Saturday, February 8, 2014
So what's a gift buyer to do who has limited time and resources? I wound up going to two different gift shows in Chicago on the same day, and by public transport, no less. Amtrak got me to Chicago, where I transferred to the blue line, which left me half a mile from the Donald Stephens Convention Center. Alas, despite the tremendous amount of traffic between the train stop and the center, nobody seems particularly interested at facilitating this traffic--the path was barely shoveled, and we pedestrians felt like a hindrance to the cars. The irony is that I also despise driving in this area, far more than downtown Chicago, actually, so walking actually did seem like a step up.
At the show, The Voice auditions were going on at the same time, and I walked through the wrong door, at which point two officials starting screaming at me, "Out, out! Exit only! Get out, get out!!!" I stepped outside the door to see if there was any signage that said "exit only" and of course there was nothing.
At the Mart, the floors had not condensed further than one temporary floor and a partial floor of showrooms, though I noticed there was more empty space in the temporaries. I wound up buying three lines there as well, one new paper line from a stationery/card rep I am not usually in contact with, and two from the Anne McGilvray showroom because it was easy and there were show specials.
So how do I think I did? Two new lines came in, both of which I hope I'll reorder. I took back information on a half dozen other lines, and I'm hoping at least two of those will show up in our mix one day. I was thinking spring, so my favorite purchase was this fair trade line that features wire flowers, animals, and insects, wrapped with dyed newspaper and phone book pages. I'm holding the animal magnets for a bit later, but wanted to get the flowers out for Valentine's Day.
And finally, I do like to find at least one new card and paper product line. One Canoe Two is based in Columbia, Missouri, and features both offset and letterpress cards. They have several aesthetics, one of which reminds me a lot of Rifle Paper, while another bookseller spotted a Ghost Academy vibe, but not in the printing process of course, which is one of a kind. We've got loose cards and a few boxed assortments, plus some memo pads.
Posted by Daniel Goldin at 9:45 AM