Debi & I had an uneventful flight Thursday from Oakland to Nashville for our annual Cash 'n Carry show here. This show is held in an Embassy Suites and features a large number of Counted Thread designers. Each vendor uses their room to display and sell product from and we go from room-to-room finding fun things to order and/or bring home. Cash 'n Carry means we do in fact bring much of it home with us in our suitcases (thank heaven for Southwest's 3 checked bags policy!). There are 4 floors of vendor rooms and the show runs all day Saturday and until 4pm on Sunday. So there is a lot to see and do during those 2 days.
Thursday evening we went out to a fabulous dinner at Merchants in downton Nashville with the Needlework Maffia and Cathy & Bob Campbell of Primitive Traditions. The Needlework Maffia is made up of Jean from Attich Needlework, Jeannine from Acorns & Threads, Deb from Stitchville USA and myself. We were given this name by Dave Vanosdall of The Sweetheart Tree a few years ago and it kind of stuck. Along from our shops was Deb (NIAH), Debbie (Attic), Harriet (Stitchville) and Roz (Acorns). With 10 of us for dinner we were able to grab a limo at the hotel and ride in style!!! Dinner was wonderful, mostly because we got to hang out with our good friends.
Friday is a day for classes and for visiting with even more friends in our industry. We also usually attend the Retailers Luncheon, which a number of shops come to. This year one long time shop owner shared her ideas for shop success and we all came away with at least one or two new ideas for our own shop. Debi has a couple of afternoon classes and I'm spending the day writing up reports for various things before meeting with some other shop owners and vendors regarding an event at our summer trade show in Columbus. Friday night is Meet & Greet, where we get to see something new from many of the vendors exhibiting here. Then we get prepared for the main event - 2 days of shopping!