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  1. Paul Y

    I had been looking forward to this show for months, but it turned out that I wasn’t able to go so I was a little bummed out. I had a feeling that the show would be a big success. I’m glad you took pictures; it’s nice to see those crowds. Now, I’m cheered to know that there will be a show next year.

    Your Mabie Todd looks to be in a very nice shiny condition for a vintage pen. Yes, the ink does seem to go well with the pen.

    • What a shame that you missed out, but I think next year will be even bigger and better! I’ll hope to bump into you next year ๐Ÿ™‚

      The Iroshizuku Shin Kai is a beautiful ink for a flex pen! Amazing shading!

  2. Sash

    It was a good show, but I found the crowds a bit much. I had hopes of buying something different but ended up buying nothing. Maybe next year.

    • I know the feeling! We actually thought we would beat the crowds, but when we got there, the whole venue was full. It was a little difficult to really spend time looking at or trying out the pens, and I only got mine at the very end! I think with such a great turn-out this year, the organizers may consider a larger space for next year, or maybe even a two-day show!

      • Sash

        I found the crowds to be somewhat overwhelming (about the same type of feeling that I get when I go in the Eaton Centre in December); not something I had expected for a show of that type. There were times when I could not see the pens because so many people were crowded around the vendors’ tables. I had looked forward to the show for quite some time and then after about 15 minutes, I had had enough and I left. A two-day show would be great (or a bigger venue) and if you have any input into that, it would be appreciated by many, I’m sure.

        • Yes, definitely – sometimes there can be a bit of pressure to look at the pens even when you get to the front of the table because you know there are people behind you!

          I certainly have no influence (haha!) but I will pass on the sentiment to one of the show’s organizers for next year – we bumped into quite a few people that said they were having a hard time with all the crowds ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Sash

            Oh, thank you — I’m glad I wasn’t the only one feeling that way. As I was leaving, I was a bit upset with myself for not being able to cope. But the truth is, I just don’t do well with crowds. And given that the objects are small, all it takes is for three or four people to block the view. Of course, people need to take their time in examining the goods, and I noticed some people were able to dip the pens and test them. That takes extra time, and when making a purchase (especially if it’s an expensive vintage pen), people need that time to make their decision carefully. From what I’m hearing, it was crowded all day, even from the start of the show.

          • Yes, it was definitely crowded first thing in the morning when it opened at 10:00, and I got there around 10:15!
            Running a pen shop, I can certainly say first hand that you do need to take your time to look and browse and try out pens sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

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