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Here Come the Girls
Girls Day Out Show
Member Name: GuruOnAMountain
Girls Day Out Show
Advantages: Good for the girly girls and the Man Candy Waiters were a nice touch.
Disadvantages: Expensive entry fee and expensive to buy at and also extremely busy.
Having heard about this before but not being a very girly girl, I'd given it a wide berth. This year, though, my sister talked me into going with her so we headed off to the Glasgow SECC in April for a Girl's Day Out.
Tickets can be bought on arrival or in advance but booking tickets in advance entitles you to a free Goody Bag so is probably worth it. Tickets aren't cheap with a ticket coming in at £15 or £12 for a concession. Considering you are essentially paying to enter a trade show where people will try and get your money off you, then I think it is fairly pricey being asked that much just to get in the door.
We travelled in on the train and many other girls seemed to have the same idea as us as they all got off the train and crossed the bridge to the SECC. Inside, it was mildly chaotic. There was a desk where you could buy tickets; another desk where you could pick up pre-booked tickets and then entrance desks where people who already had tickets could go in. I could imagine that a lot of people with pre-booked tickets who hadn't got them posted out to their homes would have stood in the main queue only to be turned away and sent to the pre-booked tickets booth as the pre-booked tickets booth was tiny. It would also have been frustrating as after picking their tickets up here, they needed to join the main queue to get in, essentially having to queue twice. Luckilly, we'd got our tickets posted to us so just joined the queue. The queue was very long but moved fairly quickly. At the desk, you got given some leaflets and were told to collect your goody bag inside the hall.
Inside the hall it was set up like The Ideal Home Show or something similar with lots of vendors having their own stalls and a couple of main stages for performances. It would have been handy to have been giving a leaflet detailing what was on at each of the stages during the day so you could plan what you wanted to see but there didn't seem to be a leaflet anywhere (unless I missed it in all the chaos) although the main stage had a sign up with what was on beside it.
It was extremely busy, especially since each of the 'stalls' were small and if a few people stopped to try samples or look at goods, then this created a bit of a bottleneck for other people trying to get by. We did go on the Saturday, however, and I'm sure it was probably quieter on the Friday when a lot of people would have been at work.
The stalls were, as you might guess, aimed at 'girly' stuff, so there were a lot of make-up vendors, perfume sellers, clothes stalls and nail bars. There were a handful of more generic stalls such as sweet vendors, cake stalls, chocolate stalls and charity stalls. The prices, as you can imagine, were high for most things even though a lot of the vendors advertised that they were selling things at a discount (but believe that if you will)!
Our first stop was to collect our goody bag. It was a bit of a task to get to the back of the room where we'd to pick it up due to all the people milling about and then, of course, we'd to join yet another queue! Again, though, it moved quickly and we got our goody bags. They contained 3 No. 7 nail varnishes and an eye pencil. The nail varnishes were in quite unusual colours (one of the ones I received was a horrible muddy brown/grey colour) so I can imagine they were probably less popular colours that Boots was getting rid of on us.
We'd also been given free drinks vouchers for a glass of wine at a wine bar inside and a cocktail at another bar. I am tee-total but there were non-alcoholic options available, although I just let my sister have my drinks as well. They were both served in tiny cups so it was really just a shot of wine and a shot of a cocktail!!
We then decided to get lunch before starting to shop and found a jacket potato stand with seating. Surprisingly, the prices were very reasonable (I think around £3 on average for a potato with a filling). I'd expected the food in a place like this to be over the odds since people had nowhere else to go for food so that was a bonus that my wallet didn't have to suffer too much for lunch, at least!
Walking around the labyrinth of stalls was hard work with the amount of people that were there and the staff at the stalls were all trying to approach you to try their products and as you couldn't move away very quickly, you tended to get sucked into a hard sell! I'm pretty good at saying no in these situations but my sister is awful at it and ended up spending over £100 on things she didn't need! It was hard to look at anything you might be interested in because of the number of people and also because the sales people were too keen to try to talk to you, which I found off-putting.
We spent some time at the main stage to recouperate where we saw a fashion show of the new season looks and were told of the high street shops that we could get them from. As I'm not a girly girl, I wasn't hugely excited by this but it was OK. Virgin Active were also there doing demos of Zumba and Body Jam etc. and then we watched a poor Man Candy Waiter getting his armpits waxed for charity. There was also a game to be played at this point for a member of the audience to win a £50 voucher to spend at the show. My sister's friend was lucky enough to win the voucher but redeeming it was a bit of a drama! None of the stalls seemed to know anything about the voucher and, understandably, wanted to go find the show's organiser to confirm it was legit before they let us spend it but trying to find the organiser in a busy venue like that was no easy task. Eventually we managed to spend it at the Benefit counter but had to wait quite a while on a manager there to go verify that it was real.
The previously mentioned Man Candy Waiters were walking around with nothing but small aprons hiding their dignity and their pert bottoms on full display. This was probably the highlight of the show for me!
Would I go back? Possibly, although I think the entry fee is far too steep only to be fleeced inside even more! It was an entertaining day for even a non-girly girl like me but after a few hours there I was desperate to get out the crowds and get home for a relax! I imagine a more girly girl would love it there but make sure you have a full bank account before you go!!!
Summary: Trade show selling products that would appeal to females.