The British Wool Weekend

It’s taken me a little time to get round to blogging about the British Wool Weekend held at The Great Yorkshire Showground last weekend, because I wanted to blog it in a positive way.

We set up the stall last Friday, it didn’t take us very long, but the drive to and from Harrogate was not fun as the rain was lashing down, and the spray from the other vehicles on the A1(M) and A19 was pretty bad and we were only too glad to get home.

Saturday arrived and the drive over for me was a much better one, the rain stayed away and the sun shone, but this did not seem to bring the customers to the show. It was a very slow day, sales wise, for not only me, but quite a few other stallholders. I did get the opportunity to chat to a possible new supplier of knitting wool from traditional/native sheep breeds. I also finished off a hat I was knitting!

Sunday, Tim came with me for the day, and this was, yet again, another quiet day, which did enable us to have a good chat to customers, but after the last sheep show at 3.30 most of the stallholders were starting to pack up, and the event didn’t close until 4.30, but there were no customers around, just stallholders talking to one another!

I was glad that I’d taken my card machine as it was used quite a few times and I now feel a lot more confident in it’s use.

I did make a profit, just, but the application form for next year’s show has been put straight into the recycle bin, I would rather put the money this stall cost me to a larger stall at Woolfest, Wonderwool, Yarndale etc. 

It’s a shame that this event seems to be failing, as I think the idea of it is a good one, it just seems to have been badly executed with very little about it on any of the social medias, Twitter, Facebook and Ravelry to list but a few, where most Fibre events start to gather momentum.

Ah well, now to get on with some dyeing for Yarndale at the end of the month, though nothing like what I’ve had to do after the other Fibre events I’ve been to this year, and I’m looking forward to Saltburn Farmers Market on Saturday.

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2 thoughts on “The British Wool Weekend

  1. deb gillanders 12/09/2013 at 22:23 Reply

    I agree it was a quiet weekend & I too more or less broke even – but it’s a youngish event, There were more stalls there this year & that atmosphere was friendly. I also agree that mentions on social media do help – ( I had several visitors to my Propagansey stall who said they’d seen it on Ravelry & were intending to come to the Propagansey exhibition next week at Old St Stephens Church, Robin Hoods Bay.) & hopefully June will suss this by next year.

  2. woodlandturnery 13/09/2013 at 08:31 Reply

    It is a shame that you both had such a quiet weekend. It could be a case of over-saturation of events. People haven’t got the money to attend lots of events and with ‘new’ Yarndale coming up, people may be saving their money to attend the new event to see what it is like.. Folk only have so much money to spend and now there are a lot more events, Wonderwool, Woolfest, Fibre East, British Wool Weekend, Masham, Yarndale and the Bakewell Gathering and probably more that I don’t know about there has to be a limit to the shows they attend with their limited purse. The events that get pushed the most with social media will draw the crowds. Fibre East was only in its third year this year but did get a lot of visitors.but the Organizer (Jan) had worked hard at the social media side of things.

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