Commercial Members


Would you like to see your ad in the African Violet Magazine (AVM)?
Advertisers do not need to be a member of AVSA, but the product or service advertised must be plant-related to qualify for placement. Classified ads are offered for 15/words $18.00 minimum. Regular ads are offered by the inch, quarter page, half page, and full page. Color ads are offered by half page and full page only. All advertisers are also listed on the website free of charge.  View the AVSA Advertising Guidelines.

For information about advertising in the AVM or having a listing on this website, contact: Cindi Nofziger, Advertising Manager at or phone: (541) 926-8116.

View the AVSA Commercial Activities Newsletter.  A newsletter for AVSA Commercial members only. A password is required to open the file. Contact Lynn Lombard ( ) for access to the newsletter if you do not have a password.

Convention sales room information:

 February 17, 2014

 Dear AVSA Commercial Member,

 Lynn Lombard and I would like to invite you to participate in the 2014 AVSA Convention and Show, Sunday, May 25, 2014 through Sunday, June 1, 2014, “Violet Pickin’ in Tennessee”.  We will both be attending the convention this year.  If you have any problems or questions, Lynn or I will be able to help you before or during the convention.

 If you decide to join us in the salesroom don’t forget you must register for the Convention. 

 We would also like to encourage all the commercials to enter in the Commercial Division of the show.  You can do this by doing a display table, showcase, and/or individual specimen plants.  And don’t forget to participate in the sales area too! 

 This year the Convention is at the Sheraton Music City Hotel.  The salesroom will be Plantation Ballroom, Salon D.  For unloading, please check with the front desk when you check in.  They will be able to tell you the best place to unload.  The salesroom is open Thursday, May 29th, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 30th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 31st, from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 Commercial members meeting (brief!!) in the salesroom Thursday, May 29th, 9:00 a.m.  Please look over the AVSA vendor webpage and let us know your likes and dislikes.  Our agenda is short but important.  All AVSA commercial members are encouraged to come.  Please join us!

 Please fill out the enclosed form and return it to me by April 11, 2014.

 Also attached is important information about the following:

  • Supplies for designers
  • AVM Summer Vacation Guide information ~ Deadline is February 28, 2014. 
  • Souvenir Book Information ~ Deadline is April 14, 2014.
  • Goody Bag donations ~ Deadline is April 1, 2014
  • Request for new intro pictures due to Nancy Hayes by April 25, 2014.



 Kathy K. Bell



Click here to download this Commercial Sales/Show Form as a PDF.


    Company/Your name: _______________________________________________

    Contact information:  Email                                                        Phone__________                  

 1.   Sales tax is 9.25%.
2.    6 foot tables/space @ $60.00 each.  
3.    Electric is $45.00.  
4.    Extension cord and power strips.  Bring your own or rent them for $20.00 each per day.
5.    2 chairs are to come with each table.
6.    Salesroom space: There is 2100 sq. ft. in Plantation Salon D.  Space is limited this year so we will have to start with a limit of two tables per vendor, and then we will add on your requests as we have room.
7.   Notice fee of $40.00 payable to the AVSA convention fund, is required if the commercial
display exhibitor cancels less than three weeks prior to the convention or the expense incurred.


Please read the Commercial Division Rules and Regulations of the Show Schedule, located at or contact the AVSA Office @ 409-839-4725. 

 Please put an X in front of the areas you will participate in.

 ____    Entering a Display table,

 ____    Entering a Showcase-Horticulture,

 ____    Entering a Showcase-Artistic

 ____    Specimen plants

 Read attached Designer Rules.       _____ Yes I will participate        _____ No I will not participate



What kind of merchandise will you be selling? ___________________________________________

 Are there any 'special requests' for salesroom location?  ____________________________________

____    How many 6 foot tables/space (limit 2, pay now, $60.00 each)          Subtotal:  _______

 ____    How many additional tables would you like?  (pay at convention)                                           

 ____    Need electricity? Best we could do (pay now $45.00)                       Subtotal:  _______

 ____    Need an extension cord, how many?  (pay now $20.00 a day)        Subtotal:  _______

  ____   Need a power strip & how many?  (pay now $20.00 a day)              Subtotal:  _______


Total amount enclosed:                                                                                Total:         _______

Make payment to AVSA and send to Kathy Bell, 9611 E. Blanding Lane, Tucson, AZ 85747, along with this form.  Thank you.


Dear Convention Designer,

 To accommodate your design flower and plant needs for your design entries, the following plan has been created. It has been reviewed and approved by the AVSA Commercial members and the convention show committee.

 There are several reasons for this plan, which originated with the commercials who sell at conventions.

  *Provide designers with the materials needed to complete their entries.
*At the auction luncheon, AVSA members bid on certificates entitling them to coveted, first choice in the sales
  room. Commercials want their newest offerings available for the certificate winners.
*Have peace and quiet while setting up on Wednesday.

Thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Commercial Activities Committee

 Supplies for Designers

 Each designer will be given a “pass” to purchase plant material in the sales room during Wednesday design set-up hours (9 AM – 6 PM). Handicapped designers may be accompanied by one caregiver.

 The pass will indicate the specific design classes in which the designer is entered, thus eliminating any unnecessary/extra purchases on the part of the designer.

 There is a 15-minute time limit for the designer to be in the sales room. Designers who appear to be abusing the access privilege will be escorted from the sales room and denied any further “design” purchases.

 Peggy Mooney, as Design Reservation Chairman, will control the distribution of the passes to the designers and a list of those designers will be posted in the sales room. A member of the Commercial Activities Committee will oversee the process on Wednesday.

 A list of participating commercials will appear on the pass. Designers are asked to not disturb other commercials.

 Commercials may choose to complete the financial transaction during this process or may allow the designer to run a tab for payment at a later time.

 Although commercials will make every attempt to have supplies available during this time, circumstances beyond their control may occur. Please have your own Plan B ready.

 And of course, as always, designers are welcome to pre-order supplies to be picked up at convention.



 January 23, 2014

 Re:       AVM 2014 Vacation Guide

 Dear Commercial Members,

 It is time once again to compile the Vacation Guide which will be published in the May/June AVM.

If your company was included last year and you’d like to have your listing appear again this year, please let me know ( or mail to the address below) by February 28. Please note any changes you want made to the listing. Remember, your company cannot be included without your renewed permission each year.

As most of you know, the idea of the Vacation Guide is to encourage AVSA members to incorporate visits to commercials into their vacation plans. To make this easier, commercial members who welcome visitors may have their company information included in the Vacation Guide.  If you have not been previously listed, and would like to participate (and it’s free!), send to me the following information:

•           Company name

•           Owner’s name(s)

•           Street address, including state and zip code

•           Phone number

•           Email address

•           Web site URL

•           Days, hours you accept visitors

•           Types of items sold (i.e., supplies, AVs, other gesneriads)

 If you have any questions, please contact me as soon as possible. Phone: 816-550-4061 cell or 660-937-2295 home.

 Linda Hall, Vacation Guide Coordinator

Lynn Lombard, Commercial Activities Chairman



Linda Hall

517 E. Elm Street

Ravenwood, MO  64479

   January 31, 2014

 Dear AVSA Commercial Members:

 As you know, the African Violet Society of America is holding its convention in Nashville at the Sheraton Music City Hotel located across from the Nashville airport the week of May 25 - June 1, 2014.  The theme this year is “Violets Pickin’ in Tennessee.”  We would love to include a note of well wishes or advertising from your commercial organization.  These ads help defray the cost of printing the Souvenir Booklet and are an excellent way to promote your company. 

 For easiest fitting into the Souvenir Book pages, the maximum size of the full page ad should be 8” high x 5” wide; half page, 4” h x 5”w; quarter page, 2”h x 5”w. Prices for ads are the same as in 2013.  The rates for these ads are:  Quarter Page, $30, USD; Half Page, $50, USD; Full Page, $90, USD. All inside ads will be run in black and white.  We also have three full page spaces on the inside front, inside back and outside back cover at $125, USD, per page printed in black and white or $150, USD, printed in color(cover pages only).

 If you would like to purchase an ad, please reply by mail to Gary and Rhona Thurman, Souvenir Booklet Chairpersons, 1818 Lake Quitman Drive, Richmond, TX 77406 or email at  The deadline for all ads is April 14, 2014.  Camera ready copy is preferred (pdf or Word doc or docx file).

Checks or money orders in USD should be made payable to AVSA 2014 Convention Account and be included with your ad. If ad is sent by email, please send the check to us at the address above. 

 Thank you for your consideration in this special event.

                                                                         Sincerely yours,

                                                                         Gary & Rhona Thurman

                                                                        Souvenir Booklet Chairpersons


   February 12, 2014

 Dear AVSA Commercial Member,

 Having something in the traditional convention goody bag is a great way to advertise your company.  This year the 68th National AVSA Convention will be held in Nashville, TN.  The Nashville convention hosts anticipate filling 350 bagsWe would love to include something from your company that could be as simple as a business card, a price list, a discount coupon or best of all, a small sample of your product.  Many times these goody bags are shared with club members at a meeting after the convention, so the “visibility” benefit may be very widespread.

 If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me at the following email address:, phone: 469-236-6784.  If you have something you would like included in the goody bag, please let me know as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly. 

 Please send donated items no later than May 1, 2014 to:

 Holtkamp Greenhouses, Inc.

c/o Russell Kirchner 

1501 Lischey Avenue

Nashville, TN 37207

 Please identify package as Goody Bag Donation.

 Thank you for your consideration,

  Ron Davidson

Convention Chairman for the AVSA 68th National Convention













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