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« on: April 26, 2004 09:13:50 PM »

Im thinking that I want to put together a little local clothing swap meet. At first I was thinking I could do it at a house with just friends and friends of friends. Everyone bring a few items from their closet and trade for some new clothes and accessories. Then I started thinking bigger. Maybe I could rent out a hall somewhere and really make it something special. Perhaps charge five bucks a head or something, and advertise @ local record stores, thrift shops, etc. and by some good word of mouth. I know I'm rambling on, so let me get to my main question. Has anyone done anything like this before? How did it work out? Can anyone offer me some tips? I think this would be a really fun thing to do, and perhaps, if I really think it out, it could be a profitable thing. Well, thanks ahead for any information you can offer.
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2004 05:39:17 AM »

Well, no, i haven;'t had one but ihave been to one.  I paid 5 bucks to get in and then swapped away. i came home with in style, quality stuff that was totally new. i have come back quite a few times and it's always pretty packed.  It was a little slower before but i think that it would be worth the wait.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2004 07:03:15 AM »

Hey there ,

It sounds like a great idea to me. I think the key would be to have a lot of crafty contact people and friends and yes, advertising in record stores and the like.

I'm not too sure about charging people for the privelege to attend the swap meet - what if people just wanted to look around?

I've been encouraged by a lot of people on Crafster to just get out and do it (markets and things). I guess really you just gotta get the guts and give it a go, if it doesn't work out then you can at least say that you tried it right?

If all else fails, there's always the swap threads on Crafster  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2004 10:49:56 AM »

Hey, thanks for the tips. The only reason I was thinking of charging is because if it is to be held at a rented hall, I'll need to cover the $300 cost of the place, thats all. Do you think it could still be successful?
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2004 11:49:53 AM »

It really could be successful. It just all depends on your contacts and the effort you're willing to put in (as I mentioned above).

If the hall costs $300 to rent for the day and you're charging $5 then you'd need at least 60 people to attend. I still dunno about the charging bit, maybe you could make some of the $300 an alternative way - selling cupcakes or something that you baked the night before! And then you can get them to pay maybe a couple a bucks. That seems better than $5.

Or maybe scour around to find a lower cost place - a park or parking lot or something.

Hope it all goes really well and that you have fun while doing it!

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