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It’s been a busy 10 days or so for us here at Unit 13 Originals! Firstly, we launched our website which has gone down brilliantly. In true ‘The Apprentice’ style, we did some market research (close friends only!) and asked for feedback on the site. We’ve changed a few bits such as the colour scheme on the FAQs section but apart from that, the comments were really encouraging. It’s now a matter of driving more and more traffic to it and making sure that the all important SEO does its job!
After the excitement of our website launch, it was time to pack the van ready for EmCom in Nottingham. We’ve not had a stand at this event before, but we’d heard really positive reports about it and decided to give it a go. We were glad we did. After the initial struggle of getting the stock out of the van (the slope from the car park was steeper than K2!), we set up within 2 hours and were ready for the crowds the next morning.
It doesn’t seem to matter which shows we do, the atmosphere at them is always amazing. It’s a privilege to be able to share in the excitement of the weekend with people who have a real passion for their interest and hobbies. Many of the costumes are absolutely out of this world (literally!) and it’s clear how much time, effort and money people have put into them. We particularly loved the Daleks this weekend who were picking fights with unsuspecting people and generally terrorising the crowds! We love it too when whole families have picked a theme and are walking around as The Addams Family or characters from Star Wars, really soaking up the buzz and atmosphere of the whole event. It feels like a special place to be.
As it is very often only one of us at an event (we have a 5 year old who needs looking after by the ‘other’ one of us!), we don’t usually get much of a chance to look around whilst the day is in full flow. We obviously get to talk to other traders before and after the crowds have been but we never really get to meet any of the guests or hear any talks. That is unless one of them comes and finds you!
Danny John-Jules (aka The Cat in Red Dwarf), spotted our t-shirts and was hooked! He loved our designs and told us that he never really buys off stands unless he is totally taken by something…two Average Joes and a Kobayashi tee says that he was! He was a friendly bloke who was happy to stand and chat for a while and have pictures taken with fans and with his Unit 13 Originals purchases. After telling us that he hears the phrase ‘Duane Dibley’ off someone every day, he left to go and have lunch at a local cafe…Kittys!
The next few weeks continues to be busy for us. We’ve another show at the end of the month in Newcastle and we’re continuing to work on new designs. Look out for Back to the Future II, Breaking Bad, Dredd, Batman and Quentin Tarantino inspired t-shirts in the near future. We’re also re-vamping our Unit 13 Originals leaflet, showcasing our great range of products and designs. If you want to keep up to date with all our latest news, special offers and discounts, be sure to sign up for our news letter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.