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CHICAGO - Like Broadway troopers the show went on; the curtain went up on the Chicago Gift Market at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Although it wasn’t a full house – of showrooms or buyers – the audience (buyers) applauded and showed their appreciation by supporting the showrooms and exhibitors there by writing business. More
LOS ANGELES – And so the West became One in LA… Los Angeles has long been a tri-venue gift market, but for a number of years there has been a lack of coordination and cooperation among some of the venues, causing discord in the marketplace and inconvenience for the buyers. No so anymore. More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
The Dallas Total Home & Gift Market kicked off the summer 2014 gift show season with an upbeat spirit and new product to be discovered. Here are more images of what Gifts and Decorative Accessories saw in showrooms and temporary booths. For more on Dallas, read our Direct from Market report.