Thursday, June 27, 2013

Market Square Show Brings Buyers Many Exclusive Sources

A Cheerful Giver
The 24th annual June Market Square Show was held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center June 9-11. The event showcased over 225 exhibitors that represent the north east from Florida to Vermont, the Midwest region and as far west as Washington State. Known for American Made handcrafted products the show did not disappoint, showcasing hundreds of products not seen anywhere else in the wholesale arena.

The Country House Collection
Market Square gave a grand prize of over $5000 worth of merchandise from home décor items ranging from fine furniture, lighting, wall decor to general gift items including candles, organic soaps and decorative figurines. Long time supporters Sue and Gene from Persnickity of Rome, NY were the excited winners. The show was well received by the buyers with the average sale being up 7 percent over June 2012. Market Square known for American Handcrafted and artist inspired products always proves to have unique products you can’t find anywhere else and is a worthy stop for any store owner.

For future Market Square dates visit their website or for the latest updates visit them on Facebook.

Giftware News was at the show. Here’s more of what we saw.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dallas Showrooms Celebrate with Ribbon Cuttings

Dallas Market Center has announced that many of its showrooms will celebrate openings, expansions, anniversaries and relocations with ribbon cutting ceremonies during the Total Home & Gift Market.

Below is a schedule of the ribbon cutting ceremonies:

Thursday, June 20
• Handmade Gift FINDS, WTC 12, at 9:30 a.m. (new) 
• Handmade Fashion & Accessories FINDS, WTC 13, following Handmade Gift FINDS ribbon cutting (new) 
• William Lamont, Trade Mart (TM) 2-2400, at 10 a.m. (remodel & anniversary) 
• Pearson’s Simply Primitives, TM 1-1149, at 10:15 a.m. (new) 
• Marshall Clements, Inc., WTC 5-571, at 11 a.m. (expansion) 
• Avenue B, WTC 5-518/524, at 11:15 a.m. (expansion) 
• J.A.G Enterprises, Inc., TM 2-2618, at 1 p.m. (new) 
• Vagabond House, Inc., TM 2-2424, at 1:15 p.m. (new) 
• Lady Primrose, TM 2-2402, at 4 p.m. (expansion/relocation) 
• Catherine Lillywhite’s, WTC 3-350 at 4:45 p.m.(expansion/relocation) 
• Gourmet Market Expansion, WTC 1-180, at 5 p.m.(expansion)

Friday, June 21
• Patrick & Company, TM 2-2927, at 10 a.m. (remodel & anniversary)
• Z-Lite, TM 4-4535, at 10:15 a.m. (expansion/relocation) 
• Precious Moments, Inc., TM 1-1333, at 10:30 a.m. (new) 
• Langley Empire Candle Company, WTC 2-265, at 10:45 a.m. (new) 
• Morgen Garis Gallery, WTC 9-9054, at 2:45 p.m. (new) 
• Texas Crystal Co., WTC 13-13044, at 3 p.m. (new)

Saturday, June 22
• PORT 68, WTC 5-536, at 10 a.m. (new) 
• Cassmeyer Collection, WTC 6-6460, at 10:15 a.m.(expansion/relocation) 
• Taylors on Ten, WTC 10-10008, at 10:30 a.m. (expansion)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Las Vegas Market Expands Temporary Space to Three Floors

International Market Centers has announced that it is expanding and realigning its temporary gift and home décor exhibition space onto three floors of Building C during the Summer 2013 Las Vegas Market, running July 29-August 2, at World Market Center Las Vegas. Originally planned for just two floors, now more than 95,000 square feet of temporary exhibition space on three floors - C5, C10 and C11 - will house some 325 temporary exhibitors in 10 distinct, themed product sections, including GIFT, GLOBAL, GOURMET, HOME, MADE, STYLE, TEXTILES, TREND, VINTAGE and CARRY!.

"Our primary goal with this strategic realignment is to expand the positive synergies between temporary exhibitors and permanent showrooms," explained Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. "By emphasizing adjacencies of related categories of temporary and permanent resources, we are creating a dynamic, and seamless, shopping experience for buyers and maximizing the cross-marketing opportunities for vendors."

Four home décor categories of temporary exhibits will be housed on floor C5: HOME, featuring accent décor, accent furniture and other decorative items; TEXTILES, showcasing trend-focused textiles including decorative pillows, throws, draperies, fabric and bedding; STYLE, spotlighting a juried collection of progressive and design-focused home décor, accent furniture, and textiles; and MADE, featuring handmade ceramics, pottery, home décor, letterpress, apparel and jewelry. Temporary exhibitors in these four categories will complement the growing number of better home décor permanent showrooms located on floors C3 and C4.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Digital Edition of Giftware News Magazine is Now Available

Your June digital issue of Giftware News & Gift, Gourmet & Decor Digital Magazine is now available.
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Welcome to the June digital edition of Giftware News & GGD Magazine. Please enjoy this issue and all to come. Make sure you view the market calendar at the end of the issue so you do not miss out on any of the Summer trade shows. 
Giftware News & GGD's June Cover
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This Month's Featured Content:
Market Calendars
Stay abreast of all the upcoming Summer & Fall trade shows
Show of Shows
Our biannual rundown of the biggest shows of the season
Words of Wisdom
Inspirational products inspire sales
Show of Hands
Made by hand for that extra special touch
Accentuate the Positive
Bringing a room together with great decor accents
Making Merry
The biggest holiday of the shopping season just keeps getting bigger
Tis the Season to be Shiny
The newest trends in holiday decorating
Flavor Focus
Drink Mixes
All Star Snacks
Back to School

Shower Power
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

National Stationery Show Experiences 31 Percent Increase In Attendance

The 67th annual National Stationery Show (NSS) proved to be a pivotal year for the nation’s leading social stationery and related lifestyle gift market, experiencing a 31 percent increase in attending stores for the May 19-21 event, held at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The return of market features such as the NSS party and LIVE! demonstration theatre, combined with an aggressive VIP attendee outreach program and launch of Creative & Lifestyle Arts (C&LA), garnered the attention of thousands of new and former attendees. 

“Attendees and exhibitors witnessed the first phase of a refreshed NSS, with many new experiential introductions to create an exciting, productive atmosphere,” said Patti Stracher, GLM vice president and NSS show director. “In addition to the many new products rolling out and hundreds of new companies debuting, the launch of C&LA and addition of spaces on the show floor for networking and community building generated great buzz. While we recognize that retailers are sending fewer buyers to cover shows, we welcomed their return and were thrilled with the substantial increase in the number of attending stores.” 

Perhaps the most successful venture in drawing more stores to the NSS was the introduction of a white-glove VIP program that welcomed select buyers at New York City airports with town car service direct to their hotels, and return service following their show visit. The VIP package also included complimentary educational sessions and access to GLM’s exclusive Club Lounge. In addition, the NSS partnered with a local car service to pick up stationery store owners within the five boroughs and bring them to the show.

This year, GLM also introduced a co-located show, Creative & Lifestyle Arts. This launch added to the increase in attending stores and educated buyers about the advantages of cross-merchandising social stationery with craft and creative hobby products. The two shows enjoyed cross-over traffic by thousands of retailers eager to learn about the synergies between these two sectors. 

“The introduction of Creative & Lifestyle Arts added a new dimension to the marketplace, offering exposure to a new niche with tremendous profit potential for retailers of social stationery, given the national popularity of DIY and crafting among people of all ages,” said Lynn White, NSS and C&LA show manager. “We anticipate strong growth of C&LA in 2014, on the heels of a successful debut for our inaugural exhibitors.”

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Giftware News was there as well. Here’s a sample of what we saw!

From The NSS Show Floor

From The NSS Show Floor