Kamloops United Church - First craft fair as a vendor EZeLilly
Yesterday we attended our first ever craft fair at Kamloops United Church and would love to share some thoughts about it 🙂
As you can see in the pictures, our setting was so simple due to the lack of experience, and we only brought in 3 products: bamboo straws, beeswax food wraps and our new arrival - silicone food storage bags. We offered a 15% discount for all products at the event.
We would like to say Thank You to the team setting up the event, and for everyone who stopped by our table today to take home some of our products, or to take the business card for later consideration, or even just to talk to us about our products, give us the encouragement and some honest feedback on similar products that you’ve been using 🙂 We truly appreciated the opportunity to showcase our products in person 🙏
Aside from the questions about the products which we hope that our posts and listings online answered very well, there were some questions about the nature of our business that we would like to share the answers with online readers on this post:
❓ARE THEY HANDMADE?
It depends. Our bamboo straws are 100% handcrafted. Our beeswax food wraps used production line to prepare customized cut cotton materials then handmade the wax coating. But our silicone storage bags, of course, were machine-made. We mentioned the products we sell on the registration form and got accepted. We are aware of other craft fairs that strictly for locally handmade products only and totally respect that.
❓DID YOU MAKE THEM LOCALLY?
No. We are doing private label for generic products. Our goal is to build an online store with a variety of products. We source them from different manufacturers and customize the designs, materials, packages etc. We were thinking about making beeswax food wraps ourselves but struggled to find the GOTs certified organic cotton source, let alone the customized patterns that we wanted. And for other products that we would like to bring into the market because we had a chance to use them and found they worked, we simply could not ”make” them locally 🙂
❓ARE YOU A LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS?
YES. Someone even thought we are selling MLM products for a big company. This may come up due to the fact that we invested in our brand image at the very beginning stage, the logo, YouTube channel, products photography, commercial looking packaging designs etc, we would love to take it as a compliment though, but by all mean, we are not a big corporation. The company is 100% woman-owned small business. Lilly is our daughter who inspired the creation of this family-run business and our ”warehouse” is in our home in Kamloops, and we have the business license for doing so ❤️❤️❤️
We hope that we clear things up. Overall, it was such a great experience for the first time vendor, and we really hope we will have more chances like this to see you in person.
Thank you again🙏