Today I had a table at the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair here in Vancouver. This is the first time I have attended a record swap meet as a vendor though I have been to a bunch as a buyer. This event is a 2 day one this year and continues on Sunday. I won't be there tomorrow...unless I go back to shop!
I had fun and made a bit of money. However I wasn't there as much to sell records as most people. As I said in my last post, I was also selling turntables. I also advertised my services in repairing and providing advice on stereo systems. I gave out a lot of cards for AFishNeedsAStereo. :)
I did have a few boxes of records though and managed to whittle that down by about half. Someone I know thought they were doing me a favour the other day by giving me a box of records to take along. Being mostly kids music, James Last, Hooked On Classics and so on, that actually became a "FREE!" box. Thankfully almost all of that disappeared so I don't have many to drop off at the thrift store. I did hold onto a couple of Bill Cosby records from it though. Oh yeah, I also kept a Breakdance instruction record. I can't wait to start headspinning.
I had some good conversations with people, met some old friends, met some new ones and made some money. Giving away records was fun too. One old gent with a cane was chatting with me for a while though I could barely make out what he was saying as he had a soft voice and the speakers were too close. However the 86 year old did say he like spoken word records, so I dug out a Dylan Thomas album that I had priced at $2 or $3 and just gave it to him. It was probably the only record he acquired that day, even though he must have paid the $2 entry fee.
And the little darling at the top also received a free record (from the free box). I am sure it is her first and though she had no idea what it was, she had a good grip on it and was hopefully going to hear it when mommy took her home.