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Ive been contacted in regards to getting traders for a show

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Its a music festival, folky type and its in May, I don't think it clash's with any major shows, it will be no good for traders who only trade to reenactors but may be good for traders who sell to Mop's as well, its a very family orientated festival, brilliant music and its to raise money for charities, we did it this year, it was cold, and as it was the first one they only were allowed to sell 1500 tickets, it sold out in days, this year its going to be a lot bigger, over three days. they are after stalls that aren't your usual plastic tat, this years was brilliant and as its family oriented it lacks the chavvy element of many usual festivals
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hi would be interested
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I need your number m8, Ive been talking to the organisor about a couple of things he might want to do and Ive got the go ahead for a few little ideas :D
Here is the website

http://www.beardedtheory.co.uk/indexold.html

I know its a different sort of show for most but I think its got real potential, last year was freezing cold, rained on and off and was still sold out :D , the music line up is very good as well, if anyone else wants details please contact me :D
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Oooh, that looks fun, particularly for the kids, will pass on details to a few seriously hippy mates, and even if I can't go to trade they may like to go for the do.
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Am I being stupid? I went to the website which says you can download a trader's application form but nothing happens.
I was just idly wondering the prices of a pitch.
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Might be interested here too, the Dwarven Battle Bonnets might go down well, all depends on pitch cost and stuff though

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Hi Sally, I'm thinking I probably can't afford it, too, but I started off my career at the ILHF by sharing a pitch then subletting bits so something to bear in mind.........I may be up for going halves. It would be my Little Chile stuff I'd be pushing.
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Now that may be a very cunning plan m'dear, its a only a little bit of my range that I think might suit- the silly hats and loud socks probably, so a stall share might be just the ticket :)

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I will get in contact with the chap this week and pass on your interest, the pitch fee was reasonable last year, though cant remember what it was :lol:
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If you read my PM thankyou, Martin, for being my shoulder to cry on.

For anyone following Martin's link - it opens the website in HTML and the first time none of the links worked and now I've calmed down some of the links don't work.
If you choose to view it in Flash it seems to be OK.
For anyone trying to access the traders application form this works (for me) http://www.beardedtheory.co.uk/BT%20Tra ... 202009.pdf

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I'm really sorry hon but I haven't had a PM of you in ages 'n' ages :) , is there a prob with PM's getting through again ?
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No probs darling, I'll send you an email.
I've got more I want to say/ask.

The PM was sent when I was all hot and bothered :oops: ,
I'm as cool as a cucumber now. 8)

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PS I've got a price for a stall, Sally, but I'm still negotiating.
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I hope you guys dont think Im being bumptious but I thought Id post a reply to an email with some questions about the festival, Im just offering advice about trading in festys for those that choose to try it this year, Im not trying to teach anyone to suck eggs lol :lol: , its just a different market area that we've spent a few years in and if anyone has any queries about it we're more than willing to help if we can,
1. When you were there last year - is about £150 what he charged you and how much space did you get?.......... Thats about right and I had our van with an awning coming off it, I will mention to him that reenactor type traders have bigger stalls but have interesting stalls that make a good back drop to add to the festival and sell hand made items etc not imported tat from gazebo's and see if we can come to some arrangement about pitch size lol

2. On one day trading at that festival were your takings more, less or the same as an equivalent day at the ILHF?... no they weren't though the weather was BAD, very cold alot of people stayed in their tents though I took more than at a small reenactment, I do think it has potential though as its a family based festival for the nicer type of festival goer ( your middle class version mostly LOL) and also the ILHF is our best show of the year so its hard to beat that

3. Was it a one day thing last year? I was wondering what over night security was going to be like?...... its a 2 or 3 day festival, security is ok but its not the kind of festival that would require heavy security , its best to sleep in your stall though, we always do there are different tents with music on most of the night so ear plugs is a must

4. Do you 'do' festivals? Is it the same folk attending over the 3 days or do you get fresh customers as it goes on and if they have forked out a fortune for a ticket do they have any money left to spend at stalls?.......Its a captive audience, last year there was 1500 people, this year they are allowed more people to attend, we do lots of festivals some all night monster loud non stop music, some nice ones as well, this falls into the nice category,usually it goes like this, friday people setting up their tents, socialising with their mates and chilling out after travelling to the festival, Saturday is quite busy , sunday people buying the occasional last minute bargin before heading of home, but on the other hand you can trade as long as you want, if we're near the stage and there are bands on till midnight then there will be a group of people coming and going till then,IMHO its worth a try

The problem with trading solely at reenactments for us is the weather, crap weather and no mops come, and we rely on them heavily but at a festival if its crap weather you still have punters there, they've spent money on an advance ticket and will be there no matter what so it ups the chances of selling stuff lol.its not for everyone as its a totaly different grou of people,though we see loads of reenactors at lots of the festivals we do, but if you pick the right festivals its great, though there are some we would never attend .
hope that answers some of your questions
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Whisper to Sally...I might have got £50 knocked off.......
I'll be in touch.....expect a horse in your bed........

No, I'm boasting.......I'm not sure I can dream up an offer you can't refuse......£100 is still a bit of a punt.........my stuff's cheap cos my profit margins are so tight.
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Ive just spoken to Rich, he reckons £70 for a 15 ft tent like ours, which I reckon could easily accommodate you 'n' Sal :) , hes really into the idea of having a nice looking market so would put us inline with each other .
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Whey hey Martin. I love you!
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Just out of interest how many traders could trade at music festivals and would do it in kit ? I have an idea and if this festival works it could lead to something rather good , there are some unfortunately who would sell very little at festivals but there are some that would do well if anyone wants to know more about the idea I have PM me :)
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I've just been told that if I put up my pretty authentie tent he'll charge me £70. Thanks Mr martin, sir.
sally, I'd love to have your silly hats and socks -----your socks aren't silly :o ......... decorating my tent, and your lovely self if you can work out how to get there.
Dearest Martin, 'fraid the tent is taller than my market stall so I'll still be needing a man with a girt bit of heightdth. Being very low to the ground I'm not too bad at banging the tent pegs in :wink:
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Hi Martin,
which town is this festival near (even better did you get a postcode last time?). Sally and I are gaily saying yeah lets go and neither of us have a clue where it is and it's like Bearded Theory is keeping venue Top Secret.
it's all driving me completely nuts.
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here you go
Knockerdown , Nr. Carsington Water , Ashbourne , Derbyshire, DE6 1NQ,
:D if you need help with your tent no probs :D
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Martin - you have a groupie! :twisted:
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mmmmmmmmm whats the plural of groupie I wonder ? :D
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I was thrying to think up a witty quip along thatose lines -
a giggle of groupie grannies ? - but I think Sally might hit me. She's still young and pretty!
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Martin wrote:mmmmmmmmm whats the plural of groupie I wonder ? :D

is the collective term a grope of groupies....


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Annie the Pedlar wrote:I was thrying to think up a witty quip along thatose lines -
a giggle of groupie grannies ? - but I think Sally might hit me. She's still young and pretty!
Annie
its ok, I'm a step-granny anyway, so I may as well start practicing the cackling bit too for when the years catch up with me :lol:

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Hi there, I used to do music festivals every once in a while, and they were great. The Mops can be a bit drunk at times - so difficult for them to hold a long conversation. But they are much the same as Mops at all events. And they do turn up even if it rains.

I was once the last tent before the loos. So I got in a stock of loo rolls. But the loos were so well cared for that they did not run out - so my expected huge sales did not occur. Oh well.

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