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This year has been a whirlwind- I can’t believe the holidays are just a few weeks away! exit343design took a bit of a backseat over the summer while I tended to things in my personal life (eight weddings, moving, etc), worked on a couple of time consuming freelance projects for friends (wedding invitations!), and worked on adjusting to the 9-5 life (first time ever in my life!) . However, I’m BACK. And I’m kicking off my art show season THIS SUNDAY  by returning to the the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market at the Historic Roebling Machine Shop (675 South Clinton Avenue) from 10-5pm. Here’s the official poster with all of the details:

2014 Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market

The weekend before Thanksgiving, Yardsale Press and I are headed up to Kingston, New York to be first time vendors at the Hudson Valley Hullabaloo, an event organized in part by our friends at Wishbone Letterpress. I’m not going to lie- I’m pretty pumped to be a part of this show! As makers themselves, the organizers have really come up with an excellent event for all ages. In addition to 50+ artists and craftspeople, there will be a photobooth, a Tintype photos (!!!), a DIY gift-wrap station for dressing up your purchases, plus booze + snacks from local vendors. Hootie hoo! We’ll be there both days (Saturday, November 22nd + Sunday, November 23rd) at the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center in Kingston, New York. The event runs from 10-5 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. Here’s the official poster with all of the info:

Hudson Valley Hullabaloo

 As of right now, I’ll have two weekends off (Thanksgiving and the following weekend) and then it’s back-to-back shows in Philadelphia. The weekend kicks off on Saturday, December 13th as a returning vendor to Crafty Balboa in South Philly! It’s been a while since I’ve been back and I’m pretty pumped to be a part of such a talented group of vendors! The show is at the SS Neumann Goretti High School at 1736 South Tenth Street in South Philadelphia from 11-5pm. The first 50 customers get a free tote bag filled with goodies and handmade swag!

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The next day, Sunday December 14th, I’m headed across town to vend at the ever-popular R5 Punk Rock Flea Market. It’s held twice a year at the THE PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET-DOME at 461 N. 9th St. in Philly. It’s held the whole weekend, but with different vendors each day. Come see me on Sunday from 10-5pm!

Philadelphia Punk Rock Flea Market

My final show of the season is a particularly exciting one this year- I’ll be running my own three-day pop-up shop at the Voorhees Town Center in Voorhees, New Jersey! It’s called ‘Shop Up Pop Up’ and it’s a unique event that’s running from November 14th up until the weekend before Christmas (the weekend I’ll be there!). I’ll be setting up shop with all my standard exit343design gift-able goods, but since the space will allow it, I’ll be bringing along some extra special products that don’t normally make the rounds with me! In addition to my work, I’ll be splitting the space with The Chocolate Clinic, a vendor who markets themselves as a ‘chocolate curator’- I mean come on, I’m sold already haha.

So PLEASE come see me at the Voorhees Town Center at 2120 Voorhees Town Center in Voorhees Township, NJ. I’ll be there for three days holding down the fort on:

Friday, December 19th from 6-9pm

Saturday, December 20th from 3-9pm

Sunday, December 21st from 12-6pm

Shop Up Pop Up

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wayyyy back in May, I had the opportunity to play hooky and attend The National Stationery Show at the Javits Center in New York City. this industry event features the best of the best in stationery, paper goods, and gift items and is not open to the public. fortunately, friend and colleague Matt of Pittsburgh’s Alternate Histories hooked me up with a pass to come in and scope out the show (thank you thank you thank you Matt!) Bryan of Yardsale Press also procured a pass and we spent the day roaming around, checking out the awesome work, and chatting with friends and vendors about their NSS experiences. I picked up a ton of fun catalogues, cards, and other paper paraphernalia- I am hoping to one day be a vendor at NSS and was gathering inspiration. I took so many notes, wrote down so many names of companies, but honestly? there is just too much to type and I don’t want to bore you with lists. instead, I took photos of some of the coolest things I picked up by some really talented designers and printers. here is my photo recap of NSS 2013:

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as I quickly learned, there’s a million ways to layout a wholesale catalogue. the above photo is a stack of some of my favorite examples.

Becki from Everyday Balloons told us about a scavenger hunt that anyone could participate in- all we had to do was pick up a game board. thanks for the tip, Becki! we had a great time hunting down the squares to fill in our “bingo” cards, provided by Legion Paper:

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each pack of bingo cards came with two boards with shaded in images and a list of participating vendors. at each booth, you picked up the full color pieces to fill in each board. here’s all of the colored pieces:

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this is the list of participating vendors and what type of paper they used to print their full color pieces, along with the bingo “chips” to use when properly playing bingo:

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here is some of the other cool, paper-nerd swag I came home with, grouped by kind:

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Studio on Fire is a company out of Minneapolis who made these amazing promotional coasters that came in an equally beautiful printed box. talk about a striking presentation- and the guys at the booth were super nice to boot!

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I picked up some other cool coasters as well- my favorite is in the bottom right-hand corner, a fun alternative to a traditional business card. sadly, i don’t remember who made it 😦

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speaking of business cards, these were some of the most unique/colorful/memorable business cards I picked up, counter-clockwise from the top left: hello! Lucky, Belle & Union, L2 Design Collective, Studio On Fire (again!), Katharine Watson, Wishbone Letterpress, The Regional Assembly of Text, Fugu Fugu Press, and Ladyfingers Letterpress.

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we stopped in to see our friends from Black Heart Letterpress, who were sharing a booth with the Ladies of Letterpress. the ladies of the letterpress were handing out these fun artist trading card packs featuring cards by Ari Press, Les Bois Letterpress, Creativity Cards, Noteworthy Paper and Press, Grey Moggie Press, Steel Petal Press, Pressbound, 12 Fifteen, and Bowerbox Press, in addition to Black Heart.

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stickers! even better- cat stickers! the nerd cat is from fancy seeing you here and the bottom two stickers are from these are things.

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i like these fancy postcards: counter clockwise from the top left: Vicki Latimer Roan, Rifle paper company, Vicki Latimer Roan, ink meets paper press, and Dinara Mirtalipova.

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 . . . and finally, here is a bunch of random cool things that don’t really fit into any particular category! clockwise from the top pinata printed toy: Bench Pressed, Dolce Press, Fig. 2, The Regional Assembly of Text, Egg Press, ilee paper goods, Fifty Five Hi’s, “seed money” from ?, The Paper Cub Co, and Hammerpress.

while walking the show, Bryan and I spoke with a whole bunch of alumni from the Trade Show Bootcamp program. everyone had overwhelmingly positive things to say about the crash course in trade show prep! typically, TSB is held on the West Coast, but this year, organizer Katie Hunt of Kelp Designs decided to bring a stationery-specific version to the east coast. after returning from NSS, we both quickly applied to the program and this weekend we are headed to Washington D.C. to attend Paper Camp! I’m so excited to meet all of the attendees and soak up the trade show knowledge 🙂

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crafty balboa is one of my favorite shows to do and bonus- it’s in philly! this year, i had the help of my friend katy for the one day event. here she is with my table- she looks like a floating head.

here’s some awesome stuff i came home with:

it seems every holiday i do a swap with melo studios– which is fine by me because i love love LOVE their eco-friendly scented soy candles. my favorite scent? honeysuckle, hands down. although for winter, i snagged  i also got to trade with amber phea jean– how cute is that hair clip? thanks so much for the swaps, ladies!

i fell in love with bethany amilkavich’s elegant ceramic designs. each piece was a soft, cool color with textile impressions. i picked up some buttons for a future project and these two necklace pendants. i wish i could find a website to link to more work 😦

so loving this sweet letterpress card from huldra press.

i loved this coaster set from wishbone letterpress SO much, i got one for myself and for my friend caitlin!

the last two photos are works by my friend bryan from yardsale press– how awesome is that soft pretzel ornament? he made it for the 2011 holiday ornament show at nice things handmade in philly (which, by the way, i now have work there! woo!).

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