Monday, December 19, 2011

The Honolulu Gift Show

My last fair of the year is over. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported me at the Blaisdell last weekend. I met lots of wonderful customers and fellow vendors. The show was a bit slow to start but picked up on Saturday and was quite busy even on Sunday.  I also now understand why promoters often charge admission to craft fairs -- free admission and free food samples bring in lots of people who prefer to sample rather than buy!

I was next to Stacy Lee Designs - Stacy does beautiful handmade jewelry and both she and her Mom were great neighbors. They even supplied us with cake, cookies and eggnog and let us borrower a just-what-we-needed rack to display the rest of our scarves.  This rack came from a salvage yard in California but I'm now on the hunt for someone to make one for me.  I'm always looking for better ways to display my scarves -- one that looks professional and makes it easy for buyers to flip through lots of scarves in a short time.  You can see some of Stacy's jewelry at her website.

Across from us was a couple selling really nice fitted table covers made of poly/cotton printed with Hawaiian designs. More about them later.

I also met a lovely woman from Kailua on Oahu who screenprints tropical plants and flowers in wonderfully bright colors on kitchen towels. They are truly too pretty to use. But I'll give you her website and some more information about her in my next post. Stay tuned!

Next on my agenda is to fill my remaining wholesale orders and then start getting ready for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Waimea held the first weekend in February.

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