My first trade show experience: National Stationery Show 2015

Unlock a Profitable Handmade Business
in Just 12 Weeks Without Using Etsy
or Social Media


This workshop is for anyone who makes and sells a handmade or physical product, including jewelry designers, artists, paper designers, bath & body product makers  and more!

What You'll Discover

The #1 mistake people make with Etsy & social media that causes shops to FLOP

 The secret to making it with your handmade shop so it's no longer just a hobby

How to make sales in your handmade shop with ease so you can finally get to 6-figures


  1. Amanda says:

    Hey! Love your stuff!!! Can you tell me where you got your walls from?!?

    • Mei says:

      Hey Amanda! My husband and I made commissioned a local carpenter to build our walls for us. We can use them over and over again!

  2. Justine says:

    I think you should! Try NYNOW (my favorite) or sometimes the smaller shows that focus on made in american/handmade items can be really profitable, like ACRE or American Made Show (formerly Buyer’s Market)

  3. heidi says:

    Hi! How does one become a qualified member of the trade? I’m trying to apply to attend for 2016 but there’s not much info on the site. Thank you!

    • Mei says:

      Hey Heidi! If you want to attend as a buyer, call their Registration department. If you want to attend as an exhibitor, call their Sales department.

  4. Erin says:


    Is there a range that buyers expect to purchase minimums?
    For instance, my factory minimums are 3000 which I know isn’t realistic for a buyer. What was you average qty per unit that worked best for all buyers?

    • Mei says:

      This would depend on your business and the market you’re in. For the gift/fashion industry, the standard is $150 minimum order or around there. I don’t set minimum quantity requirements for each unit though, although you certainly can do that to increase your order amount/size!

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  6. Hi there,

    I’very only just launched my hand painted wedding invitations this year but I am so intrigued about these shows!!!
    I would love to go so I really, really appreciate the highly relevant information that you’ve posted here.
    As a newbie I’m just terrified of the cost!!!
    I also feel as though I need anot her year before I really hone my skill and designs and they’ve changed so much just on a few months plus I hardly have enough for a show!
    I’d love to go the stationery card route but the cost is huge. If it doesn’t work it could be a killer!
    Thank you soooo much for this post!

  7. Anya says:

    Thank you for sharing your wholesale trade show experience.

    I had a quick question. I sell jewelry. I will be adding a label to them. What information is typical to put on items that are being sold wholesale? Besides my company name, I’m not sure what else goes on there? Suggested MSRP?

    Any advice would be most appreciated!

  8. Annie Galvin says:

    This is so helpful. We are considering doing this show next year!

    • Hi Annie,

      There is another show that you should also research. Global Stationery Products Market 2019. You can find info about the show at Believe me … you will be glad you did. The show is taking place at the NJ Expo Center. Visit the web page and request pricing. You can also look at they have articles about the show.

  9. There is a New and highly talked about show taking place at the NJ Expo Center in June 2019. The show name is: GLOBAL STATIONERY PRODUCTS MARKET. The people behind the show are industry professionals that have listened to Stationery exhibitors and have created a show that suits every budget. The floor plan idea is amazing. It is a must see if you are an exhibitor as it provides maximum exposure. The NJ Expo Center is a right to work facility so you can be as creative in setting up your booth as you want to be and you get more for your money. Even electrical is included in the booth package….for everyone. Trade shows can be expensive lets face it. But if you are thinking about doing a show in the Stationery & Products industry this is truly the one to look at. You can find more info about the show at

  10. Emily says:

    Hi! thanks so much for sharing your experience! It’s so helpful.
    I am attending the show this year and would love to know the contact for the local carpenter you used, if you recommend them? I’m travelling from overseas so having a reliable person in NY to make the walls would be a great option for us!

    thanks so much for your help,

  11. Beautiful wall! Looking forward to seeing you in the trade next time. xoxo

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