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Old 12th December 2017, 09:02   #1 (permalink)
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Alanya International Christmas Fair

Well, my daughter Sally & I left my home 7am Sunday morning to go to the Fair. What a day!

Our stall was booked, the car was full with Sally's Hand-Made Christmas Crackers and Cards, My Brandy Mincemeat and other Preserves and a late addition of Christmas Wreaths that my youngest Grandson's Dad had made. The wreaths made the car smell wonderful, the only thing that could possibly have been against us was the weather but, on that score, you get what you get.

The Fair opened to the public at 10am-10pm and we were ready for anything.
120 stalls altogether, the best part of 100 were selling food, leaving about 20 selling hand made soaps, clothing, lamps, etc and just ourselves with Christmas Cards and Crackers. We had customers from many different countries, those from inside Europe understanding the Crackers but also many Turkish customers bought the Crackers as an 'extra' to welcome in their New Year. They love things that go off with a bang!

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank many of you from Side and around that made the effort and came and found us. We were hearing "hello Sally" & "hello Ann" on & off all through the day from Side friends and other people that had seen Sally's Cards on Facebook and Turkish Living Forum.

"Thankyou for making our day", we got rained on 3 times but we were well tented so things had to be moved in slightly but that was all. My Grandchildren arrived in the afternoon and as you can see, Atlas's spirits were not dampened at all, even finding a moment to dance for Nana. My Number 1 Man!!

Any of you needing that last minute Card for a friend or neighbour, or Crackers to put on the table alongside your Christmas Dinner can find them on show at my office here in Side, or, at our regular Sunday Table-Top at The Flying Horse this coming Sunday.

We arrived home from the Alanya Fair after 1am Monday morning, well happy but certainly ready for some sleep. Once again, "Thankyou to all of you that helped make our day worthwhile".

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Old 12th December 2017, 10:48   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Alanya International Christmas Fair

It sounds as if the day was a real, well-deserved success for you and Sally, Ann ... well done to both of you ... how much TL did you make, if I may ask? And will the proceeds be going to the orphanages in Nepal or to the Side cats? I am in West Byfleet, Surrey, UK just now until Saturday morning when I take the train back up to Cardiff and this afternoon my 10 year old nephew, Max, is coming to see me ... love him to bits!! It is a gorgeous sunny day today but a wee bit cold. I have just been shopping at Waitrose and the place was heaving. I only went for toilet rolls and butter/margarine but ended up spending just over £100 ... c'est la vie eh? Happy Christmas one and all. x Angela from Side/Cardiff/Surrey x
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Hi Angela, Some of the proceeds from the Brandy Mincemeat etc will certainly end up supporting our Nepali schools but I'm afraid the cats definately missed out on this one.
We keep pace with the cats via our book sales from the office and our Sunday Table-Topping at The Flying Horse.
Enjoy your Christmas and we'll catch up fully when you get back to Side in March.
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Sally was the only stall selling cards and she had a truly wonderful display. Whatever money they earned was well deserved as it was a long journey and a very long day. There are a lot of people around who are unaware that you can get these sort of crafts so it was a great way of getting the message out there. The fact that Sally will post them to people who order is a really great thing too but the cards themselves are beautiful. She is really artistic and always interprets your requirements exactly making cards and gifts a very special thing indeed. It's also good that the Turkish people are buying your crackers and I'm surprised that you don't get requests for Turkish cards (you may well do Sally) as I don't know if, like the British, they send birthday cards etc. At least they are willing to learn about the things we like which is great! Well done Sally, you deserve all the success you get!
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Many thanks for your lovely comments garcia. Occasionally Turkish people come into the office for a Birthday Card and younger Turks will buy a Valentine's Card to give their loved one with a gift.
This year Sally also made a couple of new designs with Turkish New Year greetings on them so that Ex-Pats can give them to their Turkish neighbours and friends. Sally's very Arty-Crafty as I say and comes up with some great designs.

Her Cards go World-Wide now as she has 3 shops on ETSY, the Card Shop being Atlas Cards. People from as far afield as the USA put their specific personalised orders through to her and she really enjoys creating them.
People like yourself that live here permanently, support Sally really well through your orders and as the years have gone on, many tourists now take cards back to Britain and other parts of Europe at the end of their holidays for up and coming Birthdays, Weddings, new babies etc.

I'm obviously biased but it's good that she's doing something that she really enjoys as well as putting a smile on lots of faces.
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She is very creative Ann and she has just produced an amazing birthday card for me, as you know which incorporated photos of both our beloved cats complete with pawprints all over the front. Once again, she's hit the mark. I'm not surprised people take cards back to their countries with them as they probably don't have anything like it where they live and they are all one offs. How wonderful that they are now worldwide, she so deserves it Ann. How great is it that Turkish people are also supporting her so some of our traditions are rubbing off on them which is fantastic. x
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Hi Garcia, yes your cats are certainly pretty enough to make up a good card
I'm so glad you liked it!

Mum told me about this thread so I thought I'd make an appearance to say thanks myself. It was wonderful to see familiar faces rocking up to say hi.

Honestly I never thought the day would come where making things would be my bread and butter but I'm over the moon with it all. The Christmas fair was the most fun I've had in a long while and it was lovely to meet some new people on a crafty wavelength too.

So that's enough from me, I just want everyone who has ever bought or received my cards to know that I couldn't have made it a success without your support and I hope the network keeps growing so I can just keep making more and more and more lol!

Oh....And thanks to mum for the photo's because I never thought of that
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