Sunday, October 03, 2010

Bizarre Bazaar

So yesterday I headed into Vancouver for a bazaar  I wanted to check out. First I was very disappointed to see it was in such a tiny hall. Man I drove for almost an hour and a half for 10 vendors - that sucked.

Then most vendors didn't have prices on their items so I had to constantly wait my turn and then say "how much? how much?". But the worst was the fact that many vendors didn't know how to talk to more than one person at at time. In fact, in one shop's section, the proprietor was so busy finding the perfect outfit for another customer that she pushed me out of the way not once, but twice. After the second time, I stopped looking and moved on to other sellers.

I ended up buying from a seller that had everything well marked and had lots of helpers that made the purchasing easy and that I could communicate with. People let me tell you that these items were not cheap - they wanted a lot of money for their products, but they almost seemed like they didn't want to part with them! I'm sure some of them will blame the buyers or the venue or the advertising on why they weren't successful but really they had only themselves to blame.

Oh well, I still found some great items and one of the booths so I suppose the big trip was worth it after all.


Big Girl Feet said...

Dang! But I'm glad you found something anyways! What bazaar was it?

My Little Corner said...

It was called the Oasis Bazaar at the Russian Community Hall sort of near Hastings and Clarke (roughly) - selling belly dance costumes etc

Carol Browne said...

Oof.I'm not too much of a fan of those craft shows anymore. It sounds bad, I know. But mostly I look and rarely buy stuff. Lots of time I feel nervous and bad for the people that don't have customers OR I'm trying to avoid being given the hard sell as though I was at a trade show or something. I just feel very uncomfortable with the whole thing.