Surviving the National Stationery Show

Today we are sharing a guest post from Stationery Academy alumni and speaker, Rachel Shingleton of Pencil Shavings Studio. Rachel shared 7 tips on the best way to walk the National Stationery Show after she attended last year. We thought it would be helpful for many of you attending for the first time to feel better prepared when you head to New York in a few weeks. Don't forget to stop by the Stationery Academy booth! We'll be in booth #2628 and we'd love to catch up with old friends and get to know new ones. Without further adieu, here's Rachel and her tips and images front he 2013 show: 

Ok, so forgive my over-enthusiasm about the National Stationery Show, but keep in mind, I was a total newbie at NSS. As a first-time attendee, I found it to be wildly overwhelming and more than a little intimidating.

Why go to NSS? Well, for me, I wanted to walk the show (this is market-speak for wandering up and down the aisles gawking at all the wares without being an exhibitor yourself) to get a feel for what the show was really all about. In the back of my mind, I’m thinking, “Is this something that Pencil Shavings Studio needs to be a part of?”  Short answer:

No. At least, at this time I don’t think so. But more on that later. However! I think I could see a future for me at Surtex. But I’m getting ahead of myself.


When you walk in, you are besieged by all the paper goods your little paper-lovin’ heart can imagine. All your favorite designers are there. Your heart starts to pound because you’re recognizing The Greats —Russell & HazelMara MiSugar Paper — it’s like you’re a rabid fan and you’ve just seen your idol. It’s kinda muggy in the building, you start to sweat —  and there’s a bazillion people everywhere. Where are my smellin’ salts? (imagine I said that in my best Gone with the Wind accent). I found myself walking up and down the aisles in a stupor. It was SO MUCH TO PROCESS. And increasingly as I made my way, I found myself shrinking a little bit inside. Time for a break!

So here’s my guide to surviving – and getting the most out of the experience. You can read all of Rachel's tips on Surviving NSS here.

Are you walking the show floor for the first time? An experienced attendee? Share your thoughts below.