It was a big weekend with a drive to Minneapolis to visit son Andrei and attend the January show at the Minneapolis Mart. Andrei attends college in St. Paul and is great at getting around in the Twin Cities. He remains my Picket Fence Employee of the Month (only employee I have ever had, so he does not have to relinquish the title.) So he gets an employee ID badge to attend the wholesale show with me, and he spends the day helping me choose things to order for the shop.
This year we focused on metal containers for spring arrangements and accent pieces for Holiday 2017. Hard to think about next Christmas when I have not yet put everything away from this past holiday, but I find it is best to place some orders early, as product might not be available later. We learned, too, that some wholesalers order their product based on pre-orders at the large trade shows. If we are interested, it helps the wholesalers if we let them know now, so they know what items and how many of each to order for their inventory. So order we did, and I look forward to receiving our new picks.
While visiting, I also got to see great photos from Andrei’s study abroad that he had just finished. Then of course there were wonderful meals out, and we went to nearby Stillwater (kind of like Galena) to tour antique shops and book stores. I am not one to do much traveling. These weekend trips are perfect–my kind of vacation.
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