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Experience with Pasadena show


#1

Hi all,

Does anyone in the LA area know anything about the Pasadena Bead &
Design Show? What the average sales per item are? What the typical
customer spends there? Who is the typical customer?

thanks
jennifer friedman
http://www.jenniferfriedmanstudio.com


#2

Hi Jennifer,

I believe this is the first year for that show. We are going to give
it a try. It is by the same promoter that puts on the To Bead True
Blue Show in Tucson. We did that show last year and wanted to try it
again. We will be doing the Pasadena show and then traveling to
Tucson for the show there. I wish I had more to give you.
Doesn’t look like the web site for that show is active yet either.

Cande
www.dancingturtlestudios.com


#3

Hi Jennifer,

Does anyone in the LA area know anything about the Pasadena Bead &
Design Show? 

I believe this is the first such show so there won’t be any
statistics yet.

Beth


#4
I believe this is the first year for that show. We are going to
give it a try. It is by the same promoter that puts on the To Bead
True Blue Show in Tucson. We did that show last year and wanted to
try it again. 

Cande, how was the Tucson show for you? They contacted me to do it,
but I had never heard of it so I passed. My trade show schedule is a
little tight anyway.

Is the Tucson show wholesale or retail?

amery

Amery Carriere Designs
Romantic Jewelry with an Edge
www.amerycarriere.com


#5

Jennifer, I’ll meet you there and we can walk it together. When is
it? Hey, we could have a local Orchidians get-together! Anyone else
interested?

amery


#6
I believe this is the first year for that show. We are going to
give it a try. It is by the same promoter that puts on the To Bead
True Blue Show in Tucson. We did that show last year and wanted to
try it again. 
Cande, how was the Tucson show for you? 

I am curious also, because they have classes at this show, and
contacted me about teaching. I would love to have a reason to come
to Tucson (other than spending money), but the class arrangement was
not what I am used to. Basically, the teacher rents the room and
charges the students, the organizer advertises and provides the
space.

If anyone has had experience with these classes/this organizer, I
would love to hear,

Noel


#7

Hi Amery,

Jennifer, I'll meet you there and we can walk it together. When is
it? Hey, we could have a local Orchidians get-together! Anyone
else interested? 

Are you still talking about the Pasadena show? I’m thinking of going
and would be interested, depending on the day and time of course.

Beth


#8

Hi Amery,

The To Bead True Blue show in Tucson was ok last year for us, but
just ok. We are doing it again for two reasons. The first is that
other vendors said that they did ok the first year and then very
good after that. The second reason is…we get to go to Tucson again.
We are doing the Pasadena show because it is best to do more than one
show when you are traveling as far as we are. This year will be less
costly to travel since we now have a travel trailer. Speaking of the
travel trailer, does anyone know of a place to stay around the
vicinity of Pasadena? The closest I have found so far is the
fairground in Pomona.

Cande


#9

Beth, yes still talking about the Pasadena show, Jan 17-20. Why
doesn’t everyone interested email me off-line at
amery@amerycarriere.com and we can arrange. :slight_smile:

amery


#10

Cande,

WalMart welcomes RV’s. Have happily used them many times. Big plus
is 24 hours open ones, especially, as I was traveling with two young
grandsons. Everything is close on hand.

Terrie


#11
WalMart welcomes RV's. 

Suggest you check ahead. I’ve noticed several WalMarts with signs in
the parking lots stating that overnight parking is prohibited by
local city ordinance.


#12

Terrie and Dorthy, thank you for your help.

There is a web site that shows which WalMarts accept over night
parking. We need someplace to unhook the trailer for the day as I
doubt the Hilton will let us park with the trailer attached.

Just finished a show with someone who used to live in Pasadena and
she said that Valencia may be our best bet. It’s about an hours drive
(in good traffic) but it may be our only choice. Staying in a hotel
is sure easier in a situation like this but certainly not affordable.

At least Tucson is easier and more camper friendly. And just think,
next year we get the AARP rate. (ouch!) We are new to traveling and
doing this full time so it will take some getting used to.

Cande


#13

Overnight RV parking is prohibited in Pasadena, but there are a few
sites I found when googling “RV camping overnight Pasadena”. Yellow
pages come up. Click on it and a few sites come up in the area. Not
sure what any of the facilities are like (or whether there is any RV
camping allowed), but worth a try to contact. Avoid the La Canada
site (Chilao)… .too far. Sierra Madre is fairly close (borders
Pasadena on its west); Monrovia is about 6mi from downtown Pasadena.
There are phone #s to contact. Good luck.

Another suggestion is to try the Westin Hotel concierge in Pasadena.
They are right there at the convention center. They may allow RV pkg.
or know who does.

Good luck,
Kay Taylor


#14

Dorothy has a very good point. Pasadena overnight parking in general
is tricky. You have to have a permit to park overnight on a lot of
the streets in Pasadena. Lived there a few years ago, this could have
changed since then, but be careful.

Amery Carriere Designs
Romantic Jewelry with an Edge
www.amerycarriere.com


#15

Cande,

Yes, the main hotels around or near the Hilton and Convention Center
are more expensive. But there are motels in East Pasadena on Colorado
Blvd., ie. Best Western, Saga, Vagabond and a few others that will be
recovering from Rose Tournament at the first of the year and may give
you good rates. Monrovia has quite a few, as well, all on Huntington
Drive. All w/in a fairly short drive from central Pas. Monrovia would
be a better guess for parking an RV. Parking lots are much larger.

Again, good luck,
Kay Taylor


#16

Thanks everyone for all of your help.

Kay, That’s exactly what we are going to do. We found a motel that
will let us park the trailer in their lot while we stay there. Seems
a bit ridiculous to stay in a motel when we have a travel trailer but
it only costs $20 more a night than a campground (all of which are at
least 45 minutes away in good traffic). The cost of fuel to get to
the show will more than make up the difference.

Thanks again,
Cande