I attended my first trade show this week — the ASI show at the Dallas Convention Center. What does ASI stand for? Ummmmm…..I really can’t remember. The show sponsors would love to hear that, wouldn’t they? Advertising Specialties Inc.? I think that’s it. Honestly, most of the exhibits at the show were not really that applicable to what I’m doing. I did bring home a lot of really cool tattoos for the girls, though. I grabbed lots of pens, chapstick, and hand sanitizer — that was hardly worth the entry fee. But the show was beneficial for a couple of reasons.
First, I got to meet some of the people from Digital Art Solutions, the company where I purchased my rhinestone software and equipment. I met Jay, Justin, Jeff, and to prove they don’t just hire guys whose names start with the letter J — David. They were great. They answered my questions and showed me some more supplies that, of course, I want now.
The best part of the show though, were the classes taught by Jay Busselle from DAS. I feel like I have gained a pretty good, basic grasp of CorelDraw. I had purchased it a few weeks ago, but had been a little reluctant too busy to actually look at it. Now I feel like I’ve learned my way around in it. I went to all four of Jay’s classes during the show and got quite a lot of information in each of them.
So my first trade show was a success. That was fun — I want to go to another one. Next up…..the NBM show in Ft. Worth, May 6-8. By then, I’ll actually be in business! And I don’t know what NBM stands for either.