Spirit of Christmas aftermath

Well I got through it! 6 days of hard sell aided and abetted by Chris who is founder of  http://www.cardsfromafrica.co.uk/

It certainly helps to do these sort of things with a partner even if it is just to keep yourself sane after you have said the same thing about 500 times. One of our strategies for getting through this was to try giving our pitch in different accents but we didn’t last long . Chris made a lame attempt at Scottish and I started to laugh which was not very helpful so I decided that the ladies of Kensngton would not get the pleasure of my brummie accent, even if it is rather good.

Another suggestion from a friend was to take over the selling at someone else’s stand which in fact I had to do for a while, from the lady selling Alpaca – see photo.

Despite the hard work I did rather enjoy meeting the public and hearing the feedback and I also got some great tips about other fairs from some of the other traders. http://www.marasculpture.com/index.htm and http://www.alisongardiner.co.uk/ were two who were particularly helpful.

So what did I learn – well that there are are a lot of SW ladies that like Kenya, that the little handbag sized body butters and the bags made by the Masai ladies are both winners and that nearly everyone likes a bit of lavender…

That’s enough for now I think.

Wild Christmas Gift Boxes & Gift Bags to get us in “The Spirit”

The last couple of week have all been about getting ready for the massive exhibition at Olympia called ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ when 30,000 determined visitors descend armed with their present list and a gleam in their eye. Very excitingly  ‘House and Garden’, who organise the fair,  featured us in this month’s (Nov) issue as one of their favorite products from the whole show. Yikes!

So I have had to think about  Christmas gift boxes and various other Christmassy things to get the Wild word out as much as possible. In the end we decided on an eco box with a lovely little magnetic strip that makes it snap shut in quite a pleasing snap-snappy sort of way!

            

And because I was running short of the little Africa bags that we use as a gift bag there was  bit more sorting out to be done. This time, thanks to the lovely Lynita from The Wildebeest Camp in Nairobi, we were able to get our bags made by a group of Masai ladies who live in a very remote area of the Mara called the Loita Hills who have recently been trained up on some sewing machines.

This Masai lady is called Noolkitoip and she lives in the Loita Hills

I love this picture they look like they are having such a giggle!

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