A Day at the Geek Bazaar

A sale

You’re a geek with some money to spend.  Thing is, you’re maybe looking for some steampunk accessories. Maybe you might even like a Tardis cookie jar for your counter.  The problem is you have no idea where to look.  Luckily the Ottawa Geek Market has you covered.

The Geek market is now into its second year.  You can still find all the great vendors of all things geeky that you could find last year only now everything is bigger.

Tuscan Raiders on the attack. Photo courtesy Jodi Peterson.Last year’s venue was barely able to hold the 2000 plus people that came through their doors.  So now it’s taking place at Carleton University’s Fieldhouse over the weekend of Oct. 19th-20th. Even the costumes people are wearing seem more elaborate.

“That’s really the best part about this,” says Elizabeth Howell, Ottawa Geek Market’s media coordinator at the mere mention of the costumes people are wearing. 

The event has always wanted to spread the good around.  Last year the Geek Market raised $2448 for the Make-a-Wish foundation.  Now they’ve brought their attention to three organizations that are trying to put a stop to bullying across all age groups.  The money raised this year will go to the Kids Help Phone, Jer’s Vision and the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region.

Kale the dragon takes a break from shopping. Photo coutesy Jodi PetersonThe organizers have always felt that the geek community is one that celebrates diversity. Fans of anime can mingle with horror fans.  Sci-fi fans will hang out with fantasy aficionados.  So they felt that the market is one of the best ways for geeks to show their support for the community.

“If we can take this little microcosm and make it a little bit bigger to include the wider world I think we’ll be living in a better spot,” says Howell.

The geeks of Ottawa did not disappoint.  Yesterday’s rainy weather didn’t hold anyone back from attending.  A line up had formed around the Fieldhouse even before the doors opened for the event.  The excitement never let up.  All the vendors noticed a steady stream of nerd shoppers coming by their tables.

“People are having a good time,” says Howell.  “I hear good things when they come by! Look at these smiles!”

 Everyone was smiling today! Phot courtesy Jodi Peterson

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