Unlike, some of the bigger shows like the Arena (Newcastle), the traders do not have a separate 'pod system'. We all put together our own little section for our shops made from various stands, tables, wire grid wall etc.
Although I do take along some 'card-making' products like decoupage and toppers, punches etc., the majority of my stock appeals more to the scrapbookers that attend. I did have one lady say to me that I was the only person selling scrapbooks!
It is difficult to know what to take to these shows as obviously, you can't take all your stock and all the different lines of products that you sell on-line - but you can bet that the one thing you don't take, someone asks for!
I always take along some of my layouts to display and Joanne always makes some cards up for me as customers like to get ideas on what to do with the various products. The new Authentique patterned papers went down well as I displayed the two layouts I have just made and I got a lot of lovely comments from customers.
I always do a mini audit on the sales I make at the shows as it helps when planning the next one. The top three sellers at Sunday's show were:
1. Patterned Papers & Collection Kits
2. Tando Creative Masks and chipboard
3. Kanban Decoupage/Toppers
If you went along to the show, let me know what you thought about the venue, the number of retailers etc. in fact anything you want - I would be interested in your feedback. If you leave a comment, I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month (see rules). Thanks for stopping by.