Tumblr fans, Etsy fans and even just "I've seen your stickers everywhere!" fans!
Our Tumblr Family
I met quite a few of our fans from Tumblr. I didn't even realize how many fans of our stickers there were there. And you're all amazing individuals! And apparently most of you live in California, too. We had a serious blast hearing about your pets, about where you're sticking your stickers, and who you're telling. If you mention us on Tumblr with your stickers on tubs, tanks, laptops or WHEREVER, we'll always reblog it! Thank you! THANK YOU a hundred times over!
This last week or so we have grown a lot in Tumblr followers, too. And so we'll be doing a special Tumblr giveaway for our followers some time next month. So keep an eye out for that. :)
Excitement at Our Table
It was very awesome to meet several of you--and also to see so many of our buddies who live in California that we rarely get to see or that we have never met before hand. We met several folks! It was nice to be able to do that. We rarely make it south of the Oregon border, so it was a whole different group of people to meet. Lots of hugs and handshakes and squealing occured in Redding. The show was a pretty big success, especially being a show in it's first year! We'll definitely be back next year.
This show we sold the most amount of items than we ever have! I'm sure part of that is because we have so many more to offer, and also because we've got more products compared to our last show. It was so great hearing people who don't even follow us say that they've seen our stickers everywhere. We also got some really great ideas from all of you! Thank you for your requests on species, morphs and also for new products you'd like to see! Your requests and stories are a big part of our company!
Fun With Other Vendors
We also got to meet Marcy from MS2 Feeders (GREAT feeder chow!) and Marcia from Golden Gate Geckos. I love them both! I was honestly a little nervous to meet Marcia because... well.. she's the leopard gecko queen. She's been in it for years! Come to find out she's pretty awesome in person, too!
What We Brought Home!
Are you ready for this? ......................
We didn't bring home any animals.
Soak that in for a minute......
Okay. Good. Now that we have that all out..... What we did bring home, though were some feeders, manzanita branches for our geckos, and this beautiful piece of artwork. Marcia had these at her table and I just could not go home without it. We're going to do a blog post just on this piece once it's framed, matted and hung up in our home. The story behind it is absolutely beautiful. To have such a gorgeous piece (by story and by work) is an absolute honor. Plus, it looks a lot like our Tiger Lily.
Thank you ALL for coming out to the show! And thanks for reading our Expo blogs!
So far this is the best expo ever. We WILL be doing the Seattle Metro Reptile Expo every year for sure. Not only was it super fun, it was extremely successful for us too. We even SOLD OUT of a few stickers (which have been re-ordered and should be in stock again soon!). We got to sit right up front for this show complete with our new banner and a bright yellow table cloth.
I had such a good time meeting so many of you! So fun! That is my favorite part of every show, getting to know YOU. And thank you to those of you who have posted about your new stickers! We'll be doing a give-away soon just for our sticker sharers. We'll give you all a few weeks to get your stickers shared and then we'll do the give away. You guys REALLY liked those chameleons and corn snakes. And of course, our little leucistic axolotl was one of your favorites. That little leucistic axolotl has been the favorite since we opened shop back in October. It's sometimes hard to keep it in stock!
We got a few requests, too for stickers that we don't have in-shop yet. You may not realise HOW helpful this is to me as an artist and as someone who wants to supply you with what YOU want! I'd really love to draw everything, and the goal is to do 200 species and get them in shop available for you at all times. Of course, the more popular requests will need to be tended to first. The more I see a note about a reptile that we don't have yet, the sooner we'll draw it.
While I was originally going to vend alone, my friend Bethanie totally stepped up and kept me company during the lulls of the show and kept watch while I fancied off to stare and drool at other animals that I really shouldn't have even thought about buying. (Bethanie! THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME VEND! :) ) And just like every show, I always end up getting an animal. Or two. Or five.
This show I came home with a tokay gecko and a pre-purchased day gecko. The day gecko is named Flick. I love her. The tokay... well I haven't named that one yet. My buddy said that it was a probable male, but I keep on calling it a "she". So we'll see. I hope it's a male because then I will be able to enjoy some awesome calls from it when it's an adult. The reason I keep on thinking it's female, I think is because the deli cup said "very sweet". Which it is! I love that thing. Very handleable, but s/he is just settling in till I go on holding it more often to begin the bonding process.
Just like every show we donated $100 worth of our stickers to the USARK table for raffle. I can't even tell you how much I appreciate and love what USARK does for us as reptile keepers. And while I don't own any large snakes or any reptiles that are under attack for banning legislation, it's important for all of us to band together as a whole community and combat it. That's the reason that we donate to them. Right now we're battling large snake bans, tomorrow we could be battling gecko bans.
Our next expo scheduled is the expo in August in Portland, Oregon. We will be there! The table is already secured. Hope that if we weren't able to see you at this expo or any other previous expos that we'll be able to see you at the next one! Happy Sticking and enjoy those reptiles!
Thanks for reading,
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.