Meet the Vendors – Part One

My favorite part of Open House is working with our vendors!  It is like going to summer camp.  Within three days, we all become friends and establish relationships that will benefit the entire industry for years to come!  And, then we get to share our friends with you!!!

Our event is different because it is all based on education!  All of the vendors are there to answer questions, teach you about their products, and give you demo and class ideas that you can take back to your shops and embrace immediately!  Why not learn from the best????  I will go into more detail about each vendor in later posts, but I couldn’t resist sharing more pictures of an incredible event – and my favorite tip!

Marti Michel

Marti gave a lecture on Sunday and had a booth so she could share her products, demos and class ideas one on one with our customers for two days!  She has so many products, I can’t simply focus on one:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=marti+michel&relatedto=

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Annie Unrein of Patterns by Annie

Annie gave a Saturday lecture and also manned a booth for two days.  I learned so much from her!  Did you know that her zippers have wider tape on each side so you can sew a one quarter inch seam on each side without hitting the zipper pull or stop????  Genius:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?page=7&sort=score

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Kathy and Gerald Purdy of Steady Betty

These folks drove all the way from Texas to take part in this event – and were an absolute delight.  I love all of their products but did not know if I press machine or hand embroidery on their pressing pads,there is no puckering or shadow through – and they hold the fabric when hooping!  To see all of their products:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=Steady+Betty&relatedto=

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Sue Marsh and Bernie Wing of Whistlepig Creek

Their iPad or Kindle cover is the perfect class for quick and easy Christmas presents.  It is a great opportunity to teach your customers about interfacings – and the cover can be embellished in a multitude of ways.  Your customers will be making them by the dozen!  You will love their other patterns and books as well:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=whistlepig&relatedto=

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Sue and Herb Hausmann

Sue can sell anything because she knows the best products – and can tell you why you need them!  Her tip – the Frixion pens now come in clickable versions.  In Sue’s words, “Why would you buy the other version when you loose the cap all of the time?”  Well, Sue, good point:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/F5765

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Susan O’Very of Sealed with a Stitch

I don’t have an embroidery machine – but now I want one!  Susan’s designs are so well done and reasonably priced that all shops should carry them!  Even if you don’t sell machines, your customers own them – so why not have them buy the supporting products from you???  Her quilt label designs are the perfect demo to sell machines:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=Sealed+with+a+Stitch&relatedto=

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If I wouldn’t have come to the Open House, I wouldn’t have learned any of these hints…and each one can be the teachable moment that sets your classes apart from the competition!  It is worth the trip!!!  Join us next year – August 24 – 25, 2014.