Confessions of an Outdoor Vendor
Recently, A Shopaholic’s Den participated in Rock the World 12 Bazaar with our blowout sale. It’s also our intern’s first experience as an outdoor vendor. If you’ve ever wondered how it’s like to be an outdoor vendor, check out her experience here:
Not a very long while ago, well it was just Saturday last week, when I was given the opportunity to be a vendor for a day at Rock the World which was in Padang Merbok. I can say in all honesty it was a bittersweet experience. The first thing I learned was the importance of Puah Chu Kang boots (yellow boots; PCK boots).
In my entire life of keeping up with the series I never thought there would be a day when I would actually need to wear them boots!
Let’s see, there are several things you might want to prepare beforehand:
- If you are planning on being the only vendor, don’t come alone. Make sure you have someone who can drive you to and fro due to the fact that there may not be a reserved parking space and clothes are pretty heavy to carry by yourself
- You won’t know the price of food and drinks till you get there so bring it from home, this way you won’t need to leave your booth. Since its outdoors it’s like having a picnic anyways
- Have a rough plan of how you would like to set up your stall. If it’s in detail then all the better
- If you forgot your PCK boots then just grab plastic bags and tie it around your shoes because it can get pretty muddy
- Wear shorts cause like I said, it can get really muddy and getting mud off your pants can be very time consuming
- Earplugs will be your best friends especially when you are situated in between two stages. Take them off when you see people coming towards your booth
- Oh yes, lastly bring a really big plastic floor mat. We don’t want to get our lovely clothes muddy now do we?
Moving on, one of my most favorite part of being an outdoor vendor is that its never boring and you get to be part of the festival. Maybe it was because it was a rock concert but nevertheless I was entertained.
What I found really amazing was the fellowship between vendors. It was like one big happy family. There was just so much love to go around. Being very green in the industry they did not mind sharing their experiences and even gave me personal tips on how they went about their blogshops. From what I gather most of the blogshop owners started since they were in highschool and some in college. They still have their day job and do this part time. So it seems that owning a blogshop is not that time consuming, its productive and profitable.
Plus as vendors we not only enjoy the company of our other sisters in the industry but come face to face with our loyal clients. It would be an understatement if I said that was the only benefit. The biggest difference from working as an indoor vendor in comparison to outdoor vendor is the weather. Personally, I don’t prefer having the aircond all day. Working outdoors is much like having a picnic only you have a stall to take care off and music playing all around.
All and all I would conclude that outdoor vendors really have it good. Not only did I not feel the time pass but I got to enjoy the company of fashion entrepreneurs. Oh yes your probably wondering why would I say bittersweet if the experience was so great? Well I know this may come out as a cliché but the bitter part was packing the things back cause it marked the end of the experience. I look forward to be given the opportunity to be one again.