The Shows: Show Reports

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.

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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.

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

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!

ABC Kids Expo - Las Vegas, Nevada (10/10/10 - 10/13/10)

As the primary trade show for independent retailers and manufacturers of juvenile products, ABC Kids Expo is growing as quickly as the children who use the products it showcases. With over 900 exhibitors, Expo’s October 2010 show in Las Vegas was testimony for the power of partnership that drove domestic and international attendance and fostered new business relationships. Among the numerous exhibitors whose innovative products intrigued The Giggle Guide® were Straw-Lution™, The Juno Company, Spuds, Inc., and ViveVita.

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Children's Club - New York, New York (10/3/10 - 10/5/10)

Four times a year, ENK Children’s Club in NYC features the best in children’s apparel and accessories. The Children’s Club show is a premier destination for both established and up-and-coming brands to present their newest products to retailers. During its October show last month, The Children’s Club included a fashion show sponsored by Vogue Bambini, hundreds of vendors and lots of business networking. fiveloaves twofish, ROCK ME!, Kai Bean, and PureLime Kids are a few of the fantastic brands that caught the attention of The Giggle Guide® editors.

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