The First Semi-Annual Vendors Show allowed local sellers like Chix from the Stix, Joan’s Knits and Keedy’s Kakes to compete for exposure alongside franchise vendors from the Pampered Chef, Jamberry
“I mainly came to get my name out as a contact,” said Wanda Araujo, of Cartersville, a representative for Scentsy, a direct sales company that hawks candle warmers, scented wax, bath products, cosmetics and laundry items. “Of course I’ll be happy to make some sales as well.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Michael and Angela Wilson were talking martial arts to anyone who would listen. The couple has taught Choi Kwang Do at the Cartersville Academy of Martial Arts Education for the past 11 years.
“We are looking for ways to expose our art as well as the benefits of our training programs,” Michael Wilson said. “We think this is a good way to do that.”
A few years ago, Tina Weiler, from Kennesaw, began making personalized items for dogs — leashes, collars, blankets and beds — until she realized there was a bigger market for personalized people things.
Saturday, her table was full of personalized home decor, accessories and baby items.
“I’m just trying to get my name and my product out there,” she said. “Exposure is everything.”