Tip #1- These boots were NOT made for walking
Wear comfortable shoes. You should plan on walking several miles. We took a pedometer and Rochelle and I walked 12 miles in one day. So before fashion comes comfort. Trust us on this one!
Tip #2- B.Y.O.W.- Bring Your Own Water
Disneyland has nothing on the crazy prices for a bottle of water at a trade show. Bring your own bottle and you can refill it fairly easily. Side note: The coffee shops at the trade shows and the hotels usually have very long lines. We usually bring a can of Starbucks for opening day.
Tip #3- My Second Favorite Monorail
My favorite will always be Disneyland. The monorail in Las Vegas is a life saver! It is quick, reliable and fairly inexpensive. Parking at the Las Vegas Convention Center can be stressful, the walk from the larger lots is much farther than the monorail, and parking cost $10 per day. If you have already booked your hotel then see if you can share a cab or use the buses from the Convention Center.
Tip #4- Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan
Make sure you have looked up what categories are going to be in which hall. ASD can be overwhelming and it is very is easy to end up loosing hours meandering. Know where you are going, ask for directions if needed, and stay focused. Your mission is to collect as many sales sheets and price sheets as possible. Don’t let yourself spend too much time at any one booth.
Tip #5- Don’t Let Vendors Rush You
I never buy without doing research. The vendors aren’t shipping until they get home. So don’t let them pressure you. With liquidators make sure you find out what proof you get that the merchandise is authentic. Amazon does not have a forgiving attitude when it comes to counterfeit issues.
Here is a list of what to bring:
- Business Cards – Lots of them. Don’t overthink it. Just your name, email address, phone number, and title (Owner or Buyer) is fine.
- Rolling Bag or Basket w/ Wheels (unless prohibited at show)
- Paper Clips
- Sticky Notes
- Permanent Markers
- External Cell Phone Battery Charger
- Name Badge/Print off Confirmation Email
If you are going to scan price sheets to your virtual assistant.
Scanner and Cord
Exacto Knife to scan book catalogs.