Saturday, 8 December 2018

Craft Fair & Reverse Advent

Thank you so much to everyone who commented on my last post, especially Marlene who offered to lend me a mattress (sadly too far away) and Jean in Canada who shared her own experience of Dystonia and Torticollis.  I am overwhelmed by your kindness.

Todays craft fair was the worst ever.  I took a solitary £1 coin :(   My day was made worthwhile, however, by a lady with learning difficulties who wanted to buy one of my £1 heart shaped brooches.  I only had 2 left and she struggled to choose between red and gold.  She chose the red one, paid for it and then I decided it was silly just having one left and gave the gold one to her free of charge.  She made my day by bringing me a gift of a mince pie just before she left, thanking me for being kind to her. We hugged and smiled together :)



As it was the very last fair until March next year I decided to spend the £10 from my float on stuff for the local food bank.  I like the idea of taking part in Reverse Advent each year and have started off as follows:

Dec 1st 2018
Day 1:
I bought the homeless young man in town some lunch.  He chose a hot cheese and onion pasty and a tea.  On my way past him back to the car I gave him a box of mince pies (which he said he enjoys), an apple and 3 satsumas

Dec 8th
Days 2-14:
13 items popped into Sainsburys collection box including tinned ham, tuna and corned beef, 3 shower gels/baby bath, tinned soup x 2, spaghetti, toothpaste and baby wipes, tinned custard, cooking salt

This gives me a bit of breathing space but I will buy a total of 25 items before Christmas

Anyone else doing the Reverse Advent this year?  Are you including good deeds as well as actual items?

Stay safe everyone wherever you happen to be. Take care x

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  1. i add to the local food bank regularly, at Christmas I all the small selection packs in that are on the shelf. A stack of shampoo and bath creme as well and some men's toiletries. Everyone should have a treat at Christmas so I don't forget the pets either. I stock up on these things during the year and then it is manageable.

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    1. Gosh yes, the pets, I think Sainsburys have a box for pet stuff too.

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  2. I add to the foodbank trolley all year round but have done the Reverse Advent this year wherevour local foodbank asked for some luxury bits and pieces eg chocolate, bubble bath, mince pies. The box is ready to go and I shall deliver it on Monday.

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    1. That's lovely Catriona. I think I'll do the mince pies & treats next week.

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  3. I donate all year around only a small thing each time I go to the supermarket but every little helps. At Christmas I donate several larger priced items I generally ask what is needed.

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    1. It does all help MM. I might give the FB a ring and ask if there are shortages.

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  4. I missed the collection at T***o for the food bank.....I'm sure it was earlier than last year... so I am putting stuff into the box that is there all year. The toy collection stand is there now though but I am going to give things for older girls and boys such as toiletry sets.

    So sorry that your craft fair didn't go well but what a lovely thing you did for that lady.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Thank you Sheila x Toiletry sets are a brilliant idea for the toy collection. I didn't see a collection box yesterday but there has to be one very soon so I'll add to that too xx

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  5. We've been collecting for our local food bank at the fat club I go to. I missed it this week because I was at my mother in law's funeral, so have a large carrier bag full of food items and toiletries to take with me on Thursday.
    I'm sorry your last craft fair of the year was so disappointing sales wise.

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    1. So sorry to hear the sad news Scarlet. I hope you are well. Have a very happy Christmas xx

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  6. I love the idea of the reverse advent calendar, I usually give year round. Sorry to hear about the craft show. Do you think it's the location, lack of visitors or what you're selling? Are the other vendors not doing well? Lots to think about before you do your next one!

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    1. It was certainly lack of visitors Janice. There were 20 amazing craft stalls and it looked so festive and no one sold much at all. Everyone was disappointed. We might have to try another venue, I think.

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