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  • 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

  • Direct from Market: Dallas, January 2014

    David Trubridge

    DALLAS—The Dallas Total Home & Gift Market opened on January 15 and buyers were greeted to a bevy of new products to add to store shelves. More

  • Direct from Market: Atlanta, January 2014, Part 2


    ATLANTA - As buyers and exhibitors trickled in opening day to the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, after storms delayed traffic for some, buying didn't slow down. Everyone seemed to fall into place by Wednesday with traffic picking up significantly and throughout the week, including a wave of weekend buyers. The new Tuesday through Tuesday schedule, Jan. 7-14, was a plus for most buyers. More

  • Direct from Market: Atlanta, January 2014

    Grasslands Road's new Stoneware collection with vintage Christmas imagery

    ATLANTA - Although record-breaking arctic weather halted or delayed flights up and down the Midwest and East Coast causing many people making their way to the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market to adjust travel plans and schedules, that didn't seem to affect the amount of business being conducted. This year the show officially opened a day earlier-on Tuesday, a day in previous years many showrooms used for "preshow" appointments. More

  • Direct from Market: ABC Kids

    ABC Kids Expo

    LAS VEGAS - Everything for baby, toddler—and mom and dad—seemed to be under one roof at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, held October 15-18. More

  • Direct from Market: Tabletop


    NEW YORK - It was a luxuriously blue New York Tabletop Market as vendors showed their best shade of cobalt and luxury looks on the table, from dinnerware to accessories. But the biggest introductions at market were dinnerware collections by Aerin Lauder for Lenox and Olivia Putman for Deshoulières. More