As many GCA members know, the GCA Village will return to the National Stationery Show in New York in February, 2019. But those who have never been a part of the “Village” may have questions. What’s this “Village” thing about, anyway? Well, we are here to answer your questions!

What is so special about the GCA Village?

Well, for one thing, the Village has been GCA’s home base at the NSS since 2017. It’s also a great way for new and emerging GCA members, especially those who are new to exhibiting, or those with smaller staffs and budgets, to display their products at the National Stationery Show without the hassle and cost of a traditional exhibit space.

So, the “Village” is designed specifically for smaller companies?

Yes! For just $1,375.00 (the same price as last year), you become part of a high-visibility exhibit space. Your company will receive an exhibit space with three feet wide / 6 feet vertical of dedicated shelving, along with signage and basic electrical. And GCA staff will be on hand to help with set-up and tear-down. Contact a GCA staff member to see a diagram of the space.

What are last year’s companies saying about the “Village”?

Many of them saw the Village as the perfect way to get involved in a well-established trade show while also eliminating a bit of the learning curve. Many of the companies also took an opportunity to learn how other smaller companies got their start. Many of our Villagers have kept in touch since the show. Some of them will even be back for 2019!

Is GCA Village space an exclusive GCA member benefit?

Yes! Spaces are available exclusively to GCA members on a first-come, first-served basis.

What else do I get when I reserve space in the Village?

Each company will receive up to two exhibitor personnel passes, free of charge. And as part of promotion of the Village, the GCA will offer confirmed companies the opportunity to promote their involvement in the show at no charge in advertising and social media. Other advertising opportunities are available through the NSS. We will also provide you with instructions for packaging and shipping your product, which can be sent directly to the Village and will be waiting for you when you arrive!

Where and when is the National Stationery Show taking place?

Traditionally in May, the NSS has now moved to February. Show dates are from February 3-6, 2019. The GCA Village open/closing times mirror those of the NSS. The show will be held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

Anything else I should know?

Glad you asked! We’d like to thank our partner and GCA Associate member Universal Presentation Concepts for designing the exhibit space. We hope you will decide to become a GCA Villager in 2019, before we sell out!