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Title: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on January 06, 2018, 01:16:50 PM
It's countdown time!  161 days 'til the 2018 Fair! :frolic: :newpony: :happy: :lovey: :cheer: :freak:

Whose got their hotel booked already?

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on January 06, 2018, 03:14:55 PM
i knew it !!!!!  as soon as i saw the title to this thread that it was you elf LOL

i so love you for starting this every year it cracks me up

i have the hotel booked and my plane tickets bought.  this year my sister tammy will be coming down and another local quebec collector will be as well. so the "trio" is going to be on a road trip !!!

as for booth display well i have 2 parts of it done and another 3rd part half done.....
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Shatyr on January 06, 2018, 03:22:18 PM
I've got the hotel room booked and I'm looking at flights. I'm also putting together a wish list and a costume, because I'd really like to cosplay this year. It always looks so fun when other people show off their pony interpretation costumes.

Depending on how things go, I might look into a booth next year. I've got a lot of G1 duplicates and some crafts I'd like to share with other collectors.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: SpaceButtPonies on January 06, 2018, 04:22:36 PM
I don't have a hotel booked but I am definitely going! Since I live 2 hours away, I'll gladly drive!!!

Even though I don't comment much I'm excited to meet everyone! I feel like I should wear a name tag with my user name XD
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Prince_Sunbeam on January 06, 2018, 08:18:55 PM
Just booked the hotel! Im not yet 100% certain I can go, but theyve got a great cancellation policy :)
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Brightglowpony on January 06, 2018, 08:21:31 PM
Haha yay the countdown is on!  I am booked and can't wait to see you again, Elf :D
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on January 07, 2018, 01:46:31 AM
The countdown both amuses and terrifies me every year. So much to do, so little time!

We've got the hotel booked as well. We are driving down (23 hours!) Can't wait to see you all again this summer!

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: rowdy_cowgirl on January 07, 2018, 03:25:58 AM
I’ve got the hotel and plane tickets booked! 
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Prince_Sunbeam on January 08, 2018, 04:25:44 PM
Booked my (non-refundable) flight so it's official!! My first fair  :biggrin:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Prince_Sunbeam on January 11, 2018, 10:45:33 PM
156 DAYS!

I am already so excited. More than I expected I'd be!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Jennifer2004 on January 12, 2018, 06:53:46 PM
I am excited too! I was excited when I first found out about, and now that it is going to be in Orlando, I am even more excited! Since I live in Orlando, I will definitely be able to attend! Can't wait!  :biggrin:

~Jennifer
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: SundanceSadie on January 13, 2018, 03:33:30 AM
I am excited too! I was excited when I first found out about, and now that it is going to be in Orlando, I am even more excited! Since I live in Orlando, I will definitely be able to attend! Can't wait!  :biggrin:

~Jennifer
I don't have a hotel booked but I am definitely going! Since I live 2 hours away, I'll gladly drive!!!

Even though I don't comment much I'm excited to meet everyone! I feel like I should wear a name tag with my user name XD

  :yippee: I’m local too at just over an hour away!! I was crazy excited when I saw this countdown because I had no idea it was coming to Florida! This will be my first fair and I have absolutely no idea what to expect, but I could care less because My Little Pony , of course   :lovey:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on January 13, 2018, 01:29:44 PM
154 days. I have so many ponies to clean before then.

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: MoonStars on January 14, 2018, 04:51:40 AM
I don't have a hotel booked but I am definitely going! Since I live 2 hours away, I'll gladly drive!!!

Even though I don't comment much I'm excited to meet everyone! I feel like I should wear a name tag with my user name XD

Many people put both their real name and user name on their name tags. There are also a couple people who make lovely  custom name tags for such things... hopefully they will chime in.

 
154 days. I have so many ponies to clean before then.

Elf

Well, there goes my mellow...  :shocked: :blink: :P ^.^
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on January 14, 2018, 01:06:44 PM

 
154 days. I have so many ponies to clean before then.

Elf

Well, there goes my mellow...  :shocked: :blink: :P ^.^

I know, right?  You should see the current state of my sales stuff!

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: sweetiebabyfizzy on January 14, 2018, 11:44:30 PM
I've go my hotel booked and flights purchased! I can't wait!!  :frolic:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: mylittELLEpony on January 19, 2018, 01:40:41 PM
My husband booked our hotel last night! I'll be there the whole time with him and my three kids. I'm so excited. :biggrin:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on January 20, 2018, 11:56:25 AM
147 days to go!  I'm spending my weekend trying to organize some of my stuff for sale. Anyone else working on Fair prep?

Elf

Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Shatyr on January 20, 2018, 02:49:18 PM
I've got my shopping list mostly prepped, a few adjustments will likely be made before final printing. Time to start working on the cosplay!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: svleonard on January 20, 2018, 04:06:16 PM
I'm already getting ready.  I spent all day yesterday cleaning dirty ponies and tackling tangled manes.

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Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on January 20, 2018, 07:08:56 PM
my fair booth display is under way the only problem with it this year is that the medium i choose to work with causes a mess and is best done outside BUT it is January and cold so yeah....
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: svleonard on January 22, 2018, 11:54:15 PM
Guys, I'm so excited! I just bought Hall of Fame dinner tickets! OPEN BAR!!!  :wine: :wine: :wine:

I don't suppose anyone knows yet what the "special fair figure" will be? I see that they've updated the ticket options and that Ponyville and Equestria each come with the figure now.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Prince_Sunbeam on January 23, 2018, 01:24:43 AM
Guys, I'm so excited! I just bought Hall of Fame dinner tickets! OPEN BAR!!!  :wine: :wine: :wine:

I don't suppose anyone knows yet what the "special fair figure" will be? I see that they've updated the ticket options and that Ponyville and Equestria each come with the figure now.

Yes Yes Yes! Everything about this. Open Bar definitely sealed the deal for me on the dinner hahaha  :drunk: :wine:

I hadn't noticed the change to the ticket options. I'm glad the Ponyville package includes the figure!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: renaekathleen on January 25, 2018, 06:45:40 PM
Hotel and flights booked, Celebration Dinner tickets purchased! Excited to try the "signature cocktails" at the dinner. 🦄
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on January 27, 2018, 01:09:24 PM
140 days to go. Got my dinner tickets too. Can't wait sit to get the actual tickets in hand too.

More pony cleaning for me today.

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on February 01, 2018, 12:34:06 AM
136 days to go.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on February 10, 2018, 12:53:22 PM
126 days. I've got my booth display more or less ready (it's not very elaborate). Still got a tonne of ponies to go through and clean, never mind pricing.

Who else is working on Fair prep?

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Shatyr on February 10, 2018, 05:18:32 PM
I'm piecing together my costume, the "missing from collection" booklet is complete, but I'm holding off on printing in case I find any of those ponies before the Fair.

Everything else is purchased and ready, except the actual Fair tickets.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: MoonStars on February 14, 2018, 01:21:03 AM
Hotel and dinner booked, set alarm for thursday noon for event tickets and vendor booth tickets, poking through tubs one by one to make sure it’s somewhat organized. (Thinking we actually need a tractor trailer lol) Was thinking of trying to get creative with the booth this year but...probably not gonna happen...
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on February 14, 2018, 12:55:09 PM
deciding on what ponies to bring with me that will sell so i do not have to bring them home. they will take up valuable space in my luggage.

bringing my carry on stuffed in my luggage this year so i do not get stuck last year as i ran out of room and had to come home with ponies in my purse

bringing all my other 80's toys down with me and they will NOT be coming home with me,  everything is going to be like 1 buck to 5 bucks just to get it gone.

also bringing stuff i sold so people can pick it up at the fair as well.

booth display is going to be a mix of promoting the Canadian extravaganza and my actual display, it is not huge in size like last year but the workmanship is 10 times harder i found this year.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on February 15, 2018, 12:59:46 PM
121 days til the con and tickets go on sale at noon!

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: ashlyne on February 15, 2018, 08:52:12 PM
Tickets bought!   4 vendor tables bought!   Pending application approval, I will have lots and lots of lovely ponies for sale :D   
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Mana_Mihara on February 15, 2018, 09:53:27 PM
Bought my tickets (for myself and my two sisters) and got 2 vendor tables. So excited!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on February 18, 2018, 09:23:26 PM
118 days.  I organized some sales ponies this weekend.  It's entirely likely that Roomy and I will be vending at another local (to us) convention the weekend before the Fair (because we're INSANE!), so I'm organizing two separate piles of sales ponies.  XD

Just for fun, here's a picture of Fair prep from a past year (I'm nowhere near this organized yet this year):
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Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: ashlyne on February 18, 2018, 10:46:44 PM
118 days.  I organized some sales ponies this weekend.  It's entirely likely that Roomy and I will be vending at another local (to us) convention the weekend before the Fair (because we're INSANE!), so I'm organizing two separate piles of sales ponies.  XD

Just for fun, here's a picture of Fair prep from a past year (I'm nowhere near this organized yet this year):
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Elf

Save all the good stuff for us  ;)  ;)  ;)
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: pandabear_chan on February 19, 2018, 08:18:00 AM
Yay I will come as well - now I just look for someone nice to share my room with.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on February 19, 2018, 12:43:35 PM
ashlyne 4 tables ? sound like you are restocked,  can not wait to get to your table and do some shopping

panda bear  woohooo i get to see you again

this is why i love the fair too...  you get to see everyone again
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on February 24, 2018, 12:38:36 PM
118 days.  I organized some sales ponies this weekend.  It's entirely likely that Roomy and I will be vending at another local (to us) convention the weekend before the Fair (because we're INSANE!), so I'm organizing two separate piles of sales ponies.  XD

Just for fun, here's a picture of Fair prep from a past year (I'm nowhere near this organized yet this year):
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Elf

Save all the good stuff for us  ;)  ;)  ;)

You know it!  cant wait to stalk your table again!

112 days.

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on March 03, 2018, 12:07:42 PM
105 days. We're almost into double digits, people!!!  :freak: :freak: :freak: :yippee: :newpony: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :newpony: :frolic:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: reddsetgogirl on March 08, 2018, 07:23:28 AM
99 days! :happy:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: FiddlePhan on March 08, 2018, 06:13:58 PM
I'll be coming too.  Made the decision and will too with Panda Chan. 
This will be my first Fair.  What are the banquet Hall of Fame events like? This will be a switch from the Country Music Hall of Fame events I'm usually working on organizing.  Lol
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: wyndeboo on March 10, 2018, 04:20:34 AM
It's an 8 hour drive for me, but I am really excited about getting to stay in the fair venue hotel. I want to cosplay but am not sure if I will or not. But yay for being surrounded by pony goodness!!!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on March 10, 2018, 12:29:16 PM
98 days!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: ashlyne on March 10, 2018, 06:03:44 PM
It's an 8 hour drive for me, but I am really excited about getting to stay in the fair venue hotel. I want to cosplay but am not sure if I will or not. But yay for being surrounded by pony goodness!!!

Oh please cosplay!!   I love seeing all the creative work that goes into these.  It truly gives the Fair a fun atmosphere <3
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: FiddlePhan on March 11, 2018, 04:58:37 AM
You won't be alone.  I'll probably put a costume together. Nothing fancy but taking advantage of the chance to have fun with costuming.  How often do we get to do this as adults?  :)
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Foxtale on March 16, 2018, 09:31:23 PM
Ooh so many ponies so clean so little time!

I think ... think... I am going to ship the ponies there to sell.

Does anyone have experience with this?

Recommendations about carry on vs shipping or horror stories?

(I might start a new thread.)
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on March 16, 2018, 11:24:44 PM
some sellers ship there stock down but then it costs you more money that way, plus you will have to ship them back or find room for them in the luggage
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on March 17, 2018, 12:33:53 PM
91 days!  :newpony: :newpony: :newpony: :newpony: :newpony:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: ashlyne on March 17, 2018, 03:35:49 PM
I usually stuff as many as I can into the suitcases, but I think I have too much this year to get by with just that.

I'm going to compare costs of shipping an extra box vs. checking another bag with the airline.   
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: kitkatvintage on March 17, 2018, 11:18:32 PM
In addition to suitcases, you can also use plastic storage totes as checked baggage. I’ve flown with sale items in plastic totes with no issues. I duct taped them really well, and put my contact info on the inside & outside of the tote in case in missed the flight.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: reddsetgogirl on March 18, 2018, 09:05:09 AM
Foxtale, if you know anyone else in your area who is going to the fair and is someone you trust, you may be able to get them to take an extra tub/suitcase of ponies if they have the allowance for two checked bags but are only using one.

I imagine that the bonus of taking a plastic tub is that if someone buys more ponies than they have space for, you may be able to sell them your empty tub so you don't even have to bother with bringing it back.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Roogna on March 21, 2018, 02:02:23 PM
Got my tickets (sad the dinner sold out, but oh well), got my hotel. planning my other vacation events...and prepping sale ponies, customs, and more.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on March 24, 2018, 11:27:24 AM
84 days to go.

I've been cleaning ponies like mad. I need to start sorting accessories too. So many ponies, so little time.

If you are shipping/ checking baggage extra ponies, I second KitKat's idea of securing the extra address label inside the container. Shipping labels CAN and DO come off in transit and this may be the only way your package makes it home again. (I worked in a mail room and saw this more often than you'd think).

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on March 25, 2018, 11:27:13 PM
Got my (and my dad's tickets, dragging him along) travel all planned out, and I can't wait to attend!
83 days, everyone!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on March 30, 2018, 12:06:58 PM
78 days.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on April 06, 2018, 12:51:36 AM
72 days now. I have done nothing to prep in the last three weeks.

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: FiddlePhan on April 06, 2018, 07:36:09 AM
Heh heh.  Me neither and I have a major custom to get done.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on April 07, 2018, 01:32:01 PM
Yeah, I have no idea whether I'll be able to get my custom for the contest done in time or not. I need to get moving on that. So much sculpting...

70 days to go.

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on April 07, 2018, 08:32:48 PM
i wish the weather would cooperate... i need to work outside for my booth display, it makes to much of a mess in the house.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on April 14, 2018, 01:06:10 PM
i wish the weather would cooperate... i need to work outside for my booth display, it makes to much of a mess in the house.

*looks outside...looks at Dru* yeah this weekend's not gonna work.

I wish the Fair was now so we could go to Orlando and get out of winter here! But instead...63 days (who knows how long until spring!)
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on April 14, 2018, 10:33:17 PM
The event schedules made me even more excited. A little over two months? Hopefully I can make it that long!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: reddsetgogirl on April 16, 2018, 01:43:32 PM
No big deal but we're all going to be in a huge room full of ponies in exactly two months.

 :frolic: :frolic: :frolic:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on April 21, 2018, 12:31:36 PM
56 days!  Anybody else panicking about everything they have to get done yet?

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: FiddlePhan on April 22, 2018, 08:01:11 PM
Yes I need to do more work so I have a bigger pony budget to spend at the fair.  ha ha ha
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Roogna on April 23, 2018, 04:08:59 AM
soooo much to do! soooo little time!
*goes back to painting customs*
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on April 23, 2018, 12:40:50 PM
i made a list last night..... i dont know im not enthused to get things done early this year for some reason.....
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: ashlyne on April 23, 2018, 02:34:07 PM
Two years of actively buying and not selling makes for a mountain of ponies!  I feel like at any moment they're going to stampede.    But when I look at all the beautiful upgraded ponies and accessories in my collection, it's all worth it :)   A lot of my extra ponies are cleaning up very nicely too, so it's rewarding that way too. 

Thank goodness for binge-worthy Netflix shows.  It's getting me through this daily cleaning. 
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on April 28, 2018, 12:24:08 PM
In a way I wish it was closer so I could start packing up the stuff I'm bringing. In another way I know I don't have enough time to get everything done. I need a vacation to prepare for my vacation!

49 days!
Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: PrincessNikki on April 30, 2018, 03:12:56 PM
I have never been to a pony fair before.

Can anyone tell me if there is an event or a room where people can do trades with each other?

Also, what is the best way to transport the ponies so you can take them around the con with you?  Roller backpack?
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on May 05, 2018, 12:21:35 PM
42 days left! 

Princess Nikki, Many dealers are also open to trades - don't be afraid to ask.

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on May 06, 2018, 12:09:45 AM
I have never been to a pony fair before.

Can anyone tell me if there is an event or a room where people can do trades with each other?

Also, what is the best way to transport the ponies so you can take them around the con with you?  Roller backpack?
There isn't currently an event in the schedule,  (https://www.mylittleponycon.com/2018-pony-fair-schedule) but there might be a room set up. If not, some dealers may be willing to trade as Elfpony mentioned. I would suggest setting up trades online if possible!
Transporting the ponies is up to you. Whatever works best!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on May 06, 2018, 09:48:24 PM
got to work outside on the fair booth woohooo we finally had some nice weather this weekend


progress people we have progress  LOL
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: MoonStars on May 07, 2018, 06:16:04 PM
I have never been to a pony fair before.

Can anyone tell me if there is an event or a room where people can do trades with each other?

Also, what is the best way to transport the ponies so you can take them around the con with you?  Roller backpack?

You might want to check this thread where Clipper is trying to prganize a pre-fair meet n greet (including trading ponies) : http://mlparena.com/index.php/topic,391214.0.html :)
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: kitkatvintage on May 08, 2018, 01:03:01 AM
I have never been to a pony fair before.

Can anyone tell me if there is an event or a room where people can do trades with each other?

Also, what is the best way to transport the ponies so you can take them around the con with you?  Roller backpack?

There may be unofficial trading get togethers happening around the hotel throughout the event, particularly in the evenings after the vendor hall is closed.

If you bring a roller suitcase full of ponies, be aware that you can't set up shop in the vendor room. Unfortunately we have had some people set up their own on-the-fly sales on the floor during the event over the years, which is not fair to people who have purchased a table to sell from. Bringing a small amount of TRADE items into the vendor hall is not a big deal, but please keep any larger quantities of extra ponies reserved for activities outside of the vendor area. ;)
- Fair Staff
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: ashlyne on May 08, 2018, 07:44:48 PM
300+ G1 ponies cleaned and tagged..... so far    :shocked:

Likely another 100-200 more to go.

And then it's on to sorting accessories & playsets & merch!

So much to do in the next month, it's crazy!   :freak:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Wildshadow on May 09, 2018, 02:49:45 PM
300+ G1 ponies cleaned and tagged..... so far    :shocked:

Likely another 100-200 more to go.

And then it's on to sorting accessories & playsets & merch!

So much to do in the next month, it's crazy!   :freak:

I want to come over and help! So I can take a break from my stuff to do XD
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: PrincessNikki on May 09, 2018, 10:28:02 PM
There may be unofficial trading get togethers happening around the hotel throughout the event, particularly in the evenings after the vendor hall is closed.

If you bring a roller suitcase full of ponies, be aware that you can't set up shop in the vendor room. Unfortunately we have had some people set up their own on-the-fly sales on the floor during the event over the years, which is not fair to people who have purchased a table to sell from. Bringing a small amount of TRADE items into the vendor hall is not a big deal, but please keep any larger quantities of extra ponies reserved for activities outside of the vendor area. ;)
- Fair Staff

I meant transporting the ones that I buy.

Post Merge: May 09, 2018, 10:29:59 PM


There isn't currently an event in the schedule,  (https://www.mylittleponycon.com/2018-pony-fair-schedule) but there might be a room set up. If not, some dealers may be willing to trade as Elfpony mentioned. I would suggest setting up trades online if possible!
Transporting the ponies is up to you. Whatever works best!

You might want to check this thread where Clipper is trying to prganize a pre-fair meet n greet (including trading ponies) : http://mlparena.com/index.php/topic,391214.0.html :)
42 days left! 

Princess Nikki, Many dealers are also open to trades - don't be afraid to ask.

Elf

Thanks, guys! :)
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: ashlyne on May 10, 2018, 02:24:40 PM
There may be unofficial trading get togethers happening around the hotel throughout the event, particularly in the evenings after the vendor hall is closed.

If you bring a roller suitcase full of ponies, be aware that you can't set up shop in the vendor room. Unfortunately we have had some people set up their own on-the-fly sales on the floor during the event over the years, which is not fair to people who have purchased a table to sell from. Bringing a small amount of TRADE items into the vendor hall is not a big deal, but please keep any larger quantities of extra ponies reserved for activities outside of the vendor area. ;)
- Fair Staff

I meant transporting the ones that I buy.


In the past, big tote bags were available. I'm not sure if they're going to have them this year, but you could pack one along just in case.  Some vendors will have plastic bags as well.    Small rolling bags work fine too and are easier on the arms.   People are generally mindful of other shoppers, those walking through the aisles, and any merchandise that might be on the floor under the tables.  You should be OK ;) 

Last year was the only year I think it was an issue, and that was only because the hotel messed up the scale of the vendor floor and they had to really squeeze in the tables they promised.   We should have plenty of room to breathe this year -- Orlando was a very nice place last time we were there!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: MoonStars on May 11, 2018, 02:01:06 AM
In exactly four weeks at approximately this hour, give or take an hour or two, kid and I will be arriving in Orlando. 😱😍
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: ashlyne on May 11, 2018, 01:37:32 PM
300+ G1 ponies cleaned and tagged..... so far    :shocked:

Likely another 100-200 more to go.

And then it's on to sorting accessories & playsets & merch!

So much to do in the next month, it's crazy!   :freak:

I want to come over and help! So I can take a break from my stuff to do XD

Lol!   Cleaning other people's messes is strangely better than cleaning your own, isn't it!   

Another 125+ ponies tagged.   I still have 4 boxes of uncleaned ponies, but I've moved on to accessories and ponywear. I don't even know how many I'm going to be able to fit into the suitcases, but accessories and ponywear are easy to pack!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on May 12, 2018, 12:11:13 PM
 :freak: :freak: :freak: 35 days to go!!!!!  :freak: :freak: :freak:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Wysteria on May 12, 2018, 04:16:09 PM
Just started cleaning ponies myself ahhhh! So behind this year! We're flying down so only bringing the good stuff, customs, and maybe accessories. This is a no stress year with only 1 table but I might be letting go of some of my personal collection;) I'll only be at the fair on saturday and friday night this year since I haven't seen my parents in almost a year and sunday is the only day the rest of my family in Tampa can all get together. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: reddsetgogirl on May 14, 2018, 07:48:01 AM
PrincessNikki, maybe you could add a sign to whatever bag you have with you and have written down what you have to trade. Then if someone sees it when they walk by, they can offer a trade. You could even do the same on a smaller scale with a list hanging from a lanyard.

Alternatively you could make a trade post and work out trades ahead of time.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on May 16, 2018, 07:50:09 PM
ONE MONTH to go!!!!!!  :frolic: :drunk: :iconclap: :pineapple: :happy: :cheer: :freak: :newpony:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on May 17, 2018, 05:15:22 PM
In a month-1 day, we'll be surrounded by PONIES!  :frolic: :happy:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on May 21, 2018, 12:21:22 PM
26 days (and full-on panic mode here, trying to get my custom contest entry finished in time).

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on May 21, 2018, 10:39:35 PM
my 2 suitcases are now in my house in front of the pony room door....... i still have yet to open the door and figure out what i am bringing
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Foxtale on May 24, 2018, 10:40:01 PM
Guyssss ahhhh it's so close!!!

Anyone shipping their merch to sell? I didn't want to do carry ons.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on May 24, 2018, 11:23:08 PM
only take items that fit in my luggage and trying to think of stuff that has a better chance of selling

i will need all the room for stuff i buy.....

Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: NoDivision on May 25, 2018, 05:12:39 PM
I can't believe the fair is so close! I just started working on a custom 2 days ago that hopefully I can get finished in time to enter it. I didn't procrastinate at all hahaha
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Wildshadow on May 25, 2018, 07:36:24 PM
I'm in a panic cause I always leave things to the last minute ^-^"" Hope I can do a lot this weekend since it's three days for me...

I'm never ready for this XD
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on May 26, 2018, 12:35:20 PM
I'm in a panic cause I always leave things to the last minute ^-^"" Hope I can do a lot this weekend since it's three days for me...

I'm never ready for this XD

Yeah I had a three day weekend last weekend and I made the most of it, let me tell you!  My contest entry still isn't ready tho. XD

21 days left!!!

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Brightglowpony on May 31, 2018, 03:17:49 PM
Wow it's nearly June now!!  We are getting so close  :frolic: :frolic: :frolic:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Foxtale on May 31, 2018, 09:03:36 PM
Just finished quality controlling all my pins! Think im going to sell some "B" grades for the less picky collectors.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on June 01, 2018, 04:53:26 PM
We're in June! It's coming!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Wildshadow on June 01, 2018, 05:02:51 PM
TOO SOON! X.X
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: MoonStars on June 02, 2018, 12:56:00 AM
This is more difficult than waiting for Santa...
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on June 02, 2018, 12:03:02 PM
Only 14 days to go!  Below is an actual image of me this weekend:

 :freak: :freak: :freak: :freak: :freak:

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on June 03, 2018, 03:02:05 PM
booth display DONE !!!!! pre packed luggage of stuff i am bringing DONE !!! clothing picked out DONE !!!!!

now.... i still need to get to the bank and get usa money and tranfer money to paypal to convert into usa so i do not get charged the 3 dollars conversion fee every single time i buy something
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: reddsetgogirl on June 05, 2018, 05:27:19 AM
Drusilla, I made a US PayPal account for that very reason except PayPal Australia charges AU$4.99 per friends/family international transaction. That's about US$3.80. I just send myself US dollars from my usual account so I'm only paying that fee once. It's still an absurd fee.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Foxtale on June 05, 2018, 03:59:48 PM
Just packed my two shipping boxes. I totally forgot about getting change for my booth!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on June 05, 2018, 10:51:26 PM
reddsetgogirl we can not do that in canada  :(   and ......i just found out the vendor hall will not have wifi.... so putting money into my paypal is now not really  an option

im trying to figure out with my cell provider if they offer some kind of traveling thing....
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: pandabear_chan on June 06, 2018, 12:43:22 PM
and ......i just found out the vendor hall will not have wifi.... 

These are bad news, so it always is some kind of walking if I need to pay for something.

Well, we'll see.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on June 06, 2018, 01:19:48 PM
i found out my cell phone company offers a traveling rate but i have to pay each day and it gives me very limited data... just enough to log into paypal and that is about it

i do not carry a lot of cash on me as i find it kind of scary

we are in count down mod here... crossing things off the list ..
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on June 06, 2018, 04:15:01 PM
i found out my cell phone company offers a traveling rate but i have to pay each day and it gives me very limited data... just enough to log into paypal and that is about it
Perhaps someone will be able to put out a hotspot for sales? I know some phone plans offer so many gigabytes free, or maybe multiple people can chip in to help pay for one for the duration of the fair. There's got to be some US sellers who won't get too ridiculous of a charge for them.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: FiddlePhan on June 06, 2018, 11:00:09 PM
For traveling out of Canada I have been using Roam Mobility which uses T-Mobile for service.  Their rates have been far cheaper than my Koodo carrier in the US and includes unlimited data.  For short travels it's $5 a day.  They have packages too for longer periods.
It's close to the Fair time but Amazon Prime does carry the SIM cards.   
If you don't have a Prime account and live in Canada, I can sent it to you through my account. 

For those who don't live in Canada....
You can sign up to the US Amazon Prime site for a free trial of their service and have the SIM card delivered to an Amazon locker. There are some all along International Drive near the hotel.

Edited because I forgot to note that you need an unlocked phone to use their service.

Hope that helps.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: reddsetgogirl on June 07, 2018, 01:52:50 AM
I thankfully ordered an American SIM card recently just in case I needed to call home in emergency situations and in the event that Disney World's wifi wasn't reliable for the 7 days I'm there after the fair. I definitely wasn't expecting to need it at the fair so I'm so glad I was overly cautious and ordered one as finding out yesterday was too late to do anything about it now.

For all the other international travellers, I found T-mobile's "traveller package" to be the best value. It's $30, lasts for three weeks and has 2 G of data. The downside is that they don't ship out of the country so you'll need it sent to someone else attending the fair or the hotel. On top of that, they only accept US credit cards so someone else will have to purchase it for you. You know, because it makes so much sense to have a plan specifically for non-US residents but makes it impossible to purchased independently. Being almost a week away from the fair, your best bet is to get someone to buy it in store and bring it with them to hand over when you arrive.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: moonsget on June 08, 2018, 07:02:41 AM
I had an intimidating to-do list, but now I think I will finish the important stuff at the very least, and maybe a few extra things. Gotta start on my art for the contest, though (customs and handicraft are done). Got a few things left to do with my cosplay, but they aren't necessities -- the main parts are done, save for the purse. And I need to finish my wolf plushie's Spike cosplay. Otherwise, just have some jewellery left to make. All the booth display stuff is done. And while I'm typing here, I've been printing out colouring pages that people can design ponysonas with on their own, or I can use as a guide for the sketches I will be doing. :) I'm printing out 75 pages, figuring on keeping 25 for my use and putting the rest out on the table for people to take -- but is that enough, or is it too much? LOL
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Roogna on June 08, 2018, 01:49:25 PM
oh man, too much to do and too little time. I've never run this far behind before....but there's been a lot going on in non-pony life :p
both of my cosplay are almost done and just need 2 more things created for them...
my hasbro customs and handicraft are done
but I need to do my artwork and finish my original custom
I have some ponies to clean and price still (thankfully not a lot to clean)
paperwork stuff too, including finding my ledger and printing my wishlist
and finishing the updates to the Petite Presentation powerpoint

oh, and packing and making sure I know how it all fits in the vehicle before the morning of the 14th lol
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: STLGusty on June 09, 2018, 03:18:02 AM
I finally decided to start cleaning and pricing today...heh... Good thing I'm only on a small part of a table with Whiskerz85 who was so kind (again) to let me share a space.  I don't know how you guys go through all of these accessories.  I never knew there were so many versions of pink and blue for some of these combs/brushes/etc.  My labels on some of my combs and whatnot are literally "Medium Blue??? brush that came with 'Bonnie Bonnets'...maybe???"  LoL  My head hurts :)

We're so close!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on June 09, 2018, 12:05:25 PM
One week left!!!

I’ve finished my custom and my artwork for the contest, and that’s literally all I’ve done so far. Roomy and I are selling at a local toy show this weekend, so I’ve been getting ready for that instead. Good thing I’m on vacation next week!

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Elfpony on June 12, 2018, 02:46:01 PM
3.5 days. I need more days!  Who else needs more days?

Elf
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: moonsget on June 12, 2018, 03:00:27 PM
3.5 days. I need more days!  Who else needs more days?

*raises hoof* Meeee!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: FiddlePhan on June 12, 2018, 03:54:16 PM
I'll be touching down in Orlando this time tomorrow.  SQUEEEEEE!!!    Safe travels to everyone!!!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: drusilla on June 12, 2018, 11:45:32 PM
safe travels to those that are already on there way
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: ZennaBug on June 13, 2018, 03:50:28 PM
Life has been a bit wild in the last couple of years, and I haven't posted in a whole year.  But for the very first time... I'll be at the fair!  We moved to Florida and it's only a 3 hour drive for us!  I'll have my fiancé and 1 ½ year old in tow and I'm excited to finally make it!

So ummm... hi!  I still exist!  XD
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on June 13, 2018, 03:54:02 PM
In 2 days I'll be in Florida...I'm not done my costume!!
I hope everyone who's already there is having fun so far!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Roogna on June 13, 2018, 06:28:42 PM
achievement unlocked - New Tires
now back to finishing my second cosplay and packing because I leave in the morning!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Prince_Sunbeam on June 14, 2018, 12:49:56 AM
This time tomorrow I'll be on a plane!! It came up SO SO SO fast  :drunk:
So excited to see all the ponies, and spend way too much money!!
Boy am I grateful for all you vendors working hard to get all your stuff together for the rest of us  :biggrin:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Stellaluna on June 14, 2018, 12:21:05 PM
I hit the road at 10am tomorrow! So excited but I still haven't gotten all my songs that I wanna listen to on my ipod and still need to pack. I'm a procrastination princess.

The fair is so close !!!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on June 14, 2018, 03:56:00 PM
Still didn't pack, gotta finish up my costume, I'm a big procrastinator!
Too bad I have to work today, but I'll be in Orlando this time tomorrow!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: zombienixon on June 15, 2018, 03:01:13 PM
Anyone here at the hotel yet? I don't see many pony people here so far.
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: octocorn on June 15, 2018, 05:06:50 PM
We got here early to go to Universal! 😊
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on June 15, 2018, 07:44:54 PM
I'm not at the main hotel, but the one next to it. So excited to see everyone!
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: FiddlePhan on June 15, 2018, 09:56:22 PM
I'm here in the lobby eating pizza from their Lite Bite
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Kikwifluff on June 15, 2018, 10:31:09 PM
I’m on my flight! See you all tomorrow :heart:
Title: Re: 2018 Fair Countdown
Post by: Shatyr on June 15, 2018, 10:33:23 PM
I've landed, unpacked, and am now waiting for my roommate. I keep popping downstairs to look for pony people, but we're all pretty well disguised!
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