Tuesday, 30 March 2010

stash shopping

Last Friday, I went with my Mom and my sister the the hobbycrafts show at the NEC. It's a show we've been going to for years - but this one was just not as good as it used to be.

Want to see what I bought? From what is perceived to be one of the biggest craft shows this country has to offer?

Impressed? Hmmn, thought so.

But, really, perhaps it wasn't so bad? But, there's a story - isn't there always?

As I was about to make my first purchase of the afternoon - I realised I had left my purse at home.... Thank goodness I was with Mom and Helen. Mom promptly leant me £20.00, and Helen said she'd pay for anything I wanted. Phew! Mom then said, as it's my birthday next month - I could use the £20 towards my birthday present, and Helen said to look for pressies, as well. So, the goodies in the bag above were bought with the cash - and I still have more than £12 left! Yes, the show was that good...

To be fair, I did find some other bits that Helen was going to give me for my birthday - but when I saw how little I had bought, I bought them off her. Want to see???

There were definitely sellers that have been there before, that weren't there this time. I wonder what it is? The internet? Or the economic situation? I don't know, but people certainly seemed to be spending, judging by the bulging shopping bags and trolleys.

I'm sure I'll be going to the next one, as it's not too far from where I live, and it's always better to see things for real, and to be enticed by things that might not be noticed whilst internet browsing. But I do hope that more sellers go back to it...


  1. I know what you mean.I certainly didn't spend what I usually do.The only exhibitor that I got excited about was where you got the Melody Ross goodies from.I bought the same!

  2. well spotted, Deb - an avid stash shopper if ever I knew one...

  3. I can't believe how little you got! I feel awfully greedy now when I think back to how much I got! Maybe this is a sign of the economy - the one here in Germany was also different compared to last year. Old faces with nothing to chose from but some new faces with loads of stuff to get - mostly Dutch. Showing us Germans how to scrap. See you next month (May) hopefully!

  4. Love those heart pins Sarah. Can't believe you forgot to take your purse ;)

    Missed you at this months crop.

    Claire x