My family has been here for over a decade, but yesterday we made our very first trip to the Southern Christmas Show. To say it was overwhelming would be a bit understated. So many exhibitors, so many people, so many cool things. We went on the last day just by chance, but it could have paid off as some exhibitors were offering special deals for the last day. None of the exhibitors we purchased from had any discounts, but we noticed quite a few at up to 50% off.
My main goal was to find Angie's Door Decor and pick up a new holiday wreath. I 'met' Angie when scouring the marketplace on Facebook looking for some decor. She is incredibly talented and I waited weeks to get it, but I am absolutely obsessed with my new wreath. I'll be calling Angie for a new wreath each season until I have one for each!
There were three halls at the show, the first we went through was 90% Christmas-related decor, crafts, gifts, etc. The second hall we went through had a few exhibitors with Christmas-specific items, and the rest was a lot of vendors like you would find at any other show. We made just a quick run through the third hall as we were getting pretty tired. I was SUPER excited to see a Nothing Bundt Cakes and while waiting in line overheard that these particular ladies were from the SOON TO BE GASTONIA LOCATION! Yes, it's true. Nothing Bundt Cakes is coming to Gastonia next summer, where they are clearing land across from Chick-fil-A on Franklin. While I intended to get you all the details about the Southern Christmas Show, I never dreamed that I would get information this great!
The Southern Christmas Show is definitely a place where you can find holiday decor, Christmas gifts, and tons of random things for yourself. I was surprised at all of the clothing. Wallets everywhere were on fire. Most of the vendors took a card, which is really the only way to be successful in 2018. I was also really impressed with the food court. There were tons of options, something for everyone. You can definitely take a break for lunch or a snack, but seating was a challenge.
My advice - don't bust your wallet right out at the first thing you see. Take the time to look around and see what's out there, but NOTE where you saw something you liked. If my show experiences taught me anything, it's to look above to the aisle number note which end I was on and what was there. We found cheaper items, or items we liked more further into our time at the Show and wouldn't have been able to make those purchases if we had bought the first thing we saw.
My final piece of advice is do your best to leave strollers at home. We were trying to get through the show with a wheelchair and people are really inconsiderate. Navigating through the crowds was a challenge. Find a sitter, leave the kids at home if they can't walk on their own, and go enjoy the show without that extra stress. ALSO, if you are attending a show like this, have some manners and be mindful of where you are walking and who you are inconveniencing for no reason.
I'm Katie and I'm so excited to be bringing Housewives in the City to Gaston County! I'm a resident of Mount Holly. I absolutely love traveling, sports and I'm always up to learning something new. I cannot wait to meet all of you!