I did my craft fair on Saturday in Cheltenham, and have to say I had a very good day.
I met some really lovely people (other stall holders...and customers) and came away happy with my sales. I even sold out of the ever popular 'Geranium & Patchouli Slice'.
Now...when I do craft shows I'm ready for the questions.
We have to gear ourselves up for them don't we?
It's no good just being happy to make soap in our homes if we want to make a living out of it...you gotta learn some people skills and get ready for some really strange questions...you know they're coming.
So then...my really strange questions came almost at the end of my working day. Now bear in mind, this particular craft show was held in the gardens and upstairs rooms of a pub.
Here's what happened (two incidents)...
Lady no.1: Hello. Arent' these magnificent. (continues to browse - gets low to sniff the soap rather than pick it up (why!) ).
'Thank you very much', came my reply.
'So...I can eat the ones in the middle' (she meant the 4 soaps scented with fragrance oils).
'EAT THEM', I exclaimed! 'NO, you can't eat them...they're soap'.
'Oh, I thought I could eat those ones but not the others'....!!!!
'No, honestly', I said. 'It's soap, You can't eat any of it!'
Lady grabs my arm and says 'Do you know? I've come all the way from the tip of Cornwall and I've never seen anything like this. I've never been to a craft fair, all my life consists of is milking the cows & feeding the chickens. This is all so new to me and quite overwhelming'.
'I should say it is', I said!
Bless her...off she went to the next stand, to explain to the other ladies that she was all the way from the tip of Cornwall and that she'd never experienced the like before...
Lady no.2: 'Hiya'. How's it going?'
'Yes, very well thanks, I said. I'm having a lovely day. How are you?'
'Well', she said. 'This is gonna sound like a really strange question, but have you got anything that could help me and my liver?'
My face contorted I'm sure.
I said 'Sorry, I'm a soapmaker, not a bloody doctor' (she had a large glass of red in her hand so I knew she'd take a bit of mockery')!
She said 'Sorry, I'll explain. I've been to the doctor as I have a problem with my liver. Oops, I know I shouldn't be drinking...but I have been given these salts and I have to put 4 scoops into my bath and sit in it for 20 minutes, and whatever is in the salts seeps through my skin to help with my problem. After I get out of the bath, I feel all woozy and really really tired'.
Well...at this point I'm totally baffled.
I said 'I'd really love to be able to help, but I don't think I could help you, as I think that maybe you're not supposed to use anything other than the salts'.
I mean, how the hell could I 'prescribe' a soap? Most of mine contain essential oils, which we all know can have adverse side effects in some people. So with a person with some kind of liver problem (she didn't explain what it was), I daren't reccommend anything'.
Don't think my public liability insurance would cover me...!
Just WOT do you say to these people? I thought I'd heard it all...but the buying public never cease to amaze me. They're all so talented at asking these truly wicked questions!