To Market, to Market

Much time, thought, planning, investment, hope, and preparation – plus significant quantities of Velcro and the odd swear word – went into the modestly proportioned stand at our first ever trade fair recently. Progressive Greetings Live at London’s Business Design Centre was a real buzz and a great learning experience. We made delightful contacts and now we are busy following up some exciting opportunities. And designing more new cards, of course. Enquiries are welcomed from card retailers looking for something a little different from the mainstream trends.

PGL 19 Stand

 

National Stationery Week

Apparently, this has been designated National Stationery Week. Some of us delight secretly in notebooks, pencils, and – deepest joy – fine liner pens 52 weeks of the year. This week we celebrate officially the joys of paper and writing on it.

Here in the UK letter-writing may have fallen into a steep decline, but we still send greeting cards. Who doesn’t love receiving a hand-written message from someone special? And why wait for a significant occasion? Sometimes it means more to get in touch “just because”.

FArt 012- Henri Degas and his Niece Lucie Degas
Detail from “Henri Degas and His Niece Lucie Degas” – Edgar Degas

Click on the image above to link to our Etsy shop.

Progressive Greetings Live

We are genuinely excited – and rather nervous! – to be launching 2Fs officially at Progressive Greetings Live 2019, on June 4 & 5 2019. Held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, PG Live is the world’s only trade fair dedicated to greeting cards. 2Fs will be displaying brand new designs and cheery smiles ready to greet all comers on Stand 730 in the Springboard section for new publishers. Retailers may book their free tickets to the show by clicking on the logo below.
PG Live Logo

Cutting the Ribbon

Having spent most of our time to date working with pens and pencils, getting to grips with websites and online shops and the WORLD WIDE WEB (gosh, that sounds big!) has been a bit of a shock to the system. We’re getting there though, and as the website is beginning to take shape so too is the listings page of our Etsy Shop. Most of our designs are available there now, so if you’re looking to buy individual cards rather than trade quantities, Etsy’s the place to go. We will be adding more designs regularly, so watch this space!

shop front

First Steps

Early days here at 2Fs, and most of our time to date has been spent doing all the fun design stuff. It can’t all be crayons and cake though, so we’ve also been out doing a little bit of market research too, so we’re ready to hit the ground running in 2019. Feedback so far has been very encouraging and we’ve even made a few sales direct to keen customers along the way. We took our show on the road for the first time to a Christmas Fair at the Beacon Academy in Crowborough, where the featured image for this first proper news post was taken. I’m much happier with pens, paper and brushes than with a camera, but it can’t all be crayons and cake now, can it?

 

display wide fix