Sunday, March 30, 2008

Memories Expo and Tips for Expo go-ers!

Memories Expo was so awesome! They didn't have quite as many booths as we remembered from last year, but I still managed to buy quite a few items. To the left is a picture of the four of us after 7 hours at the expo! Peggy, Mary, Lynette and I had a great time getting all our goodies. I also say two of the women from my dorm at CKU. It was so awesome to see them and Kim even gave me two free tickets in!

I was pretty good and didn't buy that many things. But I did manage to get some. I got 2 packs of large Karen Foster Snap Sets in Formal and Casual, for 2$ each! I also got some dry embossing dies since they had the hebrew alphabet and a cool nixonisque peace sign. I got a paper piercing template from Lasting Impressions.

I got some fun stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, which if you have never checked out are VERY cool, they make little flower scenes and wreaths. They are a little out of my comfort zone, which should be nice. If you haven't checked them out don't worry there will be plenty of cards on this blog in the next couple of weeks with them.

I also got a darling set from Close To My Heart called "Butterfly Wishes" it has the best poem in it. I got a few other minor miscellaneous things, such as ribbon.

All and all I think I did VERY well.

I also wanted to give people a few tips for going to expos:

1. Bring cash. Many booths will not accept your credit card for purchases under $15 dollars.
2. In my experience, it is best to go either on the first day when they open or the last day when they are 1-2 hours from closing. This is because the best deals either fly on the first day or get marked down to even better deals at the end of the show because the dealers don't want to take the items home with them.
3. Go with friends. It's more fun and a lot less expensive because you don't have to pay as much for parking and gas.
4. Expect bad food for lunch or bring your own. The food at these events is always terrible and terribly expensive (my diet coke was 3.25!). It is important to bring snacks because you may be in line when you get hungry (yes, some booths have lines!).
5. Bring advil. Your back will hurt, your feet will hurt, but your wallet might hurt the most (lol).
6. Try to go in with a budget in mind in order to not get caught up in the craziness of the show.
7. Just because everyone is buying it does not mean you want it.
8. 1$ sale items add up.
9. Be careful not to buy heavy things at the beginning.
10. Have a wonderful time and take great pictures!!



Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Super cute photo!

I would add to your list the following:
Bring bottled water in your tote
Have lots of room in your tote for purchases.
Maybe bungee cords to tie stuff to the top!
Wear good cozy shoes!

Let me tell you, a few of us went to an Expo last April, and so many girls were in high heels, toting their carts, and tons of stuff... CRAZY!
I"m looking forward to seeing your new goodies in action!

Jen said...

Thanks for the tips. Looks like you had a grand time!

Denise Bryant said...

Sounded like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing the tips.uypit

Gia Harvey said...

Glad you had a good time - good tips!

Richelle said...

Ohhhh....sound like a total blast!

Thanks for sharing the tips.

Carole said...

Where are the expos? Love your blog. Good luck with your studies! I work for attorneys!

~Michelle~ said...

Looks like you had a hoot!! Makes me want to go to a convention!!
I'm working at one in May...that's fun to!!