To Market, To Market For Treasures Galore. Home Again, Home Again To Fill Our New Store!
What a week! Alyssa and I traveled to the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market to search for vendors and products for our store, and as first-time market goers, boy, were we in for a shock! We had an amazing trip--it was exciting, overwhelming, and downright exhausting! It doesn't help that Alyssa and I suffer from knee injuries which make long periods of walking and standing difficult! For those of you who aren't familiar with Market, its basically made up of three different buildings, each with 20+ floors filled to the brim with different vendors carrying lines of home furnishings and accessories, florals, gifts, and more! That's a lot of ground to cover for newbies! We stopped and watched seminars, learned from the experts, and asked a lot of questions. Being new to the concept of Market, we wanted to take in as much as we possibly could during the week we were there--that might have been our mistake. Picture this: two women limping back to their hotel around 7pm each day after walking through floors and floors of merchandise for 8-10 hours. As soon as we got to our room, we flopped on our beds and took turns switching on and off with ice packs or heating pads on our poor knees, all while pouring over the products we saw each day. It was a sorry sight! It became our routine throughout the week but that didn't stop us from laughing every time we looked over at each other! We should have taken a picture. It was hilariously pitiful!
Now, about Market-- imagine the most stunning array of home decor items and displays completely surrounding you, everywhere you looked! It was incredible! We wish we could have taken everything home with us! We did take home over 1000+ pictures though!
Our final take away from Market was: - a large list of items we wanted to purchase for the store - inspiration for new ways to style or combine furniture and accessories - new relationships with many wonderful vendors - upcoming product and trend forecasts for the new seasons - and definitely a better game plan for our trip next year!
...Oh! and of course, a few more ice packs and maybe a heating pad for each of us next time!
We will see you next time, Atlanta! We can't wait to see what you have in store for us!
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