HAVING struggled to find retailers in the area that provided products for children and babies, one Midhurst mum decided to take matters into her own hands.
Sophia Sandiford set up the Midhurst Baby Boutique, a small business which allows her to continue to work from home while caring for her children.
And her first big event, a fair held in Capron House, was a success with mums and businesses alike.
“I wanted to set up a small business to keep me working but allowing me to be at home to enjoy being a mum to my new baby, so I set up Midhurst Baby Boutique,” Sophia said.
“I started it in October to provide baby items to mums as there’s not a great deal in Midhurst as far as the baby sector goes.
“One of my goals was to organise and host events like baby and children’s sales once or twice a year where parents can come together at one event and offer their unwanted items for sale.
“Nothing like this ever happens in Midhurst, so it’s exciting for the event to have taken place within the community.
“The response has been so positive.
“As well as having my own stall on the day offering my baby gifts, hampers and items, I had ten mums who booked stalls and three small businesses offering their goods.
“I’m pleased to say the sale was a great success and was well received so I shall be organising more - we had around 90-100 attend.
“I’m looking at April for the next one but need a bigger venue as I had to turn people away for stalls this time.
“It was nice to promote my own home run business.”
Also in attendance was Holly Heather with her ‘Scentsy’ products, Alison Tilbury of ‘Whoopsy Daizy’ with her handmade products and Zoe Dunnaway with her handmade jewellery from ‘Jewel-Mazing designs’.
Seller Natasha Young said: “It was a great morning, thanks so much for organising it.
“I was very pleased with my sales and I actually really enjoyed myself too.”
Hayley Bolt, who was also selling on the day, added: “It was great,we made £85 so we are very pleased!”
Emma Cain said: “It was lovely to bring parents together in our own community and support businesses.”