This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, Inspired In Style will receive a % of the sale at no additional cost to you.
If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I just spent the last week in Atlanta at the 2013 Ed Expo.
The Ed Expo is a gathering of businesses that sell products to school supply stores. As you walk down the aisles, you will see book publishers, art suppliers, game companies, classroom decor companies, pencil suppliers, and so much more. The Expo is swarming with school supply owners who are making their way through the aisles to see all of the up and coming new products.
The Creative Teaching Press team had two sections at the Expo. One section of their booth displayed all of their new products and on the other side of the aisle, was my section. I was asked to recreate a mini classroom to show off our new BW Collection, as well as show the store owners how to fancy up their cash register area and store windows.
When I arrived in Atlanta, we hit the ground running. We actually had very little time to put everything up. Since I wasn’t familiar with the space, I couldn’t do anything ahead of time. I had a huge challenge to pull everything together in a matter of hours! In addition to my side, our sales and marketing team created a huge area where their customers could see all of the new CTP products.
Here is a section of the new Robots collection…
The fabulous Cindy Rose (CTP sales), created this cute flower display…
They also created displays with all of their new products from each of their Designer Decor Collections…
All of these new products makes me feel like a kid in a candy store! Which one is your favorite?
On the other side of the aisle, was my section. I had the challenge of creating bulletin boards and a store window out of nothing. I realized that when I got there, I didn’t bring anything to do this. UGH!!! Talk about being stressed out! I rummaged through some trash and found some cardboard pieces to use. I still can’t believed I pulled it off.
Here is a close up of all of the new, pretty products! CTP has added coordinated note cards, thank you cards, pens, paper, and desk sets!
Don’t you LOVE the new 10 inch pennant banner? This is my mock store window. I think it turned out really cute!
This was our mock cash register display. Can you see the new desk sets at the bottom?
The other side of the booth was dedicated to a mock classroom area. Our white shelves are no longer available, but Amazon has a similar one (without a top).
Here are some close-ups of the BW side…
After all of the hard work, it was quite the honor when Creative Teaching Press was given the Outstanding Exhibit Award!
It made all of our planning, staging, assembling and STRESS worth it!
After the booth was finished, we were able to relax a bit and just enjoy the space. We had a ton of fun inviting the dealers in to walk around and view all of the new products! I had the opportunity to meet so many nice people and enjoyed talking to the dealers about the products and their own stores.
My favorite part of the trip was just being with the Creative Teaching Press team. Creating a booth together and spending almost every waking moment together is quite the bonding experience! I feel so lucky to be a part of such a great group of people. Being away from your family can be difficult, but having good group of friends surrounding you definitely makes it so much easier.
Overall, it was a fantastic trip and I’m already looking forward to next year!
By Melanie R. of Michigan.Pin It