|We've gotten LOTS of nice comments|
about our chair covers!
First off, I made a few more curtain panels for a fuller background look, along with two chair covers, and another long banner. I also got some doll stands to use for my table display, which was much improved from Portland. But this was all the more stuff to cram into suitcases and struggle with in airports and hotels. It really wasn't fun at all wrangling & dragging it all in 95+ degree Houston heat over busted up sidewalks from our hotel to the convention center. We promised ourselves we'd never do that again and since we knew we'd be driving to the next Spring Market in Pittsburgh, that gave us a year to figure out how to ship our booth to Houston the next time.
|It didn't take us long to realize |
that we had outgrown this 1/2 booth size.
I added 2 new things for the Spring Market '09 in Pittsburgh. I made two aisle banners which you can see in the two upper corners on the right, and I also fixed up a power point presentation of all of our patterns, which ran continuously on our display table. It took me a long time to do it as I had to learn from scratch, and while I'm glad I learned how, it turned out to be a total waste of time. NOT ONE person looked at or commented on it. The thing that was glaringly apparent in Pittsburgh though, was that we had outgrown our half booth. There were consistent traffic jams outside of our booth, due to the limited footspace inside.
|We (and our customers)|
really love the extra space a full booth allows!
So we made plans to sign up for a full-sized corner booth in Houston for the '09 Fall Market. Of course that meant MORE curtains, and TWO extra display tables which needed to be dressed. We found some cool wreath stands so we could display our bags on the tables instead of hanging them from the curtains for a more professional look, and we made arrangements to ship our entire booth via UPS to the advance warehouse. It was scary doing that the first time, but it sure was nice not having to drag those heavy cases everywhere!
Spring Market '10 (see panarama above) was held in Minneapolis, MN which we really enjoyed! Our display was pretty similar to Houston, but we tinkered around for the first time with varying the heights of our bags for a most pleasant appearance. I think it really helped the overall look, don't you? We also rented lighting and for the first time, we brought some finished patterns so that small orders could be filled immediately, saving us some work when we got back home.
So that brings us to the Fall Market in Houston, which is coming up (the last weekend in October). We aren't planning any BIG changes to our booth, but we're still tinkering with the display, and we're bringing our own lighting system this time. (Renting lights from the convention center is OUTRAGEOUS!)
We do have a couple of new items though. For one thing, we've printed up some pretty white paper bags for our cash on-site customers. I think they look great, and we might as well get a little additional advertising as folks walk around, right?
Additionally, we've got a new giveaway item this time, some nifty zipper pulls complete with our logo and website info!
And here's a nifty miniature ironing board that we can use to press out any shipping wrinkles.
So........ next stop, Houston, Texas. Stay tuned for pictures and commentary from the Market floor. It'll be here before you know it!