Bubbles a big hit with kids at Crafty fair
‘‘I'm better prepared this time, with more than 100 wands.’’
Bubbles always attract a decent crowd.
One of the popular stalls at the Eat, Drink & Be Crafty Fair on January 28 will be Little Ben’s Big Bubbles, run by Mana resident Carly St-Laurent.
She had seen the triangular bubble wands at other events over the years and recently decided to set up her own business, selling wands and bubble solution.
St-Laurent has kept it small scale, mainly selling to Porirua kindergartens and childcare centres through word of mouth, but loved her first stint at the fair at Battle Hill Farm Park last year.
‘‘I’d completely sold out of all 50 wands by 12.30pm, so I’m better prepared this time, with more than 100 wands and 100 litres [of bubble solution],’’ she said.
‘‘There’s something about bubbles that people love - I always get a healthy crowd coming along, and it’s simple, clean fun.
‘‘It started as a hobby and I like it that way as I do have a day job [as a teacher], but I get enquiries from as far away as Auckland and Christchurch, asking about ‘The Bubble Lady’.’’
All her wands are handmade and the solution is sourced via a detergent supplier in Auckland.
St-Laurent said she enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere at Eat, Drink & Be Crafty.
‘‘It is a little out of town but it’s a beautiful setting and if the weather stays good, it is a great day out.’’
Small wands are $5, large ones are $10 and the solution is $5 per litre.
John Gibbs, from fair organisers Mana Lions, said all is readiness for the event.
Having sponsorship from the likes of Clarke & Co, Kitchen Studios, Porirua Club and Spic n Span Toilets, along with muchneeded support from Porirua City Council, helped make the fair what is, he said.
‘‘It’s a day geared towards families, with live music, kids games, plenty of stalls to choose from and food to try,’’ Gibbs said.
‘‘We want people to bring a picnic and, hopefully, enjoy some sun.’’
Money raised from gold coin parking will go to Wellington Free Ambulance.
More than 30 Lions volunteers will be out helping on the day, Gibbs said.
The fair is about 5km from Pauatahanui village centre and runs from 10am till 4pm.
Eftpos is available.