The New York Gift Fair Summer 2010 August 21, 2010 15:37 4 Comments

I'm back from the New York International Gift Fair and have been happily revelling in post-show bliss. For the first time in a couple of months I feel like I can breathe. I even played hookie yesterday and spent the day walking around New York City! (shhhhhhhhh)


The show was great and the overall mood was upbeat. One of my booth neighbors even reported that it was their best show ever! Things are definitely picking up and that's good news for everyone. Here are some of my pics from the show:


New York Gift fair Empty Booth I forgot to take a picture of the booth before I started setting up but I took one of the booth across so you can see what we have to work with. Not much thats for sure! A day and a half later....


Voila!! The Wanart booth at the New York International Gift Show Summer 2010. The shelves on the sides which I painted to match my other furniture are from Clear Solutions. The backdrop is a vinyl banner I ordered from Echod Graphics. The rest of the furniture is from Ikea and Target. The foam flooring (I don't recommend doing shows without them - after 4.5 days of standing, your feet will thank you) is from Soft and Safe Floors.


Detail shot of the left side of the booth. Detail shot of the right side.


wanart booth nyigf year of rabbit card I made little signs and posted them around the booth to highlight certain items.


wanart booth nyigf joyce wan ME! Someone at the show that day told me that my cupcake dress looked yummy!


wanart nyigf teresa kietlinski prospect agency One of the highlights of the show was the day my agent Teresa Kietlinski of Prospect Agency visited me with her daughter. What fun we had!


wanart nyigf pigeon On one of the days I even spotted a pigeon on a buying trip! He didn't buy anything from me though.


In terms of actual sales taken at the show I can say I've had better. Although, if a couple of the leads I met at the show pan out - it could be my best show ever! That's one of the great things about these shows - you just never know who you're going to meet. It was this very show where I first met my publisher of Greetings from Kiwi and Pear, Blue Apple Books, a couple of years ago. With exposure comes opportunities - that's what I always say! Now I have to switch gears once again and get back into working on some of these book ideas I have been developing. Can you believe Fall is right around the corner?


xoxo joyce