Here’s a little intro before I go into the letter of complaint.
Last Saturday at the market I show up and there’s this huge Stage set up were my booth usually goes. Like this thing has a roof on it and a somewhat see through wall, it has stairs and, well, it’s just enormous. I ended up having to set up BEHIND this thing!
And from what I heard from my neighboring booth was that the attitude of the people running the market was, ‘nothing we can do, our hands are tied by the pecking order of the vendors, and good luck’. >.< I felt very disrespected.
I am not happy. I barely made rent. Seriously, I made $37 that day. The chick who was painted white who stood on a bench blowing kisses to those who put money in her jar made more than I did. And probably the rest of us who were stuck in that corner behind huge monstrosities.
*****I wrote them a letter regarding Saturday, and here it is:
I know that running the market is complicated and that your hands are somewhat tied by the politics and the hierarchy of the returning vendors and working with the other people using the grove but it still should have been possible to adapt and help out us first-time vendors a bit with that situation. We were all stuck in a small corner hidden behind a huge stage. We got very little traffic because of being visually and physically blocked and I personally made 1/3 to 1/4 of what I usually make. I made more on the days that were torrential downpours than last Saturday. There was even one vendor that didn’t show up in our our corner and it was obvious that if they did there would be no room for them because of how crammed in we all were. The stage was a physical barrier and potential customers are easily influenced by such things and will be much less likely to even be willing to walk down in that section because it looked like practically nothing was down there to look at. It was a huge psychological deterrent and we unwillingly paid the price for that.
We still work just as hard and pay for our time there like everyone else and I think we deserve a bit more respect than we were shown. I did not sign up for this to be hidden in a corner behind huge obstacles and I’m sure there are others who feel the same way.
I’m attaching a photo so you can see how our booths are pretty much non-existent behind the stage. This is not just ‘our problem’ this is a market problem and one I hope that does not repeat itself.
And here’s some shots of this and how you really can’t see my booth at all. It was horrible. Somehow, through all of that we did manage to enjoy ourselves. Mostly by laughing at our problem and threatening to set up the booth on the stage or dance on it or, well, something else entertaining to do with it.
– Kathryn Koozer
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