As I prepare for the American Craft Council Wholesale and Retail tradeshow in Baltimore at the end of February I am learning a lot. As in more than can currently fit into my head.
One of the most critical bits I needed to address was the all important question “what will my booth look like?”
I settled upon propanel walls as they are perfect for hanging textile art.
They arrived in my studio last week and they are quite gorgeous.
Although I’m not sure who is more exited – me or the cats.
6 big boxes and 200 pounds waiting to be unpacked. Help is already on the scene.
1st box open. Everyone wanting to read the instructions all at once.
The lower level of panels are up within 45 minutes. Union helpers are on break.
No tools needed to set up the walls. Pretty fancy hardward holds it all together.
1 1/2 hours later the booth is put together. It is 15×8 feet.
It barely fits in my studio so getting a photo is a challenge.
You know things are about to happen when all she does is look up.
Yep – kinda expected that.
Quality control gives the booth a thumbs up.
I’m pretty sure I have the worlds most expensive cat jungle gym in my studio and I’m looking forward to putting it back in boxes so I can ship it to Vermont next week so they stop using it as a scratching post.
Yes – Vermont – surprisingly this is the easiest and cheapest way to get it to Baltimore if you can’t drive it.
Breaking into the fine craft trade show biz isn’t for the weak at heart.
Next week I’ll be making line sheets, order sheets and figuring out my terms for the wholesale show. Never a dull moment!
PS – American Craft Council show details are here.
Friday, Feb. 22: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Baltimore Convention Center is at One West Pratt Street in Baltimore, Maryland.