Wednesday, 16 June 2010

All the fun of the Sythe Fair

Green Sythe Fair Somerset

Green Sythe Fair Muchelney Somerset
Not the best place for a hay fever sufferer, but there was so much to do that I really enjoyed myself between sneezing fits. I stayed away from the grass cutting competitions and concentrated on the other green aspects of the fair. I had a stall here last year and did really well. Stupidly I didn't rebook in time, so missed out on a great opportunity for selling my eco friendly wares to double the amount of people who came last year.

This gave me more time to visit other stalls, enjoy the live entertainment and queue for the lovely food on offer. There was a real festival feeling and the fair is only a few miles from both my home and shop adding to the green aspect. There were spinners, weavers, blacksmiths, thatchers, and look - giant knitting needles! I had to have a go.
There were plants for sale on several stalls. We went home with some purple sweetcorn with instructions to report back to the Monkton Wyld sellers to let them know how they do in Ilchester.

Mc had a good look at the bees. He hasn't kept bees for over a decade and it looks like he might be lured back into it. The parish council have given the go ahead for hives on the allotments, but as most of his equipment has already been given away, we wont be having a hive any time soon.

I went to the car boot first of course
The fair was on a Sunday, and we did a quick sweep of my village car boot sale, before we set off. I was lucky enough to get some hand made items directly from the makers. Not all the handmade items in my shop are made by me. The prices were far too low, but the sellers were clearing out and didn't mind even when I explained I would be reselling their hard work. It still seemed wrong, and I was standing next to customers who haggled the price of a brand new handmade fully lined pegbag down to 40p!

Handmade items bought at carboot sale
I raced up to the Mr.Men bag hoping it was a curtain or duvet cover, but it was a nice well made bag with a lining and pocket.

Peg bag Syndrome
It's peg bag weather again and I have a wider variety of peg bags now thanks to a lovely lady who was in the mood for sewing and had a wide selection to choose from.
There's an old complaint in this area among crafters that's called the peg bag syndrome. When I used to do craft fairs pegbags would either fly off the stall or be completely ignored for weeks. I get people asking for them when I don't have them, but some people have come back again when they saw one hung up in the window, so there's hope.

Artwork from Strode College End of year showStrode College End of Year Show
I attended Sophie's art collage end of year show preview and still have Tony's to go. It is all very well polished work presented very well. There was lots I loved especially Sophie's yarn bombed bicycle. Students love vintage things and I spotted some items from my shop put to very interesting use. I don't know who's work this lampshade thing is I will find out, so I can put a credit on the photo.

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