August 4, 2009

CHA Super Show.....let the shopping begin!

It was finally time for the first day of the CHA Super Show. But first I wanted to give a shout out to some close friends I saw while at CHA. Heather and I got to break away during the booth set up and have lunch with Debbie, Cami, and Joy. We've been online friends for years so it was really great to finally meet up in person!And I have to give a giant thank you to David, Nichole's awesome husband! He has the patience of a saint......he drug us around everywhere for morning Starbucks coffee, Walmart trips and worked so hard in the booth, going back and forth to the storage area for product refills.
David pretty much let us girls do most of the talking......probably more like we just over ran the poor man.......and he had this UHaul in tote everywhere we went. He's a very good driver, yet he had 5 female back seat drivers giving him directions all the time. I finally got him to pose for his Senior Picture and he chose the UHaul as his backdrop. Doesn't David look all handsome in this photo??????? I owe David some cookies or something big time!
And here we all, all the Papertrey girls, ready for the booth to open on that first day of the Super Show. From the left, it's me, Debbie, Nichole, Heather and Dawn.
We had our aprons full of notepads and cute pens, ready to greet all of the great Papertrey customers.
Jane and Julie were ready at the cash register area.
And then the doors opened. The first thing we saw were women speed walking to our booth. I know you all wanted to break into a sprint to be the first in line, it was so fun to watch you all!! Here I am at the make and take booth.
There were tables set up for 7 seats...and then the lines formed, seven at a time. You were all so patient with us, we tried to visit with everyone and keep it moving quickly. There were lots of you who came back for all six make and takes, that was fun!
At the right, the line formed to get into the shopping area. Nichole and Dawn were there to greet each and every customer who was waiting in line.
The check out was crazy also but you were all so patient. Jane's son J.D. brought his girlfriends two teenage daughters to help out. They were amazing help and so cute....and tan!!
Here you all are, shopping in the booth.
These two little cutie pie shoppers stole my heart! I think this is Kim and Amy(sorry if I got that wrong)......they came back to the booth several times and just couldn't decide what to get. In the midst of all the people, they plopped down right in the shopping booth, just on the other side of the make and take wall. Heather and I would feel this little tap, tap from the girls every so often. We answered their questions and helped them make decisions. So when we finally spied them in the checkout line, we had to snap their photo.
And here they are with their shopping totes full of Papertrey goodies. One of my favorite things to do was ask you all what you got and then peek into your shopping bags. I could feel your excitement and I definitely had a fun time with you all!
Here we are on our last night together. We are smiling and happy.....but man were we tired and sore!!
I had a great time meeting up with my fun friends and sharing the first ever Papertrey retail shopping experience with you!! Thank you all for your kind words, asking for our autographs and photos, and telling us how much you love our work and our blogs. You make my job really fun!!

16 comments:

Lisa G said...

Mish, thanks for the awesome insight into the show. It looks like you gals had a great time!

wisteriagirl said...

Oh..I wish I could have been there!! Looks like a great time was had by all. Now..I want to know how to get one of those pink shopping bags and a pink pen??

Michelle said...

Looks like so much fun!!! Ok, at risk of sounding like an idiot, is CHA just for retailers?? Or are the people shopping actual customers?? Like, people who don't have any kind of business and just like to see what's new??

mamajulie said...

It sounds corny to say this, but I follow all of your blogs and buy Papertrey items all the time. The style is "me". Seeing my stamping idols work so hard to bring something to success, and to be able to share it through pictures is a great treat. Papertrey products are quality through and through and the attention to detail is why. Congratulations on a deservedly successful show.

Penny J. said...

Would have loved to been able to make the trek from Las Vegas just to meet all you girls.....never mind the shopping!! From all the stories it sounds like you guys had a blast even with all the hard work. I loved your "senior picture" that Nichole posted. What fun...made me feel as if I was there in the room with you guys. David must have the patience of a saint....five woman, whew!! lol

Nancy said...

Mish, thanks for taking the time to post all the great pictures and the wonderful commentary. I look forward to your blog to be inspired, to marvel and to always get a laugh!

Prinny said...

MISH ~ how fun! I SEE NAVY!! Glad you had a great time!

Kathyc on SCS said...

Thanks for all the great photos Mish! It's the next best thing to being there! I know you ALL worked so hard and I'm glad you had some fun too!

Michelle said...

Congrats on a successful show! Your booth looked fabulous (from the pics) and it looks like you had a great time. Wish I could have been there to shop til' I dropped!!

Tammie27 said...

Dear Mish,
Thank you so much for sharing your CHA experience. It looks like all of you had such a fabulous time, and from the look of the photos, it looks like you guys had the best booth and the busiest! Wish I could of been there... I just love Papertrey Ink stamps and supplies, and I love the work you designers do on the Papertrey team, you are ALL so talented. Thank you again for sharing.

sharon d said...

What a great post, Mish! I love the Senior Pictures! David posing in front of the U-Haul for his Senior Picture is a riot.

Ms. Cheryl said...

I wish I could have been there. I would love to have a notepad,pen and bag too.:( you guys are the best. ms.cheryl

Kathleen said...

I loved your posts about CHA. I wish I could have been there. I wish I could get the totebag too. Maybe you could suggest something like buy $50 or more online and receive the tote for free. I would do that in a heartbeat.

Babies- Beth said...

Mish, thanks so much for taking the time to post all of the CHA photos! I can't wait to get a t-shirt next week! Seeing all of the peolple smiling has really made my day~

Anonymous said...

CHA was awesome! I got to buy your Vintage Picnic set, and can't wait to start some projects with it. I saw you, but didn't get to say "Hi". Love your blog. You've got great style. Congrats on a great show.

Helen F. said...

Ohhh, such fun time! Wish I could have been there...these photos are fabulous! So happy for your success.
LOVE all of your blogs, ladies~you totally inspire me (and your millions of fans :)

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