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TNNA Fall Needlecraft Market sees brisk business

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September 5, 2013
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TNNA Fall Needlecraft Market sees brisk business
Sales and attendees were both up for this annual event.  

ZANESVILLE, OH — The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) held its annual Fall Needlecraft Market once again at the St. Charles Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa near St. Louis August 24-25. The association reports a significant rise in both attendance and sales. In fact, the number of companies attending increased 13% over the previous year.

"There was a positive energy, an upbeat feeling that you could really feel in the halls,” observes Event Manager Risë Fulmer. "And it continues even after the event: We’ve been receiving great feedback from attendees and exhibitors alike.”  

Eighteen gift baskets and prizes from donating exhibitors were awarded as part of a Passport Promotion, wherein attendees got their "passport” stamped by visiting each participating exhibitor suite. The Fall Scavenger Hunt was another fun event that the TNNA team notes was a hit: Tokens were hidden around the hotel for attendees to find and return to the participating exhibitor suites for special prizes.  

"It certainly got everybody motivated, to search for the tokens and find out what they were worth,” Fulmer says with a laugh. "And of course, while they were in the suite to pick up their prize, they could see what other merchandise the exhibitors had that was new and fun.”  

Attendee Deb Koch, owner of Stitches ’N Things, Fenton, Mich., reports it was her best Market yet. "So many new products and new designers made it impossible to fit my purchases in just two suitcases — thank goodness for UPS," she teases. But on a serious note, she adds, "I came with lists of customer requests to fill, and the resulting sales have been phenomenal.”  

Exhibitors Pat Cherry and Peggy Tipton, co-owners of Navarre, Fla.-based Fern Ridge Collections, were equally enthusiastic. "This show was our personal best,” notes Cherry. "We were able to add several new shops.”  

The next TNNA event, the Winter Trade Show, will take place in San Diego in January. Learn more at  

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