Houston Independent Paperhangers Comraderie

Yesterday, for the first time ever, a bunch of us (9) independent Houston area paperhangers got together – to meet one another, network, talk shop (wallpaper, primer, techniques), talk business (marketing, inventory, expenses), swap war stories, and discuss benefits of being members of the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers.

Five others had RSVP’d but were unable to attend, and I’m sorry about that.  Oddly, although I contacted several times some of the “chain” type sales and installation companies, none of them attended our meet up.

We have been talking about this for at least a decade, so it was great to finally have it come about. Everyone felt comfortable right away, and we had a grand time. For 3 1/2 hours, the conversation never ebbed – not even when our food orders came out and everyone started eating.

Although we all earn our livings in the same general area, there was never a sense of competition or jealousy or resentment. Just sincere desire to meet one another, hear of others’ experiences, share tips, and honestly try to help one another out.

It was a very positive experience, and I’m sure we will be getting together in the future, and perhaps starting a chapter of the NGPP here in Houston.





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One Response to “Houston Independent Paperhangers Comraderie”

  1. Don Dye Says:

    Yes Julie, it was a wonderful evening to meet other paperhangers in our area. I figured there was about 300 plus years of paperhanging experience between the 9 of us, and we were all of one accord! Incredible! Thanks so much for spearheading this inaugual event!..

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