Or at least they were really hurting on Saturday... I spent the entire day pounding the carpeted halls of the LA Convention Center at the California Gift Show. While weaving my way through the seemingly endless maze of vendors, I was fascinated to see the piles of schlock that will be filling our landfills in the next year or two. Consider that many of the "shoppers" at this particular trade show are stocking their Hallmark and tourist gift shops - ugh!
BUT, there were a select few fabulous vendors there (thank you indie crafters!) who were displaying shiny, sparkly wares and were a joy to chat with. You may already know some of these folks, but here's the rundown of my favorites.
http://xyzhandbags.com/ Can you believe that she letterpresses her own papers, and then makes cards and bags out of the papers - so amazing!