The Shows: Show Reports

Playtime New York - New York, New York (7/30/11 - 8/1/11)

Playtime New York, the international trade show dedicated to all things relating to children, junior and maternity, held a very successful third show from July 30 to August 1, 2011. Buyers and other visitors were very positive and gave big thumbs up to the creative, imaginative space and merchandise. Attendees included many vendors from previous shows as well as some outstanding new collections. Among the standouts were Wovenplay,Tala Bee Kids, and Mini & Maximus.

Children's Club - New York, New York (3/6/11 - 3/8/11)

Produced four times a year, the ENK International Children’s Club in NYC in early March was a great success and positive spirits ran high. Both Stanley Kaye, Show Director for the Children’s Club, and Elyse Kroll, chairwoman and founder of ENK International, took it as a sign that the market is “bouncing back.” Floor traffic was steady and the variety of sellers both nationally and globally offered a lot to consider. March’s event included a runway fashion show sponsored by Vogue Bambini, with the models sporting back-to-school trends. The show introduced many newer players including: Malibu Sugar, Babysoy, Knitoes & Co., and Tuff Cookie.

Playtime New York - New York, New York (3/5/11 - 3/7/11)

All over the world, companies create products that make children’s lives more convenient, enriching, and fun. When companies come together in one place to display their best, they create a symbiotic buying experience for children’s retailers. Playtime New York is a trade show that presents a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere where buyers can get up close and personal with mainly European-based or inspired apparel, gifts and accessories. In March, Playtime New York unveiled unique and useful offerings from both established and emerging stars including jack & salma, kicokids, Sono Vaso, Noel France S.A.S. and Easy Peasy Shoes.

ABC Spring Educational Conference & Trade Show
Phillips Nizer LLP
All Baby & Child Spring Educational Conference - Fort Worth, Texas (5/2/11 - 5/4/11)

ABC is excited to announce the keynote speaker for the 2011 Spring Conference buffet luncheon, Richard Turner, whose amazing card tricks and gambling techniques have been featured on television shows ranging from That’s Incredible, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, The 700 Club. The Paul Daniels Show on the BBC, and World Geniuses in Japan.

Toy Fair - New York City, New York (2/13/11 - 2/16/11)

Step right up, don’t be shy! Take your pick from all these fabulous toys and prizes! The Giggle Guide® had a blast taking in all the sights and sounds at recent trade shows in NYC, and we discovered plenty of goodies to cheer about at Toy Fair 2011. We grinned with childhood delight at Nowstalgictoys’ Squirmles. Creative products from Center Enterprises won our stamp of approval, and we felt like kids again as we “test drove” ride-alongs from Playsam’s. Our Geeky nature was fed too, with ThinkGeek’s joystick for iPad and interactive guitar t-shirts. Want to play? Add these exciting knickknacks, games and action-packed products to your store’s toy aisle and let the good times roll!

Playtime New York - New York, New York (3/5/11 - 3/7/11)

The 2nd edition of the Playtime New York show was held from the March 5th-7th, 2011 at 82MERCER in Soho. 72 American and international brands, associated with the worlds of childhood and maternity wear, came together: clothing, footwear, jewelry, accessories, childcare and deco were represented.

The 14% increase in the number of participants compared to the July 2010 edition was accompanied by an increase of 25.21% in the number of visitors, a sharp progression which bodes well for an ultra dynamic 3rd edition.

Bébé au Lait
Caletha Crawford
KidShow - Las Vegas, Nevada (2/14/11 - 2/16/11)

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.

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