The Shows: Show Reports

New York International Gift Fair - New York City, New York (1/29/11 - 2/3/11)

The fun, funny, fabulous concept known as Silly Souls was hatched in 2000 and launched in 2002 — originally branded as babygags. The line was the original irreverently funny line of apparel and accessories for the coolest babies. The company evolved to a more whimsical, silly style and rebranded as Silly Souls when they launched their super baby shoe line. Across their product range, the brand’s goal remains to inspire laughter and the sunny, funny side of parenthood — including the silly personalities that each baby comes with.

New York International Gift Fair - New York City, New York (1/29/11 - 2/3/11)

Bibi & Mimi Baby Accessories feature bright, colorful and expressive designs that stand out among baby products. Their collections are constantly growing and include everything from shoes and one-piece outfits, to leggings and socks that are uniquely gift packaged.

Bibi and Mimi’s love for children is their biggest inspiration in creating humorous and adorable products that are award winning in the children’s market. With a commitment to creating high quality products with modern flair, Bibi and Mimi takes special care in their production, making sure all their items are unique and ready to be to gifted. Take a minute to view the line… you won’t be disappointed!

New York International Gift Fair - New York City, New York (1/29/11 - 2/3/11)

Tatutina brings unique products into this world that reflect a happy and fun lifestyle. This mother and daughter team has over 20 years of experience and loves to design functional, fun and quality products. Everything created for the Tatutina World is inspired by their family. All Tatutina products are hand painted and use certified, non-toxic, lead-free paints. Enjoy the world of Tatutina!

The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® - Atlanta, Georgia (1/12/11 - 1/19/11)

With gifts being one of the strongest sales category in the children’s business, thousands of gift lines were on display January 12-19 at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. This year marked the 50th anniversary of AmericasMart, the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings and area rug marketplace and trade mart complex. In honor of this golden celebration, The Atlanta gift show hosted retail buyers from around the globe to explore more than 7 million square feet of products over eight days. Among the merchandise featured, The Giggle Guide® chose these standouts to highlight in our post-show review:Mark-My-Time, Scribble Mats, BRELLI, and Zebi Baby.

California Gift Show - LA Mart - Los Angeles, California (1/18/11 - 1/24/11)

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 25, 2011) –The January California Gift Show® saw significant growth with more than 20,000 buyers attending the show, over 230 new exhibitors and 20 new/relocated/expanded permanent showrooms opening in time for the winter market. The largest wholesale gift show on the West Coast, with more than 850 temporary exhibitors and 200 permanent showrooms was a-buzz with buyers placing orders, attending seminars and events, networking with other buyers and more. Showrooms and exhibitors alike reported increased traffic, healthy sales and overall high energy.

“We were thrilled with the high energy and level of activity at this show,” said Mark Furlet, vice president and general manager, L.A. Mart and California Gift Show. “We believe that the newfound optimism that 2011 kicked off with has truly permeated the retail sector. Add to that the incredible new product offerings that our showrooms and exhibitors featured, the exceptional visual merchandising and displays, the jam-packed event schedule and summer-like weather, and you have a real success story.”

Vegas Kids - World Market Center - Las Vegas, Nevada (1/24/11 - 1/28/11)

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.

Caletha Crawford
Michael Scott Studio
Vegas Kids - World Market Center - Las Vegas, Nevada (1/24/11 - 1/28/11)

AT LAS VEGAS MARKET—January 25, 2011Winter 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.