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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Medeival experience in the 21st century?

And so, as I sat around I began to ponder….. How bad would it be to become a Ren Fair/SCA vendor? Have a small enclosed trailer to transport your pavilion and wares, traveling from one event to the next, and then returning home for the Winter. You could simultaneously sell your wares on Ebay and at the event, running all your credit transactions through Paypal or some such service.

A good source of inventory would be critical, from a wholesaler who could ship timely to different locations as you traveled. Deciding what to sell would be a challenge. Establishing price points for the product could also be an issue. There is also the merchant’s fee to consider as well as various local sales taxes. Also there is the cost of living on the road. I'm sure it wasn't this complicated in Middle Ages!

Wouldn’t it be grand though! I used to ride a motorcycle, and I attended many of the larger rallies. The merchants were always a main attraction. You knew they had substantial mark-ups, but it was all stuff you had never seen before. Very exciting.

Selling your wares by day, piping by the fire of an evening, all the while traveling the country with some rather colorful individuals.

Sadly, as a consultant by trade my first inclination is to develop a Business Plan, and then there goes the Majik!


Anonymous said...

Ahhh the life of a gypsie that calls to us. There was a poam written by James Elroy Flecker, I believe called the Golden journey to Samarakand. The more well known vers is:

We travel not for trafficking alone:
By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned:
For lust of knowing what should not be known
We make the Golden Journey to Samarkand.

You can read the whole poem at http://www.jordanjubilee.com/whytrav.htm
you just have to scroll down past the first poem.

SK jaybird

Mike (AKA Pops) said...

At times it really does tug at your soul. The pipes, carried on the breath of Mother Earth's fragrant night breeze. Sometimes it feels spirtitual, almost prayer-like. Be safe praeter and return whole.

SK Michael