I can’t believe it has been 3 weeks since our first National Stationery Show! It was quite the adventure both during and leading up to the show. Here is a little wrap-up of our time in New York!
The trip started off on a serendipitous note - our flight number 2240 was the same as our booth number and between that and watching ‘You’ve Got Mail’ on the plane, I was excited to set foot in the city.
We arrived to our blank foam core walls with 2 days of set-up before the start of the show. My sister-in-law Becky drove from Ohio, bringing booth furniture, flooring, and enough patience to deal with us in our sleep deprived state after the overnight flight. Together we are penning our first book: "Ikea and You - two hours of sleep, look what you can do." We were both very grateful to have her there for assembly, coffee runs, and of course late night laughs after long days of standing in the booth.
I’m happy I took the tradeshow leap this year because it gave me clarity on what to expect for future shows, what I can personally improve on, and of course the opportunity to meet so many shop owners and other artists. It was exciting to leave with new orders and connections, as well as the possibility of future illustration projects. I look forward to staying in touch with the awesome creators, publishers and paper enthusiasts that we met in New York.
Finally, it had been 10 years since I first visited NYC (in a bitter cold February), and after the show Chris and I planned a few extra days to stroll the city with friends. We started each morning with glorious bagels and coffee, walked across bridges, through parks, Chelsea galleries, and enjoyed relaxing with the best company. Thank you for the beautiful weather this time NYC, I might just heart you after all.