Thursday, 25 October 2012

Todays update! 25th October 2012

Welcome to another day at the PCG!

The other day on Facebook, member Anne from Artinkulate asked a question.
Girls/guys, I was just wondering what some of you think about the growing trend of asking stall holders to provide raffle prizes? We already pay our table fees & petrol expenses to & from the fairs. If,like me this is your only form of income, It's just another thing to eat into my takings, which at times don't even cover the table cost. I'm inclined to think it's a bit of a cheeky ask.What do some of you think?
Are other crafters finding that this happens alot? If so, what are your thoughts? 
As small crafters it is always hard to make ends meet and craft fairs charge a large amount for tables, plus the insurance, petrol to get there. Giving away stock for prize draws is just an extra cost isn't it.
Please leave us a comment to let us know how you feel about this and how you would respond to it.

We have another new member for you to meet.

Member No: 251012362
Tiffany Davies from Black Cat Textiles
in the UK



  1. It's something I am not too keen on either - for the same reasons as you mention. Plus I already give to charities despite my low income.When asked for raffle prizes it often feels like enormous peer pressure - if you don't donate you are made to feel awkward, plus you have no choice in the charity (and I rather choose who I give my money to). It's different if I attend a charity event of my own choice because I like to support the charity - then I usually donate 10% plus a raffle prize. These don't have to be big and costly and now I set aside items I can make cheaply without looking cheap to donate.

  2. I have only ever been asked to donate a raffle prize if the table is free. I would not like to donate a raffle prize if I was already paying a table fee and quite frankly think it's a damn cheek.
    I too donate to charities and knit for several charities and like to support the charities that I have a real interest in only.
    Craft Fair fees are pretty ridiculous these days considering the low foot fall many of them receive and in my opinion it's really only the organisers that make a profit.