As Quilt Shows slowly start coming back on line after the LONG pandemic shutdown, it’s worth noting that when the closing bell rang at the conclusion of the 2022 AQS Paducah show, we signified that we have completed a decade & a half of trade shows.
It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing thisfor 15 full years! It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were nervously planning for our first Quilt Market in 2008, but in that length of time we’ve traveled and vended at 17 Markets and 29 separate retails shows. Our travels have taken us to the various corners of the US and many places in between… Pittsburgh PA, the Los Angeles area, Daytona Beach FL, Portland OR, Minneapolis MN, Lancaster PA, Hampton VA, Paducah KY, Kansas City MO, Salt Lake City UT, and of course Houston, TX.
So as 15 years of trade shows comes to a close, I thought it might be fun and about time to do another Booth Evolution post! Let’s look in our rear view mirror & see how our booth layout has evolved since the Spring of 2008 when we traveled to Portland, Oregon for our very first Quilt Market. (Then we’ll look forward to how our booth “look” might change as we head to Houston at the end of this month!)
Houston, Fall 2015– As you can see, not only did we expand to a THREE-tier bag display, but this time we left our revolving carousels home, opting to upgrade to a 6′ by 6′ gridwall for our zippers & hardware AND patterns. It also provided us with some nifty signage opportunities.
This proved to be a VERY effective layout for us (plus we had the added bonus of lots of behind-the-counter space), so we stayed with this configuration with only minor modifications well into 2017. When we suffered the theft of one of our Walkabout Wallet samples at the 2016 AQS Paducah show, we started researching ways in which we could keep our valuable samples secure, but still allow our customers to be able to handle them.
Which brings us to the AQS Daytona show in March ’17… If you look closely at the bag display area (above), you’ll see that we added 5 grid boxes to which we proceeded to secure our bags with spring cords. This seemed like a perfect solution for us because it kept our samples secure yet still totally accessible for our customers to handle and inspect.
And here’s the deal… I enjoyed using the grid boxes SO much that that made me wonder… What if I stacked these boxes TALLER so we could display our bags on TOP of them and in FRONT of them as we did in the picture above, but with room in between these two areas for our patterns to be displayed WITH the bags and who knows… maybe even with some notions?
So… will this be the last incarnation of our booth.? That answer would almost certainly be NO! I’m constantly changing and tweeking our set up. We’ll probably stick with this arrangement for another show or two, but don’t be surprised if we make another significant change by the time we get to Houston this Fall and our first Quilt Market since the Fall of 2019! Will we see YOU there?
And now its YOUR turn….
I hope you’ve enjoyed our little trip down memory lane! Do you have a particular booth display that you liked better than any other? Or do you have any suggestions as to how we can improve upon our display? If so, please feel free to leave your questions and/or comments in the space provided below!
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