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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stockholms miniatyrmässa april 2014 / Miniature show

Först vill jag bara säga ett stort tack till alla som besökte mitt och Annas bord på miniatyrmässan i Stockholm i söndags. =)
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Thank you all who visited our table at the miniature show in Stockholm!!
And a warning to you all; there will be a looooong text here.. keep scrolling if you only want the pictures =)

I couldn't keep my promise, to take lots of pictures on the fair.. I did borrow my husbands camera, since mine is all messed up and only works when it wants too.. But when I had taken a few pictures the memory card got crazy, deleting all pictures on the camera and said it needed to be reinstalled. (My husband could recover them later) But, you wont be seeing lots of pictures since I had to stop taking more pictures after the card got crazy... =( But I took some, asked if I was allowed to photograph and they said yes (I said yes to every one that asked me too =) I think we should be prepared to be on picture when we enter a public place like this.. but it's nice to be asked =) )
Anyway, I was so busy I couldn't get any time to take pictures, so its not just the cameras fault..


I got to meet Anna for the first time, I felt like I knew her already since we have been talking a lot on the internet, but its nice to meet in person too =)
She is a lovely person in real life, just like I thought before =) And she is very talented with miniatures and a generous person!
I'm so glad I got to do this with her!! I'm also glad I brought my mum, she was a great help this day. Great company on the train, and the bus home, and she handle the money and counting while I was to stressed to count (I hate counting)

You know by now how easily I get all stressed up, so I was really stressed on the morning of the fair, I couldn't sleep that well the night before (even do I got to stay at mum's friends house and they cooked and baked fresh bread and gave us breakfast and drove us to the hotel where the fair was..) Long story short, they were lovely and gave us very great service! =) But I missed my husband and daughter that stayed at home..



My Sunday started of great, first mum's friends bought stuff, before the fair =) and then I sold at least 4 things before they even open the fair. And then the costumers kept coming =)
I had a "Fyndlåda"/bargain-box with small stuff I didn't need, 1kr or 5kr each, that people loved, and bought almost all of them..

A picture of my side of the table before the opening:
 
The bed on the left is made by Anna, and the tablecloths is made by my mum, the rest is my stuff, I brought so much stuff I didn't even have room for it all =) But I never agreed to the saying: Less is more... ;)

My animals 
I have already sold two teddy bears, a giraffe and a sheep. And my favourite dog, the one in the left corner sold just after I took this picture, before the opening..

Many of this small stuff is still with me.. But the kitchen, all ice-cream cones, nativity scenes and one cactus is sold.

Here is a pictures of the whole table at the beginning, we weren't done yet, Anna is unpacking some lamps, and my 5kr-bargin-box isn't in place yet.. but I have already sold my favourite dog on this picture.. 
Anna's things on the left and mine at the right (except the bed, that Anna made)
Picture taken with my old cellphone, Anna's lamps are in place =)
There were many people looking at Anna's tiny Lundby houses and her cute guinea pigs (I have bought one before) And a lot of people looked at my miniature schnauzer, but noone bought it. Almost all my cats are gone by now, but the dogs were harder to sell, I'm not to sad about that.. you know me, I get attached to my things and have a hard time selling them. But so many people told me how they fell in love with an animal and had to buy it, so that was wonderful to hear!!! 

Then there was this lady buying a LOT of animals, for her shop, I was very sceptic, I want to sell to people that love my things and not to people that want to make a profit out of my work. But she said she will place them in her store and have my name at them, and she got a lot of business cards to go with them, so I hope they will be picked up by people that love them, eventually. I forgot the name of the shop, but if you are in "Gamla stan", Stockholm, seeing my elephant, giraffe, cats and teddy bears feel free to leave me a comment with the shops name... =)

I got a lot of comments from people telling me the prices were to low, I should have respect for my work, so from now on I'll raise some of the prices ;)

OK, I could go on and on about this day. It was truly a big day for me. I realize I'm not a great seller, and I get very stressed doing things like this! But I got to try this, and I think I will do it again, some day, but not this year (There will be a new fair 12/10 2014) and maybe not even the next year, but I will be back =) And next time I will know so much more, how I want things and how to get even better, so this was a great opportunity for me, and the costumers were all so lovely!
I will open an Etsy shop, soon. But then I will focus on making things for my self for awhile. But I guess I can't resist selling some animals now and then ;) But it's very stressful to make more and more things, and then have to part with them and sell them, maybe I'll feel better looking at the money, but, money can't buy you happiness, but spending time with my family can, the family will come first and the hobby next, and selling as a third place ;)

Now I'll show the few pictures I got to take on this lovely fair =)


Maria Ganders table
More from Maria
Still on Marias table =)



The next table was Crazy4minis
crazy4minis
The table opposite ours had these lovely dolls, I admired them last year too and bought one last year.
The table belongs to Ewa Lindow-Bäfwer

Our "table-neighbour" Lissie Ankarberg, very nice people =)

Gör-det-själv-bordet/ Do-it-your-self-table
Wonderful roombox made by Gia. I love the floor!

Ruth Andreae-Aus is building a wonderful house, here is a small roombox showing the dolls she got frome Anne Collin.

Birgitta Karlsson made this beautiful room in a bag =)

Eva Malmsten

Elaine Mossberg

I had my hands full all day, but me and Anna got to take a quick look around too =) And I did buy some things =)  (I thought I didn't buy anything, but I did, I was just a little of, and really focused on being a good seller, so I was a bit confused looking around on other tables. But there were some lovely things there. I wished I had stayed a bit longer on Hannah Roet's table for example.. and I did go back for more to Johanna Sandqvist, her paintings were amazing.. and I just had to have this carpenter's level from Dockvrån, and the carpet from Miniatyrmama. So I got what I came for ;) And a bit more and I got to sell so much more than I had hoped for..
A BIG Thank you to all of you who just stayed and said hi, or bought some thing of mine. =)
My findings:


Like I said I was focused and stressed so I don't even know what I said to Kikka =) But I was so very happy to see you and I'm very happy for the gift! Look what she brought me:

Me and Anna made a little swap at the end, I got these wonderful shoes, I love them! And this little Lundby house , so cute! And a tablet.

The shoes have moved in already =) The rest have to wait until I clean the house...

My daughter saw the boots from Millimeter and thought they would look great on her doll..A bit big one might think, but they weren't that expensive, so I'll let her have them, at least for awhile ;)

I saw that Skala minimal published some photos on her blog, so if you are interessted in more pictures from the fair, go check it out =)
http://skalaminimal.blogspot.se/2014/04/bilder-fran-stockholms-miniatyrmassa.html

And  Kikka have pictures too (even a picture of me in the first link) =)
http://pienisammakko.blogspot.se/2014/04/tukholman-miniatyri-messuilla-1-at.html
http://pienisammakko.blogspot.se/2014/04/tukholman-miniatyri-messuilla-2-at.html

Last but not least I was thinking, is there anyone out there that would like to swap something?? If you know a special thing you really would like, leave me a comment and I'll see if it's possible to swap. Otherwise I'll make some packages (I think 3 would be enough, the postage is too high to swap with all of you I'm afriaid..) and take a picture and ask in my next post if you are interested and then just leave a comment and we will swap =) swapping is so much fun and I have a few things left to trade =)

Thank you for looking at my blog, and take care =)
Hannah

28 comments:

  1. Hi Hannah!
    I was so happy to meet you at the fair! You had so many visitor at your table at the time we met! The frog and the ciraffe I bought from you will find their home in my future project: Dollhouse for the frogfamily :)
    Hugs
    Kikka

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    1. Hi Kikka!
      I look forward to see were the animals will live in the future =) I do like frogs too, so it sound interesting with a frogfamily!

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  2. Thank you for this very interesting report and tour... sounds like you've had a great time, on the one hand busy and stressful but on the other hand interesting, rewarding and fun. Your table looked fantastic and isn't it nice to get as a feedback that your prices were too low... ;O)

    Greetings
    Birgit

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    1. Thank you Birgit! Yes, that was a great feedback, and everyone were very nice and said lots of nice things about my animals =)

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  3. I think you took a perfect amount of photos, Your first fair is always a stressful one but now that it is under your belt you have learned a bit and gained new confidence for the next one!

    Your table looked fabulous, I knew you would sell your lovely animals, they were too precious to not be grabbed up!

    It must have been nice to see other bloggers and miniaturists at the show, I hope you had a wonderful time!

    A swap is a great idea, now you can have a little fun and get back into the hobby before you take another leap into sales ;)
    hugs, js

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    1. Thanks Jane! Yes, its a great experience and hopefully it will give me more confidence for the future!
      And it's nice to meet so many people that I have only spoken to online before =)

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  4. me alegro mucho de que disfrutaras en la feria conociendo a nueva gente y charlando con los amigos conocidos,veo que fue una gran feria!!! Muchas gracias por las fotos!!!
    Besos.

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    1. Thank you Pilar! Glad you liked the pictures =)

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  5. Thank you for sharing the pictures, Hannah! I loved your display and seeing the other tables. I knew you would sell those adorable animals! Glad you had such a good time.
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  6. Det er dejlig at høre du havde så stor susces. Tak for at vise alle disse dejlige billeder og fortælle hvordan det gik. Jeg skal på min første messe første weekend i maj og jeg er også meget stresset. Tak
    Knus
    Wyrna

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    1. Tack Wyrna! Hoppas att det går minst lika bra för dig nu i maj. Och hoppas du kan slappna av lite mer än mig, det är ju roligare om man inte stressar för mycket =) Stort lycka till!
      Kram

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  7. Me imagino los nervios iniciales, pero vero que has disfrutado, conocido a gente y sobre todo ganado experiencia. Eso es ya todo un éxito, ademas de las ventas. Gracias por las fotos y los enlaces.

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    1. Thank you Isabel! It was a great experience!

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  8. Hi Hannah, Congratulations on your fair and all your sales! It sounds like it was a wonderful experience overall. Isn't it a fantastic feeling when a complete stranger loves your work enough to buy it? :-) I love your photos of all your cute minis, especially your tiny animals. Great work, and great job! xo Jennifer

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! Yes over all a great day! And yes, it is a fantastic feeling when people love my things and buy them. On a fair like this I get to see the response too, that's fun! =)

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  9. Hi Hannah
    Im sorry to hear you were so stressed at the fair but you did get to buy a lot of wonderful things, thank you for sharing your photos of the fair too. I know the people who bought your things will love them

    Hugs
    Marisa

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    1. Hi and Thank you Marisa! I get stressed so easy nowadays, but I had a good day, I'm glad I got to try this and I hope I will be more relaxed next time (if there will be a next time =) )

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  10. It must have been a great experience. I love your table and thank your for sharing your photos. I am sure your next time at a show will be less stressed.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Thank you Drora! It really was a great experience =)

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  11. Sounds like you had a very successful day. I never know what to price things either. It's such a hard thing. I'm glad you did your first show. Now you'll be super confident. Your little animals are so cute. I had no doubt they would attract a lot of attention.
    hugs♥,
    Caroline

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  12. It's nice to read that at the end it was a great experience for you. You got to showcase your lovely items, get feedback from your customers (nice to know they think the prices are good), you got to meet nice people and surely, you got home having learned a bit more about fairs and selling!! I'm happy you had a nice time, enjoyed it and that you share the pictures with us! Take care!

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    1. Thank you Simona! I did learned a lot. =)

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  13. Hola Hanna, me alegro que lo hayas pasado muy bien en la feria, seguro que fue super emocionante.
    Tus miniaturas son geniales y me alegro que hayas vendido mucho.
    Besos
    Isabel

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  14. The display looks really great, good idea making a podium with the toilet rolls. So glad you got good feedback on them too, I would be worried about selling things incase the price was not right, for the same reason as happened to you, someone else to buy in bulk and sell on. So now you know you can raise the prices, which is fantastic.

    Deep breathing exercises next time!! I'm one to talk, I get bad nerves too, I should take my own advice :D

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Pricing is so hard, different people thing different prices are right, so I'll keep look around before I sell anything =) But I'm glad I got an idea how the prices should be now.
      It's always so much easier to tell anyone else what to do, than to practise it yourself =) I hope this was a great learning experience for me, and next time I'll take some time breathing too =) I did go out for some fresh air in the middle, and that really helped, so more breathing next time! =)

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Thanks for reading, I love to read your comments =)
Hannah