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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Welcome to
News For and About Artisans and Retailers of the Adirondack North Country here at
http://adknccrafts.blogspot.com/ inbetween e-newsletters. The last e-newsletter went out in Nov., 2007. They are archived at http://www.adknccrafts.com/storiesaboutyou.php.

During the month of March,
to promote the 55 exhibitors of Buyer Days (April 2-3), the small regional gift trade show in Saratoga Springs, NY that I coordinate for the Adirondack North Country Association, I blasted all of you 4 times with exhibitor show specials, new products and best sellers and some product photos. They can still be viewed at
Shopowners referred to the eblasts and website listing as part of their preparation to attend the show. The two day gift trade show with average exhibitor expenses of about $260 generated an average of $3897 per exhibitor in sales (orders and cash and carry) with 165 attending shopowners! The average sales per exhibitor was actually up from the 2007 show by $1147 when 156 shopowners attended. The exhibitor contact info pdf and show summary will be posted shortly at

In the May 2008 Woodshop News
Bernadette Boyle, marketing and public relations manager for the American Crafts Council (ACC), said that for the 32nd annual ACC show (Feb. 22-24, 700 exhibitors) in Baltimore the turnout (20,000 visitors) roughly matched that of last year's show. Later on in the article she states that the outlook for upcoming ACC shows is positive. "Our shows saw a breakthrough in attendance in 2007. Because of the economy after 9/11, attendance slipped a bit. But in 2007 we definitely have seen it creep up so our hopes are even higher for 2008."
http://www.craftscouncil.org/ and http://www.woodshopnews.com/

In the March 2008 Woodshop News,
The Furniture Society's 12th annual conference which is to be held this year in Purchase, NY from June 18 to 21 was featured.
"More than 14 demonstrations/workshops will be offered during the conference on such subjects as working with cork, surfacing wood, composite materials, chainsaw carving and design software. ...
In discussions over the course of the conference, panelists will explore the position of studio furniture in the current debates about craft, design and fine art. They also will analyze how the perception of value gets shaped, question furniture making as a career choice and offer suggestions on how to distinguish a responsible environmental movement from a marketing" standpoint.
If I remember correctly from another article reporting on last year's conference, some 350 people attended.
http://www.furnituresociety.org/ and http://www.woodshopnews.com/

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