Hennel Paper Co. Blog
Woot woot! We're going to be a vendor at the Vintage Charlotte Summer Market again this June 2-3 at Camp North End. We're launching lots of brand new products at the show and we can't wait to see you all there! Visit the Vintage Charlotte website for more info!
Camp North End
1776 Statesville Ave., Charlotte, NC 28206
VIP shop - 6pm-8pm
Tickets ($20) can be purchased here: https://vtgclt.ticketleap.com/vipshop17/
$7 early bird entry at 10am
$2 general admission 11am-5pm
Parking is free.
I'm partnering up with AR Workshop Davidson to teach my first-ever hand lettering class. Hooray! Local friends, come out on Dec. 6th from 7-9:30 p.m. to learn how to make your holiday mail look extra special. I will teach you my process, how I layout my designs, draw my letters and show you how to make your envelopes really pop! Not only will your recipients love them, but so will your mail carrier ;) You'll receive a packet of the same tools I use everyday to create designs for my greeting card business and handouts to take home to keep learning and practicing. Get behind the scenes knowledge about how I do what I do with guided techniques and tips to hone your new skill. It's going to be a fun night, filled with wonderful people.
For more information and to register, visit: AR Workshop Davidson's website here.
Tuesday, December 6th
7 - 9:30 p.m
120-A South Village Lane
Davidson, NC 28036
What a whirlwind the last couple weeks have been! This morning I had the pleasure of appearing on NBC's Charlotte Today to talk a little bit about Hennel Paper Co. and help promote the Vintage Charlotte Winter Market that's coming up this weekend with the lovely Amy Herman, founder of Vintage Charlotte. It was so much fun and now that I survived it, I can breathe again ;)
You can watch the clip here.
Hope to see you all out this Sunday, Nov. 20th at the Fillmore from 10-5.
Get more info about the market here.
Charlotte friends! We're going to be at the Vintage Charlotte Winter Market on Nov. 20th. Mark your calendars to come out and see us along with 60 other incredible local vendors. It's the perfect day to get a jump on your holiday shopping. We're bringing new products, tons of holiday cards and our new 2017 Terrarium Calendar prints, in addition to all of our everyday cards and prints. We're excited to see you there!
Excited to announce that we're going be a vendor once again at the Vintage Charlotte summer market happening June 18 from 10-6 at 514 N. College St. in uptown Charlotte. We're honored to be among so many incredible local makers and vintage sellers and we can't wait to see you there! Make sure to stop by to see all of our new summer product releases.
Local guys and gals - get ready for VTGCLT Pop! A full scale pop-up shop being hosted by Vintage Charlotte. Come shop your heart out with 85 local vendors and get all of your holiday gifts in one awesome trip.
The Goodyear building - 100 E. Stonewall St. Charlotte, NC 28202.
Can't wait to see you there!
We're going to be bringing all of our favorite products, a full line of holiday cards and some brand new items not yet available online, like this 11x17 Citrus Wall Calendar.
So come by, say hi to us and get your holiday shopping done early this year!
Hey, local friends - mark your calendars for November 15! We are going to be a vendor at the Vintage Charlotte Winter Market and we hope you will come out and see us. The market will run from 11am-6pm with free admission, and early bird admission from 10-11am. For more event details, visit vintage-charlotte.com.
Hey, Charlotte friends! Mark your calendars for Front Porch Sunday - Sept. 6 from 3-7 p.m. on the front porch of the Shook Kelley building. We're going to be there with other local makers, live music and Sycamore Brewing Co. We hope you'll come by and say hi!
I can't believe the Vintage Charlotte Summer Market has already come and gone. It's been a complete whirlwind and was a total blast. I'd really like to thank everyone who attended the show. We loved getting to meet and talk with all of you so much! Being a predominately online seller, it was truly an incredible experience getting to interact with those of you who were shopping our products in-person. Being able to share our story, my design process, individual stories behind each design and getting to watch your expressions and how you reacted as you saw each item was, to say the least, really awesome. Everyone we talked to was so kind and we got to hear so many of your own unique stories, as well. So thank you, Charlotte! And a huge special thank you goes out to Amy and the VTGCLT crew for putting on such an incredible event.
This is it, y'all! This Friday and Saturday, July 24 & 25 is the Vintage Charlotte Summer Market. We're going to be there with allllll kinds of new releases. If you're in the Charlotte area make sure to come out and see us. It's going to be an awesome weekend with a killer vendor list and amazing eats. I'm personally really excited to get a cup of coffee from The Daily Press. I've been hearing about how great they are for almost a year now. It's about time, right?!
We're in booth M24.
New Product Sneakpeeks:
We'd love to see you there!
Hey, local friends! Mark your calendars for the Vintage Charlotte Summer Market - July 24 & 25. We're going to be there with all sorts of new Hennel Paper Co. products. We hope you'll come by and say hi! Visit vintage-charlotte.com for more information, tickets go on sale soon.
We're really excited to officially announce the we're exhibiting on Papernstitch through the end of the year! If you aren't familiar, Papernstitch is an online exhibition space that was created to promote artists, designers, and makers selling handmade goods. The exhibition space is fabulously curated on a monthly basis by Brittni Mehlhoff and showcases the very best hand-picked items on an international level.
We're very very excited to be part of it. And as a little bonus we've made today's top pick and are being featured on the pns homepage! Thank you Brittni!
While prepping for our next craft show (which is this weekend by the way, Saturday, November 10th at the Woods Church at 14300 13 Mile Rd. - Warren, MI 48088) I've been putting a list together that I thought might be helpful to share for anyone that has an upcoming show of their own. Some of these are pretty basic ideas and items and some are things I didn't think of my first time around. I really wanted to create a comprehensive list of everything you should think about and bring with you.
- Plan ahead what you might need, think through all steps of the day from transport to set up to customer check-out to tear down and transport home.
biggest piece of advice to remember is: Target the right audience - do
the right shows. You can have fantastic products, but if you are barking
up the wrong tree it wont be worth your time. I recommend finding all
the craft shows in your area for the next YEAR, make a list and decide
ahead of time which ones you want to participate in.
- Take advantage of vertical space - build up to eye level: racks, boxes, crates, shelves
- Encourage online sales after the event - hand out a free take away with your url and product descriptions and/or a coupon code/free shipping offer
- Take advantage of any upcoming holidays - ie: if Christmas is coming up, bring your Christmas items.
- Incentives to buy - free giveaway - ie: buy this and get a free bookmark
- Be interactive with potential customers. Let them handle and test out your products. ie: if you sell rubber stamps bring a blank pad of paper, a stamp pad and a demo stamp.
- Connect with people - let your personality shine
- Go into detail about your products with people, let them learn what you're about
- Newsletter sign-up sheet with an incentive - ie: join our newsletter and get a free note card
- Brand yourself, dress the part - don't roll out of bed with sleep in your eyes
- Brand your table, bring business cards + visually appealing, easy to see table signage
- Remember everything you do, say and show represents your brand
- Package your items for transport in water safe containers like Rubbermaid bins
- Bring a rolling cart to get your items to and from. Some venues offer carts to use, but I never have much luck getting my hands on one of them.
- Plan your display ahead of time. Get out your colored pencils and make a sketch. This will save you tons of step-up time the morning of.
- Display clear easy to see price signs, be specific about what that includes. Do you charge tax? Does that note card come with an envelope? Is that card blank inside? How many are in a pack? What weight paper is the card printed on? etc.
- Inventory - bring double what you want to sell
- Display items - A visually appealing display will help you sell more products. Make it look cute and tailor it to your brand.
- Tables - some shows provide a table, some do not- find out when you sign-up
- Cloth backdrops
- Hanging stands or racks
- Price Signs or tags
- Power Strip
- Extension Cords
- Rolling cart or a dolly depending on what you need to transport
- Emergency items - safety pins, zip ties, scissors, rope/twine, duct tape
- Picture frames to displays products or signage
- Baskets, trays, and boxes to display products neatly
- Table card holders to display greeting cards or price signs
- Vinyl banner with your company name and logo to hang behind or in front of your table
- Swiffer duster - display items can get dusty and we don't want that distracting our customers attention
- Votive holders and flame-less candles - they are pretty and attract attention
- Seasonal decor if that makes sense for your table and show date
- Change - cash and coins
- Business Cards + holder
- Mailing List (e-newsletter) sign-up sheet, clipboard and a pen
- Credit Payment System - I use a square reader + smartphone
- Business/Tax License
- Receipt book with carbon copies
- Packaging Materials - bags, boxes, sting, stickers, poly bags, tissue paper, tape
- Cash box or apron - I recommend keeping your cash on you at all times. Some people like to use fanny packs. To each their own :)
- Twine - baker's or regular, whatever you fancy
- Water and snacks, pack your lunch bag you're going to be there a while
- Aspirin, lotion, lip gloss, paper towel, wet wipes
- An extra shirt - you just never know
chair if you have a helper - the fold up camping chairs are super
portable or even a regular fold up chair would be perfect
- Working project if you have down time - this also let's customer get a behind the scenes glimpse at your process
- Camera (or again a smartphone) to take pictures of your set-up for reference and your blog
for what's its worth I'm going to mention scissors again for good
measure. And there it is ladies and gents. Good luck and happy selling! If you're in the Warren area this Saturday come by and see us.
Well our first craft show has come and gone and I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite things that I used for the show. I spent a lot of time planning and prepping to make sure everything was just right from the displays to the packaging. We got a lot of compliments on how lovely our table was and how "super incredibly cute" the pieces were packaged. Makes me happy to think that my efforts were noticed by our amazing supporters. These details might seem small, but they make a huge impact and should not be overlooked. Craft shows are not for the faint of heart. If you are going to do it, you gotta do it right! Every piece you show is part of your brand, whether its what forms of payment you accept or the sticker you use to close your product bags. Here are some of my favorite things to help make an incredible customer experience.
Join us this Saturday, October 27th from 9am - 4pm for the Lamphere Fall Craft Show. We will be bringing all of the goodies from our shop, plus new product lines that have not been released yet! Be the first to check out our new lines and also receive special Saturday only pricing for craft show attendees. Lamphere High School is on 13 Mile Road in Madison Heights between I-75 and John-R. If you have any questions about the show please let us know. Can't wait to see you there.