Thursday, January 30, 2014

2014 - A post about the New year (a month late)!

3 and 1/2 months isn't too long to go without a new blog post, is it?!??!!!

Sorrrrrrrry bout that!

2013 was amazing for this lil biz lady. Thanks a bunch for that!  I made it through Holiday sales and went straight in to my debut in the wholesale trade show world. It was pretty crazy. I started planning mentally back in August when I committed to the show. I slowly began my new booth design by hiring Perrodin Supply to build me some amazing tables (see pic below). Then pretty much took a break from planning because I was engulfed in Holiday shows/orders/etc until the day after Christmas.
Everything came together in the two weeks that I had to make it happen. It wasn't easy though. And there were road blocks. But I prevailed and was finally on my way to Dallas.
Set up was a breeze because I had everything planned out to a T and because my good friend from college was there to help, mentally and physically. 

The show was great and a huge learning experience. Now I know I can do this type of show and will try for Atlanta and New York next. I gained new accounts and met a great group of fellow jewelry artists that were also exhibiting.
Now I am busy filling orders and preparing for my next trip.

I leave Saturday morning to fly to NYC to visit the International Gift Show. I'll do a little shopping while I am there too and I hope to squeeze in a visit to the Museum of Art and Design to check out the amazing jewelry exhibit that is there right now. From New York I will fly straight out to Arizona for my annual buying trip at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. I am excited, nervous, and a little overwhelmed by this trip, I won't lie... So much packed in to 8 days... I am planning to return to Little Rock more inspired than ever before! I have to come back inspired! Because, I had an amazing meeting with some amazing people yesterday and I am very excited to tell you all about it when the time comes. I am very much looking forward to developing a couple of new lines when I get back from my trip.

Until next time! Take care my friends and follow my journeys and daily life on my new personal instagram, username: brandymcnair
and as always you can keep up with all things jewelry on the Bella Vita instagram, username: bellavitajewelry