The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA
) is THE trade organization for craft manufacturers, designers, and instructors. It sponsors huge trade shows twice a year and almost all of the new crafting products that later show up in the craft stores and online are introduced at these trade shows. For those of you who remember, Carol Duvall
used to do a special each year on HGTV
where she would walk the trade show floor and give a sneak peek of what was to come. I watched each one with the excitement felt by little ones at Christmas and dreamed of the day when I, too, would make a trip to the show. The problem is — and it’s a big one — the show is open to the trade only. You must must meet their stringent qualifications to attend. I am working each day toward this goal, but in the meantime something quite fun has happened…
For the first time ever, the CHA is sponsoring a retail show immediately following the trade show!
There will be over 60 booths hosting make-n-takes at the show where you can sit down and create a project, learn a new technique from expert instructors and test-drive incredible products. And with nearly 90 different booths at the SuperShow, there will be aisles of inspiration, exciting demonstrations, contests, giveaways and incredible shopping opportunities!
My sister and I are driving down and going to the show both days so we won’t miss a thing. I didn’t see any quilling manufacturers on the exhibitor list, but their products might be included in those shown by a retailer. In any case, you can bet that I am going to keep a sharp eye out for any products that can be used with paper quilling. I will let you know what I find.
CHA CraftSuper Show
Orange County Convention Center – West Concourse
Orlando, FL, USA
SHOW DATES AND HOURS
Friday, July 31st 10:00am-6:00pm
Saturday, August 1st 9:00am-5:00pm
TICKETS ON SALE – Open to the Public
$14.00 2-day pass
$10.00 1-day pass
Children under 10 – FREE
*Note — there are many online discounts available. I received a $5 discount on my 2-day pass.
I encourage anyone who loves crafts and has the opportunity to attend. It should be such fun. For full details, just click here