New York Gift Fair Feb 2015

Another fantastic week in New York City has come and gone. The first half of the week was consumed with NY Now, the international gift fair at the Javit’s Center. On to a little Chez Chloe bricks and mortar business…

IMG_6214It was a lot of fun having my guy along- I have to remember next year to get Orcas Island on our badges. You’d think I had some kind of rack the way people stared at my chest trying to read “Olga”.

IMG_6290We stayed with my son in Tribeca and frequented La Colombe Torrefaction on his corner.

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THE best mocha with hemp milk and pain au chocolats! I’d love to carry this dishware at Chez Chloe but it is made special for them

IMG_6291We walked miles, chatted, smiled, and learned at times more detail than we needed. Ollie and I discussed the ideal way to represent and sell your product. It’s not easy in those little cloth walled booths.

Here’s a new line for Chez Chloe- Vintage Girl Designs. Studio art, graphics and illustration combined with positive sayings and thoughts. I like it a lot.

IMG_6210Here’s a little R/X rated humor. This gal just watched people react as they come into her booth and saw this:) She’s got great flour sack towels printed with the funniest quotes. It took a few minutes to grasp the scene – the obvious and the subtle!

IMG_6206I can’t wait to make my order for new Tatine Candles along with their new liquid soaps in beautiful green recycled glass

IMG_6213Couleur Nature had some fun spring patterns out. I’ll be putting in an order in the next month as soon as we start getting just a little more traffic on the island

IMG_6197And from Deming WA, just a little north of us on the mainland is Moon Valley Organics. Can’t wait to get their organic herbal rubs in. I’ll be taking a little of this home straight away.

IMG_6202And another chuckle…

IMG_6205I went a little outside of the general store guidelines I originally set- merchandise that pertained to food in a direct or at least indirect way and picked up this classic wool blanket line- Faribault.

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They were just too soft and beautiful to pass up. Here’s three of five different styles of throws we now have in the shop-

photo 2I will also be bringing in a couple more body care product lines. Well, just because I can. And I want.Rue de Marli from Canada. 100% organic ingredients and plant based essential oils

rdm1 And Bayberry Naturals- also organic with botanical extracts… We are even going to try a few facial and hair care products! CAN”T WAIT.bayberrynaturalsNext up will be the latter half of the week- a night spent traveling up the Hudson and the NYC eat and walk about…

cheers… xx wendy

 

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  1. And not once did you mention the bone chilling NYC weather! 😉 Brave woman! After all, you had hubs along…
    Fun post, as I so miss being a buyer and yearly attendance at that show. Always found great things in the “handmade” section that I had customized for my shop in DC.
    Wish I lived closer to Orcas, so I could come shop your goodies! Diane

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    • It can be overwhelming but after a few shows you learn to stay focused- at least by the second day. I did make a couple orders for things I was afraid I’d change my mind on if I gave it too much thought. That worked for me this year. I’m always amazed at all the small vendors getting out there to share their ideas and creations.

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  2. I love the blankets. Yummy. That sounds like lots of fun…but I’m interested in your comment about focusing. Do you buy according to what you think will sell best or what’s on trend…or do you just go with your gut in terms of what speaks to you? Or is it all the same in the end?

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