Thursday, October 21, 2010

California's Kids Faire

My friend and fellow DiYer recently attended and was a vendor at the California's Kids Faire. She was mislead by the person in charge of getting sellers and I think you should read what she had to say about her experience, so you don't get had, too.

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As most of you know, I paid a lot of money to do this "big expo" last weekend. It ended up being a complete waste of time and money. I sold absolutely nothing and gave away MAYBE 50 cards. I was in tears on Sunday and we ended up leaving 2 hours early (along with about 5 other vendors).

I blamed my work and my product. I figured that eventhough people seemed to like my shades, no one wanted to buy them because they're a stupid item. I even lowered my prices significantly on Sunday just to try to make some of the money back that I borrowed to be in this show.

I was promised tons of sales, told past vendors made thousands, I was told that eventhough it was a kids faire, they were really promoting tweens/teens this year, I was told they get 70,000 people over the course of the weekend. I was told there would be other home decor vendors. ALL BULLSH!T. Attendance was crap, there was absolutely NOTHING geared towards tweens/teens. The mix of vendors was ridiculous. They had 3 f*cking instant rice booths for f*ck's sake.

I don't know why I didn't think about it before signing up, but I checked Yelp out this morning and found one review that validated me somewhat - naming specifically the twat who called me in the first place. I also added my own review:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-kids-faire-orinda

I will also be writing letters to the editors of every newspaper in the Bay Area. I left a message for the douchebag, but my guess is I will never hear from her again. I'm still so beyond pissed right now that I'm making myself sick.


Thanks for listening to my rant! And if you know ANYONE in CA who gets contacted by these people, please pass along my story!!
http://www.thekidsfaire.com/

4 comments:

Sinburned said...

The whole situation makes me so angry. I'm glad you decided to share with your readers, Mara!

FabulouslyFierce said...

Thanks for sharing my story Mara! I contacted the other Yelper and he said these people put on shows all over the place, including bridal expos!

All I ask is that people do a lot of research before sending anyone money for a show!

Pili said...

This is a great idea Mara, sharing Kylie's experience so other people won't be taken advantage in the same way!

Anonymous said...

Easy to understand,I like it!