Where: New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd)
When: Saturday July 13th, 10am to 5pm. Vendor load-in 9am to 10am. Load-out 5pm-6pm.
How Much Does it Cost to Sell? $40 per 8 foot Table if reserved before June 25th. $60 after that. Registration closes July 5th. If this is your first Record Raid, you get 50% refunded off your first table (after payment). Limit of 2 tables per vendor. Chairs will be provided for free. You cannot provide your own table.
What you can sell: Music of any format, vintage, used or new. Record labels are free to sell their music as well. Consumer audio equipment is great too. Music-related ephemera (books, movies, memorabilia, t-shirts) are OK so long as they're not the focus of the table. We do make some exceptions, so feel free to ask.
What you can't sell: Food and drink. As above, Crafts are generally discouraged unless they're clearly a "side item", musical instruments are discouraged, though you may leave a paper at your table letting people know (so long as they're not the focus). You should be selling *something*, for instance you cannot set up a table promoting another event.
Venue Load-in and Load-Out: Load-in starts at 9 am. There is a side entrance to the building along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd that we will use for load-in. Bring a hand-truck if you have one. Everything is ground-level (aside from a streetside curb) except for the stage area, which we do put vendors on. Please repark your car once you have finished loading in, there’s only street parking in the neighborhood so it’s more helpful for customers.
Load-Out starts promptly at 5pm and you’re expected to be packing up at that time.
About the venue: This is a return to the New Orleans Jazz Market, probably the favorite venue for most vendors. It’s indoors, climate controlled, has good lighting and a pretty swanky look. There’s a bar up front and we usually have a food truck parked outside (though there are option in the neighborhood). There isn’t an ATM in the building but I believe one has opened up across the street. There will be security on-site. We’ve gotten pretty used to doing shows here and have a floor plan worked out that does pretty packed enough to feel busy, spacious enough to actually move around.
About Record Raid: Record Raid has been New Orleans' largest record show since 2010, averaging between 300 and 400 customers. We like to keep an informal, fun and funky vibe that can cater to serious collectors but not intimidate casual buyers. Our free entry helps keep a diverse group of shoppers. We want to create a show where people can be excited about records and talk about them while they shop. We also like to have DJs at conversational volumes playing obscure vinyl.
It's generally a REALLY good idea to have a Square or some way to accept credit cards. We'll never force you to accept credit cards, but it's nice for customers. I've heard from several vendors about how carrying a credit card reader has given them a big bump in sales.
We expect to have a table at the front to help people with questions (though the event itself is free). We've been assigning nametags to tables and people. The point is to make sure people know who to talk to when they find records. To be honest, we don't care what’s written on the nametag exactly, the important thing is that it matches what's written on your table.
People often ask what they should sell. My answer is always "Play to your strengths". We get a very diverse crowd, and there's often somebody that's into what you have. Our recent poll had a few people complaining that there was too much classic rock and other "beginning record collector" stuff. People are definitely looking for deals, but don't leave the big ticket stuff at home either. Things that I always hear people saying they want to see more of: punk, reggae/ska, 90's-2000's indie rock.
We will continue to have early bird admission from 10am to 11am at $5 per head.
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