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Old 06-16-2007, 03:17 PM   #1
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Default So...who's all going to CHA?

I am ridiculously excited about attending the big tradeshow this July in Chicago. I was wondering who else is attending?
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I will! I will be in the Paper Salon booth - stop by! I would love to meet you!
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Can anyone go? What's it all about?
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I'll be in Chicago that weekend for my anniversary, but no way into the show. Bummer. But I'll be at the Cubs game

Hi Jennifer! I see you're from Pittsburgh. Me too. What area are you in?
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what are the dates?
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To answer a few questions:, this is directly from the website (http://www.chashow.org/eweb/startpag...007s&design=no)
"The Craft & Hobby Association Summer Convention and Trade Show offers the seasonís largest selection of crafts and hobbies under one roof. Over 5,000 qualified retailers flock to Rosemont to shop from thousands of lines in every product category, choose from dozens of workshops and industry-leading seminars and go home with new techniques, new ideas and new inspiration.

The Summer Convention and Trade Show is produced by the Craft & Hobby Association and its members"

And it's from July 20-22nd.
I'll be at the gel-a-tins booth, so come by and see me!
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I will be there! I am going with some of the other Craft Critique Reporters! I'd love to try and meet up with some other SCS'ers while we are there... we were thinking of organizing an informal Saturday dinner maybe???
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I'm going! I'm so excited. I am going as a reporter for Craft Critique. I am driving to Chicago with the woman that owns the scrapbook store I teach at! Woo-hoo!

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I'm not going. Why would I want to spend 3 days surrounded by the latest new craft stuff -- when I can be working in sky high heat and humidity for the Federal Government? It's a no brainer....
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I'm not going. Why would I want to spend 3 days surrounded by the latest new craft stuff -- when I can be working in sky high heat and humidity for the Federal Government? It's a no brainer....
LOL!! I can see your dilemma Joan! I would love to go, but won't be able to to.
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I would love an informal meet-up! It's always nice to actually meet fellow scs-ers!
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OK... well this week I will drive out there and go check out some possible locations... there is a lot in the area; but I hate to choose something that will be too busy on a Saturday night... I think we could get a few people together for sure.

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I too will be attending with the Craft Critique reporters and can't wait!!

And if anyone going needs somewhere to stay let me know, I have a room but no roomies yet
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Can anybody go?
No. It's for industry professionals which means you need to be a qualified vendor, retailer/craft pro, or press/media person.
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HOLY COW! it's that time of year again!?? wow this year has flown by. you all have to tell us all about it as soon as you get back! heck why wait? tell us about it while you're there !

but I'm not going.

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I am going with the owner of the Memories From the Heart, a scrapbook store in Delavan, WI. I work there part time. This will be my second CHA and I can't wait. We are going Thurs. through Sun. See you there!
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I would love to go as a demo for all those cute make-n-takes they have. Wish I had a connection to get hired! Got to go to Anaheim and boy was that inspiring and completely fun!
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Yes I am going, we travel from Scotland on Tue so I should be ready to shop as soon as it opens, no workshops for me as DH is with me and as its my first time, yipe I am a CHA virgin LOL. I think I will need all my time to do the show.
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Craft Critique: http://www.craftcritique.com

Great website with reviews of craft products, and articles about different types of crafts and techniques. Lots of wonderful info!
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I am going tooooooooooooooooo! so excited!!! (shh don't tell anybody)
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I know how you feel! This is the first one I will attend and have been counting the days!
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*waves at Emily*

but your need to be showing and then I can shop with you for real.
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Is no one getting excited about CHA?
3 weeks and I will be there* jumps up and down*
are any of the girls who are going doing classes?
This is my fist trip and I wonder how busy the classes are or should I just settle for make and takes around the show.
Any tip and advice would be great as I am sure lots of silly things will be learnt on this first trip .
Are there any spoilers about yet?
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I'm super excited about CHA (not attending ) & all the new goodies!!!

Here are some tips I gathered (from 2ps) with regards to what to take along to MemoryTrends in October '06...should be applicable to CHA, too. Now, these are from a retailer's perspective. My added comments are in purple italics.

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  1. Water (if you can bring your own it will save you time in line and lots of money, average cost $3 per bottle)
  2. Mini stapler I didn't have a need for it, personally.
  3. preprinted address labels/stickers for order forms. They save so much time and hand cramping.
  4. clipboard You can even decorate it A mini clipboard would be great!
  5. small notebook for ideas, list of booths to see, etc. I never travel anywhere without a small notebook! Beats writing things down on bits of paper which might get lost.
  6. calculator (for those late night order forms back at the hotel)
  7. chocolate (there is usually plenty around the booths but I bring some anyway for energy boosts) (Energy bars!)
  8. your own business cards and a credit letter for new companies with store logo, bank info, list of companies you do business with, store pic, website, etc.
  9. a small empty suitcase if you're flying for all the catalogs, etc. I used to pack clothes in small case and put small case into larger case on the way to the show so I only had to deal with one bag on the way there.
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  • Comfy shoes!!! A *must*! I saw lots of people wearing those Crocs. And if you can find them, the Mary-Jane Crocs are quite cute.
  • Peppermint foot lotion (for example - the Body Shop's own) !!! Dude, your feet will be sore at the end of a loooooooong day!
  • I brought my carry-on, rolling suitcase to the show to stuff all the catalogues & schwag I was getting. They get to be quite heavy! Many people had these (or any other bag on wheels).
  • Hi-liter...to highlight, on the map, the booths which you don't want to miss.
  • Most of the big booths have cool make'n'takes - get there early before they run out of supplies!
  • Check out booths with 'bigger' ticket items...like all those die-cutting machines. And ask questions as to which materials can be used...cutting surface...dies... I wish I had done more of this, because it's a great opportunity to see what's on the market all in one spot and to start comparing them.
  • If you have time, check out one of the local scrapbooking/stamp stores. Check their website to see if they have any specials or classes during CHA. Print out directions ahead of time or email them and ask.
I think that's all. I brought along my digi camera and my iBook so that I could upload my pics - I took *tonnes* of pics. For me, MemoryTrends was overwhelming, being my 1st show! I now have a better idea as to which booths I want to check out next year.

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3 weeks and I will be there* jumps up and down*
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This is my fist trip and I wonder how busy the classes are or should I just settle for make and takes around the show.
Any tip and advice would be great as I am sure lots of silly things will be learnt on this first trip .
Are there any spoilers about yet?

Keep feeding the ideas!!!!!!!! I need 'em!!!!
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Oh to be able to afford to go to something like that, how heavenish would that be, lol
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Thanks Cris
I have done the UK trade shows but I know there will be many differances.
Croc................well my feet are too big and those things aint dainty, but I think I will have to give in and buy some, or take my supper soft slippers, no one will notice! LOL

Three weeks to day we will be there* jumps up and down again*, what a lot of excerise I am getting these days LOL, not sure if I will get out and about to the local stores as we are not hiring a car. Would love to do a troll dash around the big ones M's & J's, will wait and see.

Going to track down small business, SAHM type of thing as I know that they take care of their customers better than the big guys IYKWIM

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Hey Alex
When SU comes to the UK and you join as Demo, maybe you'll get across the pond for training?
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I would love to go but don't have a connection. Does anyone need a representative for their business? Anyone?
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yeah me too.... I loooooooooooooove being in a freezing cold jail with prisoners..... craft stuff? no not interested....
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2 weeks but I aint counting LOL
I am not sure what I will find but I hope it is warm over there!
I have 3 days in the middle of my stay that I have to work, and the rest is play time. I have a few LSS to look out for and I hope to see a bit of the city. But not realy that bothered as long as I get to see all the new yummy chirstmas ranges and take a few home.
Even got myself some crocs!
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