I hope this is the right place for this (this is
where the ATC junkies hang out, right?) I just searched an it doesn't look like anyone else has posted this, so I thought I would.
At the International Quilt Festival in Chicago, the magazine Cloth Paper Scissors
sponsors a giant ATC swap. When I went last year, they had everyone mail in their ATCs ahead of time, then they were all posted on a huge board and you got to pick the same number that you sent in to take home -- it was pretty incredible. There were, um... 100s of ATCs posted there. Quite a sight!
This year, you bring them straight to the festival, so I'm not sure how they're going to do the swapping... I just looked on their site and there aren't too many details... but I'm sure they'll handle it well, as they really do fantastic work.
Don't be thrown by the fact that it's a quilt festival -- all kinds of different techniques are represented in the ATCs at this thing. If you're going to be in the Chicago area on April 13-15, I highly recommend this show.
Besides the ATC trading, there are tons of vendors there and there's an entire row devoted to [I'm pausing for dramatic effect here] "embellishments." Like, any little doo-hickey or hoo-ha or whatever you can imagine wanting to put on an ATC? They've got it.
You'll find slightly more information here
. If you've been to the Houston show, I actually felt that one was bigger, but this is a pretty amazing show. So inspirational! Worth going to if you're around.
(Oh, and I'll want full details posted here if anyone goes!)