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 Post subject: The age old question.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 20:25 pm 
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Real Name: steve
Group: Tommy Und Jerry 1940.
Has anyone worked out a way to make a living wage from this hobby? I love the buzz from events and interacting with the public and would love to do this 24/7. I'm guessing many others feel the same way, as I get older, balder and ache/shake has anyone come up with the answer? (I only ask as the forum has gone very quiet and I hate my job).


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 20:32 pm 
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To make a "living" you'd need to work Monday to Friday 48 weeks a year... which means doing stuff more than the gigs we all want to do (which notoriously don't pay anyone anything)

Which means education basically... which means you need a "product" that fits with some aspect of the national curriculum to achieve maximum potential customers.

Some do it.

It does turn a hobby into a job, which for most crushes the enjoyment out of it. Just warning...

The sorts that do this sort of thing have a high tolerance for endless repetition, something which most reenactors I've ever known don't have. Asking them to do the same "theme" two weekends in a row is usually too much :D

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Real Name: Mark Stubbings
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If you want to make this into a Job, start a new event(s) and hope enough people like you that it can build into something spectacular
Alternatively
Find something everyone wants and sell it to them
Buy the worlds biggest Campervan, park on the road outside events and undercut the event sleep over prices
Start a group and charge membership, and get liability insurance cheap
Source some Genuine 'ladies' for the same Camper, on the Grounds that the German Army had it's own brothels
(good luck not getting arrested on that one)
Import shedloads of RIF's from china really cheaply and sell them on
Just a couple of ideas,
If it were minimum wage for doing Living History, a lot of people would do it :lol:
We're lucky to get fuel costs on the very rare occasion (happened for me twice)

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 17:52 pm 
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I like the ladies/camper van scenario but my wife isn't keen! On a serious note I have been buying lots of ww2 kit over the last couple of years to sell on, amazing how much even 37 pattern webbing goes for now-a-days, just trying to find the courage to leave a guaranteed monthly wage and become a trader! So if you have the odd belt/strap/pouch you don't want/need you know where to send it :)

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Convert an old Prison/Custody bus thingy into a shower block for events.....Ive been mulling that for about 10 years now.
Ive been away from most aspects of the hobby for years now beyond attending the odd local event so no idea if something similar happens but I too need a new line of work after my ticker gave out a year ago,will follow this thread with interest lol

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I was not a reenactor but I did serve in the military before starting warhats.com I've been doing it part time for 10 years and now full time for 3 years. It is very hard work to make money, which means you need to keep finding USP's and unique items. I strongly suggest specialising e.g. you could make WW2 signs or sell WW2 Caps/Helmets or just badges or vehicles etc. this way you become expert at your craft!

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Having worked at festivals and historical events, my advice would be run the bar. As for making a living out of reenactment then the answer is I do not think it is possible.

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Lord alone knows how people make a living at it when we cant even simply sell our own surplus equipment .. !!!

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