Lessons from Our New Vendor Venture
For the past two months, I have been busy working on a new venture. A good friend and I decided to become vendors at various fairs and festivals. We have visited a couple of different states, made a few dollars, and enjoyed some great music on our venture. As a new venture, we are still on a learning curve. We have had two really good events and two questionable events as far as earnings.
One lesson we have learned is that the product line and geographic location appear to play a huge role in our earnings. We sell commercial jewelry and skirts. We’ve worked in four very different locations at different types of events.
Our first event was a car rally in Arizona. I wasn’t very optimistic about our product line and the venue. It turned out to be our best earning event. The second event was a small community festival in Nevada, complete with a small midway. We did well there. Our third event was a county fair in Oregon, and we only just made expenses for our time. That event also included a midway. The last event we worked was a larger food related festival in Southern California. Again, we didn’t do as well. However, this event boasted the highest attendance. We were up against more competition than any of the other events.
That said, we have enjoyed some great scenery driving to and from events, met some interesting and colorful people, and consumed way too much fair food. I look forward to an interesting and fun year traversing the country with our wares.