We're home! The National Stationery Show is a wrap and it was quite an experience. It was our second year exhibiting and we arrived feeling like real veterans, with a bit more know-how under our belt. And (lucky me!) as an added confidence bonus, my whole family came along to help build the booth, run errands, fetch coffee, etc! Photo proof I have one of the most supportive families on Earth: here's Howie and my in-laws slaving over the installation of the walls and shelving while I stand back and twiddle my thumbs.
Martha, my sister, and my dad came a day later (they rode their bikes from Vermont!) and they helped put the finishing touches on the booth. Here's Marthy stringing the pom poms that my littlest sister, Anna, made. Thanks Anna! They were a hit.
We finished setting up Saturday morning, and spent the rest of the day lurking around the city. We enjoyed a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, the Brooklyn Flea, a trip to Fishs Eddy, Topshop, and dinner at Burger Joint. (GO to Burger Joint if you haven't. It's the tiniest hidden gem in Le Parker Meridien... completely unexpected).
Then Sunday the show began! We debuted lots of new goodies (new cards AND our new wedding collection!), met great buyers from across the globe, and hung out with our lovely neighbors when traffic was slower.
The NSS is truly a blast. I challenge anyone to find a kinder, more supportive, more creative community than the stationery industry. Each year we've gone, I've left the show floating on air. Despite the late nights and the stress of preparing for the show, I'm already looking forward to next year. Thank you to everyone who made the experience such a positive one. We can't wait to see you next May!