This past Saturday (November 14, 2015) I had the pleasure of being a vendor at RetroGameCon. I was contacted beginning of June 2105 by the assistant director, and asked if I was interested in being a vendor for their convention. Well after a few months I decided to sign up. It took not even a week and my application was approved and then my fun began! I had so much to get done, and yet I still felt like I didn’t have enough items for the convention, I sold pillows, coasters, lanyards, dice bags & magnets.
I worked on stuff all the way up until Friday morning, Friday afternoon we were leaving for Syracuse (where the event was). I decided to get a hotel for the whole weekend this way I was already in the area since I had to be there so early in the morning on Saturday. We got to the hotel around 4ish, unpacked and relaxed for about 30 mins then I was able to head over to the building where the convention was being held to set up a day early. T thought it was awesome he got to go help mommy and daddy set up their table. Friday night, I didn’t get much sleep because I was so anxious and nervous. We got up at about 5:30 am and got ready to head over to the convention. We got there at like 7am and there wasn’t much people there yet setting up, and VIP was expected at 9am.
During the convention I seen so many different cosplay people and some of them were awesome and of course there were a few that made you think, wtf? lol. We had set up a TV and played classic Super Mario Bros. cartoon and it was awesome seeing kids get into watching it and hearing adults walk by saying they remember the show. I think I sold about half of everything I had brought with me. I wasn’t too worried about selling a lot, to me it was all about experience. The people there were so nice and awesome, I kept getting told by several people they loved my stuff.
Needless to say, I am definitely going to vendor next year for RetroGameCon, I learned that I need to definitely give myself more time to get stuff done, instead of waiting til the last minute to finish stuff lol. Some people gave suggestions to what to add next year, I’m looking into getting a banner for the shop. Also learned to bring something with me to work on, cause being there for 12 hours does take a tole on you when you have nothing to do lol. It was such an amazing time, I may have not gotten to walk around checking out other vendors, but I still had fun, it’s something I will never forget and hope to soon do this once again.