Thursday started with an early breakfast again followed by the first shuttle to AmericasMart! So awesome to be able to just ride a bus and not worry about the Atlanta traffic!
We browsed a few showrooms first including Dept. 56, Grasslands, Elise, Park Hill, Creative Co-op, DHR & Stony Creek and Kurt Adler. Then for the rest of the day we had decided we would divide and conquer! So, Janie headed to the Temporaries and I (Jennifer) went to to the 1st of 6 WORK//SHOP seminars put on by Linley+Lauren. First up was “Shop Talk” where they told us about the top trends to look for at Market. After that we met up to have lunch from the Market Club.
After lunch we went our separate ways again. Janie stopped by Eat your Peas booth, The Grandparent Company and Porcelain Garden and checked out many other new potential vendors! I spent the rest of the afternoon attending the remaining seminars which included topics such as Facebook, Instagram, Marketing while at the Market, Tips to help style, shoot and share photos from your phone and last but not least an at-market social media plan! I am so excited about the free gifts I received at each seminar – travel mug, iphone cover, selfie stick, sunglasses, phone battery booster & a shatterproof wine glass! Work hard, Shop hard!! In between seminars I also browsed a couple showrooms – Sullivan’s and Accent Decor (LOVE their vases and containers).
So after the seminars Janie and I met up again in the Enesco showroom. Jim Shore was there and signing ornaments for everyone! Great way to end the day! Oh and we were able to get two of the last 3 seats on the shuttle bus back to our hotel!! Yay!! We were so relieved we didn’t have to wait for the next bus that didn’t come for another 30 minutes! 🙂