Tuesday, 8 September 2009


Excuse the picture it doesn't go with the post (it was taken at the Whitstable Craft Fair back in May), but I needed a nice smiley picture today as I am totally devasted as I have had to cancel the Christmas Crafty at the Coast.

I am so angry beyond belief as it is the hall where I hold them who have cancelled the event today.

To cut a very long story short they have basically double booked the hall with the Farmer's Market whilst the man who I normally book the hall with is off with a long term sickness. The Farmer's Market hold events at the hall every other saturday and I believe they must have changed their dates at some point in the year as I provisionally booked the hall for the 12th December back in January and all of their dates were already in the diary and the 12th was free!

My deposit had not been paid as during the time the man I deal with has been off sick it was sent back from the May fair and not carried over.  I still believed my booking would be safe as I had not had a phone call from anyone saying other wise, until I went to pay the deposit and found out that as my deposit cheque had not been paid in I have lost the hall, and don't appear to have a leg to stand on.

I am so fuming, upset, hurt and angry as I put so much of my heart, soul and time into organising the fairs, but most of all I am upset for those who were due to take part and had probably started working hard on items to sell and for the goodie bags. It just feels like a slap in the face. I confess I was not at my calmest when the man from the hall rang to tell me that I basically do not have a booking and I more or less told him I thought they were incapable and that I would not hold any other events there again.

I have organised five craft fairs now, the Christmas Crafty at the Coast would have been my 6th fair since 2007 and I have met such a great and talented group through them over the last couple of years, I am very sad.  I do feel they have taken so much time over the last few years even though I loved every minute, I don't think I will organise any others for a while! I might change my mind in a few months if I find another venue.

If anyone is organising a crafty type fair in the kent area, do let me know as I would still love to take part!


KatherineW said...

I'm so sorry that you've had to cancel. I came down from London to your Whitstable fair in May and had a great day. Please don't give up!

Ali said...

Oh how hugely frustrating. Is it not worth trying to find an alternative venue? Know you probably don't feel like it just now though.

Pomona said...

Jennyflower is organizing another makeydo on 22 November - email me and I will tell you more!

Pomona x

meplusmolly said...

Hello lovely lady, have sent you an email ;0 x

Simply H said...

Thanks so much for your kind comments. It was nice to know you popped down from London Katherine and had a great day! I am going to look at a possible venue on Tuesday, but if it doesn't work out then I think I will have a break from the craft fair organising and see how I feel next year!
Thanks for letting me know about the Makey do Pomona, I will send Jenny an email!

Bobo Bun said...

How awful for you after so much hard work. I hope you have sorted out another venue now as someone elses poor organisation should not write off your event.

Fingers crossed.

Lisa x