Renegade Chicago:

We were in Chicago a couple weeks ago for Renegade Craft Fair, my favorite craft event! Chicago is where they originally started so it’s quite the event. The shops and makers are always so amazing and fun to discover, there is so much creativity out there. Here are a few new vendors I found:





the social dept / iamhome





formulary 55





heron + lamb





nourishing notes






oceanne



and here are some photos of our booth from the show! We have quite a full holiday schedule of shows so hopefully you’ll be able to stop by our stuff and see it in person. Will post a schedule in a month or two!







Renegade Chicago:







The Renegade Craft Fair is always a fun time! So many talented and amazing artists, it’s always so fun to discover new items and shops. This weekend we’ll be at Renegade Chicago – if you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by our booth and say hi! We have a ton of new products and are debuting some greeting cards in the first official oh, hello friend stationery line! :) Excited to share that with you guys when we get back. Have a wonderful weekend!




pictured above: 

gnomes whimsy / thimblepress / this loves that / owly shadow puppets / slide sideways

Craft show month:






This month was filled with back to back craft shows every weekend! We’ve been doing craft shows for 5 years now, it’s crazy to think how fast the time has gone. Our summer show “tour” always ends with Renegade San Francisco, and it’s the most amazing show in town. We love San Francisco! 




Craft shows never get old, there are always amazing new finds and treasures to discover. As a seller, it’s a great way to gain exposure for your brand. I think craft shows played a huge part in the growth of oh, hello friend. These type of shows are juried so we are truly fortunate to be accepted into the shows we do.. we have been rejected to some shows so that definitely makes you humble and grateful when you get into a show :) 




Anyway, as much as I love craft shows, I am glad the summer shows are winding down. My big goal right now is to develop the oh, hello friend stationery line (i love stationery!) and so I need to get motivated and focused! Do you have any big goals on your list right now? Well it’s a brand new + fresh week to start making your goals happen! Let’s have a productive week! 





above photos: 2. i made a few dried floral arrangements for the shows and they were a hit, may think about expanding on this! 2. gorgeous cotton plant hangers by indie and arrow. 3. picked up some of these amazing ornaments by mb art studios for the shop! 4. the most awesome poster ever! fruits & veggies seasons – with gold foil (my favorite) get one here at young america creative

Craft Shows:


 

We got asked quite often if we were still going to do craft shows even after we opened our store. I think we definitely still intended to do craft shows, it’s where we started! I always tell people who are interested in doing a craft show for their business – they’re great exposure for the business and a great way to get your name out there. We love doing them now so we can direct people to our retail shop!






Beautiful paper flower from Blooms in the Air.










These photos were taken from the craft show we did in May – Unique LA. It’s a fun show! There are a couple fun shows coming up this summer like Unique Summer in Santa Monica and Renegade Craft, so don’t forget to mark it on your calendars!

Toronto:











Today we’re headed to Toronto for One of a Kind show going from Wednesday 3/27 to Sunday 3/31! We’re staying a couple extra days afterward to explore so just wondering if you have any recommendations for places to eat/see :) I’ve been to Canada long ago when I visited some of my old roommates from when I went to school here.  It was really lovely, I’m excited to go back. If you live in the area, hope you can make it to the show!





PS: I have 8 free passes if anyone in Toronto wants a pass to the show and wants to come to the show. Just leave your email address in the comments and I’ll email you!


PSS: Our shop in Downtown Fullerton will still be open so stop by anytime :) Our hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11:00-6:00. We’ll be closed this Sunday for Easter!




Photos from: old city printsurban dream photos , Rachael Nicole PhotographyMr City PrintingCharlene Precious


Chicago & LA:

Hi Friends. Sorry I was MIA this week! Things have been pretty crazy getting ready for double shows this weekend. Nick left for Chicago today to do Renegade Chicago! He’s an craft show pro now 😉 He is amazing and always so supportive. 

So I stayed here to do Unique LA tomorrow. If you’re in the Chicago or LA area, be sure to stop by! These shows are both amazing with so many talented artists, you won’t want to miss it! There will be tons of new oh, hello friend goods too. The shows are both Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 – 6:00. Happy weekend, will try to get back to regular blogging week! :) 

craft show stuff:

There is so much cool stuff to be found at craft shows. We recently attended Renegade Austin & State of Unique – both amazing shows! Here are some of the lovely items I came across and had to share with you. By the way, the EVENTS page has been updated so head over to check out all the shows that oh, hello friend will be at in the coming months! I also updated the coupons for use online or at any craft show so like us on facebook to receive the special fan discounts – there are some good ones! 😉

ps: the package partners will be emailed this afternoon – so sorry for the delay! 



fun seeing friends son of a sailor & all their lovely things again.




Beautiful bags by xo BRUNO. Pillows from nell and mary.




cute prints by ello lovely and cute laser cut out mustaches from makeatx




loveee these rings from seaworthy




Always the best things from voz! – Jackie was actually my booth neighbor at my first craft show ever, pretty cool 😉




cute display & lovely bags from vaalbara designs




Embroidered necklaces by poppy and fern




wood ties! from wood thumb + cute hand drawn leather journals from pie in the sky.




cool handmade wooden vases from BDJ craftworks + lovely lace necklaces from the mossy fox.




You really have to see HOMAKO’s stuff in person – it is gorgeous. 




Loved EVERYTHING satchel and sage – their first show & their display was beautiful!

Pool Trade Show Follow Up:

Nick and I headed to Las Vegas last week to participate in Pool Trade Show. It was our first trade/wholesale show and it brought back memories of when I did my first craft show, which was many years ago. I’d say we are craft show veterans now, I typically don’t stress out too much because we’ve been doing craft shows for so long. But this was a new experience. and I stressed out, big time 😉 
Setting up:
We were in the cash & carry section, which basically is where people can come and take what they purchase right there on the spot. (The other spaces are strictly wholesale only so they don’t take anything home with them) Our space came with 2 stools and a 6′ table. The cost to participate was $1000. That was by far the most I’d ever spent on any show and it was pretty scary. The booth also included electricity, which was nice because we don’t typically get electricity at craft shows. 
We needed to hang hooks and found out the cork was not strong/deep at all.. so Nick had an idea to tie them to the back and it’d be covered and held down with all the other displays. It was a great idea and worked perfectly!
 
My husband hanging up necklaces. I am so blessed with such a supportive guy.
The show was from Monday – Wednesday, from 9am – 6pm, so the days were definitely long. I did some research of other blogs who had participated in the cash carry section but I still had no idea what to expect. I sent countless emails to my friend Jen, who was so generous and sweet to take the time to explain things to me about trade shows and purchase orders and things like that.
Wood Gift Tags
Rubber Stamps.
Vinyl Decals.
Pocket Watch Necklaces.
The final set up!


The show was definitely intimidating – you are surrounded by so many legit lines and products and designers. We didn’t get a whole lot of orders (actually only got 2!) but I think it was in part because the Cash & Carry section and my prices were a bit confusing. It’s definitely scary + hard to put yourself out there at the possibility you won’t succeed. I tried not to have any expectations but I thought I’d get a little more than two orders 😉 I was grateful for even those orders – and at the end of the day, at least I got my brand out there!


I think this sort of thing is all about timing – in the other blogs I read when I was doing some research, they said the show was so busy and they got many orders. I talked to some other vendors at this show and one mentioned she had been doing POOL for 5 years and this show was by far the slowest. Bummer! Go figure. But all in all, I am definitely glad to have participated and have the experience of doing a trade show now. 

Here are some tips + pointers and other thoughts if you’re considering taking your business to the next level and doing a trade show:

– Give yourself a lot of time to prepare. I started getting ready for this show in December and dedicated 2 straight weeks in January to get my line sheet together/order product/etc.
– Get to the show with plenty of time to set up. These type of shows allow you to set up the day before, so try to get there early and take the rest of the day to prepare and rest up!

– Get some good sleep, the days are pretty long.

– Bring a dolly/cart to transport your items so you’re not stuck carrying everything! (at this show, there was no loading area so we literally had to walk everything to our space – it was about a 20 minute roundtrip from our space to the car)
– Try to have your items organized so they can fit on a cart! 😉 (I am not the most organized person – the way we stack our cart up is more like tetris but we make it work..)

– Bring snacks and food to get you through the day!
– Cash & Carry section is definitely different than a full wholesale booth, research and decide what is the best option for your brand. Not sure if C&C is even an option at other shows, may not be.

– On that note: research the shows! POOL is more of a fashion/accessory trade show – I sell jewelry but my line has expanded to stationery and paper goods – more crafty sort of items. Not sure if POOL was the best fit for my products – the crowd wasn’t so much on the ‘crafty’ side.
– Have clear signage displayed – Some customers were confused about my prices. I had retail prices displayed because I didn’t want to sell just 1 item at wholesale price to a passing customer. But had a lot of people ask “are these your retail / wholesale prices?” Super confusing!

Whew! So that’s my follow up about my first trade show. If you have any questions and are thinking about doing a trade show – feel free to ask :)

Side note: I put together a wholesale catalog / line sheet of oh, hello friend goods so if any of you have stores and are interested in carrying oh, hello friend items – please contact me and I’ll send you my line sheet!

2012 show schedule:



Come visit oh, hello friend this holiday season at events in Southern + Northern California, Chicago, and Portland! Be sure to check the end of this post for information about coupons to use at the shows!



UNIQUE LA:
Los Angeles: December 1 + 2 / 11 – 6, website




CRAFTY WONDERLAND:
Portland: December 8 + 9 / 11 – 6, website




RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR:
Chicago: December 1 + 2 / 11 – 6, website
Los Angeles: December 8 + 9 / 11 – 6, website
San Francisco: December 15 + 16 / 11 – 6, website



Like oh, hello friend at facebook for exclusive deals + coupons to use online or at craft shows!

Renegade SF + LA, fave vendors:

type-lites had the cutest candle packaging, and they smelled so good!
Finally met this super sweet lady, Caitlin from Nice!
We share the same birthday 😉 Bought one of these cute banners!
Mahar Dry Goods had some seriously awesome vintage displays,
his products were so creative too! I was a fan.
Table top made – some very cute letterpress stationery company!
Side photo: Nicholas & I shared a bag of haribo gummy bears.. I only like the red & white ones so he ate the other colors and left the good ones for me 😉 He’s so sweet. (yep, his hair & beard are long! My cousin called him a caveman when she saw him, hehe)
Sue, the amazing lady who is in charge of Renegade makes these cool clocks! So creative.
Really pretty jewelry holders made from vintage & new teacups + saucers
Cute idea to custom your own message flag, choose your own wood letters.
Always awesome, Jackie from Voz clothing and art with her cool
wood hand painted necklaces and another cool display!
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I’m sure you’ve seen these globes around the blog world but it was so cool to see them in person – ImagineNations. So blown away by all the creative things at these shows!
Well, Ruby & I are busy busy busy planning for our workshop on Saturday! We can’t wait to share everything with you!
PS: To those of you who wanted to know where to buy some of the products you saw in the last post, I’ll be listing them online, hopefully soon, at my new shop! Sign up for the mailing list 😉