Monday, May 14, 2012

Another side of AMM

Hi Everyone,

Our regular customers are familiar with seeing some of our bridal 'wares' especially our large wire boards that are used for reception place cards or escort cards at the various shows we have done in the last couple of years.

So, when we stepped up to do an entire venue about wedding wares, highlighting what we saw becoming more and more popular, introducing the shabby/ vintage feel into weddings and receptions, we were thrilled, a little intimidated and wary to say the least. The show we just did in Milwaukee was presented by a group called Indie Wed, a brilliant collection of independent wedding businesses that have one thing in common, we are all original not corporate run businesses. People who do what they do because they have a passion for it. Yep, that's us.

Indie Wed was held in the ultra cool building called the Garage at the Harley Davidson Museum in downtown Milwaukee, WI. The staff of Indie Wed and the staff at HD were so incredibly helpful and supportive that they made the set up and tear down a piece of cake. Beautifully maintained and impeccably clean, the building was transformed in just a couple of hours to a fantastic show venue.

One of our next door booth neighbors, Artistic Group, was a great photographer, Dale Stenboten and his super friendly staff he brought along. His display included beautiful books and collages that he had shot at weddings that he had done. Just the most thoughtful and emotional images to capture the special day. Dale was so sweet to lean over and snap a couple of pics of our display.  Thanks you so much for this beauty.

The world's smallest booth ever ! We normally show the majority of our lines in a space that is anywhere from 10' X 16' to about 10' X 20'. So to show what we needed to, into basically 24 sq feet, down from 160' to 200' sq feet, was a HUGE challenge. Apparently, it worked. We stood out fiercely from the satin and lace type of booth to the poultry netting and nettle cloth look we did and were so surpized by the huge number of customers that we interacted with. Shabby and vinatge accents are becoming so popular, giving a little more relaxed and comfortable feel to what can become overly stressed and 'too' formal weddings. We talked about casual table settings, natural papers for placecards, fun coasters and so much more. The four hours flew by. The Mr. & Mrs. banner was a huge hit. We are taking custom orders, all having the drop dead gorgeous German glass glitter shards for the letters in beautiful silver.

We are getting so excited about go to Na-Da farm this Friday. Make your plans to come out Friday from 5-8 PM or Sat 10 AM-2 PM to experience this one-of-a-kind events. Looking forward to seeing all of you.

Here's the rest of the crazy list.

May  18 &19   NA DA Farm Barn Event, Esmond IL 

May  20   'The Pec Thing'  32nd Semi-Annual Pec Thing Antique & Flea 
                  Market, Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica, Illinois 

May  27   Allegan Antique Market, Allegan County Fairgrounds, Space 101, Allegan MI

June  2 & 3    Kane County Flea Market, South Trades Building, Space 28, St. Charles, IL

June 13   North Shore Flea, in conjunction with the Highwood Farmers Market, Highwood
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  1. Love your booth! It is so inviting! Makes we feel at home! I'll take one of everything, please! ;)

  2. WOW! Just sent you a quick email. You are vending almost every day at a different place!!! How do you do it??? I'm exhausted from vending two places this weekend. :) Keep up the great work. I love seeing pictures of your creations. They are always fabulous.