I spent a good portion of the day today checking out a couple of physical selling sites in Glendale, Arizona. This was a great lesson in scoping venues ahead of time, as the two could not have been any more different in both goods sold and audience attracted.
My first stop was the Public Market / Swap Meet at West Winds Drive-In Theater. What a great way to spend a day - shopping for bargains. I scored a nice oval file and a pair of tin snips for $5 total. These will come in handy at the workbench!
The place was buzzing with yummy food smells, lively music from boom boxes, and even a climbing wall. The crowds were so large at some booths that you had to wait to get in to see the goods. I'm just not sure if it will be a good venue to sell finer handcrafted jewelry. To be absolutely fair however, I have to admit that I only went up and down a couple of isles before I went into sensory overload and had to split. It definitely had more of a "yard sale" feel than an "art sale" feel. I'm sure I'll go back again, earlier in the day, but to shop not be a vendor. Public admission is .75 per person, but it is worth that just to for the experience. Check it out - http://www.westwinddriveins.com/swapmeet/az.htm
$5 score - snips and file. Can never have enough tools!
My second stop was downtown Glendale for their "First Saturday" event. This event is sponsored by the City of Glendale and is advertised on the City's website as follows: