Chris Pirillo is a geek on a mission.
More specifically, he’s a geek on a mission to create possibly the world’s biggest ongoing geek market. And this Sunday, that mission will get its first test with the premiere of Galaxaar, a galactic bazaar of epic proportions.
The market is taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at the Issaquah Community Center, about a 30-minute drive from downtown Seattle.
Pirillo, the popular vlogger and founder of LockerGnome, is known for his events including Gnomedex and VloggerFair. He told GeekWire in an email that 50 vendors have already signed up to sell their wares at Galaxaar, offering everything from vintage collectibles to unique geeky items from every type of fandom.
In addition to being a professional geek, Chris is also a geek parent, and he said accessibility for all ages was an important element of organizing Galaxaar.
“There are certainly similar types of events that have happened throughout the region, but I wanted to leverage my own event production experience and do one for myself – and set it up such that it can happen regularly throughout the year and be quite accessible to moms, dads, and kids alike,” he said.
Chris said he loves sharing his geekiness with his 2-year-old daughter Jedi (yup, you read that right — the force is strong with this one) and that he hopes the event can encourage families to geek out together.
“In bringing both modern and vintage together under one roof, we have a chance to provide a multi-generational experience for parents and their children. Perhaps a mother will find a toy that she always wanted, or father will restart a classic collection anew? Perhaps a child will be inspired by the original arts and crafts and begin to create their own fun in a way that they couldn’t have imagined before,” he said.
“I will consider the event a success if I see just one adult explode with enthusiasm as they look upon something they haven’t thought about in decades. To see their child light up in parallel would be an unimaginably wonderful sight. And to give that family something new to bond over? Priceless.”
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