Last weekend, we tabled again at North East Comic Con. I was again, very nervous to see how it would all go, but then it ended up being a success in the end.
The morning of each day was a little slow, but soon it picked up and a lot of people were stopping by to buy things (mostly because this time I brought around the Disco Fett helmet!) Plus, having some variety, ie magnets and stickers certainly helped as well. Also, I feel that we are so close to Christmas helped a bit. People were coming to the con to look for not only something for themselves, but also something for a loved one. The fact that our items were on the small side certainly made it easier for people to consider them as stocking stuffers! Saturday proved to be a strong day, but then Sunday, I figured I make our table a bit more interesting...
I decided to dress up as Disco Fett (sans the jacket since I did not want to die in the outfit) and not only hung out at the table, but also walked around and handed out cards. I not only made sure to get photos with people but also visit the many other vendors around the con. It was a really great experience. So many talented people were selling things and like me, were in all in the same boat. I felt a sense of camaraderie. In addition, I reconnected with some of the other exhibitors
I knew from before or I had met at previous shows, including The Indestructibles, Wolf Blair Creations, Tom Ryan's Studio and Kat Cuseo Art. It was great to once again network and catch up. It made the experience of going and tabling at the con that much more fun.
So, in short, it was a good experience. I was afraid that like the first time we did this, we would not sell anything, especially because the mornings were slow. However, I ended up being proved wrong since we ended up having people buy the designs, specifically the Doctor Who ones, on magnets and prints. Lots of people took my business card so hopefully I can make some more sales over the next coming weeks.
Will I do this again? Most likely. Northeast is definitely on the smaller side and while I've attended bigger cons as a patron, I am not sure I am ready to spend the money for a bigger con, ie Rhode Island or Boston, even though I could turn some sort of profit. I will however, try to table next December again and next June, I will just return as Disco Fett. I had a blast and I learned a lot. While I didn't make a ton, it was definitely more than the first time. Here's hoping things continue to get better each time we table.
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