For my 2nd year we attended Salt City Comic Con in Syracuse, NY as a vendor. Of course I was still working on stuff until just a few days before we left. We left out on Friday 07.06.2018 to head to Syracuse, this year we were going to stay at the hotel it was being hosted at, Embassy Suites Hilton. It was very pricey to stay there but was so worth every penny we put into it!! Our friend Crissy even drove all the way up from PA to hang out and spend the weekend with us!!
So, Friday we arrive in Syracuse and relaxed for a bit, then we went to get out badges and found out they were still trying to figure out how the layout was going to be for the outside vendors. We decided to head down to the pool for the Pikachu pool party, omg it was so much fun and Trent had a blast. Only complain was the water was salt water instead of chlorine.
Few hours later we got everything taken care of and got our booth location. We were just going to set up the canopy, tables and the wire shelves, however, after we get the canopy and tables set up, I realized I forgot my wire shelves back at home which is about 2.5 hours away, so there was no going back for them. So we ran to the local Walmart and they didn’t have any, found out a Kmart did but was already closed.
Saturday morning, we get up showered and dressed and decided to head down to the free breakfast. It was delicious and got to watch classic cartoons like Ghostbusters & Transformers. There was also cosplayers hanging out with everyone doing pictures. Trent was so excited he wanted his picture with Batman. After breakfast we quickly ran over to Kmart and got my wire shelves, go back and finish setting up. We had to be set up and ready to go by 10am for the VIPs to come thru, and we managed to do so. For Saturday we did really good, sold a bunch of stuff and there was always a crowd of people going thru, what helped was we had the food trucks in the area we were in.
We got free bowling passes so myself, Dave & Crissy went out and had an adult time just hanging out bowling, Trent stayed with his Gigi at the hotel. After bowling we decided to hit up the arcade, that was a lot of fun! Then, went to a shop and I bought my first manga and can’t wait to start reading it. We came back to the hotel and had a few drinks, well I had soda cause I don’t drink but it was still a nice time. I’ve never actually hung out like that before and it was quite relaxing and can’t wait to do it again sometime.
Sunday morning we get up and get stuff packed so we can sign out. We got up a bit too early and got ready too early so while myself and Dave was out setting up for convention, Trent & his Gigi hung out and went swimming. Then came time to sign out, after we did, Trent & his Gigi went to the zoo nearby. Boy, Trent had a good ol’ time at the zoo and took lots of pictures. For the convention, it was a much slower day for us, we barely had people coming into our booth. What hurt us was they took the food trucks out of the area we were in and put them outside so people didn’t have to come in. Them doing that hurt a lot of the vendors that was outside with us. I was lucky to have sold maybe 10 things from 10am – 5pm, it was that bad.
Overall, the convention wasn’t too bad, most vendors were inside and only a few outside. Like I mentioned Saturday was great for us, but come Sunday as usual it’s super slow and barely make anything. I love doing these conventions but I’m so tired of being disappointed because I’m not making much at them. So I think for right now I’m going to take a break and maybe see about getting into the local events if possible.