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Papertrey Discontinues Ink, To Attend Chicago Supershow

Online stamp manufacturer & retailer Papertrey Ink made two big announcements last week.

First, on June 14th, Papertrey announced that they are discontinuing most of their signature Perfect Match hybrid inks pads due to what they call “quality control issues” and because the inks were “unstable”. All colors except Tea Dye Duo, Fresh Snow, and Vintage Cream are being discontinued.

Papertrey is selling their remaining inventory of the discontinued ink pads & ink refills while they last as final sale (no returns or exchanges).

A new ink is currently in development with a new supplier to replace the discontinued ink but Papertrey says that it won’t be available until a tentative release date of October 15th.

In better news for the company, Papertrey (which normally only sells via its website) announced on June 16th that they will be hosting a booth at the CHA Craft Supershow in Chicago next month. It’s the company’s policy to attend a consumer event once per year to sell in person to consumers. Last year, at the CHA Craft Supershow in Orlando, the company’s booth was literally mobbed, with consumers waiting in line for over a half hour at one point on Friday to even enter the booth to begin shopping.

On the left, attendees do the Papertrey make-n-take while on the right shoppers wait to get into the Papertrey booth.

Each day of the Supershow, Papertrey will be hosting two free make-n-takes, for a total of four different projects over the two day show. They will also be offering the same promotion they ran at the 2009 Orlando Supershow, where each $100 spent will earn shoppers a free $15 CHA exclusive stamp set that will never be available for sale.


Jo-Ann Stores To Exhibit At CHA Summer Craft Supershow

The Craft & Hobby Association announced this week that Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores will be exhibiting at the CHA Craft Supershow in Rosemont, IL next month.

Jo-Ann Stores joins other big-box stores Michaels and Archivers in attending the Supershow in Rosemont. The company will occupy a 40 x 50 foot space at the show that will includes inspirational craft ideas and make-n-take projects.

“As more people discover the joy and creativity of sewing and crafting, Jo-Ann is especially pleased to be part of the upcoming CHA Shows in Rosemont,” explained Riddi Kline, senior vice president, marketing, Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. “The CHA Craft SuperShow is in line with our own goals of providing consumers with a wide array of fabrics, sewing, and crafting supplies, while inspiring customers with knowledge, helpful service and value. The Show will help us better understand how to inspire our customers as they interact with various products.”

The CHA Craft Supershow will take place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on July 30-31st, 2010.



CHA Announces 2010 Anaheim Attendance Numbers

The Craft & Hobby Association has announced attendance figures for the January consumer and trade shows in Anaheim, and the organization described the numbers as “positive” in its release.

Despite the near catastrophic rain in California that week, the CHA Craft Supershow attracted 8,044 attendees on the Friday & Saturday preceding the trade event. 3,500 of those tickets had been pre-sold. Attendees came to the Supershow from 36 different states and 22 different countries. The Supershow presented consumers with 41,288 sq. ft. of display space.

“The response to our inaugural SuperShow in Anaheim demonstrates that we can be successful at growing the industry by introducing consumers to different crafts,” explained Steve Berger, President and CEO, CHA.. “We believe the SuperShow will continue to grow as more and more consumers experience a broader variety of crafts first-hand, and then share what they learn with their friends and family.”

The CHA Winter 2010 trade show gathered 6,700 buyers and business networking attendees. This was a 5% increase over 2010 according to CHA. [CHA did not release counts of exhibitors or exhibitor staff for the 2010 Winter show.] One major area of growth at the show was in the new exhibitor section. The show’s count of 100 new exhibitors was a 40% increase over 2009, perhaps reflecting increased optimism about the economy from businesses and entrepreneurs.

“The CHA Winter Show continues to perform well even in a challenging economy,” said Berger. “The fact that we had nearly a 5% increase in attendees and over 100 new exhibitors is a positive indicator of the strength of the industry and the CHA Winter Show.”

The trade show featured 185,250 sq. ft. of exhibit space, a decrease of almost 19% from 2009’s size of 228,056 sq. ft.

CHA Summer 2010 will return to Rosemont, Illinois and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center from July 27th-29th, 2010, followed by the CHA Craft SuperShow on July 30th and 31st, 2010.


CHA Supershow Anaheim 2010 Saturday Highlights

Saturday was the 2nd day of the consumer CHA Supershow in Anaheim, which preceded the opening of the CHA tradeshow this morning. Here’s a look at a few highlights from the day yesterday:

Heidi Grace Kress was hosting make-n-takes first thing in the morning at the Ever After Scrapbooks booth using her new Colorbök product.

One retailer was selling Copic markers for an incredible $2.69/each, and had this selection of Strathmore Artist Trading Cards paper bases were on sale Buy One, Get One Free. There was Canvas, Illustration Board, Watercolor Paper, and other materials cut into bases for ATC’s, as well as envelopes and plastic cases for them. I’d never seen these before and snapped up a selection to play with!

Stacy Julian appeared at the Treasured Memories booth to promote her new scrapbooking kits, and was handing out little bottles of emergency sprinkles in case a CHA-er comes across a brownie that doesn’t have sprinkles on it.

Cricut has a new machine called the Cricut Cake which is essentially a version of the Expression machine that has been specially fitted on the inside to handle food. Specifically it cuts thin sugar sheets and thicker fondant for cake decorating. More details (and pictures!) coming in separate post!

“Inside Edition” host Deborah Norville made an appearance to promote her new knitting book, “Knit with Deborah Norville“. She was also giving impromptu knitting lessons about how to do the technique for the mitten that she was working on at the signing table.

Die Cuts With a View had a computer lab set up in their booth to let people get hands-on with their new digital products at