Originally Posted by rwood
All that said, I would never have chosen to schedule a swap meet to run concurrently with two club meetings and a sailboat race. However, as it turned out, we had buyers and sellers who inadvertently attended their first club board meeting, and/or general meeting, so there was more community building than usual. In addition, holding the swap meet the way we did, with most sellers setting up before the meetings started, meant that club members who may have only come for the meetings were exposed to all that stuff for sale. The result was a higher number of buyers, which translated to a higher number of sales.
By ending the silent auction at 1:00 PM, the "beer can" sailors had a chance (and the space) to prep their boats, and swap meet attenders got to walk to the lake and watch the races, or play with their new acquisitions.
How much better can it be? The 7 beer-can skippers adjusted because a beer-can race is informal and fun by definition. The point is for everyone to have a good time doing this-or-that and that we did. Please consider a "season opener" swap-meet AND season ending swap-meet. Some of us want to "clear-the-garage" at the beginning of the season while others want to "clear-the-garage" at the end. Its all good.
Jerry, e-wop (enthusiast without portfolio)
SBOD&WOD 2012 off-season beer-can race promoter