So despite the fact that my last show was desperately important I did not even make back expenses. Why? Well because the promoters placed us vendors several blocks from the action!
40,000 attendance at the event and maybe 2,000 walked down the vendors aisle. They stuck us block, yes, several blocks away form the action, on a dirt and rock lot! Needless to say it was not at all like it was represented to us to be, and none of the vendors made their fees back and all of us were seriously ticked.
According to one of the two returning vendors, it is like that every year and they never have returning vendors for that reason. So now I add the questions "What percentage of your booths are returning vendors?" to my Q&A.
I'm going to see what I can do about it before we leave town. Would like to get my money back, they owe us that. But who knows. On top of it all when I politely tried to talk to the president of the chamber about it she screamed at me, asked me why she should care, and told me that she provided us with 40,000 people and if we all FAILED to sell to them, that was our problem, not hers.
It was a nightmare. Just a total nightmare.
So.... trying to just let it go. I have a show starting on wednesday, setup is tomorrow. I like that hope of a new show. The anticipation is fun.
I'm making some booth modifications too.
I think I'll start adding pictures to the blog once we get through this show. In the meantime, if you have advice on confronting a board of directors, I'd be much obliged!