The age-old mystery of disappearing children’s socks frustrates parents to no end. From hungry washing machines to mischievous family pets, socks always have a way of losing their significant other. We’ve all scratched our heads in wonder at some point at the lonely, limp sock at the bottom of the laundry basket. Just where did that other matching sock go? How can parents avoid the dreaded odd-sock dilemma?
Seasons UV Solutions of Toronto, best known for its SunSmart line of children’s UV swim and playwear, is taking action to grow its U.S. presence. “We are bigger and better,” said president Joanne Speight, noting the company has purchased a new 250,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in mainland China, established showrooms in Hong Kong, purchased a new head office and warehouse in Milton, Ontario, and entered into a joint venture with Concord, Mass.-based Real Kids Shades.
Convertible Designs, creator of the wildly popular T-Jack, the All-In-Fun Jacket/Pillow/Toy Combo, has done it again! The company recently introduced a spectacular new line featuring four lovable Character Prints: Tough Turtle, Fearless Frog, Lovely Ladybug and Busy Beetle. Inspired by nature and the idea of transformation, each adorable animal character is positively brimming with personality. These playful tees and accessories are becoming fast favorites for little nature-lovers everywhere!
Plush stuffed toys are perfect for cuddling, snuggling and providing a touch of security for children at home and away. As children grow into toddlers and preschoolers, however, they often gravitate toward larger stuffed toys. Life-sized plush toys are great for snuggling, but they take up a lot of room and are hard to carry on overnight trips to Grandma’s. The Giggle Guide® has found a solution! Meet Bubby, My Inflatable Buddy.
I met Angela Edgeworth, president and founder of pediped Footwear, in 2005 at her first gift trade show. We hit it off quickly as Angela was very open to sharing her new venture and I was only too willing to give her my two cents worth of trade show wisdom. (I remember that she made me aware of the potential to sell children’s products and gifts to upscale car washes!) At our first meeting we began what has grown into a very nice business friendship, based on mutual respect, admiration and appreciation of our ability to help each other in our respective businesses.
The Chicago Market not only supports its exhibitors with low rates and amenities, but with buyer outreach as well. We work tirelessly to make sure the buyers are coming to Chicago to shop your booth in July!
Our buyers are loyal — 80% shop ONLY in Chicago. We experienced attendance growth with buyers from Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and of course, Illinois. It’s in the numbers: The Midwest buyer attends the Chicago Market time and time again!
Today, I am sharing our Nahla - Button Polka Dot Flower clips. With its bright and bubbly colors (we have Pink, Shocking Pink, Lime and Turquoise), it’s the perfect way of welcoming Spring. We love that it comes in a refreshing turquoise color because as you know, fashion experts have predicted that turquiose is the color of the year! How much more perfect can these clippys be? ;o)
The Children’s Club Fall 2010 show had a great turnout and was a huge success! It was exciting to see several new companies exhibiting with some unique products. Without the Bubble show running, some of its regular exhibitors decided to attend Children’s Club, largely exhibiting together in one row. With so many great lines, it is a difficult task to pick out favorites, but the following brands stood out to me with their soft, comfortable fabrics and fabulous style!
Goodbye heavy winter stews, hello ham sandwiches and fruit salad — spring is picnic season! After a long winter, who doesn’t love to get out and enjoy some al fresco dining with family and friends? Packing up some yummy kid picks, and being properly prepared, is the key to making these outings more enjoyable. Today, The Giggle Guide® is offering an enticing menu of picnic supplies from Tuffo, Itzy Ritzy, and Kids Konserve, who have plenty of appetizing ideas for outdoor dining, family style.
After a long winter cooped up indoors, children are eager to head outside for some fun outdoor adventures. It’s time to get up, get out and get growing! Gardening is a great activity for children, and we’ve found some apparel and products that make it easy for kids to get down and dirty while planting seeds and coaxing those new vegetables and flowers to life. Spring into action and cultivate sales with Foxfire for Kids, !iT Jeans, Schylling, and Radio Flyer!
Business is booming at The Chicago Market, and now is the time for you to be a part of it. Exhibiting at The Chicago Market is E-A-S-Y!
Early advertising: When you exhibit with The Chicago Market, you reap the rewards of an all-inclusive marketing package. You will be listed in the Product Locator, our online directory available 24/7, in the Preview Directory, mailed to over 30,000 Chicago Market buyers, and the Onsite Directory, available to everyone during the market.