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Fall Tucson Show Review 2007

Last I wrote it was Tucson or Bust!  Upon returning it’s more like Tucson and Bust.

lori greenberg glass lampwork heart beadThe good news is, you get more pod beads to peruse and buy over at

The bad news is, for me, Tucson was a bust.  I shouldn’t be that harsh.  I made back my expenses (which were high this year because I opted for a corner booth) and enough to cover hotel/travel and meals.  I don’t care what anyone says, that dollar amount is still a lot of beads to sell…especially with my pricing.

The crowds just weren’t there but I’ll do it again next year.  You can’t judge a show by one slow year and this is only the second year.  Last year was great.  My only concern is that the dates were September 7, 8, and 9 which is right after Labor Day which is right after a lot of kids go back to school.  Not our kids…ours go back in August.  Next years show is a few days earlier.  Last years show as a few days later.  I wonder if that made a difference.

I did notice that local buyers were there but out of towners were less, and store buyers were less.  I heard that the more established shows were slow too.  You just never know.  The Fed needs to drop some interest rates so this housing slump clears up.  So many people are being effected by that and now it’s even hitting the bead business, yes?

Ok.  Won’t go there.  Off to get back in the on-line swing of things.

Tucson-bound once again…

Well, tomorrow is pack-up-n-drive day as I head to Tucson for the Best Bead Show.  Drop by the Tucson Convention Center and say ‘hi’ on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  Or all three if you just can’t get enough.

It’s only a couple hours away but when you spend so much time in the studio, that feels like driving cross country.  In my old age I love road trips.  So many quirky things along the way.

Wish me luck and hopefully I’ll have the energy to check in from the road after post-show dinners…or at least from the hotel.

I love shows.

Recycling is hip. Make your own gift boxes.

Uh oh.  I’m gettin’ crafty.  I can’t help it.  Crafty is everywhere.  It’s the new black.  Felt, flowers, glitter and sequins.  It’s getting to me and I’m jumping on the bandwagon.  Did I just say that out loud?

Yep.  Here I go.

cereal box gift boxesCheck this out.  Gift boxes made from cereal boxes.  Or other cardboard.  For all that spare time I have and the need to have some funky packaging at my shows that folds flat.

Sure, I could buy boxes but who wants to do that?  I’ll just take my recycling cardboard and create these boxes.  Or better yet, I’ll have my mom do it.   She’s not crafty but she likes projects and I’m thinking she’s a sucker for a cool package.

I’m going to make mine inside out so people can see the bright colors and also know just how unhealthy we are at breakfast time.  Good thing there’s not a pattern for bacon packaging.

Hey, I’m turning green!  I think I’m a greenie at heart.