We got to the square early and set up.
You can see the boats in the background. The Bastion Waterfront Farmer’s Market has a great location, right above the waterfront walkway in Nanaimo, a small town on Vancouver Island.
It was an interesting experience. I was there for 9 hours in total and came home exhausted and sun burned. I only sold three books (all to friends) but I did gave away lots of cards and my sales on-line were good for the next few days. Was there a correlation? Who knows?
When all the tents were set up, the whole square was filled with merchants selling everything from wine to cookies. I think a little suspense goes well with that . Several friends stopped by. I met interesting people. Marty Sharp played the piano across from me and kept things lively. The passengers off the cruise ship weren’t interested in buying anything, but they added to the ambiance.
That sums it up.
The next day, I bought a proper tent so if I do another market day I won’t get burned. But I’m not sure I will. Is it really worth it? The jury in my head is still out. Here is my scoring T-chart:
– introduced many people to my work – not many people interested
– talking books is good practice – sunburn
– it’s a venue for books in a town with no indie bookstore – $25.00/visit
– normally only 4 hours
What do you think? Comments?