This message goes out to those of you who are "hard core" paper product addicts lovers….. This goes to those of you who crave having the best & newest & trendiest in your collections!
As you know, the Craft & Hobby Association has two big trade shows each year. Winter & Summer. At these trade shows, the paper crafting industry manufacturers display, promote & sell orders for their new product lines.
The Winter show is coming up January 24-27, 2010 in Anaheim, CA. Yes, I know not many of you will be attending. They do have an event just for the consumer this year, but it's really quite far & expensive to go to Anaheim "just" for fun.
Other than jealousy for those who are attending, why should you be thinking about CHA right now? Because you need to be taking advantage of all of the "sneak peeks" of product lines that are all over the internet!
We have no control over what our Big Box stores & chain stores will decide to purchase & carry in their stores. Those decisions are probably made by corporate types who don't even scrapbook or know the difference between Graphic45 and BasicGrey 🙂
BUT: Aha! We can influence what our local scrapbook stores carry! The very best way to do that is to scrounge the internet for sneak peeks of everything you can find that will be displayed at CHA next week. And then let your LSS owner know which lines and products are absolute must-haves for you!
CHA is a crazy, exhausting 3-day event for your LSS owner. Yes, it's fun. But it's stressful too. Think about it: Scrapbook store owners make BIG purchasing decisions in a very short period of time. The more information your LSS owner has about what YOU and her other customers are dying to get, the more successful her order will be for her AND for you 🙂
The very best place to find CHA sneak peeks is over at Nancy Nally's site, Scrapbook Update. She has created a fantastic spread sheet of CHA sneak peek links that is sortable any way you like, complete with hyperlinks.
Now, before you head off to make your wish list for your LSS, I leave you with one sneak peek to get you started: Here's a picture of yours truly wearing a product that Donna Downey will be unveiling at CHA 🙂
Now go! Have fun looking at those sneak peeks & making your lists!
Update: Another great site for sneak peeks is The Scrap Review. Scroll down to the right-hand sidebar & see company names (all hyper linked) in alpha order!