RHS Spring Craft Xplosion Outtakes

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Some outtakes from the local high school craft fair we attended on Saturday.

This time around Tyra brought more skincare and personal care products than bath and body products. We’re still trying to find our groove with attending vendor craft fairs and figuring out what products potential customers will respond to the best. We met a lot of people with interest in the products, but they were reluctant to buy which is understandable. Instead of being discouraged by the lack of sales, we had good conversations and gave everyone we met a business card to encourage them to visit the website to learn more about our products.

Although attending this event was not one of our most productive days, it gave us an opportunity to meet other local business owners while learning and discovering tips we can implement to improve our booth setup and product promotion. Tyra is still not completely convinced that doing vendor events is beneficial to growing the business, but we did gain a lead for a possible home party to promote products locally.

RHS Spring Craft Xplosion April 2018

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We will be a vendor at the Randallstown High School Spring Craft Xplosion on Saturday, April 7th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you live in the Baltimore area, come out in support of this PTA event and check out our products first hand. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Cloisters Holiday Bazaar

A quick pause in our #bestof2017 countdown to share a few outtakes from the Cloisters Castle Holiday Bazaar we attended on Friday evening and Saturday. We met a lot of wonderful new people as well as creative and talented indie artists/vendors that we hope to meet again at future events.

In addition to sharing our products with potential customers, we introduced our brand new cold process soap bars and mini soap bars to the public for the very first time! The new listings will be up on the website this upcoming week.

Spending more time out in the community has always been a challenge for us due to Tyra’s work schedule but she plans to make it a priority in 2018.

Perfume Oil Giveaway

perfume oil giveaway

Enter to win 1 of 4 perfume oils by participating in our exclusive giveaway on Facebook. The giveaway will run from Saturday, 10/5 thru Saturday, 10/19. The drawing will be held on Sunday, 10/20. Winners will be notified via direct message on Facebook.

To participate, ‘Like’ Belle & Blaire Handmade on Facebook or confirm ‘Like’ status for existing fans. For a bonus entry, rate the perfume oils from most intriguing (1) to least intriguing (4). The rating will allow us to send each winner their highest rated perfume oil that is available.

Click on the links below to learn more about each perfume oil:

Crazy Cute Perfume Oil

Green Tea Perfume Oil

Lettuce & Sweet Orange Perfume Oil

Vintage Perfume Oil

 

If you have a question or concern, please contact me directly here or by direct message on Facebook. -Tyra

Disclaimer: This giveaway is applicable to U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary to enter or win. This promotion is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

A learning experience

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An update of our first event at Stevenson University is long overdue. Despite having over 2 months to plan and prepare, we spent most of Friday night finishing up a few last minute details — and when I say a few, I mean a lot of details that were left undone until the night before the event. It was poor planning on our part and it’s safe to say that we will never do that again! Some lessons were learned from this event and we believe the experience will make our future events better.

It took us nearly an hour to set up because we had so much product to unpack and organize. I’ve been eying this Neu Home Can Organizer from Walmart. Loading up the racks at home and then securing the products for transport will save us loads of prep time and it will keep for a more organized display table.

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Whipped Body Cleansers

We lost a couple of sales due to not accepting credit cards. Tyra and I had discussions on how to accept credit/debit card orders, but for some reason or another neither of us researched the matter thoroughly. It wasn’t until an hour into the event we noticed the jewelry vendor across from us take a credit card order using a device that was attached to her smart phone. I rushed over to her to get the 411 and after I made it a priority to get a Square Card Reader for future events. Smart phone technology is amazing!

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Handcrafted Cold Process Soaps

Our shampoos & conditioners continued to be popular items, but the cold process soaps received a lot of attention and that was very encouraging. Tyra put in a lot of time and effort into make these wonderfully scented cured soaps and it was satisfying to receive positive feedback by way of sales and compliments.
For our first time out, we presented the products well and had okay sales considering the turnout was low due to a rainy day. We covered the cost of one table and counted the second table as a loss. Though we did not come out on top, the lessons learned were invaluable.

We’re excited for more shows and events this year! We will post them under upcoming events as they are scheduled.

-Bre