Monday, August 10, 2009
Another great Stampaway show and we won the Best Technique honors
Just returned from Cincinnati and the 17th Stampaway. This weekend is not for the faint of heart for vendors or customers. Classes, set-up, shopping, Friday's evening event, Saturday's throngs of people (yes, they still have throngs at the Cincinnati show), tearing down the booth as fast as you can, and finally relaxing at Connie's with dessert and a chance to visit with other vendors. Big winners: Judi-Kins, Friendliest Booth, Stamper's Anonymous, Best Demo, Northwoods, Best Artwork, European Papers, Best Embellishments and Carmen's Veranda (Mary Jo, of course), Best Technique. We were selling Sharpie brand BIG BOY white poster paint markers and gel markers and those were pretty much gone by the time Mary Jo finished her demo Saturday morning. I didn't even snag a jumbo marker for myself so will have to order more. It seems that the BIG images and BIG markers were the best sellers. I'll try to post some of the new images for your perusal in the next couple of weeks, particular those appropriate for Halloween -- my favorite holiday. Can't wait until next year to return to Ohio. Being a "winner" guarantees a spot for the following year. Wonderful to see friends that don't come to the West Coast like Mike and Chris (and Andy) from Coffee Break, Mark and Joni and Lemonhead from Artful Illusions, and too many to mention. Connie does a wonderful job with the show and promised to take it a year at a time with the planning since she's officially "retired" now. The classes were full, the attendance at the show was great, and even though it's a rigorous weekend, it's totally worth it! We can catch up on sleep this week...I'm trying to secure a spot in the November Carson show and Mary Jo agreed to demo for Carmen's if I can, so I'll keep you posted on those developments. ...and thank you Sandra for "making my day" with your purchases and praise.