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You are welcome to copy any of my designs, as long as you do not take credit for them yourself. I am very happy for you to sell them. If I have used anyone else's design, I always try to give credit where it is due. If I have missed anything, please let me know and I will put things right.

This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Cost of going to shows - is it worth it now?

I had to share the glorious autumn colour with everyone.  What a change today - very few leaves have survived the onslaught of the wind and rain of the last 24 hours.  Winter is definitely pushing in.

Going back to the point of this post, how many of you out there think that the cost of going to shows is becoming prohibitive now?  At the NEC, the cost of parking your car has risen 25% in the past 3 years, from £6 to £8, and the cost of a senior citizen ticket has also shot up.  I had thought of going this year, but other committments stopped me from going on Thursday or Friday.  I spoke to others who had been, and not been very impressed with the show, complaining that all the stalls were much the same, apart from the odd one or two with good demonstrators.  After a lot of thought overnight, I decided, with a little encouragement from my husband, that I wasn't going.  Instead, I used the money I would have spent on car park, petrol and entry (and the allowance I would have spent in the show) to buy more of the goodies I really wanted.

With all the craft programmes on TV and the ease of shopping online (checking the prices from a comfortable chair with a hot coffee and cake beside me) is it now worth while going to the shows.  For me, it is not worth while.  What does anyone else think?

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