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 Post subject: TC makers at the state fair?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:29 am 
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Just brainstorming, but I think it could be plausible for us to make an appearance at the state fair.

My immediate thoughts were to sell custom etched pieces along the lines of:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?re ... ax=&order=

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?re ... ax=&order=

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?re ... ax=&order=

I think that studio bricolage has an etcher.


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 Post subject: Re: TC makers at the state fair?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:46 am 
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I would totally man a booth at the fair. I would even be willing to take a day off from work to do that.

I did it for the Sierra Club one night last year and it was AWESOME. Smile and make eye contact and most people will do the same, but the people that actually engage with you will be excited and animated and will remind you that there are other people out there that are interested in the same stuff you are.

It would be a GREAT way to get our name out there, and a great way to attract people.

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 Post subject: Re: TC makers at the state fair?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:03 am 
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Great idea! I'll definitely help to man the booth if we can get one! :D

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 Post subject: Re: TC makers at the state fair?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:57 am 
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So I checked the SF website and the price for having a booth is calculated by the "front-foot". If we were to get ourselves into, say, a 10'x8' booth spot in one of the exhibition halls, we'd pay for 10 front-feet. Rates are from $60 per front-foot to $100 per front-foot, based on the nature of the group. If we are selling stuff, it's $100, if we're taking orders, it's $80, if we're doing neither, it's $60.

I'd prefer just to have an educational booth, because I think we might have a hard time selling enough stuff to go from $600 to $1000 and make up the difference. Informational pamphlets, pictures of the space (if we have one by then, or concept drawings of what we want for the space if we don't have one), example projects (Spoonapult, etc), and maybe (MAYBE) some hands-on stuff (although that will attract a lot of kids and we don't want to give people the impression that we are a child-oriented group)(or even child-friendly, because as much as most of us like kids, having kids around the space a lot is NOT a good idea).

$600 is quite a chunk of change, but we have three months to raise it, which is really only 10 people contributing $20 a month. I think once we get our by-laws written and adopted, select a board, and determine a few other things, we'll have no problem getting people to start with monthly dues.

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 Post subject: Re: TC makers at the state fair?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:45 pm 
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i think 6-10c is well worth it if we can figure out an organization by then. (we better!) other things we should be looking at are the aquatenial, pride at loring park, and may day and cinco de mayo.


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 Post subject: Re: TC makers at the state fair?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:49 pm 
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How about hamfests/computer/electronics swap meets too


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 Post subject: Re: TC makers at the state fair?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:53 pm 
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We need an "Events" committee.

I think this should be separate from the programming committee.

I'll volunteer.

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 Post subject: Re: TC makers at the state fair?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:56 pm 
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When do we need to register a state fair booth if that is what we want to do?


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 Post subject: Re: TC makers at the state fair?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:17 am 
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paulsobczak wrote:
When do we need to register a state fair booth if that is what we want to do?

I saw no dates on their website or on the info packet I downloaded that had the rates. I didn't look too closely, but I will.

We'd need to put together a pretty comprehensive package for them, with sketches or pictures of our proposed booth design, info about WHY we should be at the fair, etc. It's not a ten-minute form to fill out.

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 Post subject: Re: TC makers at the state fair?
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We could make LED Throwies


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