[vcf-midatlantic] Upcoming VCF events

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Thu Mar 4 14:16:10 UTC 2021

I noticed one young boy and his mother walking around finding a few items and of course asking questions.

It really does seem that one of the problems with the hamfest and swapmeet it does not generate enough interest in the younger crowd.
Maybe because they need to rely on transportation to get there.
And getting their parents involved or interested is more difficult.

I know Jeff Galinat would generate interest at the Hamfests with displays of Arduino and raspberry pi stuff.

And of course advertising well in advance if possible would definitely help.

Since there’s not going to be a TCF this year there is no competition.

Just my two cents

Mike R

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> On Mar 4, 2021, at 8:51 AM, Jeff Salzman via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> The real trick is drumming up interest, but I believe there is a seed of
> hope. For example, who noticed the presence and interest of younger
> generations at last year's swap meet? I remember there was a kid who was
> going through and asking for information about a lot of stuff that people
> were selling, including at my table, and showing an actual interest in
> buying stuff.. He, and those of his generation, showed a genuine interest
> in the hobby, or for that matter, much of the other, closely related,
> contemporaneous goods that were for sale. They're the future of the hobby,
> and they're out there. They just need to be reminded that we are scheduling
> these events.
> I'm sure we learned more about promoting the swap meet to the public, and
> how we can reach more people who may be interested, young and old. For
> example, in Kutztown is the Antique Radio Show. This is a swap meet that is
> primarily focussed on antique radios... stuff that's older than what we
> tend to collect. However, they have generated so much interest in their
> event to both young and old that they have successfully operated not only
> under two large pavilions full of vendors at the antique's marketplace they
> use, but they even run successful shows TWICE per year.
> We might not be TCF, but that doesn't mean that the VCF Swapmeet can't grow
> into a bigger and more formidable event like the aforementioned Kutztown
> Antique Radio Show.
> Jeff Salzman
>> On Thu, Mar 4, 2021 at 8:11 AM Christian Liendo via vcf-midatlantic <
>> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>> I think you could in time. I thought I was the only person who missed
>> TCF's flea market,but there seems to be many others.
>> I wish TCF realized how important their flea market was and how by
>> killing it they killed their show.
>>> On Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 10:45 PM Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic
>>> <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>>> We can only hope that someday we could fill that big parking lot with
>>> vendors! That would be incredibly exciting!

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