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Gift buyers and sellers look to AmericasMart and the January Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market for all the business opportunities that come with a large single product collection, re-energized for 2011 with line launches, product introductions and new and newly expanded showrooms.

Accelerating AmericasMart’s gift momentum this January are new companies making their Atlanta market debut plus breakout product trends across the product center, which spans Building 2’s 13 floors and select floors in Building 2 West Wing.

The permanent gift offerings are supported by an entire collection of temporary categories. Nearly 20 of the 31 temporary categories will feature gift product, ranging from accessories to one-of-a-kind pieces.

The newest trends, latest styles and rising stars in the gift, home and apparel/accessories industries set a brisk pace in AmericasMart’s Market Temporaries and The January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. The 31 temporary product categories, extended across AmericasMart’s four buildings in more than 3,500 booths, create a buying destination unique in size, strength and opportunity.

The Market Temporaries lead the way in fresh product and new ideas, and January is no exception. The New Year will bring new categories and new companies to Atlanta with the launch of four new and newly re-branded product centers and the introduction of more than 500 new names of the 2,500 companies in the Temporaries.

The January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market marks the second anniversary of the grand opening of Building 2 West Wing and debut of the expanded Gourmet/Housewares permanent product center on floor 8 of the building. The new building enabled AmericasMart to evolve, enhance and take the reigns on the housewares industry. It now is a major player and new home for housewares manufacturers and sales representatives, supported by the strength the gourmet product has always carried within this product center.

Craft and Hobby Association

The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce Randi Zuckerberg, director of Market Development and spokeswoman for Facebook, Inc., as the keynote presenter at the CHA Winter Conference & Trade Show on January 29, 2011 in Los Angeles. Zuckerberg’s presentation, “The Innovative Consumer Using Facebook to Connect and Grow Your Business,” will address new social media tools designed to help CHA members enhance their businesses, connect, and build relationships with consumers.

Halloween & Party Expo

Costumed characters at the Halloween Costume Style Show, which includes young dancers employed through Dance Houston, a nonprofit whose mission it is to increase dance appreciation in the city.

Several vendors participating in the Halloween & Party Expo Jan. 22-25, 2011, in Houston will help make life a little brighter for children receiving care through the Shriners Hospitals for Children® in the Houston area. This will be the second year in a row that expo vendors will donate toys, novelties, gift bags and other items to the Shriners upon the show's closing.

Ken Soens, sales manager for Regent Products Corp, donated his entire booth's contents at the 2010 show. “It was hundreds of items, including cases of candy, party supplies, Halloween items and toys,” Soens said. He intends to donate again after the 2011 expo.

Deciding to donate was easy for him. “Knowing that it went to a great organization like the Shriners for all the great work they do for children, the donation was a no brainer,” Soens said.

Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals.

Spots are going fast for the Halloween Costume Style Show, the premier event showcasing adult and children’s costumes during the Halloween & Party Expo, January 22-25, 2011, at Houston's state-of-the-art George R. Brown Convention Center.

The show is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2011, on the exhibit hall floor. Exhibitors should sign up now to become part of this event, which highlights 100 of the hottest and newest costumes in the industry during a professionally choreographed and produced multimedia performance.

“It’s a highly entertaining format with the most creative costumes in the world. The multimedia, models, and dancers carry the theme of each costume in a most entertaining way, which excites buyers,” said Show Producer Rich Weber, of Lenz Talent, Las Vegas. Weber also produced the 2010 show, which garnered rave reviews.

The upcoming production includes 30 models and dancers from Houston and Las Vegas who will display the costumes at their best as they entertain attendees. Weber said he expects a larger crowd this year for an event that will rival last year’s production.

Urban Expositions

Now the largest gift show in California, the San Francisco International Gift Fair (SFIGF) is also among the first shows of 2011. Kicking off the 2011 gift show season, the SFIGF returns January 8-11, 2011 to Moscone Center with an expanded selection featuring top name manufacturers, innovative newcomers and cutting edge designs. Complementing the growing selection, a full roster of buyer amenities will bring retailers a comprehensive and cost-effective buying experience.

“As it continues to grow, the San Francisco International Gift Fair is a great place to start your buying year. As the first show of the New Year, the early January dates provide a great opportunity for retailers to come to one of America’s most exciting and eclectic cities to get an early jump on sourcing the newest products and design trends and for getting product on the shelves,” said Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. “Once again, we’re making it even easier on retailers’ travel budgets by buying down rates on our already discounted hotel properties, offering parking reimbursements and a host of other time and money-saving features.”

Among the highlights for the January 2011 San Francisco International Gift Fair are: low hotel rates; seven easy-to-work categories on the show floor; 25 green companies; ethnic styles, artisan designs, home accents, jewelry and fair trade products; an Africa Handcrafted Pavilion; wine accessories and gifts; The Launching Pad new product preview section; onsite buyer services; educational programs and more.

From February 5-8, 2011, Pacific Northwest retailers will have even more new resources to explore as the Seattle Gift Show welcomes its newest product category, Birdwatch America West. Featuring the best in backyard nature and birding products, this product sector will bring even more product innovations and introductions to the all category gift show. Together with discounted hotel rates for buyers starting as low as $79, as well as a host of other buyer services, the Seattle Gift Show’s product and service roster offers retailers a cost-effective, convenient way to stay one step ahead of the competition and today’s trend curve.

“We expect the Birdwatch America category to reach a whole new audience of birding and backyard nature product retailers, while also expanding the buying opportunities for our well-established attendee base,” said Miller. “We’re always looking for ways to fine-tune and expand the product and service offerings to meet the specialized needs of the Pacific Northwest retailer and this new category is one of many new innovations we are working on for the show.”

The nation’s largest regional gift show just got bigger. The January 8-11, 2011 Philadelphia Gift Show brings even more products under one roof with spotlights on a number of key product sectors, including: Birdwatch America East; Child’s Play Home Accents; Handcrafted and Gourmet; and Candy and Confection. Together with hotel rates starting as low as $39 for buyers, the 2011 edition offers the ideal cost-effective, one-stop resource for retailers from throughout the mid-Atlantic and tri-state regions.

“With our focus on these new sectors, we continue to expand the product depth and breadth of the Philadelphia Gift Show to ensure that we’re offering the best possible buying experience for our buyers,” said Miller. “We know that retailers have plenty of choices when it comes to which trade show they attend and we're trying to make sure that choice is an easy one. By packaging an unrivaled selection together with deeply discounted hotel rates and a host of other money-saving buyer services, we’re doing everything we can to help buyers maximize travel dollars and time spent away from their businesses.”

Returning January 22-24, 2011 to the Orange County Convention Center’s North Concourse (Hall A), the winter Orlando Gift Show is perfectly timed to help Florida retailers preview new lines for spring holidays and restock after the busy holiday season. As the only winter gift show in Florida, the January show also runs concurrently with the Orlando Cash & Carry Show and American Craft Retailers Expo™ (ACRE™) offering attendees a tremendous, complementary product selection of giftware, accessories, jewelry and artisan crafts. “The Orlando Gift Show is the biggest gift show in Florida offering the largest assortment of new products and money-saving resources,” said Miller. “The new ACRE Orlando exhibition offers the ideal complement to the Orlando Gift Show and Florida retailers will welcome the opportunity to explore a brand new product dimension of unique, handmade gift, jewelry and accessories.”

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