Today is the opening day of the Buyers Market of American Craft in Philadelphia. Susan is one of hundreds of exhibitors at this three-day event. She has already posted about this on her blog. My job consists of being a very overdressed delivery boy and sometimes security guard. I play the role well. I am not really needed since Susan can easily sell herself without me hanging around. The show is an amazing learning curve for us. We probably do not belong in a wholesale market, and we probably will not take any orders for her work. HOWEVER, there has already been some interest from several galleries about representation and other high-end venues to sell. This is the most important part of our journey to craft shows.
I dismissed myself from Susan and took the train back to the hotel so I could make this short post. The mass transit system in Philly is excellent! The downtown area is wonderful and architecturally stunning. The grand hall of the Reading Terminal took my breathe away. The Reading Market is eye candy to your stomach. Tonight is the Niche Awards ceremony at the Convention. Susan is a finalist in the Decorative Fibers category (she won this award in 2011). I'll journey back to meet her at 6PM. Tomorrow I hope to visit the city more since I do not have to hold her hand while she self-promotes herself. I will hopefully borrow her camera and take pictures. We will back up after 4PM on Monday, stay overnight and make the long 600+ mile drive to Columbia on Tuesday.