G (like last year) drove in with her mom, Linnea, the gowns, and other smaller supplies we would need to decorate our booth. If you didn't see her Instagram post of the packed car, here it is. I, on the other hand, was coming from the Groton/New London area, so I took the train. Our plan was to arrive Thursday before the show started so that we could use that first day to run around Manhattan getting the last few things we needed, as well as, drop off our stuff for the booth at Pier 94. Since I got in a couple of hours earlier than G, I did some erranding on my own...and some sightseeing along the way. I mean, it's not every day I'm in NYC. As our meeting time at The Piers was drawing near, I headed back to Penn Station to get the bags I'd checked while I ran around.
Friday was prep day 2. We got up early to find a parking space for the car and then get straight to setting up our booth. Five hours later, dresses were steamed, marketing materials were in place, and our mini-boutique was ready for buyers. Late in the afternoon we had an appointment with a fabric rep to look at all things pretty and sparkly for our 2018 collection; so, off we three went. By the time we were done, all we wanted to do was head back up to Washington Heights. We headed for the subway with a tiny detour through Time Square.
Saturday was the first day of market at The Piers. And boy, did it start with some excitement even before we got downtown. We had an unexpected guest staying with us: Mr. Mousie Bro.
Don't worry, we let him go outside. I did dance and squeal as he ran past me to make his escape. We'll miss you Mousie Bro! ...maybe.
Bridal market was open from 9am - 6pm except for Monday, which ended an hour earlier. Those were some long days on our feet. Thank goodness for ibuprofen and our friendors (aka friends that are vendors).
After drinks, the EÉ party headed to Guantanamera for some scrum-diddly-umptious Cuban food and entertainment! As the food coma set in, we headed back up to our place.
Monday at 5 pm was bittersweet. This year was another great learning and networking experience, but at the same time, it was a year's worth of work over and done in the blink of an eye. BUT, boy were our feet happy it was over! By 6 pm, the EÉ dream team got the booth broken down and the car packed. BOOM!
We said our goodbyes since my husband and I were headed to Penn Station for the train ride home while G and Linnea started the drive back to Chicago. We won't be seeing NYC again for another year, but who knows where EÉ will go in the meantime. London, maybe? What I do know is that this Navy wife is gearing up for another move in less than two weeks.
See you next October, NYC!