After the last vendor event, I've been a little hesitant to hand my money over for a vendor space. There have been several events that I came across that wanted over $150 for a vendor space. I am definitely not established enough to be able to afford that type of fee, essssspecially after my last experience. As a business owner, you have to assume that you won't recoup those fees, so you have to ask yourself if you can afford to be out that type of money. Not only is it money; it's time. Can you afford to be at an event for almost an entire day, basically for free? Because if you don't make a profit, you are paying someone to sit in a space for 8 hours.
Mi Gente Comes Through
La Pulga Flea Market hosts a vendor event every month and it is always well-attended. They do a great job of interacting with the community through social media and for providing an inexpensive space for vendors to sell their wares. I had tried to apply for a space for a previous event, but they get filled up fast. So, when I saw the most recent event open up, I submitted my application immediately. Luckily I was selected to be a vendor and once I paid my fee I received my confirmation. The fee was minimal compared to other fees that I had paid and that I had been seeing recently, so I was a lot more confident preparing for this event.
The week leading up to the event I made sure to push out a lot of info through social media, and La Pulga (if I tagged them) would always re-share my posts. Anyone that tagged them would have their posts re-shared as well. It was a great way for the organizers to create positive connections with the vendors and the community; it really showed that they were paying attention and that they weren't just herding the cats through the door. And as promised, a few days before the event I received my information packet with all the pertinent information. Everything was pretty self-explanatory so I was pretty pumped.