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Wollfestival Cologne 2015

August 28, 2015

Life has been a whirlwind of wonderful experiences lately. My parents came to visit me in Munich for almost a week before we headed to Wollfestival Cologne together. When I came back from Wollfestival my wonderful friend Sam of Fluffyland came to visit me but that deserves its own post.
Right now I’m sitting in between boxes as I’m packing up my sweet little apartment in Munich to move back to my hometown Göttingen. So in between craft show prep and vacationing I didn’t get a chance to share my photos with you.
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Wollfestival Cologne is an annual knitting meeting / market where people from all over Germany (and the Netherlands…. and I even had French customers!) meet to knit and enhance their stash a little. I had a sweet little booth where I sold project bags, notion pouches, and other cute tidbits and knitters enjoy such as sheep coasters.
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It was my first craft show this year so I had lots of time to think about how I wanted to set it up. I invested in some furniture (e.g. the coat stand and the Ivar shelves from IKEA) because just one table clearly would not have been enough to display all my products.

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I feel like craft shows are always about trial and error – there is no single rule how to set up a booth to sell successfully. Each craft fair is very different depending on the location, customers, weather, etc.
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After a wonderful first day at Wollfestival my awesome mom – who helped me throughout the craft fair and contributed wonderful bags to my product line – and I treated ourselves to some ice cream. Yum!

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On day two we rearranged a little bit because we were running low on some products whereas others didn’t get much attention because they were hidden behind other products.

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On the second day I arranged some products by color – which was a lot of fun to do but did not make a difference in sales. The only thing that did make a difference was the cute plush alpaca Sam made for me; I sat it on a shelf and everything that I put next to it sold immediately. It definitely emanates positive energies 🙂

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And since it would be impossible for me to go to a craft show without buying anything, here is what I brought home: 6 beautiful rovings of spinning fibers. They are mostly merino or merino/silk blends. I can’t wait for the weather to cool down so I can finally spin again!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Tired Teacher August 28, 2015 at 14:35

    Your items were displayed very well. I would have been drawn in to look and to purchase.

    The roving is gorgeous!

  • Reply Tahnee August 28, 2015 at 21:07

    Ah man, I can't believe I missed this event, sounds wonderful! Your booth looks super cute!

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