I promised you a report on our experience with the Topanga Vintage Fair. So here it is.
Bottom line- we didn’t do as well as we hoped. Circe sold the most at $60, JP sold about $46 and I only made $15.
We crawled out of our warm bed/couches at 4AM, dressed and left with high hopes, in our 2 cars, both packed to the top with tables, chairs, canopies, paintings, jewelry and other vintage items selling for from $.50 to $150. It took the 3 of us several minutes to get the first canopy set up. Then we put out our treasures. Jennifer had the most items. She was still adding to her display several hours after the Fair opened at 8am.
As the day progressed the weather got hotter and the sunlight covered part of our display, so Jen and Circe set up the 2nd smaller canopy we had which helped immensely. Although it did not prevent the smoke to drift into our space from the man who had a booth next to ours and began smoking his huge cigar. He did this in a smoke free event. The smoke caused Jennifer to feel sick. So after a polite request to him which he not only ignored, but became quite angry, Jen went to the officials who told him he had to stop.
Circe had mostly vintage camera items which were quite popular. She also had a lot of little vintage items and 1 large musical instrument like a dulcimer which she had priced at $80. Unfortunately it did not sell, but had a lot of lookers.
Jennifer had many paintings, jewelry, shoes, lots of shoes, hand painted T-shirts, which I thought would go like hotcakes, but didn’t, and other vintage items. She didn’t get the interest in them that she hoped for and didn’t sell any of the paintings or T-shirts.
My table was filled with vintage items of all sorts and handcrafted bracelets and necklaces. I sold 1 little bracelet, 1 small necklace and 2 containers of vintage keys.
I had 1 lady very interested in my hand painted blouse, but said she couldn’t afford it. She didn’t even ask for a discount which I probably would have given her.
All in all, it was a lot of work and not worth the time and effort. We will not be repeating in a couple of months with Christmas items. Maybe the lack of buyers was a result of it being on a holiday weekend. There just didn’t seem to be the large number of visitors that I had seen at my visits to the earlier Fairs.