[vcf-midatlantic] VCF East Swap Meet - Save the Date - Saturday November 7 (Rain: Sunday November 8)

Sentrytv sentrytv at yahoo.com
Sun Sep 13 15:48:08 EDT 2020


I just remembered, we actually had a min-swapmeet at Festivus this past December. 
It seemed to be pretty decent.

I would like people who participated in that event to weigh in and voice their opinion,
  if that mini-swap meet was good or not?

Mike Rosen

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> On Sep 13, 2020, at 3:30 PM, Sentrytv <sentrytv at yahoo.com> wrote:
> 
> Evan
> There is no doubt that everybody has a right to their opinion.
> 
> You and I had this conversation as well.
> 
> I believe that a swap meet is a good thing and besides you can’t Poopoo the idea,
> since this is the first time we actually are going to have it.
> We’ll give it a try and if it doesn’t work out we don’t have it again.
> Certainly can’t hurt to try.
> 
> Besides because everybody’s been locked up inside, no Hamfest, no swapmeets, people are Jonesin’ for a swap meet!
> 
> Mike Rosen
> 
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>> On Sep 13, 2020, at 2:28 PM, Evan Koblentz <evan at snarc.net> wrote:
>> 
>> 
>>>> In years past, I pushed for a swap meet with previous management but the response was "It would be too much like a hamfest and hamfests are dying".
>> 
>> That's out of context.
>> 
>> Several people in the group asked for a swap meet * during * VCF East. I declined, because many of these people wanted to have a swap meet table instead of exhibiting. That would have damaged the exhibit hall and replaced much of it with something attractive only to people who are already in the hobby.
>> 
>> It would have contributed to shrinking the hobby. My goal was to grow the hobby by introducing it to the public.
>> 
>> Consignment was a (very successful) compromise. It let everyone sell stuff without taking away from the exhibit hall and also making some extra money for the group.
>> 
>> I was right about that, and I was right about hamfests. How many families and kids excitedly go to a hamfest? Swapmeets are incestuous, and that makes communities wither and go extinct.
>> 
>> You're able to have a swapmeet this year only because management is not bogged down running the real show.
>> 
>> VCF's success is because of my earlier decisions, not in spite of them.
>> 
>> 
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>> 
>>>>> On Sep 13, 2020, Jeff Galinat via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>>> Hi Adam,
>>> Excellent! Even though I am a little bummed as I live in AZ now instead
>>> of NJ, this is great news! Swap meets have been a large part of the
>>> vintage
>>> computer and ham radio communities for years. I still find occasional
>>> vintage computer items at hamfests but a vintage computer swap meet
>>> would
>>> be great for the hobby.  In years past, I pushed for a swap meet with
>>> previous management but the response was "It would be too much like a
>>> hamfest and hamfests are dying".
>>> One of the largest draws for TCF was the flea market and I had many
>>> great
>>> finds over the years but they effectively killed the flea market by
>>> moving
>>> it in to a small room.
>>> I still have a good amount of vintage equipment in NJ so maybe I can
>>> participate in a future event if it happens next year.
>>> Best of luck with the event,
>>> Jeff
>>> On Sun, Sep 13, 2020, 9:32 AM Adam Michlin via vcf-midatlantic <
>>> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>>>> Hi Everyone,
>>>> Alas, there will be no consignment at our hybrid VCF East coming up,
>>> but
>>>> we have decided to try something new and have an *outdoor* Swap Meet.
>>>> Vendors (which can be individuals) will be able to rent space and
>>> people
>>>> will be able to attend the event for the very modest fee of $5. All
>>> VCF
>>>> surplus will also be on sale at this event.
>>>> DATE: Saturday, November 7, with Rain Date Sunday, November 8
>>>> TIME: 9AM TO 6PM
>>>> Location: InfoAge, 2201 Marconi Road Wall, NJ 07719
>>>> $20 for vendors for first space, $10 for each additional space. 4
>>> spaces
>>>> max - BRING YOUR OWN TABLES/BLANKETS/WHATEVER
>>>> $5 for admissions for general public
>>>> We want to emphasize this will be an *outdoor* event
>>> I'm particulary excited about this because, back in the 1990s, my first
>>>> stint (habit, if you prefer) of vintage computer collecting was
>>>> supported by attending regular computer swap meets in Silicon Valley
>>> at
>>>> De Anza College and Lawrence Livermore Labs. The enthusiam at
>>>> consignment each year tells me we are ripe to bring something like
>>> this
>>>> back on a regular basis, but, of course, COVID make things trickier
>>> than
>>>> usual.
>>>> Best wishes,
>>>>            -Adam



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