July 17, 2008.
We are not at Atlanta this year, well physically I am not there, nor is Jamie's Painting & Designs products not there. Our licensed products are though. They traveled with one of the company's that license our artwork, and we, or me made a ton of samples.
I am excited by the new designs and hopeful that a few do well. This one is another "Brown & Pink" design...which is all anyone is asking for these days. I will continue to show some of our other new products, that have been sitting around, collecting dust.
I worked on about 20 new Just Because Plaque designs back in March? Yes March,sheesh? (remember Long Duck Dong from Sixteen Candles - Married? Married? Yes, married...sheesh! Anyway, they have yet to see the light of day. Hopefully with Christmas designs around the corner, I can start releasing the other new products.
Retail Trade Shows
I have heard through the grapevine that the Atlanta Gift Mart is slow, it sounds like many a retailer opted to stay home instead of traveling to a show. I am not going to jump the gun, or make assumptions - but I am not surprised. Slow may not be bad though - even if a show is slow an artisan may still pick up new accounts. I personally am relieved not to have the added pressure of exhibiting at a show this week, it would have been more than I could handle.