It doesn’t matter what your passion might be — shows and markets open to wholesalers only are endlessly fascinating to the rest of us. And except for the booth size and bling in the case of shows at convention centers and the products on display at all kinds of shows, they tend to look somewhat alike.(NOTE: in my computer career I did far too many trade shows, so I know this from experience.)
The recent needlework market was a hotel show. In these shows vendors take suites (they are usually at all-suite hotels). The living room is the main display space. Buyers and sellers have the advantage of being under one roof. They are close together, but in more comfy surroundings than cavernous convention centers. In the needlepoint world, these shows allow sales, which are more rare at convention center shows.
Rarely do we get such a clear-headed look at what a vendor’s suite looks like than we have at a recent post from Pippin. You’ll see before and after pictures of their suite.
The one thing she doesn’t show you that I love is the window. Because each suite has a window to the interior hall, vendors use them and the tables under them to display featured canvases. It gives the entire hotel a lovely festive feel.
You’ll love this look behind the scenes.