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Best practices for independent gift retailers

Everything gift retailers need to know about display, promotion, signage, events, technology and store equipment.
  • American Made Show to Join Dallas June 2015 Market

    BALTIMORE and DALLAS – In a joint announcement, the Dallas Market Center and the Rosen Group, producers of the American Made Show, revealed plans for the American Made Show to debut in Dallas as part of the Total Home & Gift Market. More

  • Today's Gift Retailer

    Today's Gift Retailer

    Nine out of 10 retailers attend trade shows for the variety of vendors and another 89% value new products and new vendors. That's according to Gifts and Decorative Accessories' exclusive 2014 Today's Gift Retailer Survey. More

  • Hooray for Summer!

    SUMMER HAS FINALLY ARRIVED … OR AT LEAST ALMOST! With all the crazy weather we’ve had, I never thought that sunny days and warm weather would get here. How about you? More

  • Father’s Day Spending to Reach More Than $12 Billion

    WASHINGTON – Dads will feel the love this Father’s Day. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has reported that sales for the holiday are projected to reach $12.5 billion. 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

  • Millennial Consumer Confidence Goes Up

    CHICAGO - The Millennial Shoppers: Positive Mindset Points to Future Growth study found that consumers of all ages are reporting a better outlook when it comes to shopping—particularly millennials. More

  • Doodling Goes 3-D at MoMA Store

    NEW YORK – The windows of Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store windows have been taken over by a creative display of doodling in 3-D. More

  • Moms to Get Showered with Gifts on Mother’s Day

    WASHINGTON – Cards, flowers, apparel, accessories and housewares are just a handful of items families will purchase for moms this Mother’s Day with projected spending to reach nearly $20 billion in the United States. More

  • EeBoo Partners with Shopatron

    NEW YORK – Children’s gift, craft and book manufacturer, EeBoo is partnering with Shopatron, an e-commerce service provider, to capture more consumer interest for its products. More

  • Patent Trolls Targeting Retailers

    WASHINGTON – Patents Trolls, entities that purchase broad patents with the intent of suing retailers and other end-users that allegedly infringe on those patents, are increasingly targeting retailers and costing the economy billions per year. More

  • Spencer’s to Purchase Brookstone

    EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ – Spencers Spirit Holdings is in the process of purchasing Brookstone, which has been on the brink of filing bankruptcy. More

  • KS Retailer Celebrates 25 Years

    LENEXA, KS—On February 6, Past & Presents, a specialty card, gift and home store in the Lenexa, KS area, will celebrate its 25th anniversary. 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.


  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    July 1, 2014

    Celebrating Independents

    In a splendid example of letting bygones be bygones, July has been declared to be Independent Retailer Month in England. After all, July 4th may be celebrated here as our Independence Day from the British -- but 1776 was a long time ago, and today retailers on both sides of the pond face similar challenges. As the British Independent Retailer Month web site points out, “Independent retailers and consumer-facing businesses are important. They are the lifeblood of our local retail centres - towns, high streets [that would be main streets to us Yanks], villages. They add social and commercial value to the ...

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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    June 10, 2014

    Let’s Hear It for Face Time!

    Are you drowning in e-mail? I think many of us feel that we’re barely able to keep up with our inbox (which makes me particularly grateful that you’re taking time to read this blog). It’s tempting to spend much of the day dealing with these messages as well as looking at products online and composing social media messages and e-mail blasts. I’m a big fan of FaceTime, a free Apple app that allows me to visit with friends and family spread out over the continent, but I know that there is no substitute for the kind ...

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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    June 2, 2014

    What's New?

    Think about your reaction to a sign or menu insert at your favorite restaurant announcing the day’s specials. You assume these are items currently in season, or recent creations by the chef, or perhaps just good offers. The fact that the specials are only available that day gives them an urgency they wouldn’t have if they were listed on the regular menu. A list of daily specials also indicates to me that the restaurant is interested in constantly changing and evolving -- and that they want to make coming there enticing, especially for their regulars. These are all attributes ...

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