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    Default Dallas Pen Show in September: Vendor list confirmed

    This week, the buzz is the San Francisco Pen Show. Head over to this thread by Jon and have fun.

    According to the Pen Show calendar, Commonwealth Show is next in early September, and then next is my "home show", the Dallas Pen Show.

    Yesterday I just got the thumbs up from the Dallas Pen Club president Mike Walker to publish the vendor list this year.

    So here's the list of vendors (saving y'all one trip to our website):

    DISCLAIMER: Even though this list is pretty finalized, there's always last minute changes and cancellations, plus we have a few vendors waiting in a standby queue.

    An P. Tran
    Andy Lambrou
    Armen Malikian
    Art Brown International
    Artistic Papers Representative; Recife Pens & Sailor Pens
    Bill Zeeble
    Bittner, The Pleasure of Writing
    Bob Nurin
    Broadwell Studios
    Carlene Woolf
    Country Made Pens
    Crazy Alan's Emporium
    Creative Art Materials
    Dave Glass
    David Jones
    Derry Harding
    Dromgoole's
    Fountain Pen Revolution
    Franklin-Christoph, Ltd.
    Grandpa's Fountain Pens
    Grifos
    Hinze Pens
    Indy-Pen-Dance
    Inkpen
    Jay McCarty
    Jerry Loden
    Jerry Thomsen
    Joe Daly
    Joe Lowe
    Kaligrafos Calligraphy Guild
    Karas Kustom LLC
    Karl Barndt
    Kenro Industries
    Luxury Brands USA
    Marco A Avila
    Michael Bloom
    Mike Stein
    Mike Walker
    Newton Pens
    Papier Plume
    Paul Bloch (and Bill Morris)
    Pendemonium
    Penkala Pens
    Pete's Pen Shop
    Redeempens.com
    Retro 51
    Rick Beckham
    Robert Fillmore
    Ryan Krusac Studios
    Scribal Workshop
    Spencerian.com
    Stephen Howell
    Stephen Mandell
    Taccia
    Tactile Turn LLC
    The Penman
    The Write Pen
    ThePenMarket.com
    Tim Pierson
    Total Office Products
    Toys from the Attic
    Vanness Pen Shop
    Vintage Sheaffer
    Yafa Pen Company
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    Default Re: Dallas Pen Show in September: Vendor list confirmed

    It's just two weeks away, folks!

    Just a few of the many the flexy pens that I'm bringing to the show

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    Default Re: Dallas Pen Show in September: Vendor list confirmed

    Anderson's isn't coming?
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    Default Re: Dallas Pen Show in September: Vendor list confirmed

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Onogaro View Post
    Anderson's isn't coming?
    They are not coming. They missed Washington DC as well from the info I got.

    I spoke with Brian in Chicago in May and he said they are cutting back the number of shows this year.

    Fact is, their tables got claimed rather quickly. And we have vendors standing by for any last minute cancellations.
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    Default Re: Dallas Pen Show in September: Vendor list confirmed

    The show is next week, folks!

    In the meantime, here's a Gaggle of Gold Bonds

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    Default Re: Dallas Pen Show in September: Vendor list confirmed

    A brand ambassador will have a number of Conid pens for people to try out.

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    Default Re: Dallas Pen Show in September: Vendor list confirmed

    I canít wait for the show. Iíve already requested time off work to attend on Friday. So much fun!


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    The show is tomorrow, y'all. I'm going to the hotel later this afternoon to help out and make sure the vendors can setup and they got their folders in order.

    As Lady-O said: I'm meeting my pen people
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    Default Re: Dallas Pen Show in September: Vendor list confirmed

    Bring cash

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    Default Re: Dallas Pen Show in September: Vendor list confirmed

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Bring cash
    I'm not buying if I'm not selling
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    Friday started briskly as the vendors setup their tables and mingling among themselves from 8-10am.

    At 10am, the lines of public attendees were already reached near the hotel front desk (so reported the pen club volunteers working the welcome desk). When the pen club president Mike Walker announced that the show has started through the PA systems, us vendors were ready.

    The crowd started to pour into the larger room where I was, and surprisingly they continue to do so until close to 8pm in the evening. No lulls (or "nap time" as quipped by a few vendors), at least not this year.

    As a matter of fact, I talked to at least 7 people (good mix between vendors and regular attendees) and the consensus was that there were a lot more new faces coming into the show this year compared to previous ones.

    I'm happy to support that assessments, from my little corner, I explained to more first timers or beginners in the hobby about vintage pens, restoration, and flexible nibs than last year.

    This is Friday, where the attendees would have to get a full day or half-day time off from work to attend, and in addition to regular attendees, I saw new people hanging out until the show closed for the evening.

    NOTE: I did take a few photos, but I'm not posting it here with people taking issue with recognizable faces and all that, just go to instagram and punch in #dallaspenshow2019 and you'll see a lot of photos.

    Saturday and my impression in the next post....
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    Saturday,

    The number of people lining up in the morning (9am start) was amazing. I know that Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex is a big place with a lot of people, but it still incredible that so many people would spend their weekend at a niche show like this.

    And as the day went on, it became readily apparent to me that the age range of the showgoers are starting to skew towards the younger end. I had fun talking to an 8th grader whose latest pen was a vintage safety pen, was able to score a gold-filled Conklin crescent at the show, and he can talk vintage stuff like he had collected them for decades

    Quite a few of young couples, best friends who penable each other, sisters who poked fun at each other. And a few people determined to get a Pilot Myu.

    Last but not least, my pen friends, my pen people. So good to see them again, it feels like two days are way too short because we all know that it'd be another year before we meet again.

    Why can't we have bi-annual pen shows?
    - Will
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    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    Why can't we have bi-annual pen shows?
    Many vendors offer national coverage by attending a substantial number of pen shows all across the USA and Canada. Expecting them to return to the same city twice a year in addition to their other shows is a bit much. You might suggest to the promotors/owners of the Dallas show that you'd like to run a smaller club show for local vendors, but still take care to avoid scheduling conflicts with established shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    Why can't we have bi-annual pen shows?
    Many vendors offer national coverage by attending a substantial number of pen shows all across the USA and Canada. Expecting them to return to the same city twice a year in addition to their other shows is a bit much. You might suggest to the promotors/owners of the Dallas show that you'd like to run a smaller club show for local vendors, but still take care to avoid scheduling conflicts with established shows.
    That was a rhetorical question, Fred

    I know first hand how hard it is to organize vendors, and being one myself, I also know how expensive it is to attend a show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    Saturday,

    The number of people lining up in the morning (9am start) was amazing. I know that Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex is a big place with a lot of people, but it still incredible that so many people would spend their weekend at a niche show like this.

    And as the day went on, it became readily apparent to me that the age range of the showgoers are starting to skew towards the younger end. I had fun talking to an 8th grader whose latest pen was a vintage safety pen, was able to score a gold-filled Conklin crescent at the show, and he can talk vintage stuff like he had collected them for decades

    Quite a few of young couples, best friends who penable each other, sisters who poked fun at each other. And a few people determined to get a Pilot Myu.

    Last but not least, my pen friends, my pen people. So good to see them again, it feels like two days are way too short because we all know that it'd be another year before we meet again.

    Why can't we have bi-annual pen shows?
    It was good to see you, too, Will.
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