The Shows

The great thing about offering home, lifestyle and gift items in your store is that most can be displayed without regard to time or season. To ensure they are a selection of new products, buyers will swarm the New York International Gift Fair® January 26-30. Drawing an estimated 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and 80+ countries, the NYIGF is produced twice annually. Held in January and August in New York City, the Fair hosts about 2,800 exhibiting companies showcasing brands across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum. The Giggle Guide® has culled the list of exhibitors to preview a selection of interesting children’s items, including Zipit, Pure Play Kids, Greenpoint Brands and Buzzworthy Baby.

AmericasMart is the juggernaut behind the popular Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. AmericasMart offers a convenient and accommodating venue for exhibitors, with over 4,000 permanent showrooms available, along with temporary exhibits. The first Atlanta show of the year is on now through January 16, 2013. Here are a few must-see recommendations: Choose Friendship, Hotline to God, Sister Chic and Moonjar.

ABC Kids Expo - Louisville, Kentucky (10/13/12 - 10/17/12)

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the ABC Kids Expo seemed to have more special events and celebrations than ever, including the Maternity Row ABC Runway Show; the JPMA 50th Anniversary Innovation Awards; a Town Meeting to introduce Brixy, the new retailer association; a celebratory ABC Breakfast to honor those that have attended every Expo; and the Industry Party that rocked 4th Street Live. A few of the brands that captured the attention of The Giggle Guide’s Leesa Valentino included Sili, Neon Tiki Tribe, Okkatots, and Kidsme.

KIDShow - Specialty Trade Shows
Michael Scott Studio

ABC Kids Expo celebrates its 10th anniversary, October 14-17, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. According to President and Show Manager Larry Schur, “We are very encouraged to see such a positive response in registrations from all retail channels, especially from those located internationally.” The ABC Kids Expo is the opportunity to meet face-to-face with domestic and international buyers, media, and manufacturers at the premier juvenile products show in the world. Here is just a small sampling of products to see at the event: Curious George and Suzy’s Zoo by Fun Rugs, Gummi Teething Jewelry from KidKusion, strollers by guzzie+Guss, and Ubabub’s unique cribs.

Children's Club - New York, New York (10/21/12 - 10/23/12)

Preview Spring 2013 children’s fashion and accessories at the ENK Children’s Club, Javits Center, NYC, October 21-23. October is one of the biggest ENK Children’s Club events of the year, so there are hundreds of brands to discover. Some of the new ones that caught the attention of The Giggle Guide® include Snapping Turtle Kids, XOLO Shoes, A to Z with you and me and My Bonnie Wearable Art.

New York International Gift Fair - New York City, New York (8/18/12 - 8/23/12)

August’s New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) was an opportunity for the best new children’s products to be recognized for their creativity. This year, the focus seemed to be on natural materials, particularly wood. Wooden toys are making a comeback after years of being upstaged by rubber, plastic, and other synthetics. Original art is also trending at the moment, and makes an appearance in books and other learning supplies that feature the work of professional artists. Here are some of the innovative companies that caught The Giggle Guide’s™ attention at this year’s event: OOTS!, Tree by Kerri Lee, Black Eyed Guy, and Home Grown Books.

J. Austin Ryan Designs
Sound Beginnings
Playtime New York - New York, New York (8/4/12 - 8/6/12)

The Spring/Summer 2013 Playtime New York show, held August 4-6, 2012, proved a winner for all involved with 13% more visitors than the previous year’s Playtime event. 90 international brands, of which two-thirds were from the U.S., were on hand to strut their stuff and strut they did. Once again, Playtime New York brought together all key sectors of the children’s universe including clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, décor and gifts. With so much to offer, Playtime has positioned itself as a must-visit trade show. Here’s a peek at some of our favorites: Luna Leggings, Baby Baazaar, Cutility and Everbloom.

The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® - Atlanta, Georgia (7/11/12 - 7/18/12)

As a retailer, a huge part of your role is being on the cusp of trends in the children’s market. Sure, you can surf the Internet and read reviews, but it’s hard to tell what’s really new. This time, we’ve done the work for you! Or, Atlanta did. The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta International Area Rug Market, held July 11-18 at AmericasMart Atlanta was a valuable venue for those who wanted to be in the know about what’s next for the kiddos. Here’s a taste of brands worthy of recognition: So Snaps, Pop Up Pals, Munch and BabyBedside.

Children's Club - New York, New York (3/11/12 - 3/13/12)

The Giggle Guide® catches up with Donita Fashion at Children’s Club in NYC.

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