Cake Show A Mild Disappointment

Lounge By BatterUpCake Updated 21 Oct 2013 , 12:21am by Norasmom

BatterUpCake Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 12:36pm
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The Great American Cake Show in Westminister Md was 1/2 the size of last year. Tis is my frst year as a vendor but that is what everyone is saying. Wilton backed out, IcingImages didn't show and another vendor as well.

 

The Tidewater Va's show was cancelled this year due to low participation.

 

What's going on?

 

All in all I am satisfied. I sold a couple of cake stands and had a lot of interest. ANd the fees were low. I just hope this is not a trend.

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-K8memphis Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 12:53pm
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i think it's just plain economics.

 

even though 'they' say the economy is getting better, do you really think it is? i think it's just that we are all trying to live smarter and more efficiently--and cake shows are an extravagance imo--

 

and wilton, etc. goes where the bucks will flow and that simply verifies that they're not making the money on the cake shows--so  imo 'they' are flat wrong about the economy--case in point here is the random cake show plus other conventions are smaller where companies are realizing there's not enough return for their investment.

 

i'm glad that even though it was a partly cloudy cake show you found a few rays of sunshine.

BatterUpCake Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 2:07pm
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AI think the economy stinks! I have seen no signs of improvement. I'm sure that's what it is. Just hoping for more. Annondale(sp?) will be better

-K8memphis Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 2:23pm
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Originally Posted by BatterUpCake 

I think the economy stinks! I have seen no signs of improvement.
 
 

  for real!!!! i go cross-eyed when i hear people say how much better it's getting--srsly?

 

on which planet?

 

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but yeah we keep going as strong as we can too -- good for you!

remnant3333 Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 3:54pm
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I agree that the economy is getting worse, not better!!! Most big time companies have moved to China or overseas and nothing has been done to bring them back to create new jobs for people in the USA!!!  I guess it is the American way as far as the big time companies are concerned because they now have slave labor and more profit for them!!! 

 

On another note, batterupcakes, your cake stands are so neat!!! I feel that you will sell a lot of them because they are really cute!!! Hopefully, the next cake show that you go to will be better!!! We have to keep thinking positive and keep having the faith!!!! Christmas will soon be here and maybe some of the people at the cake show will end up ordering your cake plates for people!!! I think your business will pick up soon!!!!

BatterUpCake Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 4:31pm
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AThank u. You are so right about the big corporations. That is why I vowed thru the holiday season to only got shop and eat at locally owned businesses

OMIGOODNESS! Collette Peters just stopped by and she LOVES my stands! She recommended I send pictures to Martha Stwart mag and use her name...

-K8memphis Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 4:39pm
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OMIGOODNESS! Collette Peters just stopped by and she LOVES my stands! She recommended I send pictures to Martha Stwart mag and use her name...

 

GET OUTA HERE! OMG!

 

 

(that made my arms tingle)

 

you go, girl!

 

can i buy some stock in your company real quick :lol:

BatterUpCake Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 4:43pm
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AYes and she is said she would be in contact with me.

BatterUpCake Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 4:47pm
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AAnd she sought out ME!! Someone told her she had to come see them!

cheeseball Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 4:50pm
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis 
 

 

GET OUTA HERE! OMG!

 

 

(that made my arms tingle)

 

you go, girl!

 

can i buy some stock in your company real quick :lol:

Yeah, me too:wink:.  Get ready for the boom!;-D 

BrandisBaked Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 4:52pm
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AWoo hoo! I love Colette. She's a doll.

BatterUpCake Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 5:00pm
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AVery sweet lady

jason_kraft Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 5:01pm
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AThe economy is getting better as a whole, annual US GDP growth is back up to ~2% after the 2005-2009 recession. Of course this doesn't mean that every single sector of the economy is improving, but companies that are adapting to the new reality of globalization are doing quite well (leveraging the strengths of different countries such as manufacturing in China and IP creation in the US).

GDP growth by year: http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&ctype=l&strail=false&bcs=d&nselm=h&met_y=ny_gdp_mktp_kd_zg&scale_y=lin&ind_y=false&rdim=region&idim=country:USA&ifdim=region&tstart=1066633200000&tend=1350716400000&hl=en&dl=en&ind=false

I'm not surprised attendance at cake shows is dropping, the availability of online resources means there is less of a reason to go to a cake show in person, and large vendors like Wilton are getting a higher ROI focusing on online marketing instead of sending reps to all but the largest markets.

BatterUpCake Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 5:09pm
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AJason stop peeing on my parade.

jason_kraft Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 5:18pm
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AJust providing an alternative explanation for the drop in attendance at the cake show. In your case you would benefit from being there in person due to the nature of your product, and since attendance is not likely to pick up in the future you can use this information as leverage to negotiate lower fees next time.

You're welcome. :D

BatterUpCake Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 5:28pm
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ADana the winner from season 1of Next Great Baker wants me to custom make him one in cherry

BatterUpCake Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 5:31pm
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ADana Herbert seal. 1 winner wants a custom made cherry stand!!

JWinslow Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 5:39pm
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Congratulations Batterup!  Crappy economy or not, you are making some good connections!

IowaBaker Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 5:49pm
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That's terrific and you deserve it! Your stands are beautiful and well made.

 

I also admire your turntables on your website. I think you could charge more for the low ones.

BatterUpCake Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 5:50pm
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AJeanne can I use your pics to send in? Can't wait to see your next!

JWinslow Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 6:17pm
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Originally Posted by BatterUpCake 

Jeanne can I use your pics to send in? Can't wait to see your next!


You mean the black cake - Sure.  That's all I have right now.  Consider not using all of my quote on you site - it's a little cheezy

BatterUpCake Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 6:36pm
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AYeah that one and whatever you do with one of the othe stands

kikiandkyle Posted 20 Oct 2013 , 11:18pm
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That's so great, who cares if attendance was low when you got this kind of attention! 

 

I think it's true that the economy is picking up in part because people are being less extravagant with their spending. Which sucks in part for those selling what is essentially a luxury item of course :sad:

BatterUpCake Posted 21 Oct 2013 , 12:06am
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AJust reread other post. Dana Herbert season 1 winner of The Next Great Baker....

morganchampagne Posted 21 Oct 2013 , 12:11am
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Original message sent by BatterUpCake

Thank u. You are so right about the big corporations. That is why I vowed thru the holiday season to only got shop and eat at locally owned businesses

OMIGOODNESS! Collette Peters just stopped by and she LOVES my stands! She recommended I send pictures to Martha Stwart mag and use her name...

Omg!!!!!!!!!!! How exciting for you!!!

Norasmom Posted 21 Oct 2013 , 12:21am
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That's awesome!

 I am spending less, not due to the economy, but due to the fact I am a SAHM.  It's very difficult!  

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