[vcf-midatlantic] Staging Consignment Items

Sentrytv sentrytv at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 25 14:43:39 EDT 2019


That seems to be an exaggerated / skewed way of looking at the flea marketing and vendor sales.

I believe just plainly saying "no" would've been a nice way of putting it.

I'm sure that everybody thanks you for your opinion.






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> On Mar 25, 2019, at 1:41 PM, Evan Koblentz <evan at vcfed.org> wrote:
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>> I have a question:
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>> Would it be possible to consider a "vendor" area with tables, to sell your stuff?
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> No.
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> We limit vendor tables to companies/people that are specifically in the business of selling relevant items.
> 
> For example, our usual three* vendors are Herb Johnson, Jeff Galinat, and Bob Applegate. Herb sells vintage computer items full-time (http://www.retrotechnology.com), Jeff is semi-retired with VCF East being a significant sales venue for him; and Bob runs a business making replica kits (https://www.corshamtech.com).
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> Individuals selling spare items use the consignment room.
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> The exhibit hall(s) are the heart of the show. That's what attracts families/kids and grows the hobby. If we operated a flea/swap (a la the ham radio folks and other events), then some collectors would decide to be vendors instead of exhibitors, and that would cannibalize the exhibit hall.
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> IMO, that's a crucial mistake which people make at hamfests and other venues: they produce events catering only to people who are * already in * their field. This is how you kill a hobby. Our mission is to grow the hobby, so we do everything possible to make the shows fun/exciting ... not just a bunch of old guys selling random stuff to each other while their spouses/kids are miserable on the sidelines.
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> * Jeff can't make it this year; Bob/Herb already reserved their spots; and we have a few newcomers this year too.



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