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  • Direct from Market: Atlanta July 2014

    ATLANTA – It seems like only yesterday it was January and we slogged our way to Atlanta through snow storms and freezing cold temperatures. But now, you could say that things are hot in Hotlanta — it is July and the heat is reaching 90-plus degrees. At Americasmart, the summer 2014 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market got into full swing More

  • Direct from Market: Dallas June 2014

    Big Bend Bags

    The mood was upbeat as the Dallas Market Center kicked off the summer gift show season with its Total Home & Gift Market. To the casual eye, things looked busy with lines at registration and busy showrooms. While buyer traffic was reportedly down, business was brisk. “We’re having a really, really good show in Dallas,” stated Debbie Jo Spencer of Imagine That!. “It’s a good sign for the rest of the season.” More

  • Direct from Market: SignatureMix, Surtex, ICFF

    From May 17-21, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York was home to not one but three industry trade shows and one complementary technology exhibit and conference: SignatureMix Marketplace, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), Surtex and IRCE Focus: Brands & B2B. The synergy among all the different elements attracted a good cross-section of buyers, designers, More

  • Direct from Market: Taipei

    Cheerful 3D

    This year’s Giftionery outing in Taipei, April 24-27, 2014, featured more than 500 exhibitors from eight countries, dovetailing with a year many Taiwanese designers may someday look back on as the year of alliances, with both the highly revered and an untapped public. More

  • Direct from Market: New York Tabletop Market

    NEW YORK—The New York Tabletop Market opened on April 22, 2014. Manufacturers introduced a number of dinnerware patterns, but the biggest news coming out of this market is versatility. More

  • Direct from Market: Intl. Home & Housewares Show

    CHICAGO - The annual International Home & Housewares Show filled McCormick Place in Chicago from March 15-18 with everything from food prep materials, cookware and dinnerware to ironing boards, storage accessories and small appliances. Exhibitors and buyers came from all over the U.S. and from all over the world to this annual event. More

  • Direct from Market: Toy Fair 2014

    Lum Lums

    NEW YORK - Despite the frigid New York City weather, a parade of marching Uglydolls, Power Rangers and a bevy of other playful characters thumped in marching order to helped open the 2014 American International Toy Fair in New York City. More

  • Direct from Market: California Gift Show, January 2014

    California Gift Show

    Even the Super Bowl and simultaneous shows happening across several cities (Las Vegas, New York, and Los Angeles) didn't do much to dampen the enthusiasm-or attendance numbers-at this year's California Gift Show. A DJ spinning upbeat ambient music on turntables welcomed new arrivals, along with a diverse array of exhibitors in the LA Convention Center's Kentia and South Halls. More

  • Direct from Market: New York, February 2014

    David Loechner

    NEW YORK - Between the Super Bowl and the snow storm that hit New York City on Monday, February 3, and another round of snow/sleet/rain on Wednesday, February 5, one can say that NY Now, the market for home + lifestyle got dealt a pretty bad hand this time around. But despite the circumstances, the show went on. And many vendors, fearing the worst, were pleasantly surprised. More

  • Direct from Market: Las Vegas, January 2014

    Studio Manhattan

    LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas Market opened on a Sunday for the first time in its eight-and-a-half year history and did not disappoint. Buyers lined up at registration, and those eager to get an early start on their shopping were even clustered at showroom doors before they opened. More

  • Direct from Market: Los Angeles, January 2014

    California Market Center

    LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles gift market is divided into two segments this winter, instead of the one combined market of the California Gift Show at the convention center, and showrooms at LA Mart and the California Market Center, all held during the same period. The LA Mart's GALLA and the CMC Gift and Home Market showrooms held to the traditional third week of January dates, running January 21-27. More

  • Direct from Market: Chicago, January 2014

    Merchandise Mart

    Chicago still lives as a gift marketplace. Gift buyers braved the extreme cold weather and made their way to attend both the Chicago Gift Market at the Merchandise Mart and the new Windy City Gift Show, an easy El train ride away, at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. More

Retailer Excellence Awards

REA Awards

63rd Annual Retailer Excellence Award Gala

August 17, 2014


Retailer Webinar Series

GDA Webinar

If you missed the chance to attend Gifts and Decorative Accessories' live webinar, "Merchandi$ing for $ucce$$," you can view a recorded version of the event. This session featured Liz White, owner of retailer Mason & Madison, and Casey Simmons, owner of retailer STUFF.  Both speakers discuss the best ways to grow and market your retail business.

Click here to view.