Back in 2011 I had an idea, I would make up keyrings from my photo collection and sell them at craft fairs. In the summer of 2011 I booked a stall at the Hawth Folk Festival in Crawley, West Sussex – Junction Ten Merchandising was born!
Looking back, I find it hard to believe that I traded at a major event with only two rotundas of keyrings that featured everything from flowers to pets, guitars, buses, trains and local views. I think ‘naïve’ is a word that best described the pair of us that day.
We carried on, and increased our range to include fridge magnets and coasters. Crawley Craft Fair followed and, early the following year we attended model railway exhibitions. Whatever the event, transport outsold everything else with the good old London Bus being the most popular.
I raided Geoff’s photo collection and we made our first appearance at a bus rally in Eastbourne in the summer of 2012. Since then we have gone from strength to strength, in no small part thanks to the support and guidance from fellow traders and bus owners.
Our thanks go to them for without the bus fanatics who preserve the vehicles we would not have such a fine range of products on offer.
It is now 2017 and Junction Ten has moved on, having trialled some Handy Shoppers at the bus rallies I was invited to attend some craft shows which has lead to another side of Junction Ten – yarns, bags and heirloom shawls and patchwork quilts. Both the bags and the yarns will be available in the shop over the coming months. The shawls and quilts are made to order.
Geoff, a Grade A Driving Instructor has also opened for business as Junction Ten Driver Training – you may see him in his white polo in the Crawley/Horley area
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