Will 2023 Start Off On A Good Note
Will 2023 Start Off On A Good Note
With 2022 crashing and burning for so many in our industry, there are shows we hesitate to go back to, shows that may be on their last legs, promoters we trusted in the past that we might not trust going forward for one reason or another and promoters we left we may be going back too! 2022 started off rocky and only got worst. We participated in 3 out of 5 weekends in January 2022 and only 1 was successful. 2023 we have booked every weekend in January, two being new shows for us, with the hopes things will be different this year. Two shows in February we are worried about but typically the first shows of the year are better than the Summer / Fall Shows, we have to do as many as possible in first and second quarter and save up on money to tide us over thru the rough patches. It just seems like the rough patches are getting longer and longer and so many are living on their savings more and more now days. While most live now days pay check to pay check, we live show to show and what little we do save, we live on throughout Fall and Winter as the shows this past few years have been really horrible. Heading into the last month of the first quarter (2023), we are booked every weekend in March and these are typically great shows and we look forward to each one of them being: Dothan, Montgomery, AGCA Hoover (Largest show in Alabama) and CASC Mobile (Probably the second largest) being really big shows. Heading into the second quarter (2023), we have to find some new shows as these months April, May and June are duds, with only one show per month right now tentatively booked and to be honest only one is decent. This lead us into summer when things typically slow down in our industry as a whole. FFL Dealers really complain; not doing well at all while typically accessories suppliers generally are not hit as bad. I do not know if Gun manufactures do not run sales for FFL’s or people generally save that money for family trips. Here is hoping the Biden economy will turn around or something turns around our economy during 2023 and things start to get back on track as many of us in the industry work for a living and this is not a side income but a primary income. If you see a local show come to your area, support it by helping them spread the word on social media and word of mouth at your regular job and attending the show. Visit your favorite vendor; if anything just to stop and say Hi and see what new items he/she has to offer. Nothing worse than sitting there all day and not talking to a sole all day and not having people interested in your goods. 2020 / 2021 /2022 we are seeing more and more vendors leave due to a variety of reason, from old age (finally retiring), Covid - Passing Away, giving up - because they cannot make it in this economy. Without the vendors promoters cannot put on shows and we are not seeing a new breed of young people enter the Gun & Knife Show industry to take over for those leaving. It has been predicted in 10-15 years Gun Shows will not be around. If you want them to survive, help us now. I went to my first show when I was problem 14/15 years old in Birmingham when it was Ernie Bean running a huge show downtown and AGCA was at Bessemer; later Northport, Alabama held a small show under Allen Daniels – now CASC (Collectors & Shooters Company). This was 40 years ago and shows were huge with 800-1000+ vendor tables covering the entire BJCC Floor. Years later you can barely get 200-300 to show up. You actually see more smaller shows now than than the bigger shows and based on recent years they are spread out more between shows making it even harder for fulltime vendors to make a living. There are no more shows in Northport, Alabama because the City of Northport remodeled their Civic Center and there is no where too have it any more and in West Alabama as a whole, no local business will step up to offer a promoter a place to host an event so promoters have to go elsewhere. Many vendors have become so anti-gun or 2nd Amendment they do not want things like this in their venues. It also doesn’t help having certain city officials (Mayors) that are against the 2nd Amendment which seems to be more and more now days too! Places are getting harder and harder to find to host event. Even the small town of Cullman, Alabama sold their Civic Center to a Church and never rebuilt. Why would a large venue let a Promoter rent 1/3rd of a building any more when they are afraid they will miss-out on renting the entire complex any more? The culture as a whole has changed and shows are just finding it hard to find venues now days. We started 5 years ago and just in that period we have seen at least 20-25+ people leave and very few new vendors come in. This seems to be a dying industry. The culture is changing. When you drive around your local town can you name the last gun store in your town that was open before the liberals had it shut down? They are even forcing some stores to change their policies i.e. Wal-Mart and force them to stop selling guns and ammo. Wasn't it just a few years ago when Wal-Mart decided to stop offering Hand Gun Ammo? One of the largest retailer in America stopped selling Ammo, why? You Know Why! There is going to come a time when you can not get a gun, ammo or accessories period in America if you do not support you local show! Many of you know I sell knives. Where else can you go now days to see the selection we offer anywhere if not for a local show? Nowhere!
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