Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Surviving the Aviemore Trade Show

Thistle panel in oak plinth

I'm pleased to say that I survived the Trade Show and have to say it was tiring. You wouldn't believe how difficult it is to stand on your feet (constantly) for 8 hours, without breaks. You are quite static, so it is tiring on the joints. Every now and then, I had to walk around the hall, so I wouldn't cease up. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt it was a huge success.

The first day, I ran on adrenalin and that it kept me going until 11.30pm. I would drive each day to Aviemore, come home at 7pm, start work in my room to load the kiln and finish about 11pm. So at the end of day one, I felt like a zombie in a trance come bed time, but slept like a log.

I met some lovely people from all over Scotland. I had an existing customer place an order and the other 11 orders were new retail outlets. Hopefully I will be able to build a relationship with these outlets and get repeat business.
I had good positive feedback regarding my stand - it wasn't cluttered, and it was nicely displayed. I was lucky in that I had an end stand, so didn't feel boxed in. I had a good spot.
The majority of orders were for my driftwood fish, lazy bones hangers, thistles and Under the Sea panels. It just goes to show that what you think would sell, turns out to be completely different, as I thought my dichroic glass jewellery would be more popular. These photos show my most popular items that sold:
Drifting By

Spey & Burns Glass Art

Fish Panel

Now's the time to stand back, take it all in and get stuck into my orders. I have some busy days ahead, but will enjoy making the orders.

I have to say I was so impressed with the new businesses that launched themselves at the Trade Show and met some lovely traders. The last day is when traders do their own shopping. I, of course, couldn't resist some buys - I bought a Julia Cunningham bag and heart hanging. Her textile creations are fab, made with a mixture of tweed and floral fabrics:

You can see why I love this bag!

I also bought a porcelain heart and matching necklace from Margaret MacDonald Ceramics. Margaret was my trading neighbour and she was great company and very helpful.

Kathryn, Lazy Daisy xx


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Nicola said...

Glad the show went so well :)

Mel P said...

I am glad the show went well, I can see why you sold what you did. I love the fish panel, my son is obsessed with all things aquatic he would love it:)