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For the last few years, StampScrapArtTour has been doing our conventions. In my "general" (read driveable) area, there are three conventions - Adventures in Stamping - Cleveland/Akron, Stampaway - Cincinnati, and the StampScrapArtTour here in Western PA. I've been to all three many times & while this one isn't quite as big as the other two; I'm really grateful that we even have one that close to us. (This one is about an hour away from me). For anyone that doesn't have a convention anywhere in their neck of the woods; I can just imagine how much you wish you'd have anything come your way!
And I have to say, even for a smaller convention; the StampScrapArtTour people do such a nice job. I've also gone to their Make-n-take "class" they hold the night before the show in past years and it was also a lot of fun. The convention itself is done really well - nice atmosphere, good vendors, nice door prizes & raffles and most importantly - very friendly. I don't know, it's a whole different atmosphere than one of the big conventions. You can really take your time & get to look at everything with the smaller size. Plus, no booths three & four people deep where you can barely even get a look at the products or get up close with the vendors. I've been to conventions where it's like shopping on Black Friday - everybody's bumping into each other, trying to squeeze past each other (literally) just to to try to get to the next section of a booth and all the while trying to grab things as fast as they can before it's gone. Nope, I've done that before. But ok, I'll be fair, I was the first in line in the very early pre-dawn hours (no, I'm not kidding) for Stampaway at several of it's first years. And I had tons of fun every time (& spent WAY too much money- lol)! But I'll definitely take this type of show anytime now. I've done the craziness before - lol; I've had that fun. Now I really enjoy not fighting the huge crowds & being able to really get up close & personal with the vendors. And I feel grateful that we're lucky enough to even have a convention so close to us & always hope they do well enough to come back the next year. Big or small, conventions are so much fun & I had a great time. Didn't win any prizes this time - Darn! Maybe next year!! Well, remember.....
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