FioreCakes Posted 19 Jul 2013 , 2:27am
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Hello everyone!

 

I've been lurking awhile and this is my first post, after searching for the answer in the previous threads of course. Anyway I am only about 4 months into decorating and I love it and can see myself having a legal business someday! First I want to build up my talent and supplies. I also happen to live in Lexington where the ICES convention is being held in a month! Lucky me! But whoa its pricey!! My question to all of you is, if you have been to the convention, is it worth the $50 to get into the vendor room for a day? Will several vendors have their products on display/let me try them? Thanks for your feedback! 

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ibmoser Posted 19 Jul 2013 , 8:43pm
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Yes!!!  It is worth every penny.  There will be dozens and dozens of vendors with all the latest and greatest.  There are free demos at most of the larger vendors.  There are great buys to be had on some products, too.  Wish I were closer - ICES convention is Caker's Heaven.  Take as much money as your budget will allow.  Rent out a couple of kids or siblings for a week-end for extra funds if you have to..... 

FioreCakes Posted 19 Jul 2013 , 9:08pm
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Thanks for the feedback ibmoser!! Do you remember if most take credit cards? or should I just have all cash to spend? 

KatieKake Posted 19 Jul 2013 , 9:52pm
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I have always used cash, don't know about credit cards.  If by any chance you can still sign up for the convention, even if it is costly, it is worth it, the demos, probably cost $8.00 each, are well worth it.  On Thursday night, at least last year and in other years when I attended, they have a vendors showcase, where the vendor are showing their newest product, a great time. Try to figure out what you would like to purchase while at the convention, by checking our the various vendors sites on line,  prices are frequently less then normal.  Take at least twice the amount of money you think  you want to spend, three times even better, because you are going to find so many things, you don't really need, but can't live without.

 

If you actually go to the convention, you will be able to meet other decorators, they have a first timers meeting, that will introduce you to other first timers, they will tell you about the convention, you will get a hospitality bag, when you sign in, or a ticket that you can exchange for the bag, with  some free samples, of different product, information about various products. Lots of goodies.

 

If you can't go to the convention, then yes the $50.00 is well spent, but there is no way you can really see everything in just one visit to the vendors room. 

ibmoser Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 12:43am
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Most will take credit cards, but cash always works.   Like KatieKake said, the convention is well worth the registration fee if it is within your budget.   Lots and lots of different techniques are presented in the paid demos, and you'll have access to the vendors before the one-day pass available to the public.   Have you visited the ICES convention web site?  Vendors are listed there along with the classes and demos.

 

http://icesconvention.org/Welcome.html

icer101 Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 12:47am
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I will miss it this year for the first time in 14 yrs. I LOVE GOING TO ICES!!!! It is worth all the money it cost me.lol!!! I learn a little something new each time and take it home with me. Have a wonderful time if you go. Cash and credit. I don,t mind using either one.

cupadeecakes Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 1:18am
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I am driving up to KY for this year's ICES, but due to scheduling, I will only get to visit the vendor room on Sunday.  I went up for a day trip also 2 years ago and had a blast!  I spent all the cash I brought with me, and then pulled out the plastic.  They have some of the neatest stuff I have ever seen, and some super great deals on stuff you know and love.
 

FioreCakes Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 2:29am
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Well it's official! You all have convinced me to go! I will only be able to do the one day pass though due to funds and I work during the other days! Now I am excited! Thank you so much for all of the feedback! 

PastryChefAnnie Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 3:16am
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AI hope to see you there, FioreCakes! I'll only be able to go on Sunday as well. I'm so excited that it's so close to us!

kikiandkyle Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 3:45am

AI was hoping to go but we moved and it's too far now :'(

DeliciousDesserts Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 11:46am

ACan't afford the whole convention (would've been my first). We are driving from Charleston to tour the vendor room.

I so want to go. Still, I keep trying to talk myself out of such a long drive with a 2 year old. Ha ha I refused to drive 8 hours to Disney with him but I'll trek him to Ky for ICES!!!

Btw...we did go to Disney. We used miles to buy plane tickets.

LisaBerczel Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 5:01pm

This will be my 5th ICES in the Vendor Room as the Grex Airbrush distributor.... and I can say that the Vendor Room has lots of ongoing booth demos by a wide variety of Professional Artists. Some have hand-on. Some have taste testing....  It's a great way to see new trends and ask questions.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 5:10pm

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This will be my 5th ICES in the Vendor Room as the Grex Airbrush distributor.... and I can say that the Vendor Room has lots of ongoing booth demos by a wide variety of Professional Artists. Some have hand-on. Some have taste testing....  It's a great way to see new trends and ask questions.

Awesome!

Really wish is known about geez before I purchased mine. It works fine, & I don't use it very often, but I would have chosen differently.

FioreCakes Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 7:31pm
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This will be my 5th ICES in the Vendor Room as the Grex Airbrush distributor.... and I can say that the Vendor Room has lots of ongoing booth demos by a wide variety of Professional Artists. Some have hand-on. Some have taste testing....  It's a great way to see new trends and ask questions.

 

 

Oh wow! an airbrush is actually at the top of my list to purchase right now! I will be sure to stop by Grex!

JanDunlevy Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 9:11pm

AWorth every penny no matter what level you can afford! Attend all that you can. Can't wait to get there. There are vendors that do not take credit cards. I did find they would take a check though. Wouldn't miss it! I've only. Been decorating for a little over a year and the knowledge under one roof at ICES is priceless.

bostonterrierlady Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 10:19pm

I wish it would come out west again.  All these places are so far from me.  I am in Idaho.  Went to Nashville with my husband to a conference a few weeks ago.  Took a couple of classes at Sweetwise.  Maybe some year.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 11:14pm

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2014 New Mexico 2015 Nebeaska

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Annabakescakes Posted 20 Jul 2013 , 11:19pm

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Uh, oh! I better go this year, then, since Lexington is just about 100 miles from me!

Anybody want to rent space in my kids' room? I will have 4 free beds, I'll just send them to grandmas! lol We'll carpool in my 7 passenger van, and I'll cook, that way, I can afford to go! ;-D

DeliciousDesserts Posted 21 Jul 2013 , 12:25am

AAnna, you must meet me there!

Elcee Posted 21 Jul 2013 , 12:27am
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I might be able to squeak in a day in the vendor room in Albuquerque in 2014. Problem is, I have most of the summer off from my day job, but go back to work the last week in July. Um, yeah, I know I just had 6 weeks off, by I need 2 days now to go to a cake convention. Not really gonna fly. Albuquerque is about a 5 hour drive for me. I could leave when I get off work on Friday, arrive late, shop Saturday, drive home Sunday. **shhh.gif OR I could make an appointment to get my teeth cleaned first thing Friday morning and take a "documented" day!

 

We also on get 5 "undocumented" leave days per school year. I take 2 days off for my cake show every year so that leaves only 3 days for an emergency that doesn't require a doctor or dentist. One bad cold, one broken furnace, one car breakdown, and then I'm screwed. Oh, the trials and tribulations! icon_lol.gif

Annabakescakes Posted 21 Jul 2013 , 5:12am

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Anna, you must meet me there!

Are you doing the 1 day thing? For $50? I just looked at the website and it says I could've saved like $120 if I registered 2 months ago, so I probably won't do the whole $315 thing.

Can you do a 1 day pass 2 days in a row? I really have no idea what is going on!

DeliciousDesserts Posted 21 Jul 2013 , 1:09pm

AYes! Not sure if just one day or two. Depends on how many cakes I sell.

keepingitreal21 Posted 21 Jul 2013 , 4:41pm

Wahhhicon_cry.gif I want to go! I've never been. Guess I'll be waiting until next year. I really can't afford it. Oh well. It will be a nice little mommy vacay get away.

sixinarow Posted 21 Jul 2013 , 6:09pm

AAw, man, I wanna go!! Lexington and New Mexico are too far, but I'm eyeing 2015 in Omaha -- might just work!! Give us details if you go!!!

Annabakescakes Posted 21 Jul 2013 , 6:14pm

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Yes! Not sure if just one day or two. Depends on how many cakes I sell.

I'll totally meet you! I do have like 3-4 cakes that week, so there is no way I could sooner than Saturday. I may even have to borrow a car, and leave my van for hubby to deliver in.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 22 Jul 2013 , 12:02am

AOur plan is to go Saturday. Sending you phone number in PM.

Ha ha it's on my website but seems weird to post here.

Annabakescakes Posted 22 Jul 2013 , 4:41am

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Our plan is to go Saturday. Sending you phone number in PM.

Ha ha it's on my website but seems weird to post here.

I sent mine in return, as well. Are you bringing your 2 year old? I saw that kids still have to have a ticket, even if they are "babes in arms"... I would hate to pay $50 for a toddler! I suppose that is to discourage people from bringing their kids ;-) I have 4, so I will most likely come alone, maybe bring the DH, if we can work it out.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 22 Jul 2013 , 11:45am

AWhat?! Wow! We had planned on bringing him. He's never been left with a sitter. More importantly, he knows not to touch cake stuff and responds well to "no hands." The plan was to kind of switch of with him.

Ugh. Now have to rethink the whole thing.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 22 Jul 2013 , 11:50am

AOk, just re-read the registration page. Where did you see this?

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