Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Market: Days Two and Three

So, here we are shortly before leaving the hotel to make our grand debut to the quilt industry. We were so excited and super nervous because we had no idea what the day would bring.
The night before was Sample Spree (where, if you're lucky and know the right people, which we totally did (Thanks Amy!) you're able to get in and purchase lots of goods at wholesale prices before they're even released to the public...more on that later). The reason I'm telling you about this now, is because while we were there Roni spotted Dana and Vanessa and went nuts. She had to meet them, so we chased them for nearly a mile (I know seriously, stalking) and never caught them. :) But on this lucky day, Dana was passing our booth and Roni had her moment...
Vanessa wasn't with her at the time, but we were able to meet her later (we forgot the pics though). Both fun girls. Hi Dana! Hi V!
I had planned on just really selling from my booth the first two days, but my plans sort of took a turn. Emily, Shari, and Jina from Riley Blake all stopped by my booth, as well as a few distributors (people who buy your stuff in really large quantities) and some Westminster folks (I was even given a little tour around their booths). The thing about market is you never know who you're talking to. People drop by and half the time their checking you out to see if they want to work with you, but we never knew who we were talking to until the end of the conversation. Lucky for me, we were able to stay in high spirits the whole time. :) This picture below is me with Jina from Riley Blake, she was super sweet and so fun to meet (No that rhyme was not intentional).
Occassionally, I'd have to step out to meet with people or just take a breather. On this particular day I was anxious to visit people. So I headed on down to Amy's booth. Melda took the camera from me and this is what happened:
Then I took the camera back:
And then...it happened. OK, so I was dying to meet Sandi, DYING, I tell you. I walked up to her booth the very first day and saw her, but then I just walked away...lame, I know. My pal Shari convinced me to just head on over and say hello. So I did and she wasn't there. But I did have a nice conversation with her husband Dustin, he's a funny guy. I stopped by again later that day and she WAS there. So we chatted a bit (she's so humble) and then we took a photo in her booth. That was fun. And so, here's my memory-making-moment with Sandi:
Sandi and I do meet again...so stay tuned. I'm just sort of filling you in here and there on the trip, but I know I'm missing a lot of it too, it's all such a blur...a really good blur. And I really shouldn't be blogging because I have so many orders to fill. My double visit to the post office today was a little frightening for the ladies there. :) So...more tomorrow. I have to stuff patterns.

11 comments:

Annalee Taylor said...

Im so jealous! I want to be you... and do what you do. Maybe in my next life! So your hair is super cute and I didnt even recognise Amy, love the new looks!

Amy Hamberlin said...

So Great! The post office thing. Doesn't get better. At least not for me.

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taggdarci said...

Oh, what an experience! I so wish I could go and just be there in the same room with all of you creative peeps! Amazing!

Lee and Roni Poston said...

I wish the blog post could really do this trip justice! It was such a blast. And thank you to all the fabulous people we met for not calling the police on the two "crazy" girls.

Ashley said...

Oh my goodness, I came here from Roni's blog, and I love it. You guys look so crafty and fun. By the way, your hair is THE cutest thing ever. I totally want to chop mine again now!

shareenspace said...

I have loved reading about your trip and looking at all of the pics. What an amazing trip you had!!

Jenny said...

Love your blog! I think a lot of us quilt market girls are crazy, not just you & Roni!

Kim said...

This is so exciting! You look so happy in all the pictures and I am so excited that your designs are flying off the racks (not that I ever had any doubt)! I am so proud of you. You really worked so hard and planned for this for so long! I am so glad this is going so well for you!

Greene Family said...

What an exciting trip!! I so want to go! I just need to become a lot more crafty! Love seeing all of these fun photos!

Shari Doohikey Designs said...

Why didn't we take a picture! Dang it!!! I wish we would have, now the next market we will have to do double the pictures you realize that right? To make up for the first time marketers!!! Thanks for your kind words you said to Jina today and for your blog you are such a sweetie!