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  • Los Angeles is the land of make-believe-for-a-living so it comes as no surprise that the California Market would be replete with innovative products and creations, inspirational messaging and trend-setting styles. It’s also a city that functions on who you know and who can tell a good story, so connecting emotionally and socially is vital to business.
  • CHICAGO – There have been some big changes within the Midwest market. Now in its second year, the Windy City Gift Show, held January 24-27 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, saw more than 300 exhibitors. Located a little more than a mile from the convention center, the Market Xchange showrooms also made its debut.
  • NEW YORK - Guitars signed by Sheryl Crow and Jason Mraz have been added to the upcoming Party for Life auction, hosted by Gift for Life, the gift and home industries' charitable organization.
  • Mer Sea’s latest scent L’eau Tide is a fresh sea salt blend reminiscent of a day at the beach.
  • WASHINGTON - Americans are expected to spend more money on jewelry, candy and a special night out this year on Valentine’s Day.
  • GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA), has announced that its 2015 annual conference will be held in Austin, TX, November 10-12, 2015. The conference, now known as the Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative Conference, aims to bridge the gap between the variety of groups within the industry. This event is designed to provide educational and networking opportunities for all attendees.
  • Trek through cities throughout the country on a bamboo cutting board.
  • Dogs with glasses, elephants with a top hat and other creature prints give these towels a pop of color.
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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    January 21, 2015

    Your Share of the Sharing Economy

    Across the country, people are pooling their resources in what has been termed the “sharing economy”.  Need a place to stay? Rent someone’s bedroom through AirBnb.  Want a ride? Call Uber and someone will pick you up in their own car. The sharing (or share) economy has been defined in many ways, but the one I like best is “collaborative consumption” — taking assets that may be underutilized and making them available to someone who needs them. This process is making increased inroads into the business world (although it is hardly a new concept). What does the sharing economy mean ...

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  • Carol L Schroeder

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    Carol Schroeder

    January 14, 2015

    Anne Taintor Takes a Stand

    Anne Taintor is a company known for its witty, and often sarcastic, products featuring vintage images with clever sayings. We’ve carried Anne Taintor’s magnets and notepads in our shop for many years, and know that there is a loyal following for their products. We recently got a letter from Anne Taintor, Inc. stating that they were unhappy to see their items “being sold on Amazon for bargain-basement prices,” which you can confirm by looking at their products listed on Amazon right now, with “new” products under More Buying Choices at well below retail. They mention the negative impact ...

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  • Carol L Schroeder

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    Carol Schroeder

    January 7, 2015

    In Praise of Chocolate

    When the line of customers got a bit long this holiday season, I grabbed a handful of gold chocolate coins and gave one to each shopper with a sincere apology for the wait.  No matter how harried they were, all the customers smiled at this unexpected treat.  And I like to think that by making the wait sweeter, we earned their good will despite the inconvenience. We happen to have chocolate coins on hand (in addition to those we sell as Hanukah gelt) because we offer one to every customer using their own bag instead of taking one of ours ...

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Gift Book 2015

Gift Book 2015 Digital

The Gift Book 2015 presents a close look at some 50 important product categories — including several new ones — in the gift, toy and decorative accessories industry. Look back at the digital issue.

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    Take a virtual stroll through Mud Pie's Atlanta showroom to see why they are the go-to resource for initials in every category. With 30 new initial programs and dozens of monogrammable options in gifts, fashion and décor, Mud Pie truly has it all. Also featured is their Signature Collection for chic, registry-worthy gifts. See the entire line at http://wholesale.mud-pie.com/s-303-giftsanddec.aspx   

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