Tiny Dwelling went to Philadelphia Miniatura and has returned.
This past June, I was contacted via the Tiny Dwelling Etsy shop and invited to participate in the 2017 Philadelphia Miniatura show, held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. This show has rich miniature history from its inception, now continuing its legacy through her daughter Kim Sher and granddaughter Sarah, not to mention many of their helpers to make the show come together.
My show preparation began shortly after being invited, five months of creating, pondering my table set up and more, all this why continuing to operate the Etsy shop, OH MY, I have been BUSY BUSY BUSY! Now I have returned from the show and will attempt to take you on a journey of my experience though photographs and a small caption with each.
An early arrival to the Nashville International Airport, thank you to my husband Todd for driving me, thank you honey! These were two of a total of five boxes that made the trip to the show. Miniature friends Holly and Chris Wood from a neighboring town, were also participating in the show and drove, they were nice enough to bring the other boxes with them, thank you Holly and Chris! Doesn’t Holly have a GREAT name? Holly Wood!
Looks like TSA was curious to see what was in the boxes, upon opening, they quickly discovered no hazards inside these boxes, only miniatures, which can be VERY HAZARDOUS to some! Perhaps the miniature world gained a few more followers after they had a look inside the boxes! HAPPY to report NO DAMAGE at ALL! Thank you Southwest Baggage Handlers or in my case BIG Box Handlers!
An empty showroom awaiting the arrival of vendors to make their magic happen with their table displays… What I didn’t expect was a non traditional guest to my booth area, a BAT! Yes, a Bat had made its way inside the building and decided to “hang out” right over my show space!!! Honestly, I didn’t mind, I was tired and needed a rest. The Bat removal delayed me approximately 45 minutes, and as it turned out, that was the only 45 minutes during the entire show I had “downtime”! Should I say Thank you Mr. Bat!
I began unpacking and setting up at 10:00am, maybe a bit earlier and I finished just shy of the Preview starting at 6:00! Luckily, I made a trip to a local grocery store the day I arrived and purchased food to have breakfast and lunch each day. Needless to say this day my lunch was eaten at 6:00 o’clock and it also served as my dinner! A missed meal here and there isn’t going to hurt me AT ALL, if you know what I mean!
I might add, the grocery store I went to was THE ABSOLUTE MOST AMAZING grocery store I have EVER been to, in my life, Wegmans in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, LOVED IT!!!!
A few faces from the show,
ABOVE LEFT, myself along with friend Auralea K, she is the Editor of Dollhouse Miniatures and American Miniaturist Magazines, we had a great time with a night of laughs, so glad we got to spend time together.
ABOVE RIGHT was a super sweet lady, she retuned to her childhood when she discovers the vintage dolls I had for sale, she selected the two best vintage dolls of the six I had to offer. The photo was taken the next day, so the doll she is holding wasn’t one of the two she selected.
BOTTOM this is Ms. Rice, she is a customer of Tiny Dwelling on Etsy, it was nice to finally meet her at the show, thank you Ms. Rice for your warm welcome, it was very much needed after the previous days unpacking and setting up.
As you can see I made sure to bring my breakfast with me on this day! There were many faces from the show, however there wasn’t enough time to take photos! Did I mention, I traveled to the show alone, it was just ME!
Luckily, I was permitted to expand along the wall across from my tables, I think the stacked stone made a nice backdrop, Mr. Bat thought the same, as this was the area where he decided to take his nap!
I placed two Room Boxes at the end of the table, allowing customers easy viewing looking look down into each through their Plexiglass tops.
The next day, I decided to relocate the Room Boxes across the way, to provide a different vantage point for viewing.
I also, debuted a Room Box Subscription by Tiny Dwelling, a Quarterly Subscription, allowing for choice of multiple designs elements. Above are a few examples of what one would receive with a Quarterly Subscription, see the Rom Box Subscription listing within the Tiny Dwelling Shop on Etsy or use the link below to learn more:
The above photo was a beautiful miniature piece that was created by the late Bluette Meloney, I seriously considered purchasing the piece, as a treat for my hard work since the onset of Tiny Dwelling, unfortunately, someone else purchased the piece before I realized it! I never did get to see who purchased the piece, I would have liked to have asked them what plans they had for it. With a little bit of research, I learned Ms. Maloney was well known in the world of miniatures, I will now begin to watch for her pieces moving forward, or perhaps I might attempted to create a similar Tiny Dwelling version of Ms. Meloney’s Le Petit Lapin, French for The Little Rabbit.
All in all, my experience with Philadelphia Miniature was a good one,
I enjoyed meeting those Tiny Dwelling Etsy customers who traveled to the show, to those discovering Tiny Dwelling for the first time. I would like to thank everyone for their kind words, support, feedback, ideas and so much more, I appreciate them all. I would like to give an extra thank you to the two sisters (not Nuns) who had a booth behind me and provided me dollars bills for change, because I forgot to go to the bank before the show! To the sweet Betsy from Denver who frequented the Tiny Dwelling tables often throughout the show, to the sweet Samantha who dreams of opening her own dollhouse miniature store, and so many more people that created great memories for me of my first experience at Philadelphia Miniatura….