I will be attending my 1st Jewelery & Gem & Bead show in May, but here are a few things that you might find useful!
See if you can obtain a list of exhibitors now & find out if they have websites, so you can do some research & look for some vendors that you would like to visit when you get there.
Bring a little notebook & pen, so you can make notes & comments about the vendors that you meet. Get a site map, so you can plan your route.
Also, find out if there is a wholesale only section & find out what business papers you need to gain access.
Ask the vendors about what types of programs & discounts they offer & if they have a customer referral program. Be sure to ask about close outs & discontinued items - they most likely offer these deals to loyal customers.
Network, network, network. Drink plenty of coffee or whatever gets you going & make a great 1st impression. Vendors love happy & energetic customers. Make sure to sign up for giveaways - someone has to win & you won't if you do not sign up!
Hope some of this makes sense. Also, have fun!
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