cha wrap-up, then on to Philadelphia

cha-2009-263I’ve been back from Anaheim–as well as Phoenix and the California bay area–since Saturday, and I’m wondering what the statute of limitations for blaming one’s spaciness on jet-lag is.  I’m hoping for a week.  Because the alternative is to blame it on a to-do list so long I go into minor meltdown mode whenever I look at it.  A week from today we leave for ANOTHER  trade show–this time, the Buyer’s Market of American Craft in Philadelphia.  There, I’ll be showing the Fobots to gallery owners who will fall in love with them and clamor to have them in their stores.  At least, that’s what I’m hoping…

But first–CHA.  A great show, well worth the relatively small investment.  Well, small compared to Surtex.  Sometimes it seems like my HOUSE is a small investment compared to Surtex.  But I digress…. The new location of the License and Design section, right in the middle of the Anaheim Convention Center show floor was a huge improvement over last year’s Siberian outback.  The show management flew in 10 VIP buyers from a variety of companies who license art, and who spoke with each of the exhibitors.  I’ve got a good feeling about some of these contacts resulting in some actual contracts, but I’m such a pessimist… I’ll believe it when the check clears.  But the best part is getting to visit with old friends, meeting new artists, and sharing information.  One Photoshop tip I picked up from another exhibitor (thanks, Robin!) had me so excited, I couldn’t wait to try it out.  That’s me in the picture, in my booth, working on my laptop.  Only regret–The day we had set aside for Disneyland was cold and rainy, and the hotel room was warm and dry…

Note to self and future exhibitors–if you’re planning on shipping anything from the convention center’s FedEx office–DON’T.  Take a cab to any other FedEx office–it’ll be cheaper than the $45 “handling fee” they stuck me with in addition to the shipping costs.  But aside from that, a great show.  I could go on and on, but the to-do list is calling.  Not just calling–screaming.

3 Responses to “cha wrap-up, then on to Philadelphia”

  1. 1 Jan Gregg-Kelm
    February 6, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Hey send me one of those brochures I see in that picture. You know my address…:-) Booth looked great! Art looks great! Fobots looks great! You look great! Soon I expect to see you and Phil in the visual art version of “FAME!!!!” “I’m going to live foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrr!” Fobots, Fobots, they hit the spot. They can’t be beat, give them a shot. For your next art project, they’re on the dot. If you don’t think so, then you’re a snot! Hmmmm…I probably don’t have a career in marketing huh?

  2. 3 Jan Gregg-Kelm
    February 9, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Thank you my “darlink” I look forward to it for sure! J.

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