I have returned at last from my long time away from the blog. The horse show did not pan out as planned, there was a massive footfall and the selection of hand crafts that were for sale at the stall were second to none but people were just not putting their hands in their pockets.
There is so much talk in the media warning the consumer against getting ripped off that I think people are set into defensive mode when they go shopping. I met so many people who have a false idea that Irish handcrafts are a rip off. Please trust me when I say that all of the crafters that I know are working to the bottom line and are trying to make their items as affordable as possible, a lot of the time under pricing their items so that they can stay competitive.
I know this is a bit of a rant but I' getting really jaded with people querying my prices, trying to haggle me down, and being darn right rude when I'm not will to sell my items for half nothing. When did this shift if attitude become acceptable? Can they see themselves through my eyes at all?I had everything from scoffing, eye rolling, gasps of shock, 'you're kidding', 'I'm not paying that!', and even had one of my items thrown at me! This all from grown women, who if they saw their own children behave this way they would be appalled. My average prices are from €3-€10, I know I'm not being crazy when I think that's pretty reasonable. I try to be polite and explain that items are handmade and that they take time to make, but I suspect I'm going to lose the plot one of these days and go a little psycho at some unsuspecting haggler!
(Ps: it's totally ok to politely ask if there is a chance of getting a deal if you buy a few items)