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Topic: Talk about GTFM . . .
Message: Posted by: sethb (Jun 12, 2010 07:19PM)
I've now received two return invites from Xmas Bazaars that I worked last year, which is nice. But -- they want me to send in my spot fee before July 1st -- for a show that isn't happening until November!

I could maybe see this if we were talking about a huge state fair or something. But an Xmas Bazaar? I'll send them in, but it takes a bit of the Xmas glow off of things, at least in my opinion! SETH
Message: Posted by: DonDriver (Jun 12, 2010 07:28PM)
I would gift wrap the check with a note " Not to be open till Christmas" with a posted dated check for the date of the envent.


Don
Message: Posted by: Jon-O the Great (Jun 13, 2010 07:45AM)
You're ALWAYS on top of things, Don! ;-) Great idea. By the way, saw David Walker and Brian yesterday at the gun show in Dallas. David mentioned he's looking for an additional YOUNG guy he can train to work with him at some State fairs. When he looked at me, he emphasized YOUNG! ;-)

Jon
Message: Posted by: sethb (Jun 14, 2010 08:26AM)
Somebody is going to have a great opportunity to learn from the Master.

And Jon -- we're not getting older, we're getting better! :) SETH
Message: Posted by: Jon-O the Great (Jun 14, 2010 09:50AM)
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On 2010-06-14 09:26, sethb wrote:...And Jon -- we're not getting older, we're getting better! :) SETH
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Boy, do I have YOU fooled! :)

By the way, Brian is now selling cards for $7. I didn't know it until near the end of the show. Brian says I'm no competition anyway, so they never mentioned it to me. He does the "Larceny" trick as part of his demo, so it's longer. Looks like I'm REALLY gonna have to start selling worms now.

Jon
Message: Posted by: Rod Pringle (Jun 15, 2010 08:15AM)
Hello Jon:

In my book...competition in any form SUCKS. hahahaha

Jon, how is that hot weather working out down in Texas? Nothing but tornado watches and rain , plus some lovely wind for us up here. All in all its been a real crappy season weather wise so far this year.

Hope your season is going well .

ROD
Message: Posted by: sideshowsam (Jun 15, 2010 09:21AM)
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On 2010-06-15 09:15, Rod Pringle wrote:
Hello Jon:

In my book...competition in any form SUCKS. hahahaha

Jon, how is that hot weather working out down in Texas? Nothing but tornado watches and rain , plus some lovely wind for us up here. All in all its been a real crappy season weather wise so far this year.

Hope your season is going well .

ROD
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Competition only sucks if you're not on top of your game....
Message: Posted by: Rod Pringle (Jun 15, 2010 11:26AM)
SIDESHOW SAM:

I was posting to Jon. Please don't comment on any more of my posts. Thank you

Rod Pringle
Message: Posted by: sideshowsam (Jun 15, 2010 11:38AM)
To everyone out there

I am making a general observation that if you go to a spot and set up say your t-shirt joint..it does suck when another t-shirt joint comes along, but hey if it was me it would make me want to have the BEST t-shirt joint out there so I could GTFM.

In Michigan we have Charter Schools and the competition they provide makes our public school system better - so competition in any venue whether it be pitching, t-shirts, schools or piano tuning is always a good thing and should serve to sharpen everyone out there.

Rod - this is a forum open to members - last time I checked I can post and comment where I see fit - take personal posts to the Private Message system....

./sam
Message: Posted by: JoeJoe (Jun 15, 2010 12:00PM)
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On 2010-06-12 20:19, sethb wrote:
they want me to send in my spot fee before July 1st -- for a show that isn't happening until November!
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These shows generally have to pay their bills upfront, so they like to get their money as soon as they can. If it's a good show for you, I wouldn't worry about it.

-JoeJoe
Message: Posted by: Jon-O the Great (Jun 15, 2010 12:21PM)
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On 2010-06-15 09:15, Rod Pringle wrote:...Jon, how is that hot weather working out down in Texas?[/quote]
Actually, I have been doing shows outside TX for the past couple of weeks--OK computer show, Studebaker Int'l car show (Phoenix) and Kingman gun show. Finally did a gun show in Dallas last weekend, where I saw Brian and David.

Hot as the dickens in AZ and Big D. Fortunately, was inside all the time, except when I took pix of the Studebakers (I'm a Stude freak.) I may be doing an outside festival this weekend--too many gun shows, some not so good and 2 in Houston--and not many good fairs. And http://www.eventcrazy.com isn't helping much. :(

Jon
Message: Posted by: Rod Pringle (Jun 15, 2010 12:53PM)
Hi Jon:

I am seriously thinking of working indoors only from now on. The big thing with that for me is, NO TENT and NO WIND. I almost lost my tent two weeks ago in the wind. Been eyeing some fairs too, but space is really high.

Have a good season!

ROD
Message: Posted by: sethb (Jun 15, 2010 02:10PM)
In my experience, when the weather is good, the outdoor shows are where the big money is. Nothing like a beautiful Spring or Fall day, with the smell of kettle corn and lemonade in the air, to get people in a good (spending!) mood. Plus, the magic pitch really seems to fit in well at these events, and people are willing to stop, watch and spend.

But when the weather doesn't cooperate, it can really stink and make life miserable for all concerned. I have seen some street festivals where it is so hot that people just don't have the energy to make the entire circuit, let alone stop and watch, enjoy and buy something. And it's no fun for the vendors, either!

The wind is another problem. I can work the cards and the worms up to about 10-15 mph. In fact, a little breeze is a good thing! But anything over that, the worms will not work properly and stuff starts flying around, it's not a good situation. And we won't even discuss rain . . . . This year has not been a good one in the weather department for me.

I always figured that pitching the tent was just part of the deal and came with the territory. Fortunately, I can pitch my tent by myself pretty easily. And I always stake and guy my tent and have not had a blowdown. (If you're not on grass, think four cinder blocks, about $10 at your local Home Depot). But no tent is strong enough to withstand really heavy gusts, no matter how well it's staked.

So I'm thinking indoors, too -- those Xmas fairs are good for that reason, even if they all want their table fees in June and you have to listen to Bing Crosby sing "White Christmas" about 300 times. SETH
Message: Posted by: Rod Pringle (Jul 8, 2010 08:08AM)
Sideshow Sam:

Sorry about my post on June 15, you are right, this is a public forum and open to all, I was wrong, no hard feelings intended, just a bad day I guess, I totally apologize.

ROD
Message: Posted by: sideshowsam (Jul 8, 2010 09:19AM)
Rod,

no problem - have a great day today!

./sam
Message: Posted by: Rod Pringle (Jul 8, 2010 09:39AM)
Thanks Sam!
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jul 8, 2010 11:35AM)
I thought I was gonna have to knock you two guys heads together. :)
Message: Posted by: Rod Pringle (Jul 8, 2010 03:37PM)
OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!