Back to business
Tuesday, 7 September 2021 | Joanna
The last 18 months or so have been so far from normal, from business as usual, that we were starting to think nothing would ever be the same again. We have all lost out on so much, and lost so many friends, family and colleagues, but now we are starting to get back into the groove.
Art in the Gardens is one of my favourite events. Every year on the first weekend in September the botanical gardens in Sheffield fills up with artists and crafters who are lucky enough to be able to display their work in this stunning setting. All's Fair has been exhibiting at Art in the Gardens for well over a decade, in fact the only stall we had between February 2020 and September 2021 was last year's Art in the Gardens so it has a special place in our heart.
This summer I moved house and from my new base at Chorley in Lancashire Sheffield is a bit too far to travel every day. Luckily my friend Kevin who has lived in Sheffield for over 20 years is happy to provide board and lodging for myself and the stock over the weekend, as well as helping out on the stall.
Last year the organisers decided to issue timed tickets, which gave us four morning / afternoon sessions instead of the usual two daily sessions. This was a great idea as stallholders and customers were able to pace themselves, avoiding a rush at any one time. We were very lucky with the weather on both days with more sunshine on the Sunday. The biggest sellers were our recycled aluminium salad servers - perhaps a sign that summer is not over yet.
It was great to be able to talk to customers about the fair trade artisans and talented craftspeople who make the products we sell - introducing people to the recycling process, the preservation of traditional skills and the honouring of skills that fair trade is all about.
I only have one more stall booked - Living North Live at York racecourse in November - and it will be great to see how the organisers manage this really busy event to keep us all safe.
At the end of the day, fair trade is all about people and after so long when we haven't been able to come together as people - customers and stallholders - it's lovely that we can find ways to do so while keeping each other safe.