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Post  dewsgirl on Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:59 pm

Or have you ever been to CHA in the past? Was it all that you hoped it would be?
It's my dream to go to CHA, but since I don't have a foot in the door I won't be going. I'm hoping they open the summer one up to the public. they usually do, right? I'm hoping so, because there's a very strong possibility I might be able to go if it is. Will any of you be going to that one?
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Post  Nancy on Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:02 pm

I went to CHA last winter. They usually have a show that is open to the public during the same week, but it isn't really the same show. The CHA trade show is mostly about the manufacturers selling their product to the retailers. There are lots of classes and demonstrations for the retailers to help them learn how to use the products so they in turn can sell it to us.

It was a ton of fun to go to the show, but it was exhausting...it is a lot of work to visit all the booths, talk to different people about up coming lines, ship dates, etc. Then spend your evenings trying to figure out what to spend your $$$ on.

Of course, I would go again in a heart beat! lol
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Post  Admin on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:27 pm

I really, really want to go this time, but it is so expensive to join. I mean hundreds of dollars! I do dream of going and am totally hoping to go in the summer, since I live about 10 minutes from the location!!! If I do, you can all go with me!! It is the same cost if I go alone or take you all, so you know I'll take you! LOL! Well, they will eventually max me out! Anyways, Brenda DON"T go to the public show. I went to the one last summer and it totally sucked! I almost cried I was so mad that I went. I had to pay to get it and pay $20 to park and I literally stayed about 15 minutes! It is just a bunch of really crappy stores selling stuff. I mean like old, old stuff! I know Liz is going! UGH I am going to there website again to try to find someway to go this year!! LOL!
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Post  Nancy on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:40 pm

Devon, If you can find a way....I will so split the hotel costs! lol
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Post  SarahRice on Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:49 am

There is no way I could do California but Im thinking about trying to go in to Chicago in the summer. I had tickets last summer but Aubs was little and things were crazy so I couldnt go
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Post  Scrappy Gal on Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:17 am

I will be honest I don't even know wht CHA is but I know I am on a tight budget so I am looking to go to the GASC (Great American Scrapbooking Crop) in Chantilly Va which is closer to me and its #12 for general admission that gets me into the vendors and $35 for an all day crop or $25 for evenings, my hubby is going with so we can have the evening together and if we can't afford all 3 days or even 2 I will be satisfied with 1 whole day as I have never been to a crop before.a
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Post  dewsgirl on Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:41 am

Devon, if you're going in the summer I would so love it if you'd let me tag along! Smile
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Post  CaseyWright on Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:33 am

Ooh! I would so love to go to CHA too! It would be really fun to meet all of you girls in person too! Maybe someday ?!?
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Post  SarahRice on Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:03 pm

Scrappy Gal wrote:I will be honest I don't even know wht CHA is

CHA is the craft/hobby association trade show. Its not just scrapbooking but all kinds of hobby/craft companies showcasing new products to retailers that are members of the association. It is NOT open to the public as it is a trade show. You can however join CHA as a designer/teacher if you have done work for a company in the industry or teach classes. There is a FEE to join.

Most scrappers that go either get a ticket from a store they design for as each store gets a good number of passes.

The cool thing about CHA is all the NEW scrapbook lines come out. You usually can find peekies of the products online without having to be there
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Post  LizMichaud on Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:35 am

I am going with the owner of my LSS! I can't wait.
I went in the summer with her as well. I live in Windsor, Ontario so we drove to the Chicago one (about 4 hours away) but we will be flying out of Detroit for the Winter CHA!

I thought it was so fun just being around so much inspiration. When I got home I just wanted to lock myself in my scrap room and create! It was great to be able to help deside what we were going to carry at my LSS (Scrappy Chic in Livonia, MI).

If you all go in the summer I would love to tag along as well. Not sure if I would be going with Scrappy Chic again or not but either way I could meet up with you all as well Smile
I am bringing my laptop to the show so that hopefully I will be able to blog and pots tons of pics while I am there. Also I have never been to Cali before so I hope we have some time for site seeing!!!
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Post  Marcie on Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:51 pm

I've been to several Summer CHA's with them being in Chicago it is only a couple of hours away. If you go to summer Devon I would love to go with you!
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