I made a trip in January to vend at the Road To California Quilt Show. I was a little nervous because I've never attended Road before. It's generally not a good idea to vend at a show that you haven't visited so you at least know a little bit of what to expect. But, I decided to go anyway.
The weather was great while we were there. The entrance to the convention center was lined with palm trees and backed by the beautiful mountains. One of the really hard things about traveling to vend at quilt shows is that I never have time to enjoy the local scenery. I'm always stuck inside, and at the end of the day, I'm exhausted and basically just pass out in my hotel room.
The convention center that Road To California is held in has a tall lobby where they display quilts hanging high. It's quite a lovely sight.
My booth was located in the pavilion. The Road to California quilt show is so large, that it doesn't fit in the convention center. They construct a huge tent, called the pavilion, in the parking lot every year just for this show. Here's my booth all set up and ready for customers!
There were over 42,000 attendees to the show! There were some times when there wasn't even enough room for me to be in the booth! My mom came with me to help out in the booth.
I met lots of great people, and made some new business connections. I also had some visits from Ebony Love of Lovebug Studios and Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin & Sew Much Cosplay! There are some things that I might change for next time, but overall, I had a great show, and I'll be back next year.