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One of A Kind Show Chicago | 2018 Recap

We just finished up our 5th year exhibiting at One of a Kind Show Chicago.  It’s a four day sale located on the 7th floor of the Merchandise Mart in down town Chicago. There’s so many vendors a great handmade items from small nick knacks to beautiful (and pricey) works of art.

I’ve slowed down doing off site shows quite a bit since opening the SPP retail shop.  It’s not easy find staffing for outside events while also making sure the shop fully staffed (especially during the holidays).  But because the One of A Kind Show is in Chicago, it makes it easier to set up and man while still in Chicago.

The booth provided comes with hard walls and lights.  Tuesday and Wednesday before the show vendors bring in displays to showcase their work and make everything look pretty.  This is what our blank booth looked like before we started setting up:

We put up shelves, pegs and other table displays for all our product. Our white shelving is from Ikea, originally purchased for our first One of a Kind Show in 2014, which we have used every year since. We also have a table for boxed sets and home goods. Plus a little table to serve as our mini temporary cash wrap.

I always choose to power through set up on Tuesday so that if there are any last minute items I forgot or changes to the display, I can take care of those on Wednesday before the show opens. It also gives me some extra time to chill (if possible) before the show opens first thing on Thursday morning.  It’s a really long show, with 9-10 hour days for 4 days in a row. Any extra hours to rest are always helpful!

This year’s show was for the most part a success! We set up with enough time and have perfected our display (four years of practice, trial and error definitely help.)

The one major disappointment came on both Thursday and Friday mornings. Thursday morning I came into the show to find our singles and fives plus some rolls of quarters missing from our cash box.  Over $400 worth of change! 🙁

At the end of the first day of set up Tuesday evening I had accidentally left the cash box in sight.  It was at the back of my booth and on my bottom shelf, but still visible to passers by.  I didn’t realize it until I was already home for the night, but figured it would be OK. The Merchandise Mart has security and the seventh floor is closed to the public during when not show hours.  I got back in on Thursday morning I realized all my ones, fives and a few rolls of quarters were missing. It sucked.  I had Shelby to come in early to watch the booth while I ran to the bank to withdraw more change for the show. That night I made sure to take all the bills with me. I hid the cash box under the table and left the rolls of coins.

I arrived Friday morning to find that all my quarters were missing (again!!) .   Obviously someone targeting me the second time. Not only did they take my rolls of quarters, they also took our square reader so I couldn’t take any Credit Card payments for the first two hours of the show.  Luckily, my husband was able to drop off a backup square reader a few hours later.  It was stressful and unfortunate, but eventually resolved.

Aside from those two incidents, the show was really great! It was nice to see some familiar faces and repeat customers throughout the years. It’s always nice to hear laughter and see people connect with the work we make at Steel Petal Press.  In addition, we had our best year in sales.  So despite the thefts, overall I came out feeling really positive about the experience and have already signed up for next year.

Until then Chicago. Happy Holidays!!

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September Rewind – Goodbye Summer, Goodbye September

As we say goodbye to summer here in Chicago, it’s also time to say goodbye to September! In a blink of an eye, Fall is upon us and we have continued to be busier than ever here at Steel Petal Press!

Renegade Craft Fair:
Per usual, we set up a booth at one of our favorite local markets called Renegade Craft Fair! This event provides a great opportunity for us to sell direct to new customers and help spread the Steel Petal Press brand.

Renegade Craft Fair 2018

While the weather stayed mostly sunny, it showed us the other reason they call it the “Windy City”… there were extremely strong wind gusts that were blowing things over, UGH!

Also during set up, both Shayna and Matt pulled muscles in their backs (because they’re old obviously!) so Renegade Craft Fair was DEFINITELY a team effort!

But, through the wind and the aches, we had one of our most successful shows since we’ve started doing it so I guess you could say it was worth it 😉

Holiday Hoopla:
While Holidays are busy for everyone personally, it’s also one of the busiest times for our retail and wholesale businesses! That means we have to begin prepping for that way in advanced. Our retail lady, Shelby, has been hard at work intaking orders we placed from other companies and making room for them on our sales floor. We can’t wait for our holiday shoppers to see all the great new gift items we have! Shayna has also been hard at work preparing the store schedule to accommodate the influx of sales, extended store hours, and of course making sure we all have much needed family time 🙂 Lastly, Rachel has already begun shipping out holiday card orders to all of our wholesale accounts as well as prepping our new holiday items to drop for retail customers!

Revolution Brewery’s Oktoberfest:
For those of you who have never been to our retail space, we are located right next to one a very popular local brewery’s restaurant location and each year they throw an Oktoberfest celebration. It’s two days of food, booze, bands, and generates a lot of foot traffic for us because it happens literally in front of the store. Unlike last year, we made sure we were full staffed which helped us all maintain our sanity! While we were not as busy as last year, possibly due to chillier weather, we were still very happy with the turn out and were able to have a successful day in our store!

America’s Mart – ATL:
In other exciting news, we finalized our participation at the America’s Mart tradeshow in January 2019! As you may have seen in a previous blog post, we just recently attended our first tradeshow in almost 3 years and it went so well we wanted to keep the momentum going! This will be the first time EVER that Steel Petal Press will show in Atlanta and we couldn’t be happier as we really been wanting to grow our presence in the southern region and figured this would be a perfect opportunity to do so!

 

Stay tuned to see what we get up too in October 🙂

Steel Petal Press at the Spring One of a Kind Show

one of a kind show chicago

We’re so excited to be participating in the One of a Kind Spring Show this Friday – Sunday! We’ll be on the 7th floor of The Merchandise Mart In BOOTH 1035!

We’ll be there with a brand new release of SO MANY NEW NEW NEW cards and products. We’re excited to share them all with you!

ALSO – Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away (Sunday May 13th) so don’t forget to pick up a card for mom while you shop.

Of if you can’t make the show, you can always pick up a Mother’s Day card through our online shop
We can’t wait to see you guys there!

One of a Kind Show 2017

Steel Petal Press at One of a Kind Show Chicago 2015

Steel Petal Press will be exhibiting for the 4th time at the One of a Kind Show in Chicago.  It’s a great place to get unique, one of a kind gift items for friends and family.  Be sure to come say hi to us in booth 1022!

Details are below:

Thursday, December 7 – Sunday December 10

Thur, Dec 7, 11a-8p
Fri, Dec 8, 11a-8p
Sat, Dec 9, 10a-7p
Sun, Dec 10, 10a-5p

MERCHANDISE MART – 7th Floor
BOOTH 1022

We have so much fun every year. I hope to see you there!!

XO, shayna

SPP x RCF = Home Sweet Chicago

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago

Steel Petal Press will be selling at our 8th year at Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago!
There will be handmade goods, food vendors, music, and of course hilarious cards from Steel Petal Press!
It’s sure to be a good time!!

Saturday & Sunday, September 9th-10th
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Division Street, Chicago

See map

Steel Petal Press will be at Booth 268 – Find us THERE!

Steel Petal Press at Renegade Craft Fair

Steel Petal Press at the One of a Kind Show Chicago

one of a kind show chicago

At Steel Petal Press we are thrilled to be back at the One of a Kind show in Chicago the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Thursday, December 1st – Sunday December 4th

Thur, Dec 4, 11a-8p
Fri, Dec 5, 11a-8p
Sat, Dec 6, 10a-7p
Sun, Dec 7 , 10a-5p

MERCHANDISE MART – 7th Floor
FIND US AT BOOTH 1022

I had so much fun last year. I hope to see you there!!

XO, shayna

Upcoming Craft Fairs and Events

Summer Renegade Craft Fair 2016

Steel Petal Press is heading out of the studio, and you can find all the cards and gift items that we design and print in house for sale at the following events around Chicago over the next few months.


SUMMER FAIRS
Logan Square Farmers Market
Sunday, August 28th | 10am-3pm
Starting on the east side of Logan Square and along Logan Boulevard

Chicago Summer Renegade Craft Fair
Saturday, Sept 10 – Sunday, Sept 11 | 11am-7pm
Wicker Park, Division Street
Booth 118 – near the corner of Paulina on the North side of the Street


HOLIDAY FAIR
One of A Kind Show, Chicago
Thursday, Dec 1 – Sunday, Dec 4
The Merchandise Mart, Chicago
Thur, 12/1, 11a – 8p
Fri, 12/2, 11a – 8p
Sat, 12/3, 11a – 7p
Sun, 12/4, 10a – 5p

Booth 1022

 

One of A Kind Show Chicago – 2015 Recap

It was another great year for Steel Petal Press at One of A Kind Show Chicago!  This was my second year at the show and I had a better idea of what I was getting into and went into the show much more prepared than last year.

We set up on Tuesday and Wednesday and the show went Thursday-Sunday.

Steel Petal Press at One of a Kind Show Chicago 2015

Here’s what the booth set up looked like:

Steel Petal Press at One of a Kind Show Chicago 2015

Steel Petal Press at One of a Kind Show Chicago 2015

Everyone loved the Whiskey Print and Whiskey Coasters.

Steel Petal Press at One of a Kind Show Chicago 2015

Steel Petal Press at One of a Kind Show Chicago 2015

Traffic came in waves, but it seemed like there was almost always someone in the booth laughing out loud as they picked out cards.  It always makes me happy knowing I’ve made someone smile.

Steel Petal Press at One of a Kind Show Chicago 2015

Steel Petal Press at One of a Kind Show Chicago 2015

The shot glasses were a new addition to my inventory this year.  And the Lips Shot glass did well.  The letterpress coasters and the Merry Christmas Gift Tags are also always a favorite.

Steel Petal Press at One of a Kind Show Chicago 2015

Shayna Norwood

Another new release and new addition to the “best seller list” was my I F*ING LOVE YOU / I LOVE F*ING YOU card.  Which way do you read it?

Steel Petal Press at One of a Kind Show Chicago 2015

All in all it was another great year at the show! I’ve already signed up again for next year.

One of A Kind Show Chicago 2015

One of a Kind Show Chicago

Steel Petal Press will be back at the One of a Kind show in Chicago, next weekend (after Thanksgiving)

Thursday, December 3rd – Sunday December 6th

Thur, Dec 4, 11a-8p
Fri, Dec 5, 11a-8p
Sat, Dec 6, 10a-7p
Sun, Dec 7 , 10a-5p

MERCHANDISE MART – 7th Floor
BOOTH 1022

I had so much fun last year. I hope to see you there!!

XO, shayna

Steel Petal Press One of A Kind Show

Steel Petal Press at the One of a Kind Show

Chicago Renegade Craft Fair Recap – 2015

Chicago Renegade Craft Fair is always the biggest and best of them all!

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2015

It was another super awesome year at Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago last weekend.  I was worried with all the storms the night before, but the rain cleared up by Saturday morning and the weather all weekend was gorgeous.

Steel Petal Press at Renegade Craft Fair

This was my first time exhibiting in a booth on my own and my first time at a Renegade since 2013.  I was BUSY all weekend and had my best year of sales yet.  I know I say that every year, but really it just keeps getting better!  I attribute it to the good weather and the full booth all to myself.  More room to display = more items to sell. 🙂

The booth was filled pretty much the whole time and it felt like there was a constant stream of customers lined up to make a purchase.

Renegade Craft Fair

All the best sellers were in full affect.
The Holy Shit cards always sell well.

Funny Birthday Card

This year there was a new star of the show. Apparently there’s a lot of AWESOME BABIES being born these days.

congratulations baby card

Aside from that, it was really nice to meet some instagram followers in person (don’t be shy!) and to have visits from some of my favorite Chicago retailers: Sadie at Paper Source, Julie at Virtu, Ann from The Fig Tree and Todd from Foursided.  We love our retailers!  Please be sure to check our growing list of stockists for a local retailer near you.

Thank you again Chicago AND Renegade Craft Fair for the super awesome weekend!!  My next show will be the One of A Kind Show in December at the Merchandise Mart.