Greetings Oddmall Vendors (and Potential Vendors),
Andy here. I’m about to plop down some important gab about all sorts of Oddmall vendor related things. Here’s a bullet list of salient points in case you lack the inclination to read the whole thing:
- Vendor Setup: Friday 12pm-10pm, Saturday 7am-10am
- Preview Show: Friday 6pm-8pm. The preview is optional and we will be there to keep an eye on things if you decide not to participate.
- Where is my booth? Am I signed up for this show? You can find a complete vendor list on the website by clicking here.
- How should vendors unload? Pull up in the alley behind the big concrete awning and unload there. We will have peeps onhand to assist you in finding your booth. Once you have unloaded you can park in the lot behind the building.
- Will carts be on hand? Yes. Because they are awesome, the Cultural Center for the Arts will provide six carts for our use. Please feel free to bring your own, too.
- Is it cool if I leave early? No, it is not cool.
- What live entertainment will there be? So much great stuff. Read on to learn more.
- What if there’s a blizzard? If we have to cancel the show because of bad weather we will reschedule for a later date or apply your booth fee toward a future show.
- Will there be food? Yes! In fact, Stray Dog will be catering inside.
- Wi-fi: Yes, there is free wi-fi at the venue.
- How can we sign up for the next Oddmall? You can sign up for all Ohio Oddmall shows at www.oddmall.info or in person at the show.
- Are there any booths left? There are currently a small number of spaces available for this show. Visit www.oddmall.info as soon as possible to reserve one! If you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible.
- What advertising has been done? Newspaper ads and articles. Lots of facebook ads. Flyers. Various othernesses.
- How can we help spread the word? Tell everyone! Also, see below.
- Booth Design: You can basically set up your booth however you want as long as it isn’t obstructive to your neighbors and you remain within your territory. There are tips below.
- Do you have any tips for new vendors? Yes indeed, but they are too detailed to include in this bullet list. Please read them below.
- What about tables? If you did not reserve a table when you made your booth reservation you can either bring your own or rent one for $10. If you need to rent one please let Andy know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Vendor Setup Information
Here’s the meat of the matter. Oddmall: Chrishanukwanzmadan will feature a special treat for all you wonderful artists and vendors out there. I’m talking about FRIDAY SETUP!!!! Yes indeed, by popular demand and because we love you, vendor setup will begin at 12pm on Friday. We’ll have ten hours on Friday (12pm until 10pm) for vendors to move in and work on their awesome booth displays. We’ll also have three hours on Saturday (7am-10am) for the same. Oddmall staff will be onsite decorating and setting up our own jazz most of the day Friday, so if you are inclined to help us out in that regard you are welcome to show up any time after 11:00am (you can also set up your own stuff then if you want).
The Friday Preview
Anyone who is set up Friday evening is invited to participate in a special Friday evening preview show. There will still be vendors setting up during this time, but people attending Friday night’s performance of A Christmas Carol will be invited to shop with anyone who is ready.
Friday December 7th: 12:00pm-10:00pm (earlier if you want to help decorate).
Saturday December 8th: 7:00am-10:00am (The show starts at 10:00, so please be ready to go by then).
Chrishanukwanzmadan ends at 5:00pm on Sunday December 8th. PLEASE DO NOT CLOSE DOWN EARLY. Closing your booth early is very unprofessional and makes everyone look bad. It disrespects the show, exhibits contempt for your fellow vendors, and brings shame and disgrace onto your family name for generations to come. It is normal for things to die down considerably during the last hour or so of any show. If that happens, please use the time to make some new friends or maybe do some shopping yourself. If you have an emergency and must leave early please let a staff member know and we will assist you.
Loading and Unloading
When you arrive, please pull up under the huge concrete roof thingy (you can’t miss it). There are three entry doors and we will be using the ones on the North and West sides of the building for loading and unloading. Carts will be on hand for your use. Please attempt to unload your jazz in as orderly and efficient a manner as possible so the next person in line won’t have to wait too long. We will have volunteers to help you move your things and direct you to your booth.
Once you have unloaded your vehicle please park in the lot behind the art museum.
We have a full roster of fantastic entertainment planned. All these shows take place on the Oddmall Stage, which is located right behind booths 109 and 110. There are still a few changes being made, so you’ll get the skinny in person.
Yeah, but, like, it’s December, dude… What if there’s, like, a blizzard or something?
It is indeed December. While we’ve had a very mild winter so far there always remains the slight change of a horrific blizzard, winter storm, or giant monster attack. In the unlikely event we are forced to cancel the event due to weather or circumstances beyond our control we will reschedule or apply your booth fee toward a future Oddmall show.
Will there be food?
THERE WILL BE FOOD!!!!!!!
What about Wi-Fi? I can’t live without my Wi-Fi. Will there by Wi-Fi? Tell me there will be Wi-Fi!!!! There will be Wi-Fi, right?
Network Name: ArtsinStark Guest
Network Key: sorciere
How can we sign up for the next Oddmall?
You can sign up right now for Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird, Oddmall: Expedition Elsewhere, at www.oddmall.info.
We will also be offering signups for those shows as well as Oddmall: Hallowondrous, Con on the Cob, and, hopefully, Oddmall: Riverside Ramble at Chrishanukwanzmadan. Greg will collect the appropriate forms at your booth on Sunday (or you can bring them to the Oddmall Souvenirium any time during the show). *Please fill out your forms COMPLETELY and HAVE PAYMENT READY before turning them in. *Please write down at least 3 preferred space choices. Due to the increased number of vendors we are unable to tell you your assigned booth number until we go through all of the forms after the show. We are also unable to tell you what other vendors have chosen. However, you do have dibs on your current space, and we do go in the order forms are turned in. (Hint: turn them in early!)
How can I help spout the gab?
Keep on doing what you’re doing. Tell everybody you know. Post on the facetweets and the instabooks and all those other fun places. Feel free to nab art from the website for that purpose. #oddmallohio
What can we do with our booths?
As long as your jazz remains within the confines of your prescribed area you can do just about anything. There are limits, of course. Any nekkid boobies and such should be covered by a cloth or something so casual walkersby of a delicate persuasion are not offended. Remember, this is Oddmall, not Granny’s Old-Fashioned Country Quilt Jamboree. We want you to have fun and make an impression. Decorate your booth (and yourself)! Have a blast and make your booth stand out.
Every 6’x8′ booth includes two chairs. You can either rent a table for $10 or bring your own. If you have not yet rented a table and you want one please use the registration form. You are welcome to bring whatever else you want as long as it isn’t illegal and it fits in your booth. You can arrange your tables and chairs however you want (or get rid of them entirely). I’ll have more tips on that in the next chunk.
Many of you are experienced craft show and comic con vendors but to a significant number of you Oddmall: Expedition Elsewhere is your very first show. We want it to be a successful one. Here are some bits of tid I’ve picked up throughout the years that may help you. These nuggets may not work for everyone, so adherence is not required. They are simply things I’ve noticed and advices I give freely unto you. To spice things up, pretend you found them inside a fortune cookie.
She who sits around looking surly or bored and doesn’t engage her customers is doomed before she even begins.
He who uses a Square Reader to take credit card payments is wise beyond that guy who doesn’t.
She who fails to prepare prepares to fail.
It is a wise man who brings items with an assortment of price points.
A righteous neighbor is kind and helpful to those on either side of herself. Potty break-spotters are more easily garnered from friends than from enemies.
A well organized and attractive booth is a key to prosperity.
She who looks both ways before crossing the street probably won’t get hit by a duck.
Wise is the vendor who remembers to bring cash with which to make change.
An auspicious artist respects the venue and those around her.
A sagacious vendor realizes things take time to accomplish and shows up early enough to get everything done before the show begins.
Seriously, engage your customers. You’re not just selling your art or your spatulas or whatever, you are selling yourself. People like to have a story to tell about the art they buy. Talk with your peeps and make them feel welcome at your booth whether they buy anything or not.
Be memorable for the right reasons. If your name is Dick it’s ok to be one, but otherwise it is not.
You can sit down if you want to. Personally, I never sit down at shows. I usually arrange my jazz behind and around me, creating an environment that people can walk into. It feels more like a shop than a booth and allows me to interact with people much more easily than if I were sitting behind a table. I realize this stopped sounding like a fortune cookie a while ago but for some reason I’m still using italics.
Wear a costume if you want. Dye your hair a funky color. Stand out from the crowd (but not in an obnoxious way).
Your jazz is probably awesome, but it’s not for everyone. Remember that.
It takes time to develop a fan base. If you don’t sell a lot at your first show don’t give up. This is an introduction, not a third date.
I think that should about cover it, although I’m sure I’m missing something important. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know. HAVE AN AWESOME ODDMALL!!!!!
See you Friday (or Saturday).