2011 Vintage Swap
Vintage Audio & Record Garage Sale - June 12, 2011
On June 12th, 2011 we hosted what we believe was the BEST "garage sale" event since we started. The weather was fantastic, the turnout was amazing, and with the amount of radio airtime we got, the message was sent out loud and clear, that this was one event not to be missed.
There were a ton of great vendors, and the feedback (no pun intended) on the food was astounding. I have to admit that I had one of the BEST burgers ever from Catering Visions!
TRAMA rocked the event with a perfect set of classic tunes and ROCK 101 made sure they got the word out to the masses that this was THE place to be that Sunday! With help from McIntosh and the Vancouver Giants, we gave away some pretty cool prizes and I think it is safe to say that everyone that was there had a great time.
I have to give credit where it is due and in this case a huge amount of thanks need to be given to:
Mitch Purdy, Rick Slawson, Brian Street, Cam Steere and Mark Smith
Both Mitch and Cam put in some serious time to build a stage that was as solid as a rock. Mitch even made sure that it came down properly after the show. Even during the day, Mitch was there helping make those great deals to put smiles on budding audio nuts faces.
Mark was there at 5am - yes, you read that right, 5am - to help bring out a ton of gear to be sold. Mark stayed all day with Mitch to sell a heck of a lot of gear!
Rick showed up at 6am and never let up until the last item was put back into the shop well after 6pm. Rick helped hundreds of people throughout the day and the smile never left his face.
Brian went out of his way almost at every moment to insure that even items selling for $2.00 were tested properly. All day, lugging gear back and forth just to bring that peace of mind to people that what they were buying was great items at awesome prices.
It should be said that these are the guys who make events like this great, and boy does it show! These are the guys who made my job easier and I cannot say thank you enough. You are, in the words of Tina Turner, simply the best. Thank you!
Audio aficionados who attended the event may have noticed a familiar face wandering from vendor to vendor taking pictures and asking questions. Brent Butterworth, contributing technical editor of Sound + Vision magazine, drove up from L.A. to see first hand what all the fuss is about with the "vintage audio" buzz. Needless to say, he has agreed to stay for a bit to do some articles, visit some sights and to see how crazy Vancouverites are about their Canucks. Be sure to stay tuned to read these articles in the next few months.
All in all, this was one great day, and I can only hope that we continue to do this for years to come. To everyone who attended, to all the vendors who sweltered in the sun, and all the volunteers who put in some really crazy hours, I thank you!