That’s right, a two day show.
This show is generally dedicated towards board games, but this year they’ve opened up space for 70 geek related artisan and memorabilia sellers. No mention of sports!
I have a few plans on improving performance over the last show. Namely, I have to take advantage of the space given to me. My domain is an 8-foot by 6-foot box and the since this is a two day event, I’m going all out. At this point I’m still trying to find a company that rents grid wall. If that fails, I have a wire and plastic shelf that I can use (contingency plan!). It’s far from ideal and it’s also pretty hideous, but it’s better than nothing.
My interactions with this company have so far felt far more professional than the last show. No preference was given to previous sellers, online registration only, and an actual website.
The only awkward part was no confirmation email. Not the end of the world but with the tables selling out in a matter of days, I was worried that I managed to screw something up.
This site was also supposed to be linked to from their website, but I was told that due to the coarse language found on this site, they would be unable to do so. I never felt that the language on this site was bad, but it seems that having a website that’s rated PG-13 could turn into a hindrance.
At this point I’m positive that I’ll not be using the same laundry rack display shelf. They’re estimating that there will be 2,000+ visitors to this event; I can’t take up half my table to have 12 figures cheaply hung on display. Although, I may alter the original design in order to elevate smaller items.
Now the crucial part, inventory, I need more. Lots more. As I’ve already dropped a grand on figures that I can’t sell, I don’t want to spend a lot more money, However, I need to be prepared. I’m currently budgeting to spend another 2-300 on eBay and 200 tops on thrift and discount stores. As everything is a rip-off in Canada, I’ll be heading to the U.S. over Christmas and will raid every Salvation Army, TJ Max, Target, and Wall-Mart in Northern NY. I’m still kicking myself for passing on four Transformers Generations Kups on sale at a TJ max for $7.
I’m also keeping an eye out for local comic lots for sale. I’d love to be able to pick up a couple of long boxes. My price point is 50 cents a comic. Tough to find in smaller lots but I’m staying optimistic.
That still doesn’t leave me with much; my only remaining option hurts but is a necessity. Sell my toys.
The only part of my childhood that wasn’t given away were my G.I. Joes. It’s been years since I’ve been through them. Off the top of my head, I’d estimate that I have around 10-20 vehicles and 75 figures. I’d be ecstatic if half of those were complete. When I’m not fighting hordes of Christmas shoppers, I’m going to be glued to the Ultimate Joe Identification Guide.
When I first got back into toys, Transformers was my meth. This coincided with the release of the first Transformers movie. Needless to say, my apartment is full of Bayformer junk. All of which are bad reminders and need to go.
I have a couple items that I’ll be sad to see go. I’ve been debating parting with my G1 Devestator, I really hate to see him go. I think I’ll overprice him and if someone offers me $225, I’d be an idiot not to sell. Otherwise, he can lean awkwardly on a shelf for a few more years.
A couple of years ago I picked up volumes 1 and 2 of Transformers: Premier Edition, I love these books and think that they look gorgeous on my shelf. Only after I bought them did I learn that the series wasn’t going to be continued. Not at all what I wanted to find out. If I do end up selling these, rather than reinvesting the money, I’ll blow it on collecting the still continuing Transformers: The IDW Collection.
Toys won’t be my only inventory. @christinemeh was generous enough to provide me with prints of her awesome Calvin and Hobbes Avengers and some other original artwork as well.
A diverse table should help me out this time. At the last show, it only took a seconds glance to see that I was only selling two different items.
The longer the glances the better, the more people I talk to the better. And maybe this time, I’ll sell more than three things.