Participating at MAAD on 1st April 2016

1:04 PM artcher 0 Comments

I'm not a avid flea market seller, so when I choose to go to MAAD (Market of Artists And Designers), I tried to do my research online about other seller's feedback. But apparently there wasn't enough accurate information online base on my own experience from yesterday night.

After registering on MAAD's Facebook page form 3 weeks before the event, I received a reply to confirm my place about 1 week later,  which left slightly less than 2 weeks to prepare my stock.

A reminding email from the organizer was received 1 day before the event, stated that participants were to report at 4.15pm. So I 'naively' arrived at 4pm, only to realize later from another vendor that there're many experience vendors who arrived as early as 2pm (or even earlier which I do not know…) to register their prime booth spot base on a first-come-first-serve system. So you can imagine that I feel like a 'cuckoo bird', choosing from the remaining 'unseen and unwanted' table at the 'back lane'. (This reminds me of our country's housing system many years ago when people camp 2 or 3 days  to queue for a number in order to choose a housing flat unit base on a first-come-first-serve system. Now it has become a fair and square draw lots system. ***Applause)

Again, the email also mentioned that the event is at 'full capacity' this month, but from my 'back lane' photo there're about 6 to 8 empty tables… so I wonder now if the email is a template file which they forgot to update. The empty tables at the 'back lane' is a eye sore in my opinion because it's discouraging people to make the effort to walk inside and explore more. Some people who came to look for my booth actually couldn't find my table as they totally miss that 'back lane'….. :( (I paid the same fee ley..) I think they should just remove the 'back lane' tables.. I know I'm being naive again, it's money-making-tables for the organizer.

At the end of my stay (5pm - 11.20pm), my 2 sales record did not even cover my rental fee.

In conclusion, I don't think I'll join MAAD again unless it's a 'Draw Lots System to Choose Your Booth' and without 'Back Lane' tables for vendor.

*I know perfectly well that people generally dislike those who write negative remarks or feedback on social media about another party, but let this be my little sacrifice in the hope for something better to arise.