Brandon Ross built Abstract Media LLC, his part-time event planning business, in March 2010 by looking for deals on online markets like Craigslist and eBay.
Ross, a policy analyst for the Transportation Cabinet, has a room in his Vicky Way home full of projectors, public address systems, wireless earpieces, and audio and video recorders that heâ€™s collected, mostly through online deals, and rents to customers.
He checks Craigslist and eBay daily for deals on equipment. Ross found a 10-by-10 projection screen worth $1,000 for $170 on Craigslist, a site he prefers because sellers will sometimes accept trades.
In fact, thatâ€™s how Ross became interested in black-light parties. Heâ€™s put together three in the past nine months, he says.
â€œI got a black light off Craigslist, and I thought, â€˜Iâ€™m going to try the black-light parties,â€™â€ Ross said.
Ross, 38, bought ultraviolet-reactant makeup, hairspray and paint, which are hard to find in bulk, for the parties, and he says theyâ€™re popular for birthdays.
â€œThe only thing I can think is they have seen this on MTV or some other party show,â€ Ross said. â€œ(The University of Louisville) has a big black-out party every year.â€