Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Casual Labor at the New Age Trade Show

So as I was saying, I briefly visited the INATS West show yesterday, in the capacity of day labor to help the Zells take down their booth on its last afternoon.

(You sit on the curb in front of the liquor store until a guy wearing a wizard's hat and driving a van with California plates comes along and says, "Hey, want to eat at an Ethiopian restaurant?")

The "Street of the Idol-Makers" was shorter than last year's version, due partly to Sacred Source now being owned by the same people as Maxine Miller Studios, or so I'm told.

The emphatically Pagan switch plate on the right was at Dryad Design's booth. Paul Borda has also designed a Green Man version, where the switch forms his tongue.

And suddenly it's all over. Dropped steel pipes from someone's exhibit frame ring like tolling bells. Castles, temples, and crystal caves lined up in rows collapse into bags and shrink-wrapped pallets. The 4-Wheel Parts Truck Fest needs to set up next.



Blogger Yvonne said...

Love the Pagan light-switch! A pity that the actual switch isn't more - uh - in keeping with the rest of the artwork, though.

2:42 AM  
Blogger Marla R said...

I have that light switch. I love it. Always get a kick out of it.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

find it a bit obscene. anyways todays booths dont need pipe. you could buy a popup frame from www.portabledisplaysystems.com that just folds into place.

12:08 AM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

Irene, evidently not all trade-show exhibitors have taken your advice and gotten rid of their metal pipes.

Is the apostrophe key on your computer broken? Fortunately, new keyboards are not expensive.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Lonnie said...


Where did you hear that about sacred source? As far as I know it's currently owned by Pete and Liana who've had it for a number of years now. It's a local business here in the Charlottescille area that was started by Freeman to provide a living wage to crafts people in India. When it was sold, that continued to be part of the mission of the company.

If you've heard anything different, then I think local pagans would be very interested to know!


11:55 AM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...


I heard it at INATS, where the booth number listed for Sacred Source was, in fact, the Maxine Miller Designs booth.

And you will see her stuff on the Sacred Source website too. The mention of "huge close-outs" might signify changes too!

I'm aware of the history of JBL Images/Sacred Source, yes. But the word was that Peter Stone/Maxine Miller had bought it.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Lonnie said...

Yikes. That's sad news. I hope they at least keep their mission of providing living wages intact. I also hope we haven't completely lost them as a local business.

They've been an important part of the community for many years and it'd be a shame to see them go. Odd to hear local news from so far away!

Thanks for the info.


12:36 PM  

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