I went to the show on Friday with a friend, spent the night and shopped our way back.
We were pleasantly surprised to see that Grand Rapids was a wonderful show venue. It far surpassed Chicago and Columbus in cleanliness, easy access, reasonably priced hotels and restaurants, and friendliness of staff. No big traffic jams, no street closings for parades and festival, no major detours around construction. We stayed at the Marriott, and it was one of the nicest hotel rooms I’ve ever stayed in. I traveled a lot in my corporate banking days, so that’s saying a lot.
The show was very nice and leaned more toward the traditional. My only complaint was that some vendors seriously underestimated the crowd and ran out of stock. By the time we arrived at noon, the Hobbs booth was completely sold out and many other vendors had empty bins.
I thought I was going to make it through the trip without buying fabric, but I caved and bought a yard at our last stop. I was thrilled to find the Jean Wells book at the show for only $5. I’ve checked that book out of the library several times.
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Fabric Added: 20 7/8 yards
Fabric Used: 11 1/4 yards