Brisk business for Teuila vendors

By Sandra Nauth ,

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Booth of Filipo

Booth of Filipo

The 2016 Teuila Festival ended in style yesterday and among the happy participants are many vendors from throughout the country who utilised the opportunity to make some money.

And judging from the reaction by a lot of them, they can hardly wait until next year when they will return for more.

Take for example, Gloria. She was offering for the first time at Teuila Festival at her booth different drinks and a delicious barbecue, which is loved by both Samoan people and also by tourists from overseas. 

“Maybe this is because it only cost five tala,” she told us with a big smile. 

“It is great, I like the festival and also the people who are buying our stuff.”

But the vendors admit that the application procedure to get a booth at the Teuila festival was hard.

“They say first come, first serve. So we had to wait for three years to be finally here and sell our stuff,” said Julieanna who offered clothes, which were popular for Samoans as well as tourists.

 Otherwise, there are also lots of sellers which have been already at Teuila Festival for the previous years.

“Business and sales are different from year to year, this year we started good for the first day and I know that at the end of the week we probably have some good sales,” said Clyde who sold mostly souvenirs, especially handcrafts, as well as t-shirts. 

Vendor: Julieanna
Vendor: Julieanna
Vendor: Clyde.
Vendor: Clyde.
Vendor: Gloria
Vendor: Gloria

For him it is not only doing business at Teuila Festival but also exposing his goods and doing some promotion for a good publicity.

 When we met Filipo, he told us that the turnover has definitely increased in 2016 compared to last year. 

“The people, predominantly tourists from overseas, buy everything but especially T-shirts and handcraft, they take them home as a souvenir or even as a decoration 

 “People have different tastes and thus prefer different colours and materials,” we were told by May who is also for the 1st time at Teuila Festival. This fact can be confirmed when one looks at the colourful booths.

 Overall, vendors at the Festival, seemsatisfied with this year’s business. 

They are very positive.

Visitors said the same. And that sets them up nicely for the next Teuila festival in 2017.

So until then...

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