Vintage Bluebird at Pulse London
This Sunday Neil and Gillian from Vintage Bluebird will be making their annual pilgrimage to Pulse at Earls Court London. This will be the second time we have visited the show and so much has changed in the intervening year. The shop has moved to its new home in Ashbourne, the handmade lampshades and personalised bunting service (in-house only at present) has started taking off and the website continues to grow. Our visit to the show is to decide which suppliers we are going to work with as we will be adding jewellery to our offering in the next few weeks.
Pulse is the summer’s largest design focused retail gift and lifestyle show and the only one that takes place in London. There are nearly 500 wholesale suppliers broadly covering gifts, home wares, fashion accessories and wellbeing. There is a further part of the show called launch pad where exhibitors showcase new and innovative products. We love this show because you tend to get the smaller and independent suppliers showcasing their wares. The show also gives us the opportunity to broaden our offering ahead of the summer season.
The organisers of Pulse anticipate upwards of 7,000 visitors this year making the show a key opportunity for many suppliers to meet with the retailers. The show is also a bellwether for sentiment within our sector of the economy. Both fellow traders and exhibitors alike giving strong indications of what the current climate is like and whether prevailing sentiment is positive or otherwise.
So all being well we will have a fantastic offering of jewellery for our customers by the end of the day on Sunday. Buying at shows really is one of the pleasures of running a retail outlet like Vintage Bluebird because when all is said and done we are all really buyers at heart.