That title may seem harsh, but no ... that's gentle compared to how I really feel. It was nothing like the scrapbooking convention
that I attended last year. Not to mention that I've been to others and this visit just did not stack up. I plan to share this very blog post w/them.
I recently attended the Memories Scrapbook Expo
in Columbus, OH. I've been to it in the past, but I don't remember it being as crummy as it was this time around. My friend said it looked like stuff from someone's basement. Not good.
My experience was not pleasant:
- getting to the parking lot was hectic; there was no signage to point you to the expo facility
- parking was $5; I only had $6 ... paid for parking, but told to exit the lot; huh? After that slight detour, I eventually made it to the right building
- they would only accept cash for admission (that was not listed on the promo material)
- bank machine in the lobby had a $4 fee
- paid $8 to get in (had a $2 off coupon)
All that to find less than desirable goods on the floor. There was very little 'new' stuff. Scrap Happy had a nice booth with some Quickutz stuff and a few Basic Grey lines. I did not find any good 'deals'. Not even on the old, basement-y stuff.
Archivers had a booth and they were handing out literature and calendars of their upcoming events. Are you kidding me? They can do better to drive traffic to the store; they have in the past. Cord Camera was not
there, which was disappointing since at least once in the past they had a booth and had really good coupons to use throughout the expo weekend.NOTE: someone just mentioned in a craft forum that Archivers was giving out coupons for free cardstock and % off coupons. Maybe they were all out by the time I got there; it was after 2 p.m. on the last day.
There were some demos and some booths had make and takes, but ... it was just a let down. They should at least have given me a door prize for looking and feeling so woeful, right?
Whah, whah, whah ... I'm just pouty because I should have called my friend before
I went to the expo. She went to the expo the day before. I forgot to call her and she forgot to call me. Now I'm down nearly $20 for a big hassle and headache and not much to show for it.
So the one good thing to come out of it was I bought a Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Components Collection
stamp. I got the Tim Holtz Components Collection Ledger
. Love that collection. I think that is where my next paycheck will go.
Crazy thing is I ended up going to Hobby Lobby and Michaels and spent another $40. So who's stimulating the economy ... ?
Labels: Columbus, crafting, scrapbooking expo, stamps, tim holtz