Wow! Now that's what I call an event! It's Thursday and I still don't think my feet have hit the floor. Two very full days of trading, 20 hours of standing, more hours setting up, loading and unloading, not to mention weeks of preparation beforehand, worth every, single minute.
This was the second annual Festival of Thrift and having attracted 27,000 people last year (not including me. MAJOR fail on my part!) everything was set to break that record and didn't they just do that. This year's total was 40,000 visitors. 40,000! Unbelievable!
The whole drive of the event, as the name suggests, is to champion everything thrifty. All the stalls therefore were filled with wonderful handmade creations from far and wide and of every imaginable material. Needless to say, I had been raiding my woodshed for some nice bits and pieces of reclaimed wood and the picture below is a coat rack with shelf above made out of the drawer front from an old chest of drawers.
The rest of the drawer was put to good use too; I made some beer crates, which can be used for all kinds of storage, and some tealight holders, made from the legs of the chest. Waste nothing!
The whole weekend was incredible. It was so well organised so a big shout out to all those involved in making it work, from those who thought the whole thing up, to the event organisers and staff, to the volunteers and to those giving talks and workshops on everything from furniture restoration to hat making and beyond. Check out the Festival of Thrift website so that you are ready for next year!
It would have been nothing of course without the fabulous traders and it was great to meet up again with Darren and Carol from Mabel and Mary's Pantry , the absolutely FABULOUS darling girls from Totes Adore, Kathryn Guy from The Designer Makers Market and Alison of Wellybix with her lovely homemade doggie treats. It was also great to meet Sue, The Woolly Pedlar for the first time as it is nice to be reassured that people do exist other than in the Twittersphere! Big thank you too, to Julie and Ann of Olivia's Bakery and Cafe for being such company on the next stall. Since I started Berkano Wood, meeting fellow traders has been the best part of the job. They are all so positive and friendly and work their little socks off. So give these websites a visit and see what marvellous things they do!
All in all a wonderful, positive, successful and happy weekend and you can be certain I shall be there next year. Make sure you are too :-)