Kids have a mind-boggling array of choices when it comes to electronic entertainment. Between high-end gaming systems, online interaction, handheld games, and TV on demand, most youngsters have more than enough to keep them glued to an audio-video set of some kind. Still, there’s something about traditional, creative, real-time forms of fun that can capture a child’s attention and interactive imagination in a way that pixels simply cannot.
KIDShow Las Vegas, held in mid-February at Bally’s, kicked the Fall 2011 buying season into high gear with a wide assortment of new and brand-name fashions, accessories and gifts. Buyers’ spirits were soaring and orders were written with anticipation of good things to come. Many loyal KIDShow exhibitors praised the event as “their best showing in years!” Hopes were high for the Fall season and beyond. New to KIDShow, Pixie Girl, SCKC and Urban Sunday caught The Giggle Guide’s attention for their interesting collections, backed by the passion and professionalism of the brands’ exhibitors.
Woolly Boo® was born in 2009 when Selma Avdicevic and her mother Vahida Subasic were not able to find sophisticated and luxurious crib-size bedding that was made of natural materials, like organic wool and cotton. So, they created their own line of crib mattress pads, crib bumper pads, toddler pillows, toddler comforters, and infant wearable blankets from 100% organic wool filler and 100% natural cotton ticking. Woolly Boo® has also introduced a line of travel pillows, which combines the same quality and sophisticated style as the sleep products.
For children, bath time brings a splash of good clean fun followed by a warm snuggle in a bath towel. Many infant towels are hooded and made from extra soft cotton for babies’ tender skin. As youngsters transition from infant to toddler, the thirst continues for fun and cozy towels. Toddlers still have sensitive skin, but it’s more difficult for parents to find hooded, soft towels that are big enough to wrap around their growing kids. Instead, they settle for adult-sized towels that can chafe and irritate. Breganwood Organics soaks up the sales with a collection of super soft, interchangeable hooded towels for children.
Thousands of NEW showroom square feet opened their doors for the first time in Chicago, offering buyers even more NEW product with exceptional show deals and incentives.
“January was such an uplifting show in sales and everyone’s moods. Customers were ready to buy and bought more lines to try out. I think there was good synergy between the mart events and marketing and the customer. People noticed and commented on all the little details.”
– Blanch Nastovski, Sarm & Nastovski
If there’s a life lesson that always holds true, it’s that it pays, often literally, to look and plan ahead. Even though it’s technically still winter, for retailers it’s the season to prepare for next fall. All too quickly, spring and summer days will breeze by, and it’s back to school for the kids, and back to the store for Mom and Dad. Don’t miss the buying bus! Now is the ideal time to do your homework on what products will make the grade in your store for Fall 2011. Plan to succeed with up-to-the-minute fashions, necessities and accessories from Little Packrats, Redfish Kids Clothing, The Tin Box Company, and PB GREEN.
The 2011 Fall buying season has arrived, and retailers hoping to make the grade are diligently studying the selection of back-to-school necessities for boys. Even the most tenured retailer will tell you that the choices can be overwhelming! Thankfully, The Giggle Guide® is an open book on A+ buys for the little guys on campus. From the latest lunch gear and book bags to hip and happenin’ clothes, our curriculum highlights first-rate finds that pass both parents’ and kids’ criteria with flying colors! So sharpen your No. 2 pencil and take note of these exemplary products from Kids Konserve, Beatrix, Knuckleheads, and Wonderboy.
ImagiPLAY’s motto, “Toys with Integrity,” guides its business philosophy. The toys help educate children in an imaginative way that connects them to the wonders of the planet. Founded by Barbera Aimes over ten years ago, ImagiPLAY creates products made from eco-friendly materials that are safe for the environment and children. The toys teach fundamental lessons, such as counting, the alphabet and animal recognition. All of this is done in a creative manner that keeps children curious, interested and entertained.
Easing a child’s fears of the dark is one of the toughest challenges many parents face. Night terror disrupts the entire household and can be extremely difficult to overcome. Creating a peaceful bedtime ritual that allays these fears is easier with products that shed some light onto the problem and induce sweet dreams. Scary monsters don’t dare stick so much as one treacherous claw out of the closet when luminous night lights from Cloud B, Heritage Mint, Boon, Inc., and Pink Magnolia cast their protective spell over a room!
Spring is in the air! To prepare for days filled with park strolls and sidewalk chalk, it’s time to invest in products for warmer weather. The Giggle Guide® has found some surefire hits to help you spring into phenomenal sales this season! With the Orbit Baby Stroller, picnics, events and shopping become a breeze for parents with more than one little one. For family outings and school field trips, Milano Series’ Lunch Totes are the perfect way to keep kids’ lunches cool and close at hand. Last, but never least, kids scream with joy for JUMPAROO™ BOING™ Jumping Sticks by Geospace!