Las Vegas Compact Collector's Convention
Posted 05 June 2004 - 07:07 PM
For now, here is a photo from today's sale that is sure to make you all wish you were here!
Posted 05 June 2004 - 07:19 PM
I am still so jealous!
I have just come back from a wedding and I have had a call from Olwyn about the sale and am stilll jealous! hope you are all having a great time!!!
Posted 06 June 2004 - 05:46 PM
Having a fantastic time and enjoying meeting and talking with so many people from the site and some new ones too!
Just wanted to make a quick post about the convention this year- I have a very good feeling that we will all see some great changes on certain issues we are all concerned with.
We had wonderful feedback from Estee Lauder.
We will go more in depth on our return home.
Gotta run the slots are calling!!!!!!
Posted 06 June 2004 - 06:15 PM
Posted 06 June 2004 - 08:19 PM
Barb, I found one, It is a beautiful picture by Ann and Ken under the topic Flower Cart Display on March 27 2004.
Posted 06 June 2004 - 09:13 PM
Great shot of all the solids.
WOW!! There are so many I'm drooling on the keyboard.
Show me more!
Posted 06 June 2004 - 09:53 PM
Posted 07 June 2004 - 07:24 AM
Hope all of you had a wonderful time. Can't wait to hear about all the solid purchases......please share your stories!
Posted 07 June 2004 - 11:09 AM
NOT GETTING UP UNTILL LOTS OF PICTURES ARE POSTED
Posted 07 June 2004 - 02:35 PM
Posted 07 June 2004 - 02:54 PM
The barn is already for sale on EBAY. The seller mentioned Estee Lauder was going to have animals to go along with this barn. Did you hear anything about solids being released of barnyard animals?
Posted 07 June 2004 - 03:54 PM
Ok,Ok, I admit it I wish I was there.
All those solids look like they are calling my name
Can't wait for more updates.
Nice picture of the Barn and Flower Cart, but nowhere near the quality or imagination of Ann and Ken's Pictures
Show 'em how it's done guys
P.s Lisa roll 2 sixes for me
Posted 07 June 2004 - 11:13 PM
We are back!!!!
We had a very good discussion with Mr. Anise ( V.P. EL ) about some of our concerns .
One of the most interesting was about the "prototypes" and that EL considered them to be stolen items and will try to prosecute the people taking them. As we have talked about many times on this board- prototypes were never to have left EL controls and they should not be in private hands as far as they ( EL ) are concerned. Also the "junk" ( his words) are stolen and they have identified those responsible and will hold them accountable.
Ebay is a very big concern and they are trying to find some way to put a stop to some of the abuse . They are at least aware and are looking for answers.
The changing of the color of the solids( slot machine) they are working on a formula to fix them. Our concerns as collectors is how to make the switch- we are not thrilled about sending in the old one and have them sent back.
EL is now very much aware of this board and has promised to work with us .
More as we think of it.
Posted 08 June 2004 - 10:11 AM
What can I say, another wonderful convention. This year was bigger than last year's and I thought the previous years convention would be hard to top being that Jay Strongwater was the speaker. Well, this year was just as good hearing Estee Lauder's Daniel Annese speak.
It all started with our arrival Friday afternoon we checked into our hotel (the Aladdin this time). We checked out the sights and of course hit the casinos! After a quick nap we then got ready to go over to the Boardwalk hotel for the first night of the convention. There was a meet and greet while signing in. I can't express enough how great it was to finally put some names with faces, meeting new members and see some faces we already knew. While catching up and chatting we were able to see the compacts offered for the benefit charity auction, there were roughly 80 compacts mostly powder compacts although I did see a Petite Four solid and maybe another solid- can't recall. We then sat down for a buffet dinner consisting of salad, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, fettuccine alfredo and more. There was an assortment of desserts and coffee.
After dinner we met up for drinks with the wonderful company of Ann, Ken, Liliane and Hans where of course the topic was solids!
Saturday was an early start as the compact sale began at 7:00 am with coffee, tea, juice and an assortment of bagels, muffins and pastries being offered. Wow, I hate to tell all of you that weren't there but there were some really great solids for sale. I heard some fantastic finds of a jeweled plum for $150 and a button solid for $350. Our member Lauderloverr was there selling off her beautiful collection, she informed me as well as others that getting through the airport security was not an easy thing with all those solids! Before I got to the sale the pink tutu was gone but I did end up with a fantastic deal on a jeweled beehive and pink telephone, thanks so much to the two members that sold to me- you know who you are.
It was back to the casinos for the afternoon!
At 6:00 we met back up for a very nice sit down dinner of salad and london broil. We witnessed two compact collectors renew their wedding vows and even shared some of the cake they celebrated with. Fred Hsu from Stratton compacts attended the convention and on each table was a boxed lipstick and mirror holder it was awarded to the lucky person who had the ticket under their butter dish, well, the lucky person at our table was me!! (it was the only thing that I did win while being in Vegas). Before eating we were shown a film on the life of Estee Lauder and it was truly wonderful. The photos and remarkable life of this generous woman was captured in a very elegant way. We then were shown slides that showcased the new 2004 solids and the new commercial for Beyond Paradise featuring music by Madonna, then came the talk by vice president of marketing- Daniel Annese. Mr. Annese touched on topics of our concerns submitted by Ann and Ken. Mr. Annese gave very honest answers and allowed anyone to ask questions. All and all I was very impressed by Mr. Annese and see this as our first real open line of communication with the company (more about the talk later with better details) Estee Lauder then had us answer questions about the film we were shown and awarded the person with the correct answer with a compact. Lorraine was one of the winners! The evening ended with coffee, talk and dessert.
After very little sleep Jack and I made our way over to the Forum shops at Caesars palace on Sunday morning where we were greeted at the Estee Lauder store with Mimosas and continental breakfast. We were each given a precious dragonfly solid perfume compact as a gift. We were then able to view the prototypes of this year's new solids. What can I say, the Strongwater's were fantastic although two of the compacts did not make it to the show, the JL solids were better in person but I am still not too convinced, the boot-- and the general distribution solids were nice (except the horseshoe). The little red barn and flower cart were both available for us to take home with us and are now for sale with Roselva in Las Vegas or Micky in New York, both solids retail for $125 they are both darling.
We also learned that the Vegas exclusive this year would be the famous Vegas neon sign and that it was still in the "works" stage of production.
Jack and I really did have a fantastic time and would like to express our thanks to Alvin and Roselyn Gerson who again did a fantastic job and made it even better than last year, I would also like to thank Estee Lauder, Mr. Annese and all the Lauder employees who really took the time to address our concerns and work with us.
Photo page is being worked on........ stay tuned!!
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