It’s been a while since my first post about our debut at the National Stationery Show. The first show day was very exciting. We were all up and ready to go; all drilling each other on potential questions that a retailer could ask and making sure everything was perfect. The first day was less than stellar. Here’s what they don’t tell you: you aren’t going to have a bunch of smiling people throwing credit cards at you for orders. And it is heart breaking. That’s the honest truth. We were all a little bummed at the final tally at the end of day 1. So, that night, we went straight to dinner with all the Stationery Academy alums. Such a wonderful group of ladies – truly spectacular. It was good to hear their encouragement and see their smiling faces, plus indulge in a glass of wine to take the edge off. Dinner was at The Liberty in Midtown with drinks at The Standard at High Line to celebrate a birthday afterward. Here’s a gallery of our booth and some fun from the week with more below:
Day 2 was better. Retailers were dropping off their order forms that they had taken with them and that made us all feel a bit better. Night 2 was fun as well. After dinner with a small group, we walked over (in the rain) to The Liberty Hotel for drinks. It was fab and swanky but it’s the most expensive drink I’ve every paid for. Yikes. LOL
Day 3 – everyone started to head back home, leaving me and Whitney to man the post. We had the most fun evening at Beauty & Essex with a group of Lifeguard Press folks, who made dinner very fun to say the least. We were totally pampered by the manager and even had pink champagne in the ladies lounge. After packing everything up on Wednesday, (see image of the bed) I enjoyed some much needed “me” time and had lunch alone in Central Park, then walked over to Crumbs for a cupcake before grabbing a cab to the airport to head back home to Nashville. Most everyone out of La Guardia was delayed due to weather and I landed at 1:30am when I was supposed to land at 8pm. Long day. I was really lucky to make it home that night, or I may have been there a few more days! I slept and laid around in my pj’s all day on Thursday.
All in all, I am very blessed to have picked up some new clients who will be selling the Something Detailed Wedding Invitation collection in stores across the country. We decided to offer exclusivity to just 20 retailers so we can offer white glove service to each of them. We do have space available for more retailers! I am still offering custom invitation design to brides as well and hope to continue to grow both the custom and retailer/dealer part of my business. I am attending the Stationery Academy again this August and hope to put pen to paper with some ideas I have in mind for where Something Detailed is going next. Thank you all for your support!