Not that I had any doubts that it would be anything less than awesome, mind you. :)
In fact, it might be a little *too* awesome. lol
I honestly find it a little...........overwhelming. There is just soo soo sooo sooooooooooooooooooooo much stuff at this show. It's bordering on exhausting, mentally speaking, to take it all in within a few hours time. lol
I just love looking at all the colors, feeling all the different textures and all the different patterns but I'm kinda glad it only comes around once a year.
They are SUPER SERIOUS about No! Picture! Taking! Inside! The! Venue!!! but I tried taking a few pictures inside on the 'down low' while pretending to use my phone. Sssshhh! No telling on me!! (I totally get them not wanting people to take pictures of patterns because, duhhh, copyright infringment, etc. so I don't blame them but a picture while standing at the entrance???)
This first picture is from near the end of the convention center - you can see how far down the vendors/aisles go. (I think there were 10-11 aisles in all?) As far back as that goes - it's goes equally far back to the right. Did I mention this is a HUGE show? lol
I really know NOTHING at all about Hartford and, to be honest, I don't 'get' the downtown area where the convention center is. I'm used to Providence with it's huge influx of college students and influence, so lots of 'artsy' stores and shops, lots of traffic, lots of litter, just a lot of EVERYTHING. Downtown Hartford? Complete and utter ghost town on the weekend. There are a lot of tall buildings and absolutely ZERO people walking around. It just seems very odd to me. I know there is a huge urban area SURROUNDING downtown but the downtown area is dead, dead, and deader. Not much of interest there.
HAVING SAID THAT, East Hartford has a much more interesting 'flavor' to it that I like so we hopped on the highway after the show and went a couple exits down to spend some time there poking around the stores, including this one:
Some girls like shopping for shoes and purses - I like shopping for spices! It's real treat to get to go here in person vs. ordering online. (Do NOT ask me how much I spent here because it wasn't pretty. Oh no.)
And after shopping there was this FANTASTIC little deli:
The pastrami here is to die for. It's like a mouthgasm to beat all mouthgasms. NOM NOM NOM.
So what did I buy at the show? That will have to wait until the next post because I ran out of time with this. Heheheh. My sweet potatoes just finished cooking so it's time for supper. :)