Thought you would like to see what I bought and hear my thoughts on the NEC show. First the essentials, the more exciting purchases are below. Lots of card blanks, card stock, magnetic folder and sheets , the wonderful Stick It, Stickles, tape and glue.
A new daylight lamp as mine no longer tips where I want it. The new one was a bargain and much better I think. Papers, embossing folders, LOTV art pad, pen pots to paint and decorate and a couple of reindeer decorations to sew. I don't sew much these days but thought these might be fun.
My favourites, dies and stamps. So pleased with these. Reorganised my die storage yesterday to accommodate them all.
Lots of lovely ribbons, lace and embellishments.
So my thoughts on the show which I have voiced on Facebook. Lynsey and I had a lovely time and I am so pleased with the things I bought but....... the organisers have got too greedy in my opinion. I was lucky to win two tickets but otherwise the tickets are £12.50 though you can save £2 by buying in advance. The car park is £12 and the refreshments were ridiculously expensive. Some companies like Oyster Stamps weren't there as the cost for their size stand would have been £4,500. Little Calire weren't there and Jayne at Stamposaurus said they probably won't do it again. Some of the stands were smaller than usual no doubt due to cost. The cloakroom charge is £1 per item so by the time we both left coats and three bags as they were too heavy to carry all day, we spent £5 there.
Hubby drove us there on Wednesday and we had a lovely overnight stay and enjoyed a nice meal but the weather was horrid when we left on Thursday and he had to drive home. The traffic around Birmingham is horrendous all the time. Luckily the sat nav took us round the back roads to get onto the motorway so we didn't get stuck in traffic. Yesterday we were both feeling tired but much better today. I have had a lovely time today playing with some of my new goodies.
So would I go again, probably not. I often go to Ally Pally in April and NEC in November but I think I will go to both Ally Pally shows instead and maybe Summer Crafting. They are much nearer venues, though still involve an overnight stop which we enjoy and means hubby doesn't have to drive both way in one day. They are also much cheaper. As a comparison Ally Pally tickets are £5, parking and cloakroom are free and refreshments much cheaper.
Check out Monday's post for a card made with some new stamps.