I sent an email yesterday with important information about Oddmall: Riverside Ramble. After I pressed the SEND button I realized I left a few things out. I will post them here now. Following the new info you can find yesterday’s message with all the relevant jazz about setup times and whatnot. There will even be a handy set of dashed lines to separate the new stuff from the old stuff.
1. The address is 1200 Stadium Park Drive, Canton, Ohio. Please enter from the northern end of Stadium Drive off Fulton. Go south on Stadium and you’ll see us at the end of the road. We are using pretty much the whole place south of the Garden Center.
2. It is definitely alright to CAMP OVERNIGHT in the park. We will have some staff members onsite overnight to keep an eye on things and vendors are invited to do the same. We got special permission from Leslie Knope.
3. Please make sure your canopies and tents adhere to the fire code. This means they must either be staked down or have each leg weighted down with at least 40 pounds of weight. 5 gallon buckets filled with water are a useful item to accomplish such a state.
4. If anyone is interested in being a consignor at Oddmall Outpost: Assembly of Odd, the new Oddmall consignment store and awesome hangout realm (which should be opening in August) please visit www.oddmalloutpost.com to see what it’s all about. Click the consignment info link for the requisite paperwork and you can bring your items to the show this weekend for us to take with us, if you want…
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Vendor Setup Information – Oddmall: Riverside Ramble 2018
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:
How should vendors unload? You can pull right up to your booth and even park your car nearby. No worries.
Is it cool if I leave early? Please stick around for the whole show if you can.
What live entertainment will there be? So much great stuff. Read on to learn more.
What if there’s a blizzard? It’s July. I doubt there will be a blizzard. If we have to cancel the show because of bad weather we will reschedule for a later date.
Will there be food? Yes! Several food trucks and food vendors will be located in the parking area at the southern end of the event.
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. Read on for some important and exciting information about signups for future shows!
Are there any booths left? There are currently spaces available for this show. If you want additional space or have friends who want space please visit www.oddmall.info to make your reservation.
What advertising has been done? We have placed ads in TEN different local newspapers. There is supposed to be an article in the Canton Repository this week. We have done extensive advertising on facebook and other social media.
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.
Despite assurances from the city over the past year that the construction on 13th Street and the southern section of Stadium Park would indeed be completed in time for Oddmall: Riverside Ramble the construction is, in fact, not complete. This means a significant chunk of the space we are supposed to be using is now inaccessible, as are two of the bridges and the southern entrance. I do not know what affect this will have on our attendance (although I plan to spend the afternoon crossing the fingers of every superstitious person in the general vicinity and also spreading flyers and signs all over the area). This also, unfortunately, means our current map is pretty much obsolete. We will try to accommodate every vendor into a space as close to the one originally selected, but we will have to do some creative cartography once we’re on site. There is still plenty of room, it’s just different than the map. As an additional change, due to the fact that two of the bridges are closed, we will be putting all of the vendors into Village One. Village Two has now been annexed by Village One. Citizens rejoice!
Because I feel bad about the construction issues, and also because I love you all, I will be issuing a coupon for $40 OFF booth rental totals made onsite by Riverside Ramble vendors for future Oddmall shows. This discount is in addition to any other discounts or bargains that might be included on the signup form.
Vendor Setup Information
Here’s the meat of the matter. Oddmall: Expedition Elsewhere 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 4pm on Friday. We’ll have six hours on Friday (4pm 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).
Saturday July 28th: 6:00am -11:00pm (The show starts at 11:00). Sunday July 29th: 8:00am-10:00am (The show starts at 10:00).
Loading and Unloading
Please arrive from the NORTH section of Stadium Drive. The SOUTH entrance is still closed due to construction, unfortunately (see above). We will be utilizing the area south of the Garden Center. Vendors will be able to park behind or near their booths, so setup should be a breeze. Oddmall staff and volunteers will be on location to assist you.
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, but currently the schedule looks like this:
12pm- Patrick Masalko
2:00pm- Micah Foster
3pm- Cosplay Contest &
The Cavalcade of Costumed Critters
4pm- Eyeball Float
5pm- Full Circle Storytelling
1pm- Mark & Kylan’s Random Ramble
2pm- Michael McFarland
4pm- Eyeball Float
5pm- Elmer Wood
11am- Tangent-bound live
1pm- Shuvani Dance Company
2:00pm- Mark & Kylan’s Random Ramble
3pm- Cosplay Contest &
The Cavalcade of Costumed Critters
4pm- Eyeball Float
12pm- Pozzezzed One
1pm- Michael McFarland
2pm- Sean Benjamin
3pm- Cosplay Contest
4pm- Eyeball Float
Will there be food?
THERE WILL BE FOOD!!!!!!!
Several food trucks and food vendors will be located at the southern end of the event.
How can we sign up for the next Oddmall?
You can sign up right now for Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird, Riverside Ramble, Rubber City Rumpus, Hallowondrous, Oddmall: Chrishanukwanzmadan, and Oddmall: Expedition Elsewhere at www.oddmall.info.
We will also be offering signups for those shows at Riverside Ramble. Amy, Krystal, and Brent will collect the appropriate forms to your booth on Sunday (or you can bring them to the Oddmall Souvenirium at the northern end of the village 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.
You are welcome to bring whatever 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. For now, though, please enjoy these pictures of some snazzy booth designs from previous Oddmall shows:
How about some tips for new vendors?
Sure thing. 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).
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