I went to the Sydney Gift Fair today at Darling Harbour! I always love going to these fairs! Love love love checking out all the new gift and homeware products that have been released, wishing I could just pack it all up and take it home now! I began going to these fairs in about 1998 after I started my greeting card range. I found Aero Images at one of these fairs and they soon took over the selling and distribution side of my cards, and the rest, as they say, is history. Aero are fantastic. This photo is of their stand, with my cards on the front. They go to all the gift fairs around Australia and the US, and sell in many other countries. They are also on the road many months of the year to sell cards, and I owe a lot of my greeting card success to them. And to the fabulous shops who stock them, and to the customers who buy them! This fair closes tomorrow, which means that's when my work begins. My orders will get sent to me, and then I start the busy task of making them, packing them and getting them to Aero asap. It's a good kind of busy! I stockpile where I can (in the quiet periods), although it doesn't always work out that way. I'm usually too busy with other work!
I can only guess which cards will sell well at a particular fair, and while I'm often not far off the mark, sometimes an order will come through that is a bigger quantity than expected, or a usually slow selling card will be a huge seller for some reason etc etc. So while I usually make up stocks in advance of the best sellers, there's always an underdog card that will catch me by surprise. That's the beauty of it all though - seeing a card that I may have thought had had it's day, sell really well. But what I appreciate and enjoy most, is the fact that my photos are on cards, in the shops, and then in someone's hands to brighten their day. And all of that simply just brightens my day. (cue card: awwwwww! LOL)
Also - after the fair I got to meet up with some of the people from the Nepal trek I did last year. What a hoot to see those guys again! We had lunch together and just laughed and laughed about our time in Nepal, and caught up with all the goss. Babies, engagements, moving houses... lots can happen in one year!