So I know that you have been waiting paitently for a post on the show. Ok maybe not, but I thought I would write something anyways.
So early Friday morning I rented a truck and went to the shop and loaded it up with a good friend. (whom I will talk about more later) We headed off to the great unknown. We got to the show to set up at 11 am. It was in a really cool old theater, that was 3 levels. What I didn’t expect was that the displays would be on all 3 levels and in every knuck and crannie in the place. Of course I was the last guy to sign up for the show, so I ended up on the 3rd floor with one other vendor. But there were other spots that I considered much worse than mine.
First thing we had to do was unload the truck and move it because of all the other vendors needed the space for there trucks as well. Then I find my spot only to find that the pipe and drape that I had ordered was not set up. As I found those that were in charge, I was told where the pipe and drape were and how many piece I would need to set it up. Needless to say I was put off from the very beginning. But the set up went really smooth and everything came out fine in the end.
The show opened the next morning @ 10 am. From that point until Sunday night @ 5pm I think there were about 150-200 people max that came and walked through the show. Now I know that this was the first time they had held this show in Baltimore, but man was I expecting a few more people than that. All in all I have to say that at least my furniture was seen and business card were handed out. So I don’t consider it a waste or a failure.
What was crazy about the show was that my good friend Dalyn and I both have been doing quite a bit of home brewing over the last couple of months. I forgot to metion that Dalyn did the art work in the booth, he is extremely talented so you should check his stuff out. But we decided that it might be a good gimmick to get people into the booth if we brought down some home brewed Root Beer and Ginger Ale. So he bottled up some of his Ginger Ale and I made a keg of Root Beer and off to the show with labeled bottles and plastic shot glasses in hand.
Well the third guy into the booth tasted the Ginger Ale and bought a bottle from us, I thought “wow that was cool” but that was it. Over the next 4 hours we quickly became known as the guys upstairs with the amazing sodas. Vendors were leaving there booths to come up and try some of our stuff. People were spreading the word so fast that we sold out all the 1 liter flip top bottles that we had brought and emptied the entire keg. On Sunday I actually had a few people come up to the booth just to buy more of our Sodas. They told that they had been to a friends house the night before and had bought some our sodas. There they sampled and paid 10 dollars just to get into the show to come up and buy some more. Unfortunately we had sold out the day before. But man I could not believe the response.
So this has spawned another venture. We shall see how it goes, believe I will try to keep this blog up to date.
You can also check out some other photos here.