Monday, July 02, 2007

Trunk Show and the Labs

Well, I am back from my trip complete with pics. It was an interesting trip to say the least, and K had the, to quote her, the best day of ever.

The start to the trip went bad because of course the guy delivering my siding decided to deliver it that day then was like 2 hours late. That put me in a really great mood because I don't like to be late anywhere. The rest of the ride went swimmingly until we got to the Jersey turnpike where we encountered like an hour's worth of traffic. Coming into the city, K got to see the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge which she was so excited about. She loved seeing the skyline of Manhattan. I admit I did too. There is nothing like that skyline. Getting to and finding the building where the labs are held is a pain in the behind. If you ever do it, just remember it is a beige building with red trim and a clock at the top. There are about 6 street parking spaces, an expensive parking lot next door, and a gas station across the street where if you sweet talk(that means money) he will watch your car like a hawk and allow you to park in his small parking lot. Once you are at the building, you will have to be buzzed in. I don't see how this is conducive to a show, but I guess I am just used to living in the country.

The building is still in need of some renovation. I know this because I have seen at least one floor that the owner uses, and it is really nice. Oh, also, remember when using the elevator, up means down. That labs, themselves, are nice though there are a lots of twists and turns, and I don't quite understand why they have some things. It has offices, crafting space, a small kitchen, a bathroom, a sitting area, and even a skate ramp. They have plans to add a darkroom in one unused space. The view is incredible. The Empire State building is framed nicely through the buildings.

The show was all right. I got one sale which was better than expected. K bought from everyone but like 3 people. She is now in indentured servitude for the next month. lol. The admin was nice, and I enjoyed the webcam. I really don't know that the trip was worth it. Actually, I guess it was, but I don't know that I would do it again if I had to travel much further. It was nice to put faces with names and see that labs, but really other than that, there wasn't much to it.

Can't wait to show you some of the new pieces I have but that will have to wait until next time.


stilettoheights said...

I am glad you are home safe and sound and that you had fun at the labs...sometimes I think the Manhatten skyline alone is worth any trip, no matter the length.

Steph said...

I absolutely agree with Jenn - the skyline fills me with joy everytime we approach that curve at the Lincoln Tunnel (though I am guessing that is not the way you went).
Glad you had a safe trip to NYC.
I have wondered about the value of the trunk shows at the labs - I suppose they are great community builders, though.
And it would be fun to meet some admins.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Enjoyed reading about your trunk show/labs experience. Sounds like K had a blast! Was it K's first trip to NYC?

I'm not sure I get the whole rationale of the labs myself--but I guess it does provide workspace, etc., to a small population of Etsy.