Thursday, August 19, 2010

Decisions, Decisions....

The Atlanta Gift Show...the second week of of January. It sounds so far away, but the clock it ticking on making a decision about participating this year as a vendor. I have had a booth twice before and then have taken a break. Not only is it grueling work but a ton of money to lay out hoping for retailers to buy your stuff. Now that my website has launched, it would be a great time to get out there and fill up my Retail page.

The first time I went, I had to submit this proposal outlining what my booth would look like. I had never done anything like this before, so I just drew what I envisioned... I love a good scalloped edge border!

Hilariously, when it came to getting materials and actually putting it all together..this is what it looked like. A lot of pink curtains (that my Mom sewed) and my beautiful white picket fence (that my friend Odi sanded and painted for me). By the last day, my Mom and I were taking turns napping behind the back table. Exhausting!

The next show, in January, I split a booth with my good friend Kate. Holy cow, our booth was a pink ribbon explosion!! It was super fun to have a partner and we made so many friends. Getting sales? That was another story.

Then I took a break. I still went to the shows as a buyer and realized that what was appealing to me in a booth was a more streamlined look. If I did it again, I would definitely invest in the colored walls and nice carpeting. I am trying to get a few friends to split a booth with me. Not sure if it will actually happen. In January, I went and had the best time. This booth was so nice..of course it was Meg Carter's, and she has excellent taste, but it made me stop and look.

I need to make a decision soon! You would think with the economy, they would be calling past participants offering them a deal, but that hasn't happened. I am dying to go back!!!


Stephanie said...

You should totally do it, it looks like so much fun!!

CDS said...

I think if you have a few people to split a booth should go. Especially with your launched website!! xoxo