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AmericasMart’s position as a leading international market center was reinforced at the July Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings and International Area Rug Markets with the showcase of nearly 100 companies headquartered outside of the United States, representing more than 20 countries. Leveraging AmericasMart as the gateway to the United States market, the international participants not housed in permanent showroooms secured temporary booth space in the renowned Market Temporaries, spanning a combined total of more than 20,000 square feet.
M & M Gifts Shows
The popular complimentary buyer delights given every year at the The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies® and the Souvenir Super Show® in Sevierville, Tenn., include free airport and hotel shuttles, acres of free parking, $100 - $1,000 cash give-a-ways, complimentary lunch, restaurant and Visa gift cards, gift bags from vendors to the first 200 buyers on opening day, drawings for free lodging and more.
New this year, buyers are invited to join the festivities as A.T. Storrs celebrates their 35th Anniversary on Wednesday, opening day. Enjoy cash give–a–ways every hour, refreshments, show specials and a preview of their new 2011 collection.
Also new is Fiesta Friday, Margarita Madness, a free Fiesta Style lunch, cash prizes and the Fiesta Friday finale, where you can finish your day with the National Association of Retail Buyers and Sellers, (NARB), at their first annual Smokin’ Hot Hoedown to benefit their NARB Scholarship Fund. Join the NARB festivities in the Sevierville Events Center for cocktails, dinner, music, dancing, raffles and fun.
The Chicago Market
The Chicago Market: Living and Giving® announces the August 2010 Retailer of the Month honoree. The ROTM program is designed to acknowledge exceptional retailers who are making a difference in the gift industry, as well as to provide inspiration to other retailers who can benefit from the winners' stories.
Congratulations to the August 2010 Retailer of the Month, Phyllis Keller of Vignettes in Yorkville, Ill.
The nation’s largest, longest-running coastal resort gift show, The Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show, returns December 5-8, 2010 to South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Known among exhibitors and attendees as the “Big Kahuna.” the 2010 edition will feature more than 800 booths offering retailers an unrivaled selection of themed merchandise, resort apparel, gifts and souvenirs shown by the industry’s top name manufacturers, sales representatives and up-and-coming companies.
Among the highlights for the show are: tremendous product selection; Goody Bag Giveaway; and the Grand Strand Show Party.
Urban Expositions and George Little Management, LLC (GLM), management partners of the Orlando Gift Shows® and Orlando Cash & Carry Shows, and Wholesalecrafts.com™, producers of the American Craft Retailers Expo™ (ACRETM) shows, have announced plans to co–promote and collocate their winter editions at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., from January 22–24, 2011. Offering expanded cross-over buying and selling opportunities for the respective show audiences, the collocation brings together a tremendous, complimentary product selection of giftware, accessories, jewelry and artisan crafts.
The January 22–24, 2010 edition marks the debut of ACRE Orlando and brings a second show offering per year to the Wholealecrafts.com roster of services, which also includes ACRETM Las Vegas, now in its fourth year
Offering coastal and shore community retailers from Maine to Virginia Beach an opportunity to get a jump on their spring/summer 2011 resort buying, the Ocean City Resort Gift Expo returns November 14-17, 2010 to Ocean City, Md.'s Roland E. Powell Convention Center. As the Northeast’s biggest and most important souvenir and resort gift event, the show's timing and extensive product selection continue to offer the buying audience an unparalleled selection of themed merchandise, resort apparel, gifts and souvenirs.
Offering retailers from the Florida Panhandle and surrounding areas to New Orleans an opportunity to get a jump on their 2011 spring/summer resort buying, the Panama City Gift Show (formerly the Emerald Coast Gift & Resort Show) returns October 17–19, 2010 to Fort Walton Beach, Fla.’s state-of-the-art Emerald Coast Conference Center.
The expanded space at the Emerald Coast Conference Center provides Panama City and surrounding area retailers with an even greater selection of resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, beach items, resort wear, T-shirts, general giftware, logo products, fashion accessories, shell items, coastal and nautical themed products, toys and games and much more.