|Ask An Expert!By Cindy Odorizzi
COVR offers mentoring to its members. This month we feature a question from our members that is often submitted.
QUESTION: I always see advertisements for the gift shows. Should I attend them?
ANSWER: I personally enjoy going to the shows. I see product lines I never would have found, see new products in my existing lines and it is great to meet the people that you will be buying from. It is a wonderful tactile experience, but could be expensive if you don’t live nearby. If you are concerned about costs, I would skip it. You can always go to the show’s website and get a list of exhibitors and then call them for catalogs.
If you do have it in your budget, by all means, try one out. There are many to choose from all year. A good one to start with is the Atlanta, Dallas or Rocky Mountain Gift Shows which occur at different times of the year, with someoccuring in January. After the bustle of Christmas, it is great to get away for a few days, and these shows have a lot to offer. They are huge and exciting!
If you buy rocks and crystals, the rock shows are very valuable, as you can purchase the actual rocks you see. Many rock dealers only sell in thesearenas. You have probably heard of the Tucson Gem Show, but there are smaller, more manageable ones too. Denver has a rock show in September that is large and attracts many vendors. There are smaller shows in Minneapolis, Springfield, MA, Franklin NC, Orlando, FL, Livonia, MI and Ashville, N.C. These smaller shows are a good way to try out going to a show.
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