This was a great show, simple as that. Obviously, I could ramble about all the beautiful pens and inks and paper and all the wonderful people, but first, a few interesting things:
What makes a show a lot of fun is not only a great location with lots of good food, but also great people. I met quite a few wonderful pen friends who I had interacted with online, and others who I had never spoken with before. I felt so honored to have my picture taken with other pen lovers, and to meet some of the greats in the pen world. It was a warm, welcoming atmosphere that made me feel like I was part of a community. The amount of knowledge swirling around is astounding. I was in awe many times, listening to vendors talk to other pen lovers and collectors, and vice versa.
Three days, long hours. That means plenty of time to browse, explore, interact, and no stress to buy anything immediately because you only have a five hour window before the show is over (hello, Tilburg). Three days is exhausting for the vendors, but I hope it was fruitful. It was so nice to be able to browse leisurely, and not feel rushed. I could try pens, look at all sorts of pens I didn't even know existed, and chat with so many people.
The entry was fee was affordable: € 3,00 per day or a three day pass: € 5,00. Better yet, you could bring in an invitation and entry was free. They even provided a fan (useful because it was quite warm) and an eraser! If you're thinking about attending, I give it two thumbs up. There's plenty to enjoy, even if you don't want to buy anything!
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Don't judge. Not all are mine.
Top to bottom: Omas Magnum 360, Montblanc 244G Tiger Stripe, Waterman English, Mabie Todd Swan SF1, Omas Paragon, Waterman 7 Red, Omas CS, Leroy Fairchild Gold x Abalone Dip Nib, Classic Pens LM1, Stipula Etruria Magnifica.