LA Pen Show Report 2017
The 2017 LA Pen Show crept up on me. I’ve been so busy that the show was almost an after thought. Given the drama that occurred last year (see my 2016 report), I was curious to see how things would shape up. As a quick re-cap, the way the LA show was scheduled last year caused many problems because the show did not have the full ballroom on the first two days of the show. Thus people arrived to find they did not have a place to set-up. This generated a lot of real anger and those feelings put a pall on the entire show. So going into this year I did not know what to expect other than it would be ‘interesting’. Off the bat, I noticed that the show scheduled had the show beginning at 1 pm on Thursday rather than the traditional 8 am. Hmmmmm……….. would it be a repeat of last year?
I usually arrive on Wednesday afternoon which is a day before the show starts (at least for those with a trader pass). I arrived this year without the traffic issues other than the 405. (i.e. no overturned big rig blocking the entire interstate). The market I deal in starts very early in the show and it all really kicks off the night before the show. I have said this many times, but the pen market is divided up into different segments and they each cater to different groups within the pen world. The LA show format tends to heighten these distinctions. Upon arrival, the usual crowd is already in the lobby waiting for check-in. I make arrangements to look at pens later in the evening with one dealer. It was then off to introduce the boys from Singapore to the wonders of fried chicken and waffles at Roscoe’s. After dinner, several of us met with a dealer from Japan for a first crack at pens. So we start going through the pens in the lobby. This is what happens next.
So even arriving at the show, the issue about the 1 pm start was not resolved. The organizer said they would not set-up registration until 1 pm. Fortunately, the ballroom and show area were all set-up for us when I arrived. Thus, we did not have to worry about another party using up part of the ballroom. There was a bit of confusion. I figured that since the room was set-up, people would start early in the morning whether the organizers showed up or not.
I got up early to see whether I was right. I headed down to the ballroom at 7:30 am. I was right.
Registration area is empty
The syndicate planning world domination.
Dayne and Myk
Time to set-up
An was ready to go
Some of An’s stuff
Some rare ephemera for sale and discussion
Some of Dayne’s pens
Edited by AltecGreen, 21 February 2017 - 00:43.