Today I took my photo restoration stall Restoring Memories to another arts & crafts market - The West Hoathy School Christmas Market, in fact.
I have, in the past, been to a fair few craft fairs and markets and have experienced varying outcomes somewhat dependant on what I've brought there. Since the recent St. George's Art Fair, I've noticed that there is a high interest in photographic restoration as countless people have old faded or otherwise damaged photos sitting at home.
For a smaller school fair in a fairly isolated West Sussex village, it was very busy and obviously professionally run, with plenty to see and do - especially for children. I will certainly try to return next year, and would recommend visiting if you are nearby. Also, I was lucky enough to win in the raffle!
I had lots of interesting conversations with people about their old and damaged photos - I particularly enjoy hearing the stories behind them and why they mean so much to those people or their relatives. Being able to tell them that I can help, and that those images are not lost, is brilliant. Recent restoration commissions have lead to me hearing these stories more often.
I've only been actively promoting this side of my business for a few months and have found I get asked a lot of questions about what can be achieved with photo restorations. As such, in my next blog post I will compile an FAQ for those thinking of using this service, and add to it as more questions get asked frequently.