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.