Denbigh stalls too expensive - vendors
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
Merchants from across the country look forward to the annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show as a medium for plying their assorted wares to make a profit over the three-day event.
However, some say they hope the organisers of the event will be a little more lenient going forward as it relates to the pricing of spots for them to peddle their wares, as the Denbigh product would not have been the same without them.
"The spots are very expensive for us as small vendors. Sometimes, you sell and sometimes, you don't sell. The best time for it is when the last day fall on the Monday, which would be a holiday, but because the holiday gone already, we nuh really make much money this year. So sometimes you not even make back you money weh you pay fi get a spot," said one female vendor.
"I have to pay for the spot, rent the vehicle fi come down and buy load. So if you are not careful, you end up losing a whole heap of money," the vendor lamented.
Merchants sleep at the venue for three nights as many of them come from other parishes and it would be an added expense to travel back home after each day, so they sleep in their vehicles or find a spot and use bedding material to make a place to lay their heads.
The 23-time vendor from Kingston stocked mainly toys which were sold from a tarpaulin spread on the ground under a tree close to the kiddies' village at the back of a section of the 52-acre property.
A male vendor who stocked a wide assortment of sunglasses and in all sizes and shapes agreed that $20,000 and $40,000 for a spot is too costly.
"Di spot dem too expensive, man. If dem could just work out a package for us a year time so that we can pay a likkle cheaper price so we can make a money, that would be good for us. Denbigh anno like one time when people did have money fi spend; times hard now, and everybody a try make a living, so me a beg dem go easy on us," he pleaded.
The pricing of the spots varies depending on the location.