The 2017 Atlanta Pen Show was my fifth show. I may have learned a few things by now. I will share them with you after all that is what a blog is for - share your thoughts like they are pearls of wisdom.

First I brought my entire budget in cash - divided into modern pens, vintage, and everything else. This worked out well. I did not go over and left the show on Sunday with $1 in my pocket.

My deepest thought is you can’t buy all the pens - well maybe if you just won the lottery. So since you can’t buy them all, that means you have to pass on some. Even some you really like. Once you accept this, you realize you can’t really make a bad choice. Use your budget on what really strikes you.

And while there are pens …

Pens
Pens

And cases …

Cases
Cases

And inks …

Inks
Inks

And more pens …

Carolina Pen Company Urushi Pens
Carolina Pen Company Urushi Pens

And ephemra …

Retro 51 Skeleton Hand
Retro 51 Skeleton Hand
Vintage Blotter
Vintage Blotter

And even more pens …

More Pens
More Pens

And chocolates …

Chocolates
Chocolates

And pens you wish you could have bought …

Beautiful Pelikans
Beautiful Pelikans

Don’t forget the people (like I did when I didn’t take more pictures)!

Friday Evening
Friday Evening
Friday Evening
Friday Evening

Snapped these on Saturday.

Saturday Evening
Saturday Evening
Saturday Evening
Saturday Evening
Almost Ready To Go Live
Almost Ready To Go Live

Relaxing
Relaxing
Tired but not giving up
Tired but not giving up

Snapped these on Sunday.

Beautiful Pelikans
Beautiful Pelikans
Dan and Paul of Karas Kustoms and yours truely
Dan and Paul of Karas Kustoms and yours truely
One of many pen makers
One of many pen makers
Franklin-Christoph Ladies
Franklin-Christoph Ladies
Story Supply Crew
Story Supply Crew

p.s. Write someone you met at a pen show.