I attuned the first day, Sunday.
Arrived 11ish, left around 4.
The line at the badge pick up was amazingly long and slow for those
of us who registered early. Not enough help to move this line and
more than enough help over at the registration booths for those who
did not register early, something to think about for next year.
Also, there were a number of people ahead of me trying to get in
without the proper credentials, i.e. business cards!! Maybe it
should be made very clear what you need to attend the show.
I was impressed by the number of exhibitors and attendees in this
economy. My goals were to seek out a few new suppliers and to see
the latest equipment. The few people I chatted with regarding
cad-cam were very knowledgably and gave me a lot of to
think about for a future purchase.
Also, I was glad the stone and bead dealers are there frankly
because I can compare price and merchandise. I connected with a new
bead vender at the show and am just thrilled. They are new to the
business, eager to help and want photos of my creations using their
merchandise so they can promote both! They even sent me a thank you
card for purchasing their good, how refreshing! It’s always a
pleasure to do business with someone who truly respected what you do
and is happy to supply you with beautiful things.
What I did not find and was looking for was a vendor selling clasps
etc., like New York Findings, Clasps Plus etc I know they are
located in the city and for most easy to go over and get what they
want but for me it is a bit more difficult since I am out of town.
My overall experience was positive. People were energies and eager