In 2014 I went to see what a Finnish hand crafter event in Tampere was all about. This is the blogpost I wrote about it, but I have since lost the date of the original post.
During the weekend I visited Tampeere, and among other things went to see Finnish Handcraft Fair (Suomen Kädentaidot -messu). Oh boy, what a trip! Almost half of the time I spent on bus from Kotka to Tampere I was trying to update Susitaika facebook page, but the internet was so lousy that it didn't happen. Well I was able to add three products to PrestaShop, but that's all. My cellphone ran out of battery and I started to feel motion sickness and had to stop.
My bus arrived at Tampere 21:45 and from there I jumped to a bus headed to Hervanta. My friend doesn't live exactly in Hervanta, but the bus number 5 went right past his house. After an exciting bus ride I got a sandwich and excuisit black tea. He even had a bunt cake! Nomnomnom.... After that I ended up fiddling with my shop's code until three in the morning. We had a surprising amount to chat about with the friend I was staying with and so I was mostly chatting and not coding the entire time.. I had trouble sleeping, my mind was racing. I was so excited about the next day, seeing the fair and my sister! Also, I was sooo excited about a fashion show Suomen Käsityöyrittäjät was throwing. Unfortunately I woke up at eleven and the busses were a nightmare! I ended up walking in some really random places to get to Messukeskus and the show had already ended by the time I got there and found the stage...
Well, we had the meeting of crafty bloggers in the cafe, so I went there since I couldn't see the fashion show. The place was really crowded and I felt lousy since the air was so stale and it was really hot. I sent my sister a text message saying I'd like to leave, since it was no fun, but she had already gotten to the bus headed my way so she came to Messukeskus all the same. We ended up going through the entire fair, and even though I had decided not to buy ANYTHING, I ended up buying a Bernina coverlock machine. After the purchase me and my sister bought us some soft ice cream and went into a quiet corner to chat about life and things. I did feel proud about buying the machine from a Finnish seller and not from Estonia as I had thought about doing, since they were so much cheaper there.
All and all, I have to hand it to sales people who go to fairs and stick it out for three-four days without going completely mental - that really is something!