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So a message comes across the facebook this morning that merchants will not be allowed to set up on the field at June Crown. Yeah, I've sent a polite message asking what's up and pointing out that my husband, a knight of the West, would be fighting out of our pavilion.

Even my rage is tired of this shit. I fight this battle every couple of years, and I still can't get to the bottom of what the goddamn problem is. Is it really so fucking horrible to see a table of jewelry on the field? My friends and customers seem to like it. The guest fighters and their consorts seem ok with it. Nobody has had the balls to tell me to my face what the problem is.

This close to Pennsic, if they really won't let me do this, I just won't go to Crown. Plus the Royalty I'm in fealty to will get a letter about it. This shit is hard enough without added bullshit. I'm frequently tempted to toss it in and get a real job (if I could get hired after so many years out of the field). I just about lost my shit at March Crown when Zanobia tried to pull this crap with some line about making sure there was enough space for fighters. Now, that honks me off on several levels, but at the time, I was trying to set up a pavilion by myself before the rain started, and this bullshit cost me half an hour delay and weeks of fuming. I still haven't had the chance to talk with Zanobia about it, and was going to do that at Crown. Every time this comes up I get angry all over again. I'm following all the rules. I've been doing this for over eight years at every Crown Tourney and Beltane. Aren't I a Sacred Western Tradition yet? :-)

When I first started trying to sell medieval jewelry at events, I just set up in Merchants' Row because that was what was done. The thing is, if the established members don't take time out of their day to purposefully go shopping, I don't sell anything. I was alone, with nobody to give me pee breaks, but I didn't have enough of a crowd around to worry much about it. Also, being off at the other end of the event meant I didn't see my friends and didn't get to take part in the event. Setting up camp by yourself is hard. Merchanting is hard. Together it is completely exhausting, and at the June Crown where it was 106 in the shade and there was no space left on Merchant's Row, I decided something had to change or I had to quit. Setting up on the field is a partial answer. I still hate merchanting, but at least people come by to keep me company and I can see the lists and stuff.

The reason I didn't give up at March Crown is that I sold really well. For this BS to come around again so soon is very discouraging.
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