Just A Card
Posted on 27th November 2018 at 12:19
The campaign began when Artist & Designer Sarah Hamilton saw a quote by gallery owners who'd had to close shop.
Fréya Eté - Freya Art & Design
Now I don't expect every shopper at a fair who passed my stand to make a purchase. But if everybody who stopped in their tracks when they saw my cows, who cracked a smile when they saw Ted's fluffy little face, or exclaimed just how much they loved my art, made a little purchase of a magnet or greetings card it would make all the difference in the world. Not only does it make me do a little happy dance, but it could mean the difference between me returning the next year or cutting the show from the calendar entirely.
Action needed to be taken! Now I don't have a shop, mainly due to the huge outgoings it would implicate. But I do exhibit at crafts fairs across the country, of all sizes. I thoroughly enjoy meeting my customers and talking about my work and it's a fantastic experience for the shoppers. However these fairs are not cheap. With Stand fees, electrics and lighting, stock, van hire accommodation and sometimes even paying for WiFi all adding up, we have to take a significant amount of money before a penny of profit can be made. Not matter how much we may love attending an event if we are losing money exhibiting, then we have no choice than to remove it from our list. Similarly, no matter how passionate an owner of a gallery or small business are about what they do, without crucial sales then it will soon become another boarded up shop front.
Angela Clark, Emma Lawrence and Freya Ete are just some of the many artists to support the 'Just A Card' Campaign
How You Can Support The Campaign
Buy Local! Be it your baker, butcher, coffee shop, or gallery. Whether it's online, or at a Christmas fair buy something from the little guys who make shopping special.
Follow @justacard1 on Twitter and Instagram Retweet & spread the word.
Download posters and postcards from our website and put them up in your event or shop
Purchase items from the Just A Card online shop
Tell your friends! Recommend a cute coffee shop, boutique, or online shop.
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