Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Rules of BreyerFest

I didn't like what I wrote for today, so instead of working up something from scratch, I'm re-presenting a list I've published before in both Sampler form and online: the Rules of BreyerFest.

Some folks have found it very useful.
  1. Don’t take advantage of newbies. We were all newbies, once, and nobody likes being taken advantage of. Period.
  2. Respect the concept of “dibs”: if your roommate/friend/shopping buddy has expressed an interest in a particular model or item, don’t turn around and buy it for yourself.
  3. If a friend wins a raffle or prize model, be happy for them, even if you think you wanted it (or deserved it) more.
  4. Treat everyone equally. Please do not assume that because you’ve never seen or heard of the person before that that makes them a clueless idiot. Most of them didn’t show up to BreyerFest by accident!
  5. If you’re thinking of bringing HSOs to sell, and you have the room, just bring them! Not all of us intend on blowing our wad on the shiniest new baubles at the Tent. Some of us prefer the old junk!
  6. Be helpful: Offer information that may not be obvious, especially when dealing with newer hobbyists. We should consider ourselves ambassadors to the hobby, and act accordingly!
  7. Be polite. It’s hard when it’s hotter than the bottom of a skillet outside, but you’d be amazed at how far even a little gesture (opening a door, saying hello, a bowl full of tootsie rolls) will go.
  8. Don’t take cuts in line. It’s not nice, it’s not fair, and it’s not safe: some of us know how to use a sword. (Yes, I do!)
  9. When all else fails, just smile, and try to keep your sense of humor. And never forget: you’re in one of the few places on Earth where you’re considered normal! That thought alone should make being here worthwhile.
Have a safe trip, y'all. See you there!


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Candace said...

I wish some folks would have seen this list before I had my first experience at BreyerFest this past year. I have not been collecting Breyers for that long. Just the dinky Grand Champions from my childhood (I'm 23). I met plenty of super nice folks. But the majority were stand off-ish at best. Then pentacle of rudeness came from the Breyer store. I was there when the box of Alborozos (sp?) was set out there. I asked about 3 people where they were coming from before I got an answer. I was rather hurt. Before Breyerfest everyone I ran into that was a fellow collector has been super cool.
Anyway Thank you for posting this awesome blog! I love it!