I (personally) love hand-made stuff, but understand that some sort of mass production would be needed in order to fill quota.
That said, i do love pins, and buttons can be appealing to the masses (and younger folk).
I also like unique items that falls in line with the theme.
Also, people tend to pay big bucks for creations that are the most "show-realistic" items.
Plushies: I've seen great ones that goes for top dollar (if they're realistic enough) and others that don't the best "realism" flounder. If you want to go big, this would be the way to go.
As for other stuff, i would ask around and see what other fellow bronies like.
Side note: When is your Birthday? Mine is Aug. 29th.
I don't really want to try to go through Hasbro to get figures to sell, that's really not my thing. I'm all for hand made things, and I'm actually looking at basing a makeup line off of the mane six, maybe throw a few others in.
I was thinking of taking my next day off, and watching everything all over again to see if there was any things Rarity makes (for example) that I could easily recreate to sell as well.
I'm not so sure about plushies, as much as I would love to do them. I know somebody who is going who makes amazing ones, I know mine couldn't compare.
My birthday is August 19th
I wasn't meaning for you to go through Hasbro. People can make their own mass produced items (like pins, cookies, buttons).
Something from the first public meeting: If the other person is willing to make and sell plushies at the convention, you both can get a dealer's table and split the cost.
Each vendor gets their own table, two chairs, and two badges. So you could split the table in two, both of you sell your items, and then split the cost of the vendor badge.
That way, you both can save $35 bucks (or however you we're going to split the cost) and reduce your overhead and potentially make a profit.
If you both have a few items that you both specialize in at the event, you could even cross promote each other and help drive business that way.
Just a few ideas that came across my mind.
I found that each vendor gets one vendor badge and one "helper" badge.
The "helper" must also purchase a "normal" badge, so the cost savings is a bit less.
However, i'll contact RoyalCoat for more info.
In order for both of you to sell items, both need to have the proper licenses to sell within Washington State.
If you have any more questions, feel free to contact RoyalCoat