By gr on 2006-12-10
Uglycon Saturday!The day started the night before actually, we hung the work, the pinatas, and got everything ready. The next morning, we met up again at 9am, and the line was already going! At about 6:15 we were open, and did our best to get the event running through. The handmade dolls all sold out, and we're glad that we allowed 2 per person. If we allowed 3 per person, the dolls would have run out much faster and people would have been more upset. The part I don't like is that I know some of the "nice" folks who are Uglydoll collectors are just as bad as the collectors they despise. I'm sure there were some in line who are there to eBay and there were some people in line who were there to be extra buyers along with others. Either way, I suppose they had to wait in line for hours, so that perserverence counts for something.
The lines were long, that was one complaint. And although option existed for people to leave the line and come back, everyone wanted to hold their ground. I guess it's because we were administering the limited edition 50 Babo sailorhats, and 100 of the special new color Wage's. No one seemed to believe that it was special! But here's what's up. They are a new orange, and the shape is different than the upcoming Wage. Ok back to the line, we have one register, and it took a long time to pay, but here's why. We've been doing this for years, and we don't often have shows where there's lines and hundreds of hungry collectors. But here's what happens. If we have two registers, things like double sales, (art sold twice) can happen. To not make mistakes we have one line, one person handling art sales. It's the safest way. Imagine if you were the one who we have to call later and say sorry!
Now back to the good.
Aside from that, I'd like to say that I was proud to have hosted the event. The costume contest went super well, it rained, so we didn't parade down the street like we wanted, but overall, the event went well. I think people were happy. David and Sun-min signed autographs for hours, they signed everything, and stayed friendly to absolutely everyone. It's amazing and a great lesson to see how cool they are. That's part of their success. Who wants to work with a-holes?
Uglycon was born nearly a year ago. We talked about what we wanted to do more recently, and it could have easily been more uptight like a fake carnival. We let things sort of ride, I think that's our way, to plan, but then roll with it. We didn't know how some things were going to work out, but again, fairness was first, and we did our best.