Despite an epic sleep last night I still feel zombiefied today, following a full-on working weekend.
I'll post properly later when I'm hopefully able to put my brain in gear, but in a nutshell, the Thame fair on Saturday was a triumph. Our takings were almost double what they were last year and they were very good last year so we are delighted. It was busy all day, with collectors willing to spend on high-end pieces rather than our more affordable offerings.
Thame has carved its own niche in the volatile world of specialist miniature fairs. Many customers commented on the fact that the quality of the exhibitors made it feel akin to a more manageable Miniatura or KDF. All of the high standards without the logistical problems inherent in visiting a really big fair.
Celia Thomas, the fair organiser did a wonderful job of balancing a wide range of top quality exhibitors, with no more than two of any miniature speciality, which ensured a varied selection. Also, every exhibitor was an artisan in their own right, which meant no imported tat, and the resulting same items on stand after stand.
Not only that, the fair raised over £3000 for Breast Cancer Research, which is a fantastic result.
Our post-fair workshop session yesterday was also a great success. Students worked hard to create a little wicker pram and I'm hoping they'll send me photos of the finished pieces to post on the blog in due course.
However, for the moment I'm in recuperation mode, so today will be a day of gentle pottering, with a modicum of rest and relaxation thrown in for good measure.