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The Atlanta Fall Gift & Home Furnishings Market is scheduled for October 14-16, 2011.

Designed to create a business environment unlike any other, AmericasMart’s facilities and services are unmatched in efficiency, accessibility and convenience. The extraordinary mix of specialty product presented in its permanent showrooms and temporary exhibit halls, spread among its four integrated buildings, eclipses that of any other single marketplace. The product mix and service standards are so essential that retailers from every United States state and more than 80 countries worldwide identify AmericasMart as the wholesale marketplace most important to their business.

Exhibitor Aurora World Inc. recently announced highlights from its newest catalog featuring over 130 Valentine’s Day and affectionately themed plush toys and gifts for 2012. The company’s best-selling line, YooHoo & Friends, is seeing new additions including, “One for me, One for you” - two YooHoos connected by a magnetized heart. And, Luv Bug is a ladybug featuring heart-shaped spots while Gaga Gorilla is a plush primate holding an embroidered heart reading “WILD 4 U.” Additionally, exhibitor Robin Goodfellow Designs is featuring a new collection of jewelry at the show.

The July 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market closed its eight-day run on July 20 with retailers from every United States state and more than 75 countries doing business at AmericasMart Atlanta.

With strong representation from key northeastern, Midwestern and far-west states, the July 2011 Market saw continued expansion of its national franchise as retailers and designers traveled long distances to take advantage of the world's single-largest home, gift and apparel product mix and the economies and efficiencies of a fully integrated marketplace.



George Little Management, LLC

Marked growth in attendance and exhibitor participation resulted in the largest New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) since summer 2008. Reflecting a pre-recession level of business activity, the summer 2011 NYIGF presented more than 2,800 companies, 110 more than in winter 2011, and attracted some 35,000 attendees. The summer 2011 NYIGF ran August 13-18, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 & 94.

“Anecdotally, exhibitors reported strong sales and order-writing,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. “Despite negative economic reports, buyers were optimistic, and the resulting energy on the show floor was palpable.”

Nearly 450 companies exhibited for the first time at NYIGF.

Tapping the collective power of social media, the NYIGF has successfully concluded its month-long “Like for Life“ Facebook campaign, benefitting Gift for Life – the gift, stationery and home décor industries’ sole charitable organization. 

Throughout the month of August, GLM pledged to donate $1 to Gift for Life for each Facebook user who “liked” the NYIGF Facebook page, with a $1,000 fundraising goal for the campaign launch. Proceeds raised through Gift for Life benefit Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), whose mission is to eradicate the AIDS pandemic in the United States.

NYIGF has committed to run another “Like for Life” campaign in advance of the winter 2012 market, and is encouraging other industry buyers and suppliers to launch their own “Like for Life” fundraising initiatives.

In recognition of creativity, craftsmanship and unique artistry, two emerging artisans, String Theory from Montreal and Haptic Lab from Brooklyn, will receive the first two annual Carol Sedestrom Ross “Maker-to-Market” scholarships awarded by the NYIGF®. The award, honoring the memory of Ross, a pivotal figure in both the American Craft movement and in GLM’s development of wholesale craft markets, will be presented annually to the most promising newcomers to NYIGF’s Handmade® division.  

Eight companies participating in Accent on Design® at the NYIGF® received “Bloggers’ Choice Awards” recently for products representing “urgent, odd and delightful design.” The judges, bloggers from noted design and trend-watching sites, each selected one product from thousands presented by some 200 exhibitors in Accent on Design.

Four companies exhibiting in Accent on Design® at the NYIGF® were presented with awards recently to recognize excellence, innovation and creativity in product design. The winners were: Flux, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Alessi, New York, N.Y.; Mio, Philadelphia, Pa.; and Urban Butik, Montreal, Quebec.

Three companies received Eco Choice Awards for presenting the most innovative and environmentally responsible gift, home and lifestyle products at the summer NYIGF®. The winners of the fourth semi-annual awards were: One World Projects, recycled plastic laundry hamper from India; ES, Chilote House Shoe; and I Design Distribution, KISM.

Six companies were presented with EX·TRACTS® Best New Product Awards recently, with Worker B receiving “Best of Show” honors for its Worker B Rescue Putty. The other winners were: European Soaps, LLC, New York, N.Y.; Whats Hot! Inc., Woodbury, N.Y.; Votivo, Spartanburg, S.C.; B. Witching Bath Co., Hawthorne, N.J.; and ECOYA, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Two industry veterans. Thompson Lange of Homescapes Carmel and David Gooding of Juliska, will join the seven-member Advisory Board of the NYIGF®, effective with the summer 2011 market. Comprised of both attendees and exhibitors, the Board meets semi-annually with show management to offer strategic feedback related to the gift and home market in general and about the NYIGF in particular.

“Thompson and David are dynamic personalities with diverse backgrounds and businesses,” Belshaw said. “We welcome their unique viewpoints about the industry and NYIGF’s positioning.”




The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies®/Souvenir Super Show®

The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies® and the Souvenir Super Show® will take place November 3rd – 7th in Sevierville, Tenn. This show is now the largest of its kind in the world featuring the leading exhibitors in the souvenir, custom and resort gift industries.

Long known as the show buyers attend to find new products, thousands of custom and name-dropped items will be on display. As a way of welcoming buyers, an exciting week of giveaways and surprises is planned.

Buyers will find: FREE shuttles from and to the Knoxville airport plus lunch and evening shuttles. By appointment: Rocky Top Tours - 877-315-8687; FREE buyer parking all day, every day; and FREE Wi-Fi in buyers' lounges.

Additionally: FREE gift bags filled with samples and coupons from exhibitors will be distributed to the first 200 buyers on Thursday, opening day; there will be a FREE Buyers’ Happy Hour opening day from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; FREE restaurant gift cards and FREE Visa cash gift cards will be randomly presented to lucky buyers Thursday and Friday; FREE coffee and donuts will be served every morning from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., and there will be Grand Prize Drawings with three lucky $1,000 winners.

Fiesta Friday Is Back by Popular Demand

  • SPECIAL FREE GIFTS - first 200 buyers. Come Early!
  • Margarita Madness. FREE refreshing margaritas while you shop!
  • $$$CASH PRIZES$$$: $100 cash prizes offered every hour on the hour!
  • FREE “Fiesta Style” lunch!
  • Nanco-Nancy Sales Co., a leader in the souvenir industry, celebrates 75 years with a Cocktail Reception in Booths
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Showproco, LLC

No one really thought it would happen. Still, when the National Football League announced that its distressing months-long lockout had finally ended, manufacturers and retailers of NFL-licensed gifts, souvenirs, caps, T-shirts and other licensed products could breathe a collective sigh of relief. They also began making plans for their most important buying event, the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show, held January 11–13, 2012 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev.

“We were very happy that the season finally got under way,” said Show Director Stan Schwartz. “It gave the people in our industry the confidence to move forward and make plans for 2012.”

Views from a previous Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show. The show is scheduled for January 11–13, 2012 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev.

Up in the air were more than $2 billion in NFL merchandise sales. Fearful that the season might be delayed or cancelled, many retailers put off buying decisions until late summer. According to Sales Director Matt Lawson, the renewed confidence in the marketplace was almost immediately reflected in the number of companies finalizing their exhibit-space plans.

Not to be “out-relieved” by labor peace in the NFL, added Tailgate Products Sales Manager Amanda Hermes, were the diehard tailgaters, and the companies that make and sell the thousands of products they buy. More than two million fans a year tailgate in NFL parking lots, while millions more engage in the “home version” of tailgating, with game-day barbecues and sports parties built around pro football.

“The tailgate market was really energized by the end of the lockout,” said Hermes.“With the NFL season up and running, and booth and show contractor discounts we’ve negotiated with the newly formed Tailgating Industry Association, the number of tailgate exhibitors should rise sharply, too.”

According to Schwartz, buyer registration also spiked in the weeks following the end of the NFL lockout. “Our numbers are now very robust coming out of summer,” he said. “We set an attendance record for the show last January and I think we'll easily do that again in 2012.”


Urban Expositions

Home to the nation’s largest, longest-running coastal souvenir, resort gift show, South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Convention Center welcomes the return of the Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show from December 4-7, 2011. Known among exhibitors and attendees as the “Big Kahuna,” the 2011 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.

“Serving the industry for more than 25 years, the Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show continues to be the “must-attend’ event for everyone in the souvenir and resort business,” said Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. “Coastal and resort retailers return year after year because they know they will find the best selection of established lines, best sellers and breaking new product introductions all under one roof, all while enjoying networking in a casual, relaxed show setting.”

Among the highlights for the 2011 Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show are: tremendous product selection with more than 800 booths; a Goody Bag Giveaway to the first 100 buyers to arrive at the show on Sunday, December 4 and Monday, December 5; and The Grand Strand Show Party hosted by Urban Expositions.




Halloween & Party Expo

As a way to keep exhibitors and buyers connected and informed year-round, the Halloween & Party Expo has expanded its website’s coverage of industry and show-related news. The redesigned homepage features news about the show itself, articles about the industry as a whole, and information about the show’s home location, Houston, Texas. The event is scheduled for January 28-31, 2012.

The show is endorsed by the National Costumers Association, the Halloween Industry Association and the International Balloon Association as well as Party Club of America and Paper First Affiliates, who conduct their annual meetings in conjunction with the show. The Expo is also home to the Halloween Costume Style Show, an industry-wide celebration and Rubie's Annual Halloween Bash.











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