Take a Trip Back in Time: Selling at Renaissance Festivals
Hail and well met! Last week we highlighted Medieval Faires and gave some advice to vendors selling their wares there. This week we wanted to feature Renaissance festivals. And just in case you were wondering - no, they aren’t the same thing.
Experts don’t always agree on the exact dates, but most agree that the Renaissance occurred approximately during the 14th to 17th centuries (1301-1700). During this period of the world’s history Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were painting, Galileo Galilei and Nicolaus Copernicus were looking up at the sky, William Shakespeare was writing, Martin Luther had 95 theses, Johannes Gutenberg found a new way to print, and Christopher Columbus discovered a “new world.”
Who wouldn’t want to celebrate this remarkable time period? Renaissance festivals let people experience what life would have been like during this age. The biggest festivals attract thousands of participants and take place over many days. Many of the attendees dress up and speak the way the people back then spoke, giving the fair a feeling of modern tourists traveling back in time.
If you are a vendor who sells Renaissance themed items, you should be at these events. It is likely that hundreds of people will come through your booth, and they will have money to spend. With that amount of people, though, you need to prepare not only for the best, but also for the worst.
Think what would happen if someone was injured in your booth. You could be held liable, meaning that all of your money is on the line.
But it doesn’t need to be. If you have Renaissance Fair Insurance, you have the protection you need to have peace of mind as you attend the festivals. If you are only attending one festival a year and don’t want to pay for 12 months, an Artist, Crafters, and Tradesmen (ACT) liability Show Policy could be what you are looking for.
So, grab a costume, learn some Renaissance lingo, and prepare for an experience out of this world.
Have any Renaissance Festivals you love? Have any recommendations for those preparing to attend an event? Please comment below.