That was our reaction to the invite we received when we were asked if we would like to attend AmericasMart who host many venues, this one being Atlanta Apparel.
This tradeshow is a four-day event with attendees from 80 countries, new buyers, and top retailers in the U.S. Over 3,000 vendors will be showing off their new lines, reconnecting with existing clients, and making relationships with new ones. It is complete with all the latest fashion trends, models, and runways. Everyone that will be in attendance has a “say so” on what will go on hangers, racks, and shelves across the world. So, when Barefoot Nation was called to the event we said, “Let’s do it!”
Since this is our third tradeshow, we do feel a little more prepared and a bit less nervous than the previous two. Besides packing our normal suitcase with our personal belongings, we have to spend almost a week getting ready for the show. Displays, banners, product catalogs, hangtags, payment and customer sheets, and all merchandise must be tweaked just perfectly to fit each show’s needs. The first trade show we went to, we were so worried about packing all our merchandise, we did not think of simple, practical things. Now, with a few events “under our belt”, we know how important it is to have a stapler, cable ties, double-stick tape, an iron, a hammer, hot glue gun, etc. (haha!) Who would have known we needed a separate toolbox! However, now we know these are essentials and they are a lifesaver when it comes to setting up our pop-up store!
So, here we are, the trailer is fully packed and we are on another road trip heading to Atlanta, GA for this exciting event. We can’t wait to network with other vendors, meet all the wonderful buyers, view all the new apparel trends, and visit with some of our existing retailers. Make sure you stay tuned to see where our next destination will be… it was a last minute surprise for us, and we can’t wait to share the news with our Citizens!