- “The venue was great
and the day of the week and time of year worked perfectly. The organization was fabulous
. Well done.”
- “There was a very good variety of items and vendors. I also had a good time talking to many of the attendees. It was for me an excellent introduction to pen shows.”
- “I would say [the show] was the best ever and I have taken part in every pen show that has ever happened in Toronto. Nothing comes close to what you have achieved
- “It was so good to see familiar faces behind the tables and the smiling faces of the attendees. I think we all made a lot of people happy
And in one day, it’s all done.
9:50 a.m. Ready and waiting.
The first Scriptus pen & writing show took off at a run, with people lined up outside the Toronto Reference Library well before the 10:00 a.m. start time. There were a few last-minute exhibitor cancellations, but we were able to call in a few last-minute waiting list replacements, and all of the tables were filled and set up by opening time, when people started flooding in.
Crowds were consistently solid up until the last hour or so, and our visitors represented a wide range of people and interests. The repair table was busy all day, and many people simply took a number and spent time enjoying the various exhibitors’ tables until their turn came up for repairs. A number of show attenders also made arrangements for impromptu meet-ups out in the library, sharing their new-found treasures with friends and online acquaintances.
10:30 a.m. A full house on a sunny morning.
Our volunteers were willing, able, and capable. The front desk was constantly attended, and fielded both general questions and raffle sales.
The ink sample table was also a great success, and was able to introduce a number of people to all sorts of new colours and ink-types, including the much-anticipated powdered inks. Tomoe River paper samplers were very popular, and will undoubtedly result in skyrocketing addiction rates!
Sean makes a mess. Over, and over, and over
The raffle was very popular, and sales were strong enough to guarantee a show for next year. We will be announcing the winners in the next few days, as well as arrangements for them to pick up their prizes.
All of the exhibitors reported that people were thrilled to be in attendance, and that the venue was an excellent one. Many appreciated the opportunity to meet their customers face-to-face, with a number coming from other provinces and from the U.S. to enjoy the show. Sales were very strong, and it was a joy to see how happy people were to find pens they had hoped for, observe dozens of gleefully ink-stained hands, and see people able to instantly start writing with pen & ink, and on paper, that they had just discovered that day. By our estimates we saw some 1,200 people visit over the course of six hours, many of whom spent a few hours with us.
With Scriptus 2014 such a roaring success, we can confidently say that a show in 2015 will happen. As we confirm specific details we will, of course, let you know.
No rest for the wicked!