We're back! My mom and I just got back from the Merchandise Mart in Atlanta. We brought our friend Susan and my boyfriend, Chris, to help us make decisions about what to order for this year's holiday gift items, next year's spring and Valentine's Day merchandise, and of course to look for new lines to carry.
Here's a picture of my mom and Susan waiting for the shuttle in the airport parking lot. Notice my mom's new animal print luggage. She was so excited about it!
|This was taken at like 5:30 am|
|Sipping a smoothie|
|They use vintage furniture to display just like us!|
|The entrance to Bethany Lowe Designs|
|A spring Display|
|The entrance to ESC|
|Valentine's at ESC|
|View from the Twelve Hotel|
|New french soaps|
|Chocolate bars coming in September|
|See the light in the center? I would have loved one of these as a little girl.|
One of the gift items for the holidays were these cute, vintage packaged "Grow Your Own" kits. We got the Chrsitmas tree, Amaryllis, peppermint, and Lavender kits. Here's what the packages look like:
|Little kits would make a fun gift|
We spent the rest of the day ordering many new things including lots of jewelry. My boyfriend was such a good sport! He didn't complain the entire time even though he really wasn't interested! He's a keeper!
|Chris, my patient boyfriend and me in front of a showroom.|
By the end of the second day, we were exhausted. However, the real excitement started on the third day when the temporaries opened, so we got a little boost. Just to give you an idea, here's the view from the top of the building.
|See the clear glass elevators on the right?|
Here's the view from inside the glass elevator:
|There are a lot of floors filled with booths|
We were too overwhelmed to take any more pictures of the temporary booths. The reps are literally trying to get you to stop in their booth and yelling out to you or demonstrating products. It's fun but stressful. We ordered lots of jewelry and a few baby things in this area.
On the last day of our trip, we made our way to the cash and carry section. This is where, instead of writing orders, you can grab what you want and take it with you. It was crazy! People get really pushy and desperate when they think someone else is going to grab what they want! We actually got yelled at for taking pictures but here are the ones we got.
|People shopping in cash and carry|
|more people shopping|
|The booth where we spent the most time|
|A bracelet we grabbed|
By the end of the last day, and after a delayed flight and broken down van, we were exhausted. However, I think it was our most productive trip to market ever and we had a lot of fun. It's the first time we've taken the time to document the trip, so we hope you've enjoyed reading about it. Now all we have to do is wait for everything that we ordered....