Shopping for the nerd at heart
Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 10:06PM
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Geeks of Ottawa may have noticed there being a woeful lack of a geek bazaar. With geek culture gaining mainstream appeal, it’s a wonder one hasn’t come into existence yet. That’s being rectified October 14th with the first ever Ottawa Geek Market at the Nepean Sportsplex.

The event was thought up by Stacey Young, the proprietor of Geek etc., when she realized that there was no geek themed convention here in Ottawa in the fall.

“I thought that’s silly. Someone should really organize something,” said Young to a friend that was holding a geeky garage sale. It was then that her friend, rather jokingly suggested that she should run the event. However, Young took that as a challenge.

The idea took shape as a way to help the local community and highlight the cool vendors in the area. To that end, not only will there be things like Lego Star Wars jewellery but the proceeds from the admission sales and raffle will go to the Make a Wish foundation of Eastern Ontario.

This commitment to helping kids didn’t come from out of nowhere. A chance encounter with a small child changed everything for her. She was at a doctor’s appointment due to her chemical sensitivity when she saw a small child who was suffering from a disability look up at his mother. The next words from his mouth broke Young’s heart.

“Mommy, when do I get to be normal like all the other kids for a day,” he said.

From that point on a commitment to helping kids and to keeping the market fragrance free was born. In fact, Young takes great pride in her fragrance free policy. Those who want to attend but may be worried due to the fragrances normally associated with the make up that can go into some costumes can breathe a sigh of relief.

That said, expect to see a lot of people in costume. Even the chief of security will be in full Klingon gear. Even though there will be no masquerade due to this being mainly a marketplace, attendees are more than encouraged to come in costume.

In the end, Young expects there to be a healthy turn out. She originally thought that there would only be about 100 or so people attending. Due to the power of the internet, however, she’s now expecting somewhere between 1000 to 2000 people in attendance.

“The geeky community is tight in a good way,” said Young.

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