It's been a while, but I think it's OK to do another Record Raid now.
Where: Howlin' Wolf 907 S Peters Street, New Orleans
When: Saturday, December 10th 2022. 10am-5pm. Load-in begins at 9am, need to be out by 6pm.
How Much Does it Cost to Sell? $50 per 8 foot Table if reserved before October 15th. $70 after that. Registration closes November 26th . If this is your first Record Raid, choose the first-timer option for a 50% discount off your first table. Limit of 2 tables per vendor. Chairs will be provided for free. You cannot provide your own table.
You may have noticed that table prices have gone up since the last Record Raid. Unfortunately, they've gone up at the table rental companies as well, and we were barely covering expenses previously.
Also, first-timer discounts are now included on the sign-up form. Please only choose them if this is your first time selling at Record Raid. Otherwise you will be refunded and not included on the list.
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. No advance table designations, first-come first-serve. This will be our second time at this venue and the first time had some load-in snags, but generally things are ground-level with a few "bumps" that will require a little extra hand-truck muscle. Hand trucks are recommended (for your sake) though not required.
About the Venue: Howlin Wolf is a long-standing music venue in the heart of the New Orleans CBD -- fairly close to the French Quarter and the interstate. This is our first time working with this venue, as the New Orleans Jazz Market was unresponsive when planning (though it looks as though they might be coming back to life). Parking in the area will likely be sparse, but there are nearby parking garages. If you're traveling, there are many hotels very close by. It is climate controlled and there is a kitchen and bar, not to mention other eating options within close walking distance. Our primary concern is lighting: it's adequate but not ideal. We tried to compensate for this last time but need to try a little harder This is a large concert hall and it is unlikely that there will be power available at your table.
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.
Other details: It's generally a REALLY good idea to have a Square reader, venmo account, 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. You are your own storefront: Record Raid does not need to know how much you sold (though it's nice to give feedback) and any issues are between you and the customer.
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 whose records belong to who, and who they should talk to when they're ready to buy. 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.
Covid precautions and refunds: At the moment there are no mask or vaccine restrictions in place in New Orleans, and unless that changes or the venue imposes stricter requirements, we'll stick with that. At the last Record Raid nearly a year ago I allowed vendors to cancel if they had any misgivings, but that was in the midst of a surge. At this point I will only refund vendor tables with proof of a positive covid test (or other extenuating circumstances).