JULY 14-16, 2014
Alexis Park Resort, Las Vegas NV
Sept 30-Oct 2, 2014
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore MD
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In order to attend as a BUYER, you will need atleast 2 of the following pieces of identification:
- STATE Business License
- STATE Sales Tax ID
- STATE Tobacco Resale License
- Business Card
You will also need to present one of the following:
- Drivers License (to show you are 18 or older) OR an Identification card (to show you are 18 or older)
You must be 18 or older to attend. You must have an ID on you at all times for verfication.
If you are a MATERIAL SUPPLIER, MANUFACTURER, DISTRIBUTOR OR OTHER BUSINESS OWNER WITHIN THE INDUSTRY, you are welcome to purchase a 1 DAY VENDOR PASS if you choose to do business to promote for your company within the show. No product or product promotion is permitted within the trade show from a company or individual that does NOT have a vendor pass, exhibitor booth OR sponsorship.
If you are considered PRESS, you MUST contact us within 2 weeks before the trade show to apply for authorization to enter the event. Credentials must be submitted prior to the event for approval. Press that show up on site without pre-authorization will be subject to a short rigorous approval process and absolutely must have credentials with them.
Each vendor is subject to an informal approval process before a booth may be selected. Once you are approved, you will be able to pay and request your booth location.
breaking these rules will get you removed from the show
1. There is NO BOOTH SHARING ALLOWED. One exhibitor per booth.
2. All glass must be American made from start to finish.
3. Your conduct must reflect professionalism and maturity.
4. No public displays of drunkenness, No harassment, No violence.
Shhhhh! A.G.E. is an invite only event. Our attendees have been invited by exhibitors personally or have heard about the show via word of mouth. We are the most exclusive multi purpose trade show within the industry. We're like that trendy club that you need to get on the VIP list for. You absolutely must have credentials in order to be admitted. No public is allowed.
Hi, I'm Ellen. I'm one of the coordinators for the AGE trade show. My husband and business partner is Eric. Together, we are the yin and the yang of AGE. Eric started as a glass manufacturer in LA, and we used to attend the ASD gift show as well as Champs trade show. If you are a smoke shop, headshop, glass gallery, glass artist, glass manufacturer or material supplier, you are welcome to read on. If you are none of these things, you will probably have no interest in the following.
Here is our take on what is going on with trade shows right now.
#1. Why do you think all these new shows are popping up?
They're filling a void and the established shows are letting it happen.
Champs was the only show that we had as an option for headshops and smokeshops since 1999. In late 2006, Champs wasn't listening to the industry on 2 things:
1.their dates were no longer aligning with the ASD gift show, which at the time was about 50 percent of the smoke shop customer base.
2. Possibly Greed. They let in too many importers that were turning around and knocking off production companies AND their booth prices were very high.
Enter AGE. To fill the ASD timeslot void in Vegas, have an American glass geared show and offer affordable pricing.
I started to get too comfortable with the simplicity of our show. I was scared to grow and move to areas outside of Vegas. East Coast stores and exhibitors started to ask us for a show in their area. So, We visited the East Coast in 2008 to scout a new show location. We talked to people for feedback about it, instead of acting. Eric said that we needed to be leaders and should bring a quality show to Colorado. Again, we talked to people about it, instead of acting. So, instead of us expanding and doing what we could have, everyone else expanded and profited.
Enter Great lakes art show in Madison, the Midwest area had a void to fill in their location.
Then IGS in LA, after the great lakes art show owners split, one owner filled a void and went to LA.
Which also resulted in the (then )newly named Glassroots in Madison.
Then Ck Wholesale in LA and New Orleans, other people in the biz had a void That had to be filled
Champs Atlantic City, which filled another void for an area.
Then in Vegas, Champs continued to align with Magic. AGE was still aligning with ASD. This particular year, ASD was too big and didn't have an organized smoking section…. Which left an opening for a non glass, smoking accessories show.
Enter BIG in Vegas filling the import void in the AGE/ASD timeslot.
So, we made the adjustment by moving our dates to be closer with Champs in Vegas.
Exit BIG Vegas.
Now, Here comes the popularity of Colorado that Eric saw coming years ago and yet I didn't listen.
Enter Champs Denver, another void to fill for an area.
Ah yes, and another void to fill for an area:
Enter Glassroots Austin Texas.
Enter BIG Denver, a void of sorts...
Now, after the above all happened, over the coarse of the past 5 years…I had enough. We were still just twice a year in Vegas. Even though Eric had been telling me for years that we needed to do an East Coast show and a Colorado show. Everyone else was allowed to do more shows.
Enter AGE Denver, a void to correct the trade show timeslot after 420 AND because we because vendors were busting at the seams for a glass oriented show in Denver, and they weren't happy with what they were given.
In Canada, the Treating yourself expo had interest but couldn't sustain itself.
Enter Champs Toronto. Unfortunately not a money maker. Exit champs Toronto.
Since so many shows were popping up but none of them in a desirable location really catering to east coast stores, we thought it's time to give them what they've been asking for.
Enter AGE Baltimore, a void for an area
I want you to all take a minute and think about these trade shows I just mentioned. Champs, Magic, ASD and AGE brought you 2 travel times a year, in Vegas. Then you decided to come to Great Lakes art show, IGS Los Angeles, Glassroots Madison, Glassroots Austin, CK LA, CK New Orleans, Champs Atlantic City, Champs Denver, Champs Toronto, BIG Vegas, BIG Denver. You are the ones who decided to leave Vegas. You've fed these other shows and gave them life.
I also want to remind all of you that we started in 2007. We did 2 Vegas shows per year during ASD or Champs. While all these other shows popped up that YOU were going to, we sat back and watched. Instead of you all considering US the leaders by giving you an affordable show that gave back to the community, you took advantage of what we were giving you: simplicity. And YOU went to these other trade shows anyways. And now you're complaining to us? It's 2014. We did our first out of Vegas show just this year! We were the only ones to listen to the stores and exhibitors FOR YEARS. We were the only ones to keep our prices low and stay in one place. But now that Eric has begged and pleaded for us to be on the forefront of this since 2008, now we're playing catch up. And somehow we now look like the “greedy” promoters.
#2. Show coordinator communication.
Newsflash: We all have talked. Each of us. I feel that the conversations, from our point of view, are private and we don't want to compromise the honesty of these conversations. Separately, it doesn't matter what was said. Isn't it obvious that the outcome is where we are currently?
Even if we were to have one big meeting with the people who want nothing but to see us go away, What exactly do you think needs to be said?
Something like: Let's all just put on our shows at the same time, in the same location so that most of us can go out of business and let the best man win? Even if we all agreed that a specific amount of shows a year were perfect for our business needs...
how much time do you think it would take, until a new show pops up in an area that just became legal with 10 new hyped glassblowing studios and 50 new hyped smoke shops or collectives?
There is just no way around the fact that shows are going to happen and that you are probably going to go to them.
We've put on a no-nonsense, quality, affordable show focusing on American Made glass. We don't like to participate in the he said, she said and pity parties. You won't find me venting on facebook or twitter. We give buyers and vendors an affordable trade show, done boutique and exhibit style for everyones needs. If you want to come to the shows, come! If you don't want to come, we wish you luck on your business.
We're here to promote ourselves, all of us are. We all have families and bills. You don't see (insert any veteran artist name here) sitting around talking about why other artists are making skulls and that the industry is flooded with skull designs. That artist is not buying up all the artists skulls so that the only ones left are his. The point of that is that the big fish can't just swim around and eat the little fish. The little fish have jobs to do and baby fish too. Stores deal with their competition every day. Production companies, artists, material suppliers, etc. they deal with their competition each day. These shows just have to run their course. If people only want 2 shows a year, I want to see them act on it. Because show attendees haven't supported that “business model” since 2009.
Everything we've ever done, we've done for this community and industry. You want charity and donation appeal? We've been functioning as a non profit show since we began and then even became a non profit 4 years ago. We've donated to 6 different charities since 2007, each and every show. you want demos and live glassblowing? We've given you marcel braun, JP toro, joe peters, Zii, dwreck, eusheen, darby, buck, laceface and tons more. you want seminars and education? Last ones we did were in 2012, time for some more fresh topics. You want a flameoff where you can make money? You got us there. We'll leave that to the big sponsors one day. You want the community to come together and unite? We have the only award show to celebrate glass and other smoke shop related products. You want affordable shows to exhibit in? we are the most affordable show there is in the industry, pound for pound. $1000 for a 10x10 booth and NO LOADIN/LOAD OUT fees. You want a variety of glass to shop from as a buyer? We spend countless hours finding new fresh faces to exhibit at our shows. Ask the buyers, they find glass at our shows that they've never seen and will never see anywhere else. You want a trade show that listens to what you want, what you need and knows what is going on in this industry? We've lived and breathed only this community for over a decade, from each side of it. You want industry support? We didn't even take sponsor money until 2012. That's 5 years of us spending our own money on the show that we weren't profiting on. Blood, Sweat and Tears have gone into our trade show and we always need improvement in different areas at each show. The industry is changing drastically, monthly now. We are trying to keep up and stay ahead so that we can bring stores and vendors good quality shows. That's what we're going to continue to do.
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