MARCH event thread #1: possible swapmeet date
- Hello MARCHins,
There's a hamfest run by OMARC (Ocean-Monmouth Antique Radio Club, which is
another InfoAge tenant) on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the InfoAge campus. I think
that event happens in the building near the big satellite. It might be a
good idea for us to run a swapmeet on the same day in the main building.
If we shrink the booths to 6 feet wide by 4 feet deep, then we can fit about
35 sellers inside. We'd make it a "bring your own table" event (or milk
crates or whatever people choose), strictly limited to 6x4 feet per
purchased stall. The OMARC club charges $10 for a booth and I think that's
a reasonable amount, especially since we won't have to buy t-shirts and
pizza this time.
We heard a wide range of opinions (both on-list and messages sent to me
privately) about the scope of this event. The majority of people support
having the booths available for anyone to purchase (not just for MARCH
people), definitely limited to vintage gear, but with "vintage" not as
strictly enforced as at VCF (we'll look the other way if someone sticks a
'for sale' sign on his 386.) That way, we'll still attract lots of people
(just like at VCF East) and we won't step on the toes of TCF or other
mainstream computer shows.
I'm not sure if OMARC charges admission to their event. The flyer for their
April event says buyers get in for free, but I don't see how they possibly
make any money that way. I don't know if people will pay $10 to get in like
they did at VCF (since VCF is a much more specialized event), so perhaps we
could just make this one a flat cost of $5 a head, with 13 and younger free
Except for advertising and our incremental insurance bill (which we have to
pay anyway), our costs to host this event would be very low, so the revenue
would be almost all profit.
The event would be a nice option for people who either can't travel to
California for VCF 9 or can't wait until next spring for VCF East 4.0. :)
Let the feedback flow in! (Keep in mind that the actual date and OMARC
aspect is dependent on whether they like the idea. If they don't like it,
which is fine too, then we'll just pick a different date, perhaps the week
before on Sept. 30.)
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Evan Koblentz" <evan@...> wrote:
> Hello MARCHins,
> There's a hamfest run by OMARC (Ocean-Monmouth Antique Radio
> Club, which is another InfoAge tenant) on Saturday, Oct. 7,
> at the InfoAge campus. I think
> that event happens in the building near the big satellite.
> It might be a good idea for us to run a swapmeet on the
> same day in the main building.
It's possible the OMARC people would see MARCH as taking advantage of
their advertizing, and drawing some sellers from them and thus some
income. On the other hand, some kind of cooperation and a mutual event
could be mutually beneficial, and also make for good relations within
the InfoAge "family". I think the MARCH leadership should discuss this
directly with OMARC's hamfest committee and see what could be done
together; or whether the MARCH event should be seperate in time.
Seems to me there is not enough info about the OMARC event, most
notibly if they are charging admission. Every hamfest I've gone to
charged admission. If they charge admission, MARCH is in effect
contributing to the "gate", and so its involment is a plus for OMARC.
MARCH's involvement also helps those hamfests sellers who would not
otherwise bring that "old" computer stuff because of likely lack of
interest. And, if the event is done jointly, OMARC may appreciate a
few more hands in assistance. But it's also possible the OMARC event
and the club is well established, thank you, and "assistance" may not
I think it's reasonable to charge admission to attendees. A few
dollars will not stop anyone who is coming to buy something, or to
just look around. October is pretty late, so it will be chilly and
weather may not suit an outdoor event - but do we have HEAT for an
indoor event? Otherwise October provides four months of time to
prepare the site and get the word out, assuming it takes a month to
decide whether it's a "go" or not.
Thanks to Evan for persuing this.
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