First, I have to say how much fun I had last weekend at the Southern Women's Show! I met some incredible vendors, some awesome customers and some great friends! Then there were the local celebrities. Some on stage, and some just getting their glasses cleaned for free - like Wilson. Have I mentioned that I love Molly Grantham?
I saw some of the coolest products at the SWS! Our booth was next to a boutique full of gorgeous clothing in all sizes. I only got three things and though I got them all in one day, I don't feel guilty because I was there three days! Across from us was some beautiful jewelry and on the other side of us was ProFashion Hairstyling Tools. I watched them use these hairstyling tools all weekend before I caved in and went over and had them do my hair. I can't wait to try it at home tomorrow before Girls Night Out, but I watched it so many times, and waited until the literal last minute that I got a GREAT deal! That brings me to tip #1 - save large purchases for the last day. Vendors (including myself) want to move as much inventory as possible, for a few reasons. First, they've paid good money to be there. Second, they lugged in all of that inventory and they want to haul out as little as possible when they leave. Third, they've got sales targets to reach. So, don't splurge on the first day if it's a high-dollar item. Wait until the final day. However, understand that they will sell out of some items - so if it is something you absolutely have to have and cannot live without, this may not be the show tip for you.
On Saturday, I made my way over to the Charleston Shoe Company. No, I had never heard of them, don't be upset with me. I have terrible feet and ankles - as a result of numerous breaks and sprains. Standing on my feet for three full days was pure torture. So, I had to check out these shoes and see what they were all about. The verdict - they're comfy! The question - whether they are worth the price. At this point, I'll pay $1,000 for some cute, comfy, supportive shoes. I just don't think there is a 100% perfect pair out there. I've tried them all. These, however, are definitely comfy and cute, just a bit pricey - these set me back $140.
Tip #2 is check the event schedule. Just because you are going for shopping doesn't mean that you shouldn't check the events out. It was pretty cool to see Savannah Chrisley only 25 feet away. The bummer of being an exhibitor is that you can't break away for meet and greets. I heard from several girls that met her that she was super sweet. No surprise to me. I love Chrisley Knows Best and she seems like a genuine, sweet girl.
Now, let's talk about the highlight of the show and the real meaning behind the performance. The Charlotte Firefighters and the Firefighter's Burned Children Fund. Call it a fashion show, call it whatever you'd like. The bottom line is that this incredibly good-looking firefighters auction off their shirts to ladies in the audience and all of the proceeds go to the Firefighter's Burned Children Fund. It's a great cause, it's a great time and everyone should be sure to be around for at least one 'performance'.
I must tell you that as you visit these shows, give some serious credit to the vendors - especially when you see that they are working a booth by themselves. They've likely set up the entire thing by themselves and will have to break it down and pack it up alone too! Events like this take so much work behind the scenes - the coordinating staff, the exhibitors, the manual labor of setting up each space. A lot of work goes into making these shows fun for vendors and attendees!
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!