In March this year I'll be putting together the handmade stall at my kids' primary school fete. It will be my third time organising this stall with items made by me and a range of other parents and school community members. It's a big job, and the day of the fete itself is generally a 12 hour plus day of packing, moving, unpacking, setting up, talking, selling, packing up (in the dark) and moving. Last year I did not sit down for 10 hours straight and didn't even pee. Exhausting.
On Saturday I did a little stock enhancement, utilising some fantastic printed face panels from Kristen and some soft and fuzzy materials inherited from my friend Jo, who has just packed up and winged off to an exciting new life in the tropics.
They were pretty quick to make, which is important for the stall stock - I aim to have most items in a price range kids can afford which means they can't be too arduous to produce. I'll have a few higher priced things, like knitted scarves and hats, wrist bags, linen aprons and perhaps some oven mitts, but I run a covert operation to conscript my buyers into the handmade world. Some schools really go all out to raise the big bucks, with stalls that look less like school fetes than groovy gift shops, and while fund raising is our overt purpose I admit to feeling less inspired by it than pushing kids to consider making things themselves.
Last year some of the older kids made simple softies in a parent run class and then we sold them on the stall. They were hugely popular! It was a good lesson in being mindful of the value of a genuine alternative to 'perfect' shop bought goods, and having stuff that appeals to kids, not just adults.
What are some other great fete stall sellers?