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SF Flea Market

The SF flea market at the Merril on Saturday didn't go too badly, but I was quite disappointed with the turnout. I'd say maybe 70-odd members of the public went thru the room the whole day. That said, people at least made their costs back and a bit on top, and some people seemed fairly pleased with the social and networking opportunities provided, but most didn't sell near as much as they hoped too. Still, no one seemed mad at me which is a good thing.

I do think I pushed no-cost advertising for the event as far as I reasonably could (notice in NOW that week, the local con discussion boards and mailing lists, poster and flyers in the local comics stores, used CD/book/DVD places). I wanted to try and do some postering up and done College a few days before, but didn't have the time/energy. So I don't think that was a problem. It was our first year, so simple word-of-mouth might bring in more people next year.

I'm trying to think now what we can do to bring more people in next year (hold in conjunction with a larger event?), and I'll be asking for feedback shortly from everyone who attended. Any ideas?

It was also the 10th anniversary of the Lillian H. Smith branch (Good Grief, it's been that long) that day, which we hoped would bring more general public in as well. There was cake and a lion dance. Best PA announcement in a long time, "The Lion Dance will be delayed as part of the lion is stuck in traffic".

I personally managed to sell a whole bunch of anime DVDs I wasn't really interested in (got them from Rue Morgue when I doing reviews for them), and a small pile of books. While I made some purchased myself, I managed to take home less than what I bought.

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Glad to be of service! :)

Halloween is a touchy weekend, yup. Maybe next year move it up a weekend or so, get more flyers out in the neighborhood. I think the second year will get more people, if only to spark the idea in the heads of the people who knew about the first one but were too busy. "Oh yeah, I missed it last year, we should go this year." That's what they'll say.

Also maybe clarify on the flyer that a "swap meet" does not necessarily entail swapping. It's kind of a west coast term, I guess. I always wanted to do something like this in Atlanta but never got the chance, so it's awesome we've got one in Toronto now.

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