Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Last Minute National Stationery Show To Do's

We leave for New York for the National Stationery Show in 52 1/2 hours. The guest bedroom is covered with open suitcases, cameras, ipods, press kits, business cards, magnets, greeting cards, and about 12 pairs of shoes awaiting final selection. I keep trying to make final "to do" and "to pack" lists, but it's been particularly busy at work this week which is seriously getting in the way.

The past two nights I was up until 1 a.m. doing etsy shipping and gathering things to take. Tonight will probably be the same, but Mincy wants to sit down and go over everything we're going to do and say in the booth, and to figure out where we're going to keep everything in the booth. He's right, I feel a little unprepared, but I think the first time you do anything, you're never going to feel 100% ready. As long as our packages arrive before we do (they're scheduled to arrive Thursday, the 14th, and we're landing in NYC Friday, the 15th at 5:30 a.m. or some ungodly hour. I really should check the times and flights, etc. -- add it to my "to do" list, I guess).

We shipped the cards, shelves, magnet display, giveaway buttons, business cards, order forms, glue gun, and I'm not actually sure what else because my fabulous fiance did all the shipping. I'm so lucky he's organized like that. We're also taking a few extras of just about everything in our suitcases in case a package gets lost (we shipped 5 boxes).

My Pretty Kitties card got selected for presentation in the New Product Display which is great! And my giveaway is a pin featuring one of the panels from that comic card -- I think I have about 225, so we'll see how long those last.

I'm also going to be featured in the Day 1 issue of Stationery Today (the daily distributed during NSS) in the NSS Product Peek section. Plus Mincing Mockingbird's already had a wholesale order. So there's lots exciting things going on amid all the chaos. I'll hopefully post more about the experience when we get back.

In other exciting craft news - Mincing Mockingbird and I will be sharing a table at both the Los Angeles & San Francisco Renegade Craft Fairs in mid-July.


Absolutely Small said...

Oh my goodness! You are beyond swamped. So glad to hear that good things are already coming out of this for you! You will do so great there! ^-^ Hang in there, one day at a time, and keep throwing cliches at it till it's over!

Art Kitten said...

I can't wait to hear how it went and to see pictures!

Ariella said...

Just reading this made me tired. I'm glad you guys survived. :)