you ever take time to marvel at the obscene amounts of passion that run through the veins of this ‘scrapbooking’ industry!? it’s out of control! It’s inspiring really.
Tonight, we invited the retail scrapbook store owners in our ‘region’, over to emily’s uber-cute abode, for a little educational training evening! I think about 15 stores were represented- some driving in as far as 3 hours to be with us… we have been visiting the stores around to get to know the owners, and their customers- and get a change to hear people’s comments and thoughts. It’s been really cool for me to have that chance-on such a personal level. We had dinner, and taught several different demos … it was a great opportunity to just connect without the pressure that exists inside the stores, and fun because we have had a chance to get to know some of them in their own element.
I have always said, that I think that has to be the hardest job on the planet… being a scrapbook store owner… and knowing what to bring in, how to move product… stay on top of the trends.. create cool classes… and balance their families and staff. It’s remarkable really. it was so interesting tonight to hear them talk to one another- hear them laugh about their struggles and their individual challenges. And as I listened… I did just that… I marveled at the passion, the drive and the thing that motivates us to WORK so hard! I feel privileged to know so many amazing people in this industry. many of who I look up to and admire and respect what they do/how they do it. and continually, I am amazed at their drive. That thing that pushes us so far beyond the norm. I share it… the passion. My team has it. the individuals that were there tonight have it. and all the folks that are frantically pulling their samples and surprises together on their way to Chicago; as well as those who are going to BUY it up. Those who sell it, rep it, teach it, educate it and dream it.
I love being a part of it. It’s amazing really, what a consuming thing it is.
Having said that… I am missing the first show in what seems like a long time. I will miss being there. Seeing those faces that we only see at these trade shows… feeling that buzz that happens there. But I am thankful that I don’t have to stand all day for 3 days with my sore back and swollen feet! Pregnant perk…
Anyway… looking forward to seeing everyone in Vegas at Memory Trends.
Until then… this is my salute to all of you retail store owners… thanks for doing what you do. working as hard as you work. And good luck SHOPPING next week!