So, the results.
There’s something so mind-numbingly all-encompassing about planning for such a big event in such a small space of time that now we’re sort of aimless. What did we do back before we spent everyday planning for stationery show? Going to bed before 3am… that’s a thing? That we can do now?
It was embarrassingly emotional for me. Yes, I’m about eight months pregnant at this point, so maybe that whole exhausted, hormonal piece came into play. But there were so many people with generous offers to help and be supportive. From lending us expensive equipment, to contacting friends in the area to help us out, to sending little care packages, to offering seasoned and experienced advice. I was overwhelmed, truly, by the people who jumped in to lend a hand.
I was also really lucky to have J by my side the whole time. Not just because he deftly maneuvered a box truck through Manhattan traffic and carried the majority of the booth while I sat on a cardboard box fanning myself, but it added an air of adventure to what otherwise would’ve just been workworkwork. Being the saps we are, we found little ways to have fun.
I guess I feel some obligation to tell you how things ended. We made X amount of millions! Unfortunately, trade shows don’t seem to work that way, and the general consensus in the booths around us, is that this particular year of this particular trade show was especially hard to gauge. We collected business cards, we received amazing positive feedback- on our booth, on our cards, on my style of watercolor painting. But very few people just walk up and hand you a stack of money. It’s a slow build sort of thing, which isn’t necessarily what you want to hear after scrambling and sweating and scraping together enough money to buy a modest used car. And I’m sure that’s not what you want to hear. While I can’t tell you “we made X amount of millions!” I CAN tell you:
1. Two (2!) of our items were finalists for Best New Product.
2. We made some amazing connections in press.
3. We met friends we’ve been working with for a little while, and others we’ve been dreaming of working with.
4. We’re in some new shops.
5. There’s more top secret good news in the works, with full stories to come!
Sorry. No one likes a cliffhanger! But that seems to be the way it works with these things, as I’m loathe to find out the hard way.
In the meantime, THANK YOU. To the folks who supported our Kickstarter, those that offered building help and places to stay and vehicles to drive, and the ones who cheered and championed the whole time we were there. Thanks!!