So we attended LI Geek Con this past weekend. it was completely awesome, and such a learning experience. This was our first Con as vendors, so lets just say it was overwhelming. There was a last-minute change of venue (not by choice) so it a was really difficult and clumsy starting point for all parties, but once we got into the swing of things (and accepted this is they way things are going, and to just roll with it) the weekend shaped up to be not half bad.
The first challenge was to set up the table! We bought all sorts of neat table stuff, so I wasn't worried. I knew the table was gonna be awesome, and would just be a matter of how I wanted everything layed out. I had experimented for hours on end at home in the weeks before to get a general idea of the setup I would like.
There are plenty of vendor essentials; tablecloth, baskets, jewelry displays, shelving units, racks, etc. but let me just say, that if you're planning on displaying ANYTHING, an absolute must-have would be a nifty little item called 'Design-a-Cubes.' I found mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond, but they can also be found at a bunch of stores including Walmart & Target. These can be built into a variety of stands or shelving units suited to your needs. The table would not have looked the same without them.
I bought two sets of Design-a-Cubes, and decided to use one for my dolls, and the other for my perler bead sprites. Both displays worked out perfectly.
Now for the con itself, unfortunately I did not have much occasion to leave the table, save for the necessary bathroom breaks, but I did not hear any murmurs of complaint among the attendees. But I did get the chance to meet some awesome new people, and hear about upcoming cons that we will definitely be attending.
One thing I learned is it feels really incredible to have someone stop in their tracks to admire your work. It feels even more incredible having someone take the time to stop and purchase your work. This may be something that artists may more easily identify with, but a little part of you goes into every piece of art you create, and it's a really amazing experience to have someone invite that part of you into their homes. I am forever grateful to all of my supporters and admirers.
Thank you, everybody, for making this an awesome first experience for us. See you at the next con!