Lots to catch up on. Marianne and I are in the middle of tradeshow season (these are tradeshows where store owners find us and decide to carry our product). We started January off with a visit to Atlanta for the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market at the AmericasMart buildings. This was our first time at this show and so we weren’t sure how it was going to go. The show went better than we could have expected and we’re excited to go back to the next show in July.
As an added bonus we were treated to an awesome home cooked meal courtesy of Lisa & Bennett (it’s amazing how treasured home cooked meals are when you spend a lot of time on the road). This is a different Lisa, as in not me, Socklady-Lisa… we’ll call her Atlanta-Lisa. So Atlanta-Lisa was one of the first Solmate Socks employees and Lisa & Bennett actually lived with Marianne for their last few months in Vermont. Lisa and Bennett moved to Atlanta several years ago and so it was a real treat to get to hang out with them and their awesome dog Jerry (a greyhound rescue). As if one home cooked meal wasn’t spoiling us enough, we were actually treated to a second by Jan from Silk Bijou – an exhibitor friend who lives in Atlanta and had some of us over to her home for an absolutely delicious dinner and some killer cocktails.
After Atlanta we got a quick break at home and then we were off to New York for another show. It was a good show, and we had another Jeero sighting:
We’re both at home right now, but getting ready for the San Francisco International Gift Fair and the Buyers Market of American Craft in Philadelphia – both of which are just around the corner.
In fact I just finished packing to leave for San Francisco in the morning. As I was packing I giggled at the contents of my suitcase. I have one big suitcase packed to the brim with mismatched socks and a couple hundred catalogs. Looking at the contents of my suitcase made me wonder what kind of crazy stuff the security screeners for checked bags see. I wonder what they think if they open my suitcase to examine its contents.