By Jeremy Richardson - Wednesday, February 9th 2011
Here is a link (http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr11/stayleadrev.pdf) to the Federal Register Notice announcing the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) decision to extend the existing stay of enforcement on testing and certifications of the total lead content in children’s products (except for metal components of children’s metal jewelry) until December 31, 2011.
Design trend this Spring is all about intense colors: watermelons, torquoise, fern, and bright oranges. Take a sneek peek at a new collection from Bratt Decore called French Blue. With elegant design and exquist details, French Blue brings a peaceful feel to the nursery.
Making cribs is not for babies. New crib standards will go into affect this June. We’re ready. Are you?
Decorating a baby’s nursery is a project filled with possibilities that adds to the excitement and anticipation of the child’s arrival. Paint, window treatments and art on the walls are meant to provide babies with an uplifting environment including plenty of colors and images to keep them entertained. However, accidents can happen, and pretty decorations may pose a danger if they are too easily pulled off the wall by an admiring, young art lover. Luckily, there’s a safe and fun alternative to wood and plastic decorations: soft wall décor by Loveable Creations.
AT LAS VEGAS MARKET—Wednesday, January 26, 2011—Winter Las Vegas Market 2011 kicked off with “First Look,” a signature market event highlighting trends and top product picks for the first major total home furnishings market of the year. Celebrity designer Monica Pedersen of HGTV and home products/trends editor Julie Smith Vincenti guided a colorful virtual tour of new introductions at Market, including products from VegasKids and Gift+Home. Highlights from the show are on display all week at the “First Look” exhibit in the lobby of Building B.
AT LAS VEGAS MARKET—January 25, 2011—Winter Las Vegas Market 2011 got off to a robust start as attendance soared and enthusiasm reigned during the first major total home furnishings market of the year January 24-28. The combined forces of Winter Las Vegas Market, Gift+Home and VegasKids attracted more than 150 new-to-market exhibitors, including Barclay Butera, Elite Leather, Ethel & Myrtle, Ganz, Kingsdown, LMS Design Group, Palecek, Ralph Lauren Home Rug Collection, T3 Recovery Mattress from Ironman, The Walt Disney Collection by Furniture Origins, Two’s Company and many more.
Opening day attendance and order-writing was stronger than expected with many World Market Center exhibitors reporting record-breaking sales. By close of day Monday, buyer attendance was up 19 percent over the Summer Market and 7 percent higher than Winter Market a year ago. Market officials reported significant increases in international buyers, designers, and gift retailers.
The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® opened on Wednesday, January 12, and by Saturday the buyers had packed the halls. Unseasonably cold weather made it snowy and chilly outside, but inside the showrooms, the sales were hot, hot, hot!
As always, the products showcased were fascinating and fun. Enjoy this photo review of the really big snow… I mean show!
With 35,000 attendees, over 85 countries and all 50 states represented, the New York International Gift Fair is the place buyers and sellers will want to be this January 29th through February 3rd. Held twice annually in January and August, the NYIGF showcases the best and newest in gift merchandise. Stationery, candles, seasonal, houseware and kitchenware are among the categories displayed, in addition to, of course, games, puzzles, toys, baby and child products. Today, The Giggle Guide™ gives you a sneak peak of GRIMM’S, Kidlandia, Jaxxwear, and BabyBindle to whet your appetite for the big event!
Young children are not always sugar and spice and everything nice! When parents get desperate for tools to help calm their kids’ tantrums, steer them toward effective solutions from Time Out Spots, TOTO Products LLC, Teamson and Moms on Edge. These brands specialize in products to help kids learn right from wrong. Both practical and ingenious, these products encourage parents to manage their children’s behavior in a consistent manner, and send kids a potent message about their misdeeds, so they’ll be careful to think critically about the consequences of their actions.
“Chicago, Chicago, I’ll show you around…” Those song lyrics hit the right note, because this January’s Chicago Market: Living and Giving® gift and home show will lead you through floor after floor of vendors offering fine products — many making their 2011 debut at the show. Unlike those song lyrics, there will be no mention of “betting your bottom dollar,” because the products presented are sure winners for retailers and consumers! Among the juvenile product manufacturers you can meet at the show, watch for Babalu, Inc., Little Toader, Stephan Baby, and Four Peas.
AmericasMart® Atlanta presents thousands of gift lines on display at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® January 12-19, 2011. Show organizers search the country for exciting product lines to debut from a variety of categories, with a focus on offering retailers innovative products that will keep their stores ahead of the trends. This season, products range from well-known characters with a twist, such as the limited edition Hello Kitty collection, to classic gifts with new appeal like hand-painted wooden yo-yos, and hand-made slippers that look like they should be on display in an art gallery!
CPSC is in the process of notifying manufactures of the Database and encouraging them to “register” a company representative who will receive information about complaints pertaining to their company’s products. I strongly encourage each of you to nominate and register such an individual so that you will have an opportunity to timely respond to any published complaint.
For your information, a press release from the CPSC announcing the Database is available on their website (www.cpsc.gov)
Along with the joy and pride of welcoming a new little being into the world, expectant parents are also charged with the exciting task of designing an inviting nursery for their bundle of joy. Long departed are the days where choices for nursery décor were limited to fluffy bunnies or yellow ducks. The world of nursery décor has evolved to include a vast array of styles from modern to traditional, French country to shabby chic. In the world of nursery décor products, Martinek BéBé, The Rug Market, Kristaben, and New Arrivals, Inc. are some fantastic brands that stand out for their quality, attention to detail, and designer style.