Dear friends....I hope that you'all (as we say in the South:-) had a wonderful weekend! This will be a quick post, as I am playing catch up with packing and shipping and normal life stuff like Dr. appts this week.
The Atlanta Gift Show was tons o' fun, despite long flight delays both coming and going (always seems to be the case these days~sigh) and torrential downpours that kept us from doing much other than attending the show. That is what we were there for, so work it was on this trip!
It was utterly lovely to see some familiar faces and vendors whom I know, and a delight to chat with other entrepreneurs and artisans about their work and lives.
The Merchandise Mart is humongous, with literally hundreds upon hundreds of showrooms, it's mindboggling and tiring on the ol' tootsies! I can shop with the best of them, so I hung in there from opening to closing to see, buy and learn. They do not allow cameras in the Mdse Mart, and although I know that there are others who sneak in those illegal shots, at this point in my life I am not a rule breaker~so I just have this one for you. The vendor is someone that I spend LOTS of money with, so he allowed me to be photographed doing so!
Many of the show rooms were showcasing their Spring 2009 lines, which seems so far away....but is often the case in the retail marketplace. I saw lots of what is on trend right now.....tons of mercury glass~which is so everywhere that I think it's going to be overdone and fade quickly. Lots of crowns, reproduction garden elements, beadboard frames, rhinestone frames, a plethora of pillows of all sorts, soldered pendant jewelry, overabundance of sweet baby items and TONS of paper goods and stationery products. For the upcoming Holidays, much as last year with glitter galore and my favorite pastel tones:-).
The market seems to be more friendly to the Modern look than the Fufu look, but I still managed to order lots of goodies for my customers....and I am looking forward to have it all start rolling in to post on the website soon.
Will talk to you soon and spend some time later this week visiting everyone's blogs~
Ta ta for now!