July 21, 2015

Shopping Atlanta And The Haven Conference

I'm back and I had so much fun shopping Atlanta and attending the Haven Conference!

I flew up from Orlando on Tuesday with Sherry from No Minimalist Here (The perfect travel companion).   Since the Haven Conference did not start until Thursday afternoon we got our shopping on. 

First stop was the Ballard outlet

Then on to the downtown historic district of a little town called Roswell...Not the alien town, that's Roswell New Mexico!  Loaded with gift and antique stores.

....Time for lunch at a wonderful French restaurant called Roswell Provisions

The best quiche I've ever had 

Then Thursday morning we shopped a cool vintage decorator store called Kudzu & Company

Then on To the Haven Conference on Thursday afternoon

We checked in at the Grand Hyatt and then met all of the bloggers at a meet and greet in the gardens

Complete with drinks and appetizers...The conference included just about all of our meals...Breakfasts, snacks, lunches and evening get togethers with heavy appetizers.  Ryobi even sponsored a full coffee bar for the entirety of the conference.....YUM

The days were jam packed with sessions of your choosing 

Modern Masters painting class

Here's a list of the sessions I attended

How to make Facebook work for you
Learn from Modern Masters
Ad revenue
Power and Profit of branding your blog
An inbox of opportunity-Newsletters
Making money with affiliates
Google analytics

There was also sessions on photography, videos, woodworking, treasure hunting, instagraming, and Many more.

Before and after the sessions I visited all of the amazing vendors booths showing the latest in everything ranging from floor coverings, to new paints, counter tops, tools and furniture.

Along the way I picked up all of the samples and gifts that each sponsor and vendor generously gave away at their booths or in the swag bags.  This is just a sampling and more gifts and samples are coming in the mail! 

I came home with one HUGE suitcase filled with gifts and all sorts of goodies I can't wait to try

Saturday there was an inspirational closing session where even more gifts were given away in a drawing.....I didn't win

The conference ended Saturday night with bloggers kicking up their heals at the dance party.

This was a fun and informative conference.  It was run like a well oiled machine and the attention to detail was phenomenal!  I learned so much and enjoyed meeting and mingling with like mined people and connecting with companies that support and understand the value of bloggers.   

I know you would enjoy attending.   This is an annual conference for seasoned and newbie bloggers alike.

Since there are no secrets at The Polka Dot Closet here is the price breakdown (just the Haven portion, not the pre-trip) in case you want to save your pennies for next years Haven Conference.

$300 Conference fee
$250 Airfare...Save if you drive
$498 Hotel room....Save by sharing a room
$25 food not included in conference........
......The whole experience...PRICELESS!

Happy Creating




Lots of giveaways to try! Lots of FUN. Thanks for sharing and breaking down the cost, which seems to be a good deal.

Heart Vintage Design said...

Way cool Carol. I think I'd like to go next year. How can I get hooked up? xoxo

Melodee said...

eeeks! how fun! wow, can't believe all of your goodies :) sounds like you had a blast!!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

It's great that you could attend the conference and had so much fun, Carol. Your shopping spree sounds wonderful too.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fabulous experience! You'll always be glad you went! Hugs, Diane

Ros Crawford said...

Wow! It's sunds amazing!!! And I can't believe those goodies!! I know you're going to have fun using them! TFS!!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I always wanted to attend a get together like that however seems like I don't want to let go of the money to attend
I seen some goodies I sure would like to have in your give a way pile you picked up.
thanks for sharing this

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

It sounds like a great time...and so fun you do go with Sherry! Looks like lots of great goodies and I love the bag you made for it, too!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Carol, I had such a good time and couldn't have asked for a better travel buddy! My head is still spinning from all the info shared at the conference. I hope you don't mind me sharing some of your photos on my blog.

Cynthia said...

In happy you had a great time. Looks like a great time and an ability to learn


Createology said...

You are the best for sharing such a great venue and how much information and swag you acquired. So much valuable learning in a fun and beautiful settiing. Thank you for breaking it down for us. High on Life July...

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Sounds like such a fun time. I don't know how you decided which classes to attend, I'd want to experience ALL of them.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, what a great time for all attending. Looks like many wonderful products to try. Glad you enjoyed it!! I would love to shop at Ballard Design.
Enjoy the last days of July. Can you believe it already?

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

Whoa! What a blast! Thanks for the memories and taking us all along, Carol!


hopeandjoyhome said...

Sounds like fun! That antique bar at the restaurant was gorgeous!

Kathy said...

What an amazing experience!!

handmade by amalia said...

Carol, this sounds like such a fun experience, and to do it with a blogger friend must have been the icing on the cake. Lucky you.

Debbiedoos said...

I have yet to get to Haven! I am always so disappointed I can never make it. It's typically on Alex's or Mikes birthday. This year, I believe the same. Oh well, I can enjoy all you ladies telling me about it. It looks so awesome.

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