So first off, I am SO sorry for taking so long in getting this up. I've been completely swamped with NHCO, but I guess that only means I have some really great stuff to share with that as well!
I remember seeing an Instagram post the other day from a lady who did a different trade show in February, and she mentioned that she totally felt the love from the show attendees. She also shared a video of the crowd around her booth. Her booth was minimalist just like mine, but I didn't feel any love from this show.
I've written about Craft Shows versus Trade Shows, and I've finally done my first Trade Show for my other company, NHCO Botanical Bodycare, LLC. Having a craft show history definitely prepared me for the Dallas Total Home and Gift Market, but I knew I would need to do my homework. Surprisingly, there wasn't a lot that I could find to really school me on doing my first trade show exhibition. There's SO MUCH to share, this will have to be a series.
This is probably more of a vent post than anything!
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