Monday, September 12, 2016

IGMA show - New Jersey 2016

So my whole family went with me to the IGMA show - my mom, my husband, my daughter and my son.  I brought both children because the IGMA show has a terrific children's corner.  My daughter went last year and had the best time, and I thought it would be fun for my 4 year old to shop there independently as well.  (But in the end, he still preferred to stay mostly with me.)

We hit traffic trying to get there, then we got lost, and then my daughter threw up in the car.  So I was quite frazzled by the time we got there.

In any event, as usual, it was a great show and I still managed to do quite a bit of shopping!

Ice cream supplies for my ice cream shop from Wright Guide Miniatures: They have lots of great stuff, and really I need to go check out their website myself.

These great red boots from Precious Little Things
(another website to check out - they are closing shop in December).

A sink from Studebaker miniatures (my daughter bought a rug there): 

1/144 scale furniture from - I also bought a clamp - they sell tools, lumber and supplies:

A red leather book from Marilyn Crockett (she also has beautiful paintings):

This table made by Gideon Wolf from Montana Cedar - bought at Ron Stetkewicz.  He does beautiful brass miniatures (telescopes etc.).  I bought a nautical brass mirror from him at the Karen Aird show two years ago.  He's very nice.  At that show, he told my son not to be embarrassed to be a boy playing with dollhouses.

Artistic Florals also had a table - I bought some plants from her previously, but this is my absolute favorite - these red tulips in a can (I bought the peaches in a jar from Sharon Harbison Miniature Food - my daughter had bought a similar one last year and so they were on my list for this show):

More flowers by Artistic Florals:

And of course I bought a kit - this kit to make a Christmas train display (from Ginger Landon Siegel)  so hopefully around Christmas time, I will be inspired to make this (you will see):

We all also had a great time at the crafting table:  we made Christmas trees, Christmas garlands, cakes and plates - all pictured below:

It persuaded me to buy a plate shaper because it was just so much fun making plates. 
Last year, I sent my daughter to the craft table while I shopped, but when I saw what she made, I regretted not going myself. The chocolate cakes are from this year (Stewart Dollhouse Creations mold) and the vanilla cake with the decorations is from last year.  We left the Christmas trees at my children's dollhouse at Grandma's house, so I don't have any to show unfortunately.   

When we got home and my daughter showed me her purchases, it turned out she had done quite a bit of independent shopping around the whole show (with money I had given her), and not just in the children's corner.  She had purchases from all different sides of the room!  She even made friends with a girl who was sitting under her mother's table watching a movie.  She was very happy.  It made me realize how much she is growing up.


  1. Drooling! I love your finds. My goal is to make it to an IGMA show one day. Your daughter is a "mini me" version of you. That's amazing. So special you could have such an amazing family outing.

    1. Sounds like your daughter is the same! Chase and all the Paw Patrol dogs are very popular in our house, so they would have a very good conversation.

  2. Sounds like your little ones are miniaturists of the future =0)
    Thanks for all the links. I'll window shop on my lunch hour =0)

    1. I hope you enjoyed the shopping! The only problem is that I think that they are trying to take over my Waterside Way dollhouse, and I love that dollhouse.

  3. Ooooohhh Icecream... now I sound like Homer Simpson in my head. But wow, what a nice haul. I seriously love that coffee table. Can't wait to see how you use what you've acquired.

    1. That coffee table is for a witch's cottage - in my head still. But a girl can dream! Or at least buy furniture for it.