorts of events..

Thanks for reading x

Thursday, 18 November 2010

A Vietnamese Girl's Dream Versus Google

Dreams Versus Google
Can dreams alone get you to no.1 in Google?    

How the Dream Started...

I was born in a little town called Quang Binh in Vietnam and raised by my family here in the UK.
As in many Oriental cultures, I was "encouraged" to become a doctor, pharmacist or Lawyer by my family, as they wanted me to have the life they didn't.  I chose law as medicine didn’t appeal (too squeamish) so one degree and several years later, I find myself in a large international company - another paralegal working her fingers to the bone.

I'd always dreamed of opening a little Oriental Gift Shop of my own in the lanes of Brighton, but money has always been tight and I wanted to make sure that I could afford for the business to fail - of course that day never came so I still had no shop.

It hit me recently that spiritually I needed to do something with my life that gave it more meaning than the daily grind of office culture- and it was seeing this image in a Yo Sushi restaurant in London that finally gave me a wake up call.

My Lucky Cat inspired from a trip to Yo Sushi - Where dreams are born...  

The dream was this.  I had many contacts in Vietnam and other parts of the Orient so why not use those contacts to acquire Vietnamese and Japanese gifts, so I could setup my own oriental shop?   

My husband and i have been very busy building this online shop using a number of different techniques and it's hard but very rewarding work.  It's taking a lot of time doing everything ourselves but it's incredible how much you can learn..

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