Excellent organisation and communication was provided by Steve the organiser, and my stall was set up and ready to go – with some valuable help from my helper wife - by 9pm on Friday. I had brought plenty of stock, so it was tough deciding which artwork to display first. I ended up going with the pieces I thought would be most popular. I figured I could trust my own opinions, as this event was aimed at people like me!
Saturday morning rolled around and we got to the venue about half an hour before opening time. The queue to get in went round the side of the building, which was an encouraging sign!
It was great to meet the other sellers setting up their stalls, and the temptation to go on a pre-doors bargain hunt was huge, but I stayed strong and concentrated on my own stall. After pricing up my work and rolling out the banners, my stall was ready to go.
The roller banner to the side was provided by Turner Fine Arts, who represent me, and really added a slice of professionalism to my stall. In my room were various games vendors, a painter and my favourite – Paul’s Arcade Machines. I was right next to Paul and his beautifully crafted bartop arcades all day, and somehow resisted throwing cash at him in exchange for one.
Just look at them. Shiny and bright and packed with hundreds of classic arcade games, one of these is really the only thing my games room is missing. However, I was attending the market to make money, not spend it, so I concentrated on selling my wares when the doors finally did open at 11am.
After a short interview for Replay Retro’s Youtube channel, I made my first sale of the day to Matt, who runs the channel and couldn’t resist Sonic & Tails for a birthday present.
Many hours and sales later, the wife returned from her day out in Leeds to feed me and help me pack up. Thankfully, nearly half my stock had sold, and feedback about my work had been all positive. I met many colourful characters and had many interesting discussions, from the merits of the tape method (see my Beading Guide for more) to the history of the Ninja Turtles. Just before closing I managed to nip around and bag 3 Megadrive games for a tenner too, which was a nice bonus.
Looking forward to next year’s event, which I’ll definitely try and attend, and also on the lookout for any similar events inbetween.
I can’t explain this photo, but thought it would be wrong of me not to share it.
And here is the full video of the event, by Replay Retro:
My name is Iain and my addiction is making pixel bead art. My main inspirations are comics, video games and movies.