Updated 09/06/2012 09:04 PM
Venders say weather dampened sales during DNC
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hundreds of street vendors braved the storms to try and cash in on the Democratic National Convention foot traffic.
People came to uptown Charlotte during DNC week from all across the country, but many vendors said the bad weather has hurt business. Afternoon showers just wouldn't let up for Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention.
Though the event brought tens of thousands of people to the Queen City, some street vendors said the weather dampened their sales.
"We came in on Saturday. It has been raining mostly all week and everything, on and off, so we had a lot of loss you know on sales," said James Hickman.
But some said they were still doing well, despite the rain. Bob Smith said by Thursday, his team had it down to a science.
"What we do when it rains, we very quickly pull this out here, get our banner on the ground, then put a tarp over it all,” said Smith.
Many vendors said since there's nothing you can do about Mother Nature, you learn to roll with the punches.
"I've been in this business for a long time and we know there's ups and downs and you have to improvise,” said Byron Johnson.
But for Tiffany Lewis, the rain is the least of her worries. She called her location in Legacy Village, the kiss of death.
"Every booth that you see here represents an enormous amount of money, hundreds of thousands of dollars literally to be a legitimate part of the DNC activity," said Lewis.
Since most of the foot traffic is just out on the street, several vendors picked up and moved.
"Every day we have a new strategy, based on what happened the previous day and where we're seeing, the events going on," said Johnson.
Aside from the challenges, most street vendors taking part in the Democratic National Convention said it was all worth it.
Most vendors said CarolinaFest, which was held on Monday, was their most profitable day.