Today is the first day of my major Christmas show. I will be showing my pictures, calendar and cards on Parliament Street in York right up to 23 December.
The two key issues with this type of show are:
1. Deciding how to set up the stand to best show my work; and
2. Planning what stock to hold for the full length of the show.
The photos below show my stand - with a mixture of larger and smaller a images on display, and space for showing my Christmas and everyday cards and our 2016 Yorkshire calendars.
I have records of what my sales were in previous years. However, the one thing I have learned from over ten years of attending shows in Yorkshire is that this year's show will be different to last year. I always tend to stock more York images at shows in York, but beyond that it is very difficult to predict in detail what will be popular this time round. This can result in some late nights re-stocking popular products, which tend to immediately stop selling as soon as the new stock is available!
The great thing about this show is that my images are seen by both locals and visitors who would not otherwise be aware of my work. If any readers of this post are in York between now and Christmas do call in and make yourself known. My stand is right in the centre of York, close to the (now dry) fountain on Parliament street.