Happy Friday! We are off up to the palace to visit the Queen today. I wish!! No no . We are off up to London in the van to set up our stand at Alexandra Palace! That’s more realistic, innit!
It’s a big operation, getting up there nowadays. We’ve got so much clobber! Back in the day, when we just sold stamps I remember being able to set up in exactly one and a half hours on the day of the show before the doors opened. Now, it may be down to my age that this is no longer even a remote possibility, but it may also be due in large part to the massive stock variety that we now exhibit! Stamps, stencils, Groovi, Pergamano, Paper, card, Fresh Cut dies. Oh boy oh boy. Even getting the staff up there requires a spreadsheet now !!
Who’s up there with us this time? Well, Debby, Lisa and Steve are on the shop floor (well, they will be by the end of it!), Jayne and Dave are on the tills, and Leonie, Paul and I are demonstrating. So happy to welcome Leonie to our Ally Pally Clarity family! That will be swell. Paul’s on Groovi and parchment, Leonie’s on stamps and stencils and mixed media, and I’m on stamps and dies. So that will be a cool mix of entertainment, eh?
Do you know, before it was held at Ally Pally, this show took place at the Commonwealth Insitute in Kensington, with all the flags outside. Gone now. That’s how long I’ve been in attendance. Blimey, the bloke who ran it was called Roger Button. I remember him, because he always called me Gina. The company was called Imagina back then, before I renamed it Claritystamp Ltd. So he decided I was Gina as in ImaGina! So I used to call him Roget Booton (said in a French accent) instead of Roger Button. Silly things you remember, eh. He was a pleasant fella. I remember his wife’s name was Valerie. They went to live in Florida as I recall. So I can’t remember what day of the week it is, but I can remember Roget Booton and his wife!
Such is life. Hope you have time to visit us at the show tomorrow. Big Stand, lots of smiles and great energy. You can’t miss us underneath the beautiful Rose Window
Love & Hugs,