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living off of tips...

November 19th, 2007 at 05:35 pm

We went back to the ren fest this Saturday..OK first I have to rant...we were supposed to take our teen niece, we promised early in the year, picked a date we thought would work, she checked with the parents and agreed. Well the in laws from GA came up a different weekend and wanted to go, teen niece couldn't make it, so we figured we would go on the original date, and the one with GA family. not cheap, but fine. We don't break promises if at all possible.

Then teen niece gets sick the planned we ask if postponing will work or if we have to scrap it for the year. She checks with the parents and the final weekend will be fine for her.

Friday, we get a call from her parental unit...sorry they are going to PA early so teen niece cannot come with us......

The tickets are purchased in advance..cheaper than at the gate. So now we have tickets we can't use, and secondary tickets for ourselves (remember we already went once this year) We were NOT happy with the inlaws ....$@#%^@%&@@$!#

K so back to the question of living off of tips. The Ren fest is mainly, people watching, shows, a joust, and shopping.

The people watching and joust are free for cost of admission. The shows really are too, but they only make money if folks tip. We always do.

On the one hand, watching the huge crowds of people tipping you might think they make a killing, but on the other hand, they only work Sunday and much money can you make if you only work two days a week? Two long days admittedly. But you have to pay for the stage. I don't think I would have that much faith in other people to pay for a stage and hope to make enough to cover it, and food... Or maybe I wouldn't have that much faith in my own abilities as a performer... Of which I have none Smile

8 Responses to “living off of tips...”

  1. ME Says:

    I cannot speak for a Renaissance Festvial, but, 15+ years ago, my youngest sibling worked as a server only two nights a week. (they were still in high school at the time) Friday & Saturday from 11 PM to 7 AM. (the restaurant was open 24 hours, they were able to drive themself to and from work and had our parents permission to do so) According to my sibling they averaged $75-100 PER NIGHT! Please keep in mind, this was not peak hours for the restaurant and it was 15 years ago.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Hmm, I wonder if tips were expected at the re-enactment of the French military fort I went to. I didn't see any tip pots or people handing over money. I figured it was mostly hobbyists, some of whom also were permitted to sell their goods. Can't remember whether we paid admission either.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Bummer about the relatives leaving you in the lurch. I keep telling my husband he needs to decide whether to participate in his family get together in December, which he has known about for nearly a year. Other people depend on knowing for making plans.

  4. nanamom Says:

    Can you sell the tickets? Maybe drive there and offer them since they are cheaper than gate tickets? If not can you call a local church and see if they know a family that can't afford to go but would love the tickets?

  5. princessperky Says:

    I did at one time waitress, and the tips were good...but It didn't cost me anything to go there and tips at a restaurant are usually higher than the buck you give at a Ren fest..though then again, at a restaurant you only serve a couple tables, at the Ren fest you can have an audience of 100....

  6. princessperky Says:

    Oh and selling the tickets at the door would be more trouble than a scalpers jail term is worth Smile
    we just went, and gave the spare ticket to a friend.

  7. mom-from-missouri Says:

    Can you the tickets??

  8. princessperky Says:

    That would be a good idea..if we had more notice..the backing out was done the day before the final weekend..but thanks for the suggestion.

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