Calgary Herald

Tired of home parties? Head to the trade show

- JeNNIfer McDOugAll

Tired of the home shopping party circuit? There’s a new way — trade shows where vendors gather in one place, and shoppers browse the wares.

“Everyone’s time is precious these days,” says Kimberly Gardippie, Norwex consultant and founder of the Calgary Business Women Trade Show. “The show is a great way for ladies to shop under one roof without having to attend or host a home party.”

Gardippie has been putting together events for her fellow business owners to network for the past four years. She started by hosting multiple consultant­s in her home, but quickly moved to a public location with more parking and better access for wheelchair­s and strollers.

This spring’s event will be held April 10 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Marlboroug­h Park Community Associatio­n, 6021 Madigan Dr. N.E.

It will feature at least 33 vendors, including Epicure Selections, Jockey Person to Person, PartyLite and Cakeistry. Members of the public pay $2 at the door, which goes to support Sonshine Community Services.

The trade shows are a great alternativ­e to home parties, says Gardippie, because there is no need for a party host to put out snacks and tidy up their house. Shoppers can stop by the community centre with their friends at a time convenient to them.

Tupperware consultant Wendy McDougall is a regular participan­t at Gardippie’s trade show. In addition to selling at the farmer’s market and at home parties, she says the shows have helped her build up her network — upon which direct selling relies heavily. McDougall has been successful­ly selling the food storage and accessory product line for the past 15 years.

For more informatio­n, go to www.calgarybus­inesswomen.com

 ?? Courtesy, Kimberly Gardippie ?? Kimberly gardippie, Norwex consultant and founder of the Calgary Business Women Trade Show, with Tupperware consultant Wendy McDougall.
Courtesy, Kimberly Gardippie Kimberly gardippie, Norwex consultant and founder of the Calgary Business Women Trade Show, with Tupperware consultant Wendy McDougall.

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