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when so much of what this industry is all about becomes crystal clear (just like the season’s snow and ice!). It’s that time when many of the things that we manufacture, showcase, promote and sell make their way into the hearts, hands and homes of consumers’ friends and family. This is not to say that people don’t buy and give gifts during the rest of the year — we would all be out of business if that was the case. But at no other time of year is the spirit of giving celebrated by so many people all at the same time. The early reports of this season’s retail sales are encouraging. Consumers seem to be spending a little more, but are still being careful. We are not out of the economic woods yet. And small retail businesses are still having a hard go of it. But even there, signs are encouraging. “Shop Local” campaigns — whether it’s the 3/50 Project, Mainstreet, IndieBound or some other movement — are gaining more momentum as small retailers reach out to reinforce the importance of these businesses to their communities. Last month, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association launched the first-ever Neighborhood Toy Store Day with much success. Participating retailers reached out to their local media to promote the day, they planned special events and reported increases in sales and foot traffic. The idea for the day was conceived earlier this year, giving plenty of time to plan and promote the concept. More recently, American Express Open promoted the Saturday following Thanksgiving as “Small Business Saturday” to encourage shoppers to remember to support their local small retailers during the frenzied shopping time between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A wonderful idea! The national attention that was given to the message through American Express Open’s promotional efforts during the holiday weekend certainly helped to raise awareness. However, the idea was launched a little too late for many businesses to get behind the idea and promote the heck out of it. Hopefully next year, given the time to plan and promote, like Neighborhood Toy Store Day, retailers should be able to benefit more.

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This issue — a newly redesigned Gifts & Decorative Accessories — is our holiday gift to you. Going into our 94th year, we took a page from our new sister publication, New Beauty, and have had a facelift. (Now 94 is the new … ?) It will continue to be a work in progress as we make adjustments in the coming months. We hope that you like it. Caroline Kennedy Editor-in-Chief P.S. Congratulations to Chris Lowe of Bean Head Toys in Sandy Springs, GA, whose name was drawn from among those who correctly recognized the etiquette error on the cover of the September/October issue. Circle #139

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Whoever would have thought it could have possibly turned out the way it did? This year started out with such promise, with visions of a robust economic recovery, ongoing change in our national government and reduced tensions around the world. Instead, the Great Recovery to the Great Recession hasn’t quite worked out, and business conditions are pretty much no better than they were this time a year ago. At the national political level, the country is as divided as it’s ever been and the new year promises to be even more divisive. All of that said, I think anyone running a business these days needs to stop a moment and give themselves a small figurative pat on the back: You made it through another one. Despite unprecedented times and conditions, you and your company have survived to start another year. What kind of year will it be? This we do know: The bill is finally about to come due for raw material cost increases. Vendors and retailers alike have managed to absorb the added cost of producing products through some squeezing of already well-squeezed margins, some subtle and not-so-subtle de-specing of products and a DESPITE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES bunch of good old fashioned AND CONDITIONS, YOU AND YOUR smoke and mirrors. COMPANY HAVE SURVIVED TO It’s hard to believe there’s anything left in the industry’s START ANOTHER YEAR bag of tricks. Anything with cotton or polyester in it, anything that is made of petroleum derivatives and anything that comes from Asia by boat — in other words, pretty much everything — is going to go up in price in 2011. How sellers and buyers deal with it will be the biggest single factor impacting business next year. There will also be the inventory issue. Even as the supply pipeline gets increasingly longer, stretching into corners of the world that had never seen a purchase order before, retailers are asking — make that demanding — vendors carry more inventory for them… so they can carry less. While raw material costs go up and down, the new dynamics of inventory management represent a fundamental change in the way business is done. Vendors are going to need to continue to make enormous investments not just in stock, but in the systems and facilities needed to manage that process. This may finally be the tipping point for larger suppliers to gain market share in the still highly fragmented gift industry. Lastly, retailers will need to continue to walk that very precarious tightrope of offering price-sensitive promotional goods while at the same time giving their customers those special products they will go out of their way to buy. So, congratulations: You’re still here. And good luck over the next year. We’re reminded of a great Lily Tomlin quote we recently heard: “It’s going to get much worse before it gets worse.” Let’s hope the much worse is over. —Warren Shoulberg, Editorial Director

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SHOPPERS TRACK TECH 14% | of shoppers have used their mobile phone to take a picture of a product to send to someone, reports InsightExpress.

40 % | of Facebook users have been motivated to “like” a brand to access a discount or promotion, compared to 34 percent who did it to stay informed of a company’s activities, finds Exact Target.

45% | of women aged 35–44 use their tech gadgets or smartphones to research products or services at least once a day, finds Burst Media. 12 % | of messages posted on Twitter reference companies or brands, according to 360i.

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HowtheOther Tenth Lives > STILL CUTTING BACK, BUT LESS. Some 41 percent of affluent Americans — defined as the top 10 percent of households based on annual income — are making an effort to reduce or defer spending in the coming year, down from 50 percent in fall 2009, reports the American Affluence Research Center.

> SKIPPING THE BIG NAMES. Consumer Edge Research recently found that skipping top-shelf brands in favor of lower-end ones is most common in households with incomes of $100,000 or higher.

> BUYING ONLINE. 76 percent of affluent Americans — defined as those with annual household incomes of $100,000 or more — conducted an online financial transaction in the prior month, according to Ipsos Mendelson. > GIVING A SPORTING CHANCE. Also from Ipsos Mendelsohn, half of affluent women (with household incomes of $100,000 or more) have attended a sports event in the prior year, compared to 30 percent who have visited a museum and only 6 percent who went to a ballet or dance performance.


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GHTA Meets in New Orleans The Gift & Home Trade Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans in mid-November attracted some 200 sales agencies, representatives, manufacturers and retailers for a program heavy on hands-on management and operational skills, with a touch of what they call “lagniappe” — New Orleans for something a little extra. The meeting also saw the election of new officers and the announcement that the organization will now offer health insurance to its membership. The extras came in several forms. There was community service, when more than two dozen conference attendees spent the day helping to rebuild a local home devastated by Hurricane Katrina five years ago. There was also a rousing conference opening performance by the gospel choir from an area high school. And there was the usual assortment of networking, fundraising auctions and personal improvement sessions rounding out the three-day schedule. At the group’s business meeting Marc Rice of Fox Promotional Sales was elected as the new president, succeeding outgoing president Beth Lang of Alexa’s Angels who becomes chairwoman. Julie Dix of Taggies was elected vice president and the slate was completed with treasurer Todd Litzman of Brandwise and secretary Rick Contino of Midwest-CBK. A highlight of the program was a presentation by industry veteran Randy Eller on the need for the industry to reinvent itself for the new business climate, one in which sales reps and agencies play a vastly different role than they used to. His remarks are intended to serve as a jumping off point for further discussions on reshaping the structure of the industry. It was also announced that the Icon Honors program, which GHTA launched last year with AmericasMart would return in July 2011 with a

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GHTA Launches Health Insurance The Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA) partnered with Association Health Programs to offer its members health insurance, long-term care, disability income, critical illness, dental, vision and life insurance. “Health insurance has been, and continues to be, a tension issue for all industry members — regardless of company type or size or income,” said Beth Lang, outgoing president and chairperson of the GHTA. “We hope that this partnership will ease that tension by providing substantial savings to BETH LANG our members.” GHTA members can provide their current company or individual health insurance plan along with their health history to AHP for review. AHP then advises the company as to whether or not they're adequately insured and works to get the company the best possible insurance with an “A” rated carrier. To receive a health insurance quote or for more information, visit www.associationpros.com/ assoc/ghta/ or call 888.450.3040.

Industry Veteran to Launch New Company Michael Daley, formerly COO of Joan Baker Designs, is launching his own gift, garden and fashion accessories company, In-design Studios Ltd. The new company and its fashion accessories arm, “Sophie” by In-design Studios, will make an industry debut at the Philadelphia Gift Show in Janu-

ary 2011, and then at subsequent shows across the country. Daley resigned his position at Joan Baker to focus on launching In-design Studios. Previously, Daley also served as vice president of operations for Transpac Imports, The Van Group and Westland Giftware.

Billerica Building Closing; Showrooms to Relocate The Northeast Market Center permanent showroom building in Billerica, MA, closed in November. However the Gift and Decorative Accessories Center Association plans to move into a new location. In the meantime, the Association will hold a temporary show January 25-27, 2011, in The Parade Convention Hall at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA.

In Memorium This past November, the gift and home industry lost three of its pioneers: Norman Sadek, who cofounded the Charles Sadek Import Company with his father, for whom the company was named; Helen Boehm, who co-founded the Boehm Porcelain Studio with her husband Edward; and Williams-Sonoma chairman emeritus Howard Lester, who took a small local gourmet cookware store and built it into one of the biggest lifestyle home furnishings operations in the country.

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Comscore kicked off the day with a session on the State of Home Furnishings Online, followed by Mark Grodin of Shopatron, who spoke about instore pickup as the future for e-commerce. After a panel discussion on “What Works Online,” Whereoware’s Adam Schrier shared the Five Secrets to Sell More with Targeted Marketing.

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THE GIFT AND DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES INDUSTRY REMAINS OPTIMISTIC EVEN IN THE MIDST OF TODAY’S ECONOMIC INSTABILITY. VENDORS ARE DETERMINED TO ADJUST THEIR BUSINESS PLANS TO BE SUCCESSFUL REGARDLESS OF THE OBSTACLES THE ECONOMY PLACES UPON THEM.

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According to Gifts & Decorative Accessories’ exclusive 2011 Trends and Forecasts survey, a net of 29 percent of gift and decorative accessories vendors reported they fared better in 2010 sales than in 2009. And even more vendors are encouraged that 2011 will bring sales increases. Per the data, 72 percent of vendors within the industry expect sales higher than in 2010, while only a mere 5 percent expect lower sales next year.

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Innovation is essential for many vendors as they seek to reduce their carbon footprints and develop environmentally friendly products as well as green business solutions. According to the survey, 55 percent of vendors currently offer eco-friendly products and 67 percent expect their green line-up to stay about the same in 2011. As for green practices within their businesses, 53 percent of vendors are involved with earth-friendly solutions.

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• “We’ve changed our packing material from bubble wrap and peanuts to Geami, a reusable, recyclable, compostable Kraft paper. We recycle all of our cardboard, bubble sheets, toner cartridges, copy paper — any and all that we can.”

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• “Catalog in 2011 will only be offered in digital format. Limit paper usage and use recyclable or recycled paper when available.” • “Our waste materials (i.e. glass) are being repurposed into countertops and reused as an additional product to consumers.” • “We’re changing over to LED lighting for interior and exterior displays.” • “We plant two trees for every tree we use to manufacture our games.”

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“Improving customer service and listening to store owners to give them what their customers are looking for.”

“We’re getting back to the basics: improved merchandising, focus on core products and simplifying promotions.”

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GDA TRENDS AND FORECASTS SURVEY, 2011 Gifts and Decorative Accessories’ exclusive Trends and Forecasts survey, fielded in September and October, is based on responses of more than 100 vendors.

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So what are vendors planning for 2011? Survey responses indicate vendors plan to introduce a median of three new collections or lines in 2011, a trend that continues and varies little from the past several years. Nine out of 10 of responding vendors reported an expectation of introducing collections or lines of the same number or more than those introduced in 2010. Vendors are also developing new products targeted at specific market segments. The top group are those within the Gen X segment. More than half of vendors will target and develop new product for this group if forecasts hold true. Younger Boomers and Older Boomers fall next in line, a trend that carries over from 2010. The Gen Y segment comes next with 37 percent of vendors indicating a target of this group. Rounding out the top five is the Baby/Kids segment — more than onequarter of vendors will target and develop new product for this group in the upcoming year. Design directions remain important to vendors as well. Modern/Contemporary designs, which have generated much interest and popularity during the past few years, will gain more momentum in 2011 and will outpace all other design directions and trends. However, this is not the only style vendors expect to be a trendsetter. Vendors also anticipate Traditional, Retro and Spiritual/Religious styles to be among the top design choices within the industry. A design trend that has made strides over the last year and jumped to the “in” category is Americana. No

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“We are cutting costs and developing more efficient work flow.”

As vendors plow through economic challenges, many decisions— both practical and complicated—have come into play. Here’s what some vendors had to say about their strategies in today’s economy.

Gifts and Decorative Accessories’ research team, led by Research Analyst Daphne Garland-McLean, conducted the survey.

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longer on the “outs,” Americana designs continue to gain steam — perhaps a result of today’s economic climate. Bright colors are continuing their reign as the most important color scheme for 2011, according to responding vendors. More than three-fifths of vendors gave Brights a rating of important or very important. Fortynine percent of vendors responded that both Black and/or White color schemes and Jewel tone colors each held great importance for the upcoming year. Earth tones and Metallics are on the radar for more than two-fifths of Source: Gifts and Decorative Accessories Trends and Forecasts Survey, 2011

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2009 37% 22% 26% 19% 12% -16% 14% -5% -26% -14% -8% -6%

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Fashion designers

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Candles/Candle accessories

20% 36%

Kids

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Sports/Collegiate

Collectibles

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Jewelry/Fashion accents

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Adventure/Lifestyle

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vendors and four out of 10 vendors viewed Neutrals as a color palette of importance. As for licensed product, about eight out of 10 vendors noted they carry this type of product. However, the percentage carried by the majority of these vendors is small. More than three-fourths of vendors encompass less than 10 percent of licensed product in their overall product line-up; while 24 percent of vendors include 10 percent or more of licensed product in their product collection. The most popular products manufactured and/or distributed in 2010 include Holiday products, Home accent pieces and Tabletop. Interestingly, more than six out of 10 vendors plan to keep their price points the same for the majority of products in 2011. For Holiday decor, nearly two-fifths of vendors — more than any other product category — plan to increase price points in the upcoming year. The Internet is important to this industry and vendors recognize that fact. Eighty-two percent of survey respondents say they have an online catalog for retailers to peruse. And out of those 82 percent, almost seven out of 10 allow product to be ordered online by retailers. Vendors also sell direct to consumers. Per the data, more than one-half of vendors sell directly to consumers via the Internet. These online sales to consumers have vendors garnering a median of nearly 10 percent of their total revenues from this marketing tool. That percentage is expected to increase even more in 2011. According to vendor predictions, online sales directly to consumers will likely grow to 12 percent in the next year. The most important channel vendors distribute product through continues to be the gift specialty store — nine out of 10 vendors use this channel and 44 percent of vendors have positioned this distribution channel as the most important. Other popular channels include home accessories stores; museum, “attraction” orIsouvenir stores and florist/garden

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Lettuce Green

Lilac Sachet

Praline

Taffy

Rosewood

Dapple Gray

Lunar Rock

Winter White

simply stated – Simplicity and comfort meet urban rustic. Dusty colors are mixed with earth tones in this color story.

Dusty Rose

Antique Moss

Avocado

Deep Periwinkle

Sepia

Moon Mist

Vapor Blue

Incense

Angora

style and substance – Elegant and sophisticated. Jet black and metallics of gold and silver are juxtaposed against subtle blue and frosted gray and a wine-ish brown called Chocolate Truffle.

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Silver

Frost Gray

Stonewatch

Pale Gold

Veronica

Hollyhock

Chocolate Truffle

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Wild Lime

Dahlia Mauve

Brook Green

Tibetan Red

Wood Violet

Monument

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Bright White

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Fragments – A compilation of varying cultures around the world. This colorful palette combines soft hues of green and blue with deeper, richer shades of clay, red and hot pink.

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Strawberry Pink

Cadmium Green

Dark Citron

Bright Gold

Baked Clay

Concord Grape

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Archetypes – Classics that never go out of style. Black, brown and gray are accented with a Bossa Nova red.

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Charcoal Gray

Black Coffee

Breen

Tan

Silver Gray

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Champagne Beige

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Focal Points – Combining bold hues together to create an intense effect, this pink and coral color palette also includes reds, purples and wine tones. Pantone’s 2011 Color of the Year

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Honeysuckle

Aurora Red

Muskmelon

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Rich Gold

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Copper

Aqua

Everglade

Ermine

Ochre

Heather Rose

Berry Conserve

Wit and Whimsy – A fanciful palette: These colors are sweet and fun. Bright colors of pink, orange and coral are cooled with shades of blue and a touch of Brown Sugar.

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Cult of Nothing - The wonder of rediscovery and our need to slow down Family Ties – Similar tones emerge out of the shadows; colors in the half-light become de-saturated, creating soft hues. Muted, dusky oiled layers become indistinct and blend together. • Surprise of Being – A neutral range accented with oxygenated greens • Lunar – Cool grays with accents of red and a soft, natural gold that adds a hint of warmth

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Smartphones are fundamentally changing the way today's consumers shop. Don't be lulled by the fact that buying right from the phone is still a tiny fraction of retail dollars. As happened with e-commerce, many more consumers are using the new technology for research. The Mobile Customer According to the Experian Marketing Services annual 2010 Holiday Marketer Benchmark Trend Report: ● Consumers use their phones to check prices (22 percent) and research products (21 percent). ● 24 percent of online consumers (with or without Web-enabled phones) say they expect to be comparing prices, and 22 percent expect to

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be purchasing items from their mobile phones, in the next 12 months. ● 13 percent of consumers with Web-enabled phones make purchases with their mobile phones. ● Compared with 2009, consumers are 38 percent more likely to find mobile ads from businesses including sales or promotions useful. Not surprisingly, mobile shopping is catching on fast among younger consumers. But this isn't just a Gen Y phenomenon. An Adobe survey also found that the most active mobile shoppers so far are men 30-49 years old, offering an opportunity to reach out to the elusive male shopper. Men also spend more and report higher satisfaction with the mobile shopping experience.

“It's taken a couple of years, but they've figured out the mobile phone is really a tool kit, and one of the tools it unlocks is this thing called the retail environment,” remarks Peter Johnson, vice president of market intelligence for the Mobile Marketing Association. Mobile shopping is poised for growth. Says Johnson, “I would expect roughly a 25 percent net increase in mobile commerce usage in the next six months.” According to the ChoiceStream 2009 Personalization Survey, 65 percent of mobile commerce shoppers would buy more products from their mobile devices if it were easier to find products on them from trusted retailers. Among those products are small gifts, according to a global study


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Browse Better Fortunately for the budget-conscious indie store, what's cheaper in this case is also what's more popular. More people prefer using a mobile browser compared to downloading an app, according to the Adobe Mobile Experience Survey: What Users Want from Media, Finance, Travel & Shopping. In particular, two-thirds prefer the mobile Web for shopping. “To maximize reach, invest in a mobile-optimized Web experience and look beyond a single device,” says the study, which also suggests “businesses should utilize existing investments, tools, technologies and applicable know-how from their desktop-delivery approaches to develop mobileoptimized experiences.”

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To App or Not to App? There are two basic approaches to mobile commerce: “there's an app for that,” in which retailers develop their own specialized shopping app for the various smartphones that are out there, and a version of their website optimized for viewing on a mobile browser. According to a Pew survey, some 35 percent of U.S. adults have software applications or “apps” on their

phones, but only 24 percent use those apps. Fewer, only 29 percent, have downloaded apps. While that’s a lot, considering that the whole app concept is only about two years old, older adults, in particular, are less likely to use apps, as are women. Since those still represent the two main demographics of gift shoppers, developing an app for a single independent gift store would almost certainly not be cost effective — not least because you'd need at least two different versions, for Android and iPhone. (That said, an app that offered access to a national directory of independent gift stores, or better yet, independent retailers across the whole spectrum of consumer products, might be a winner.)

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produced by Buzz City advertising network. The Adobe Mobile Experience Survey agrees: several categories which overlap into the gift industry are popular with mobile shoppers, include fashion, health and beauty, kids’ products and home and garden. See chart for more details.

Don't know what your website looks like on a smartphone? The easiest way, of course, is to check it out on one. But chances are you don't have all the different models on hand, even if you make your staff turn out their pockets. You, or your Web designer, can download Keynote Systems' Mobile Internet Testing Environment (MITE) for free at mite.keynote.com to see how your site will look on a phone right from your desktop.

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Key practices to transfer from desktop to pocket include: ● Full-screen viewing for images and video ● Larger text and buttons ● Clean graphical interfaces with minimal clutter Browse Wide, App Deep That’s not to say, however, that apps have no value. The Adobe survey suggests that “a hybrid approach that delivers both Web and app experiences is ideal,” and that apps are especially good for delivering “a new utility or service for a loyal base.” Many major retailers are going the app route, and indies should be aware of their offerings, if only as competition. For example, Toys “R” Us launched scanners which let clerks scan customers’ mobile e-mail coupons and e-gift cards straight from their smartphone. (Not so high tech but cheaper, indies could simply have

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the clerk copy down a code). Tiffany even launched an app just for engagement rings. There are also third party apps to help consumers shop smarter. While some, especially those that tell of discounts on the same thing elsewhere, can add to retailers’ headaches, some may even provide selling help, attracting new customers and giving them more product detail than the most encyclopedic salesperson. ShopSavvy and RedLaser are two of the best-known price comparison engines. Stickybits allows conversation around products, and Barcode Hero turns it into a game. Consumer Reports offers 24-hour or 30 day access to CR Mobile as well as subscriptions. Customers can scan the barcode as well as using conventional search options. MyRegistry.com lets any store that sells barcoded products compete with the guy-grabbing fun of price guns without having to buy

Shopatron is already known in the gift industry for solving the dilemma of manufacturers selling direct to consumer, by driving the sales to the nearest retailer with the product in stock for fulfillment. Now the company is also offering mobile commerce sites, as of this August, for brands such as Aurora, Wellspring, Crane, Gund and more. Mark Grondin, Shopatron's senior vice president of marketing, told Gifts & Decorative Accessories "Some of Shopatron’s online stores are now seeing as much as 8.5 percent of visitors arriving on mobile devices. This is up as much as 550 percent since the same period in 2009.  We now estimate that 1-2 percent of our sales are on mobile devices. Given current growth rates, we expect this to be around 5 percent by the end of 2011." “We anticipate a sharp increase,” in mobile commerce, said Michael Kessler, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Aurora World Inc. "Retailers also benefit because a third of online customers choose to pick up products in store... meaning more opportunities for retailers to sell the other products on their shelves.”


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equipment. Free Android and iPhone apps let customers scan barcodes with their phone to add to registries or wishlists. Of course, the site's universal registry also puts those products cheek by jowl with competitors’. Online group coupon site GroupOn even launched an app for retailers to

scan and verify Groupons using their Android or iPhone’s camera. Retailers can opt out of a lot of this by removing manufacturer barcodes, and even more by removing the manufacturer name, item number and other identifying marks from the products they sell. But think twice

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before you do so: A poll of U.S. smartphone owners by Compete found that 29 percent want to be able to scan product barcodes to access relevant information. Not only would you be annoying the current customer who wants mobile-enabled shopping, you drop off the radar of her sister down the street. It’s not all about the phone’s scanning capability, either. Women’s lifestyle brand DailyCandy is taking advantage of another smartphone extra, the GPS. DailyCandy Stylish Alerts (so far only available in New York City and on Android phones) deliver DailyCandy’s content based on where the user is currently located, even when the app is closed. They may be on to something: Compete research found that 21 percent of U.S. smartphone owners surveyed would be in favor of receiving offers from retailers when they walked past stores. And location-based services from check-in games to mall map-makers to Google Local are stepping up to help. (For more on location-based programs, see the January issue.)

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the gift, stationery and home accessory industry has spent much of its time trying to re-attain and reattract the traditional core customer. is this the best place to put our efforts, or is it better to accept the change in shopping patterns and attract a new customer that is looking for different attributes, new alternatives and a different experience? there may be different answers, depending on how you think about the two primary gift industry retail merchants: gift and home shops with a range of cards, paper and stationery products vs. the shop that is primarily nationalbrand card-driven with

gifts and accessories as a secondary focus. the answer for a card and gift store with a national brand affiliation is a little more complicated than for the general gift store. the national brand tie-in gives the customers some reassurance of consistency and expectations. yet, it can also create a sense of predictability and sameness. in this scenario, a great deal of pressure is put on the store operator to differentiate, not only his store from others like it, but also to create a unique, creatively sourced, and interestingly presented merchandise mix through display and presentation (or even service) to break this mold of expectations. successfully done, the continuity of brand with a twist of the unexpected can be a win/win. conversely, the shop that is primarily a gift mix without the national branding has to create a brand of its own. it needs a personality to create an active tip-of-the-tongue familiarity with the customer, who in turn, becomes its best advocate. in this case, the brand is often about breaking down expectations and sameness, with the only continuity being its ability to surprise and delight the customer. Either example can create a surefire success to help the new or invigorated


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Changing the mood of the store can change the mood of the customer. In one case, we removed about 40 percent of the track lights in the store, gathering the remaining lights to create strong pools of illumination, while leaving the other areas in relative “darkness.” Using a decorative framed picture, we created an accent that caused a feel of intimacy and warmth, drawing customers nearer to the display for closer inspection, yet accented with a focal light. Likewise at another

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Even big companies, such as Starbucks and others, are creating small town or neighborhood looks by drawing upon materials and other elements from the neighborhood that effectively de-brand the individual business, while still using a footnote or two within the space to establish the association with the big brand itself. At face value it seems like a bit of marketing trickery, but it allows these companies to leverage their big (Brand)

capabilities, but in a small (brand) voice. The card and gift retailer, who is inherently a small brand, but equally emanates a big personality, can do the same. While much of this is about substance (how you buy, market and operate), it is, as well, often about form. This can take the form of what we call “Slipcovering,” pulling SKUs, materials, fixturing and artifacts from your local place of business. It might involve salvaging the fixturing architectural elements and furniture from a local institution that is having a garage sale (perhaps I shouldn’t share that some of my own personal best finds have involved a late

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customer see you in a fresh light. As for new customers, in many cases this person is younger, more brand fickle and looking for a place where their own self-ignited sense of creativity and self-improvement is reinforced. They are not looking for a storein-a-box, a gift-in-a-box or even an idea-in-a-box. Instead they are seeking a fertile bazaar of ideas that reinforce their self-perception and the perception of others as to their creativity and personal style. Outside of our industry, you need only to look at brands such as Forever 21, H&M and Target, who have delivered just this type of reinforcement to the customer on a huge scale.•

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Now is the time to deconstruct your store; rip up that carpeting, be it harvest gold or prison-modern gray. Seal and paint the concrete and introduce other elements that replicate more of a modern urban loft look; this will make your newfound trendy customer feel right at home. The explosion of “fake lofts” is a home or apartment alternative to consumers with their open ceilings, exposed mechanics, and yes, concrete floors that give off a young, urban vibe. All can offer inspiration.

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Color Me Fresh

Your refresh might involve moving from a light color scheme to a dark one. Maybe too, add some community spirit by inviting a local high school art class or even an energetic preschool to create a “talk back” wall. This allows them to bring in their own sense of local creativity to serve as a backdrop to a section or a fixture. It becomes a temporary canvas that is sure to attract locals and notoriety, not to mention proud parent visitation.

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rooms. While the opportunity naysayer might present all sorts of barriers to the idea (from theft to the breaking of sight lines), many home furnishings retailers have successfully implemented this strategy; maintaining clear paths and trails, while at the same time, breaking down the open sameness that uniform height fixtures can create.

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move forward, this new potential customer — the one who seeks out and appreciates the local, unique and the less processed — will recognize the promise of a brand that can give your business, and maybe even YOU, a new lease on life.• Kenneth Nisch is an architect and chairman of JGA, a retail design and brand strategy firm in Southfield, MI. Named a 2010 Retail Design Luminary, Nisch applies his knowledge and

entrepreneurial insight into consumer markets to create concept and prototype development, brand image positioning and architectural direction. JGA’s clients include LittleMissMatched, Things Remembered, Borders, Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Godiva, Spencer’s, The Stores at Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Crislu and the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). Ken may be reached at 248.355.0890 or info@jga.com.


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What do you do when your budget is approximately zero? Get creative. Often you can find fixtures on Craig’s List or through a classified ad. Over the years I’ve seen all sorts of cheap finds transformed into fabulous fixtures by mirrors, contact paper, decoupage, wood shingles, overlapping laminate samples, mosaics and more. An old quilt over wood stretchers and batting can be attached to the face of your wrap desk or fixture to look fun, warm, textural and interesting. Frosted Plexiglass mounted to the front of a fixture with spacers lets you add thin fluorescent lights so the entire fixture will glow. Copper nailed to the surface with decorative upholstery nails/tacks will give a gleam of warmth. For texture, small carpet squares in a monochromatic color scheme attach nicely to the entire bottom of a fixture. If the top is beat-up laminate, try covering it with ceramic or glass tiles. Get brave with an old piece. Chances are you can only improve it, and if you mess it up, that’s what paint is for! •

A Pallet-able Idea Above: Sand rough edges so customers don't catch their clothing. The contrast with crude wood highlights the delicacy and fineness of the china. An inexpensive fixture would place a 1/2" piece of glass directly on the top of the slats. Bergdorfs' raised the perception level with the addition of a spacer and thicker glass.

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Aria Boutique at the Portland airport needs storage on the

Workbench metal tables at Wisteria Chic in Sisters, OR, range from $95 to $110 each. Debra, the owner, left the tables "raw." Her style of merchandising makes the fixtures disappear.

sales floor since there's no stockroom. These black wood containers have locking doors. They hired a local artist to cut, paste and add a few coats of polyurethane for protection. The materials include wallpaper, contact paper and paint.

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West Seattle Nurseryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cash/wrap area was beat-up, but they had a limited budget. They had large blocks of wood, and used varying depths of wood blocks on the face and sides with the help of a friend/carpenter. The in-out pattern combined with the rings in the wood made the fixtures organic and textural. Glue was used to hold the slices so no nail heads mar the surface and feel.

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Display Case... or Coffin? A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY THROUGH THE RECESSION. A number of vendors ramped up their display fixturing — expansive, expensive units, designed to fit their goods. By making display purchase a requirement for opening (or keeping) an account, a new revenue stream was born — one that often includes healthy margins for their companies. Retailers, however, view display units differently. They look nice, but customers don’t buy displays (when was the last time you heard a purse consumer ask “How much for the 20 foot fixture?”). They hogtie cash resources, gobble up space and rarely return their investment in a timely manner.

Let’s Do the Math Say a vendor requires $1,500 in product, plus $800 in display cases to open an account. Yes, cases will assure the line gets a set amount of space in the store, but most retailers will then limit product purchase to the bare minimum. That $800 fixture displaced $1,700+ in retail priced inventory. Let’s change things up. Say the retailer is given an option of choosing between

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the $2,300 product/display combo and a $2,000 product-only order. I’m willing to bet most retailers would bump their product order up $500 to avoid the $800 display because they can sell product; they can’t sell a display. Your line gets more shelf space or deeper back stock, which serves the customer. (Instead of sending them to a competitor looking for out of stock items.)

Reality Check Every time a branded display case is sold, it comes with a caveat: Do not ever — in this lifetime or your childrens’ — even think about putting another product line in here. Well, guess what? That’s exactly what’s going to happen unless those trays, shelves or hutches light your line on fire, make it dance out the door and prove that no other line on earth can possibly sell as well. Shelf space is a priceless commodity. You want to “own” 60 square feet of the floor? Don’t tell a buyer how many boxes of goods a unit will hold; tell them how soon it will pay for 60 square feet worth of their monthly rent. Then offer to pick it up or buy it back if the numbers don’t pan out. (Yes, I hear choking sounds, but how long would you pay an employee who didn’t produce?)

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Display units are like building tenants — if they don’t pay their portion of the rent (and CAM and tax), someone else gets their space. If a line doesn’t sell like hotcakes out of an expensive required unit, that unit will be filled with other product soon... possibly from their competitors.

So What’s the Solution? VENDORS SEEK THREE THINGS: 1 Guaranteed

square footage competitors can’t touch

2 Their name shown

prominently in your store 3 Sales

RETAILERS SEEK THREE THINGS: 1 Guaranteed exclusivity

their competitors can’t touch 2 Freedom to display goods

in a way that fits their store 3 Sales

Cinda Baxter is a retail coach (Always Upward) and founder of both The 3/50 Project and RetailSpeaks.com, an online community of independent retailers. She can be reached at get_info@alwaysupward.com.

CINDA BAXTER is a retail expert and consultant.

VENDORS, PLEASE LOOK AT MANDATORY DISPLAYS AS PAID PARTNERSHIPS: • If a store promises square footage for your displays, promise them ironclad territory protection. Chase down accounts that ship to one address, then sell out of another. Close them. • If your line doesn’t sell for six months, offer to take the displays back and reimburse the store for them. A depreciated value makes sense, provided it’s reasonable. • Give buyers a less expensive option that doesn’t require display purchase, but still brings in product. More sellable inventory means more cash and more cash means reorders. • Accept the fact that sometimes your display (no matter how attractive) won’t look nice in some stores. One specific paper line never got my business because their black monolith wall unit would have looked horrid in my all-ivory shop. The competition got me instead, sans fixtures. In the end, we share one goal — selling product. Making the process affordable and easy serves everyone, while increasing the odds we’ll all still be standing later, when funds are more plentiful... and custom fixturing more viable.


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New York City is a web of intricately woven smaller neighborhoods, each with its own distinct character. With this in mind, David Alhadeff and Jill Goldhand opened A&G Merch in Brooklyn's Williamsburg in 2005, with a vision of it reflecting "the personality of the neighborhood." "It has a real industrial feel, and it’s a very D.I.Y neighborhood," says Goldhand. Goldhand has a background in music management, while Alhadeff previously owned what Goldhand called a "high, high, high-end gallery store" in Williamsburg. Her experience in branding and growing a business and Alhadeff’s experience in retail made them perfect partners. While Alhadeff falls in love with product and brings it to the store to share with his customers, Goldhand takes a much more practical approach, identifying core customers and thinking about what types of products they might need.

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Cobble Hill and Astoria. “Now that we have the interior looking the way we want it to … we want to replicate it,” says Goldhand. What she and Alhadeff originally planned back in 2005, and what they still hope, is that one day each area of Brooklyn will have its own urban-suburban store, each unique enough to show off the personality of its neighborhood.

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Richard E. Bishop fish and fox images, normally found in hunting and fishing stores, takes on new meaning in the environment of A&G Merch. “I try to be open to everything,” says Goldhand. “I also love it when something is a great value for the money and looks really rich and substantial.” For 2011, they’re setting their sights even higher, scouting locations for their next two neighborhood stores in

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Roomies The store expanded from its original 1,000 sq. ft. to 2,000 sq. ft. a year after opening. “And then,” says Goldhand, “the market tanked.” To stay afloat, Goldhand and Alhadeff rented out kiosks in the back of their store to local artisans, including a photographer, woodworker and bamboo furniture maker. The experience added to the neighborhood flavor of A&G Merch. Explains Goldhand, “The idea that we had new things and local people mixing it up was great.” Still, this past September, with business picking up, Goldhand and Alhadeff returned to their original vision for the store, and said goodbye to all but one jewelry maker.

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The 2,000-sq.-ft. store is a 50/50 mixture of small goods to large goods, selling everything from coffee mugs, glassware, tea towels, placemats and dessert plates to case goods, rugs, small desks and upholstery. A&G Merch has also started its own line of branded candles and eco-friendly tote bags. The larger goods Goldhand calls “rustic-y but very well priced,” while the small goods are very utilitarian. “I don’t go for the object d’art,” says Goldhand. Also paramount: good value. "Everything is very medium price point,” says Goldhand. "Even if it’s the greatest product in the world, I won’t bring it in if it isn’t well-priced." While Goldhand buys from a few larger vendors, she concentrates on products that other stores don’t carry;, so she often works with smaller vendors. She often stocks a single product from a vendor because it sells so well. For instance, a series of mugs with

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The floral trend in tabletop continues to go strong, but this time manufacturers present them with a painterly approach. Blue is also a popular color on the table for next season, but white reigns as the go-to color of choice.

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c Red Rabbit and Baby Red Rabbit paperweights. $135 and $90, respectively. Royal Crown Derby. 818.754.6300. www.royalcrownderby.co.uk

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b Ujala lamp looks best with a 30-watt Regular Edison Light Bulb. 5”x12”. $78. The HomePort Collections. 636.583.4410. www.thpcollections.com

c Loft style train trestle end table features a slate top. 24”x24”x24½”. $790. Vagabond Vintage. 404.351.6484. www.vagabondvintage.com

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This hand soldered natural starfish sits atop a vintage float.

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c Fleur-de-Lis charm is made of resin. 2¼”x3”. $14 each; $39.99 for a three pack. ChandiCharms. 800.715.1456. www.chandicharms.com

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Snowflake Let Melrose help you with the Spirit of Christmas by adorning your package, tree, table top, or mantle.

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Notes to Santa Let Melrose help you with the Spirit of Christmas by adorning your package, tree, table top, or mantle.

Great canvas art from Split P encourages you to “Bloom where you are planted!”. Cheery artwork from Betsey Cavallo inspires the entire “Bloom” collection of textiles, ceramics, and giftables from Split P. This bright collection is sure to bring you smiles.

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Appliquéd Dishtowels Think pink for the holidays with the new Christmas Blush collection from Split P. This collection of whimsical trees in pinks, blues and greens with splashes of reds adds a fresh new twist to the holidays. Shown here: appliquéd dishtowels with argyle embroidered trim.

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This delightful bluebird will sing his way into your heart on this whimsical picture frame from Split P. Join him and his friends in the “Garden Party” collection of textiles, ceramics, and giftables from Split P.

A wonderful jacquard dish towel highlights the fun and trendy colors of the “Flutter By” collection from Split P. Little winged wonders flit about on textiles, ceramics, and giftables in teals, blues, greens, and browns.

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You’ll get along swimmingly with these fun new ceramic mugs from Split P. These four great hand painted designs are sure to brighten your day with their funny faces and happy tails. Take the dive into the “Summer School” collection from Split P.

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Heart Expressions Heart Expressions, a treasured collection by Pavilion Gift Company® delivers kind messages and genuinely conveys what’s in your heart.

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Botanique–Fragrances Botanique–Fragrances that enrich your lifestyle with details beyond all the rest. Wholesale price $6.00

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Modèles Elegant, classic beauty combined with contemporary simplicity gives the Modèles collection by Pavilion Gift Company® a truly timeless look.

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Annie's Garden Art Vintage Seed Packets in box signs for shelf or wall.

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Amusements™ Holiday Scene Musical Giſt Box

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Roman, Inc. is excited to introduce our new Amusements™ line featuring scenic musical products, such as this beautiful Christmas Giſt Box. Open up this delightful package to find an adorable miniature Christmas village with a motorized train, ice skaters, and a cute mini town tree! Watch this small town come to life with lights, music and plenty of little Christmas action. Roman’s Musical Giſt Box retails for $85.00.

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Roman’s beautiful Wall Cross pictures the biblical story of baby Jesus. This stunning display is illuminated with LED technology, creating a lasting multi-color glow. This product stands 22” tall and retails for $50.00.

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Joseph Studio® Collection Driſtwood Santa

Tis’ the Season

As an exclusive distributor for the Joseph Studio® line, Roman, Inc. is excited to announce a striking new addition to this 5 year old partnership, Driftwood Santa. This detailed structure stands 8.75” tall and uniquely displays Santa in a nature themed setting. This piece retails for $21.50.

A new-found Roman exclusive line, featuring these decorative resin words integrated with 45 mm snow globes. Chose either Peace, Hope, or Joy for a perfect inspirational accent. These ornamental items measure about 7.5” wide and retail for $18.50.

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Joseph Studio® Collection Santa on Sleigh As an exclusive distributor for the Joseph Studio® line, Roman, Inc. is excited to announce a beautiful new addition to this 5 year old partnership, Santa on his Sleigh Figurine. This detailed structure stands 10.5” tall and delightfully displays Santa getting ready to take a generous trip around the world on his sleigh. This piece retails for $33.00.

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Forever Plaid with Sullivans’ vintage look box.

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Classic Cloche Magical Mix from Sullivans–glass and vintage stone combine to create classic cloche. It is the perfect accent for any home décor.

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Fashion accessories continues to be a growing profit center for gift retailers. How about trying on a trendy wardrobe for gadgets and other goodies for size? And don’t forget freshen up your jewelry offerings. Above: Keep customers up to date by offering them stylish accessories for their tech gear. See page 124.

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There isn’t a person around who doesn’t own at least one of today’s electronic gadgets. Offer shoppers a stylish selection of accessories to keep their iPods, iPads, computers and eReaders safe.

A EReader pouch in Carya pattern. 10”x7”. $30. Fern. 646.725.2134. www.fernbrooklyn.com

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b Jewel of the ’Gyle laptop sleeve comes in a Gigabyte and Megabyte size. Scout. 877.639.6287. www.bungalowco.com

c Colorful case fits the iPad, Kindle and

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Nook readers. $39.99. Suburban Silk. 702.433.0035. www.suburbansilk.com

d The cell phone wristlet is part of the Water Collection, a limited edition in printed leather. 3½”x4¾”x¾”. 6” wrist strap. $37. Baekgaard. 800.323.5413. www.baekgaardltd.com CIRCLE #911 ALL PRICES RETAIL

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c Aspen ring is made of sterling silver and copper. $58. Big Sky Carvers. 888.336.3226. www.bigskycarvers.com

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Necklace is handcrafted in the U.S.A. using materials from around the world.

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c Laptop sleeves feature a neoprene outer body and soft fleece inner lining. Available in four sizes. $29.50–$39.50. Melissa Beth Designs Inc. 416.505.4240. www.melissabeth.com

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The vintage key design is in keeping with the vintage jewelry trend.

A Glam Naturale i.d. holder in keys design. 3¼”x4¼”. $21.50. Triple C Designs. 212.965.0626. www.triplecdesigns.com CIRCLE #912

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d Congo purse pouch holds essentials for easy transfer between bags. 10½”x2”x6”. $28. Toss Designs. 415.721.1036. www.tossdesigns.com CIRCLE #915 ALL PRICES RETAIL


Wholesale prices on items shown $5.50 to $14. Our low wholesale prices and amazing product allow you endless opportunities to increase your bottom line.

Spend $250 & use offer code: GD111 to receive a FREE GIFT!* See us at these shows in 2011: Jan. 9-11 Jacob Javitz Accessories The Show: Booth 1749 Jan. 4-18 Americas Mart Bldg. 3 Atlanta Gift Show: Booth 4-1605 Jan. 19-25 Dallas World Trade Center Dallas Gift Show: Showroom 13880 Jan. 29-Feb.2 Jacob Javitz NY Intl Gift Fair: Booth 8537

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Products that Sell! To order call: 1-877-584-6362 We offer over 350 new Spring watch styles with matching mini purses and cell phone cases, all uniquely created by our own designers. San Francisco International Gift Fair January 8th– January 11th Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market January 12–January 19th Booth #3-5-109 Dallas Gift Show January 21st–January 24th Chicago Gift Show January 22nd–January 25th Booth #8-1105 New York International Gift Fair January 29th–February 3rd Booth #1566 ASD-Las Vegas Show Sands Expo & Convention Center February 27th–March 2nd Booth G-568

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A menagerie of possibilities. Insignias, icons, amulets ~ each a beautiful addition to your personal lore. Waxing Poetic jewelry, luminaries, and giftware... to gift, to keep, to treasure, to delight. The originator of the wax-style insignia charm.

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Showrooms: Atlanta: Tango - Bldg 2 #1000B Los Angeles: Stephen Young - LA Mart #830 Dallas: Portico Collection - WTC #576 Chicago: Casa Bella - Merchandise Mart #1578 Seattle: Barron Collection - Market Center #432 Denver: Montage - Merchandise Mart #1250

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Our Cell Bag Watches are that "something extra". Every detail is hand picked from the style of the dial to the design of the fabric. We've added the matching mini purse to turn a watch into a great gift idea.

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Watch with Matching Mini Purse This high quality watch comes with matching mini purse and is available in over 300 styles and colors. By far the hottest item we have ever carried!

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Coordinating crocodile & timeless fabrics allow for versatility & all-season wear ability. Featuring new colors for spring 2011.

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Handbags & Small Leather goods with bold hardware offered in shimmering colors Include Mango, Ocean Mist, Black Coral & Sand Stone.

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Watch Display Tree Individually designed watches with matching mini purse. Featuring our uniquely designed watch display tree. This fashion accessory is sure to be a top seller.

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New DENIM ROAD collection by Kristine Accessories. Light & Dark Denim handbags & accessories lined with cotton floral for a crisp summer look.

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Isabella’s JourneyTM Charms Our double sided charms are available in 3 sizes, along with silvertone chains & bracelet and black ribbon necklace. Jewelry mannequin sold separately. Charm Sizes: 1” x 1”, 1” x 2”, 1.5” x 1.5”. Necklace Lengths: 30” L, 18” L & Bracelet: 8” L. SRP: $3 - $9 each.

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Isabella’s JourneyTM Parasols

New patent leatherette handbags are available in 3 lively colors – green, turquoise, and pink. Silvertone embellishments add style and polish. Size: 11.75” x 14.25” x 5.75” SRP: $40.00

Pink or black umbrellas with Victorian detailed chrome handle. Collapses to a compact size and includes matching cover. SRP: $24.00

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Soft-to-touch, easy-to-wear…..Multiple bold mixtures of Tie Dye & Sting Ray, offered in vegan leather is RIGHT ON the current trends.

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Pink and black faux crocodile manicure sets are adorned with a silver decorative cross. Sold separately or as an assortment of 24 sets. Size: 2.75” x 4.5” x .5”. SRP: $9.00

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H2Z has IZAK…do you?! A totally “oh so” chic collection of functional gifts, featuring fashion illustrations from Izak Zenou.

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Jody Coyote® is offering over 30 new exciting collections, including 6 new Spring-Summer color collections – expanded by popular demand!

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Isabella’s JourneyTM Zebra Print Bags are patent leatherette, roomy and stylish. Choose from oversized bag (20.25” x 13.25” x 10.5”) or pocket tote bag (20” x 14.5 “ x 9”). SRP: $42-$60

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Beaded belts with wooden buckles are hotter than ever so don’t miss this high trend opportunity at Pink House.

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Hibiscus Bags Pretty Hibiscus Flowers adorn Pink House Imports best selling beaded bag line.

Tropical and sensuous Isla Collection for Spring / Summer from Pink House at prices that promise fatter margins.

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Leather Rose Hairpins Accessories for your hair! Beautiful handmade leather rose hairpins in hot summer colors at Pink House.

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Leather Cuffs and Resin Bangles

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Personalized Jewelry Personalize your necklace with our unique antique silver/ gold initials and matching charms. Our new charm collection includes Cupid, I Love You, Shamrock and Fleur de lis. Be unique and different, express yourself in Rhinestones! Jewelry Charm: $3.75 Silver/ Gold Necklace : $3.75 /Black Leather Necklace : $4.00/ Leather Bracelet : $5.50

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Pink House Imports dials up the color and texture this season with Leather Cuffs and Resin Bangles.

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Metallic Flip Flops Get into the holiday seasons with these cool and glittery metallic flip flops. Personalize them with your Holiday wishes, New Year resolutions or anything you didn’t dare to say in 2010! A perfect gift and with a lot of laughs. Metallic Flip Flops: $8.50 Suggested retail price: $18.00

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Such a perfect gift for the holidays! No better purse for holding cash, credit card, IDs and PDA. Comes with a detachable strap which you can personalize with rhinestone letters and charms. Make it unique for your love ones! Wristlets: $8.75. Suggested retailed price: $18.00

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I love Mom snoozies!® Mother's Day Collection offers 6 exclusive prints just for Mom. Mom has a warm heart and now you can give her the giſt of warm feet too on her special day! Sizes s-xl, non skid soles with MSRP of $12.00

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Blue Daisy

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Part of the 2011 spring 2011 snoozies!® collection featuring numerous floral prints. Non skid soles, pom pom Sherpa lining and an MSRP of $12.00. Sizes s to xlarge.

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Pink Leopard print

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The snoozies!® Spring 2011 Collections offer 18 distinctive snoozies! designs with our most popular animal prints featured. Available in sizes small to xlarge. Lined with snoozies! Exclusive pom pom Sherpa. Machine washable. MSRP $12.00

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Check out our new styles in jewelry displays and decorative mirrors. The unique antique bronze assortment beautifully highlights a broad range of jewelry.

| 800-222-1142 @ tripar.com # circle #366

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Cupcake Print

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snoozies!® Birthday Collection is comprised of 6 Birthday themed prints that make great and comfy giſts! Sizes s-xl, machine washable and a great MSRP of $12.00 Non Skid soles.

Rectangular Display Baskets

Unique and Eye-Catching Displays In-store displays are crucial to retail success. Tripar offers unique floor and tabletop fashion displays for purses, scarves and jewelry that fill this need.

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Ideal for in-store display, display baskets are also great for home use. The largest stand is 38” in height.

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Intrigue print

Seville print

Intrigue print in Sydney handbag – new from the Bella Taylor Collection by VHC, Inc, Intrigue is available in 18 sizes including accessories, wallet, purses and travel items. Retailing from $9.95 to $59.95.

Seville print in Ella handbag – new from the Bella Taylor Collection by VHC, Inc, Seville is available in 18 sizes including accessories, wallet, purses and travel items. Retailing from $9.95 to $59.95

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Love Pendant Our creamy brass heart is aglow with love and and adoration. To give, to keep and to share with all deserving darlings. Available January, 2011.

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Hand-carved white stone hearts are graced with heirloom-style floral etching to create these striking beauties. Available January, 2011.

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Aqua Patch pattern Aqua Patch pattern in Claire handbag – new from the Bella Taylor Collection by VHC, Inc, Aqua Patch is available in 18 sizes including accessories, wallet, purses and travel items. Retailing from $9.95 to $59.95.

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Write Your Own Way Sometimes we all need a little direction! Make you own mark. Be brave, be loved, and be true. Available January, 2011.

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Celebrate the ties that bind! Wherever we go, we are never too far for love’s cords to reach us, and keep us safe. Available January, 2011.

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Shining, brave and hopeful, our Joyous Return charm is sure to light up even the gloomiest of days. Available January, 2011.

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Blue Tropic print in Ring Snap handbag – new from the Bella Taylor Collection by VHC, Inc, Blue Tropic is available in 18 sizes. Retailing from $9.95 to $59.95.

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Newport print in Traveler handbag – new from the Bella Taylor Collection by VHC, Inc, Newport is available in 18 sizes. Retailing from $9.95 to $59.95.

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For the first time, the San Francisco International Gift Fair is the first show of the year. California’s biggest gift event is a style-setting marketplace where the hottest design trends and movements start and evolve. With more new resources than ever before, you’ll find something surprising in every aisle — top name manufacturers, innovative newcomers, and cutting edge designs. Best of all, it’s in San Francisco, America’s most eclectic, exciting city. So make plans now to join us. First of all, it’s second to none.

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Want to be ahead of the trend curve? The Seattle Gift Show lives ahead of the curve. Catering to the trend-forward tastes of the discerning Pacific Northwest consumer, you’ll find thousands of forward looking products from the industry's leading lines, Plus, you’ll get to enjoy your week in the nation’s most forward thinking city, while staying close to home in the Pacific Northwest. Join us in February. Stay ahead of the curve.

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Mariposa, Palmetto, Paloma, Santorini, Takao and Zoysia fragrances come in Ecojar and EcoVotive candles and Fragrance Diffusers.

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The new Ali Collection from Bluewick exemplifies the trend toward elegant yet simple, environmentally friendly packaging that puts the decoration on the container, not the box. It also represents the direction to more unusual, complex scents. Above: Ecojar and EcoVotive candles and Fragrance Diffusers. All vegetable wax; handmade in L.A. $8.25-$25. Bluewick Home & Body Co. LLC. 866.BLUEWICK. www.bluewick.com CIRCLE #817

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GlowHome These sophisticated takes on scented candles blend with home décor statements and look good long after they come out of the box.

b Antiqued Painted Terracotta Jars are filled with soy wax. Four colors each come in three scents. 4-8 oz.; $12-$20. Himalayan Trading Post. 770.761.6761. www.himalayantradingpost.com

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c New Chesapeake Bay Candle Collection includes eight scents from Vanilla Bourbon to Orchid Guava. Featured items have opaque suede finish. $10-$36. Chesapeake Bay Candle. 800.331.8339. www.chesapeakebaycandle.com

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d Poe is from the Library collection, which also includes scents inspired by Austen, Whitman, Dickens and Thoreau. $8-$28. Paddywax. 866.PADDYWAX. www.paddywax.com CIRCLE #816 ALL PRICES RETAIL

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A New screen-printed soy and beeswax candles burn for 100 hours. $28. K. Hall Designs. 314.961.1990. www.khalldesigns.com

A dash of color updates the traditional pastel spring palette. Mid-tones paired with nature-inspired scents are bright and fresh but not overpowering.

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c C’est Cute comes in Bergamot Fig, Car-

conut Rain, Spring Awakening, Wild Iris, Grapefruit & Wheatgrass, Dragon Fruit and Mango Salsa. Votives-23 oz., $2.25-$25. Midwest-CBK. 800.394.4225. www.midwestofcannonfalls.com

nation Clove, Oak Berry and Apple Jasmine. 10 oz. $30. Seda France. 800.474.0854. www.sedafrance.com

d New smaller Mini Reed Diffuser is designed to provide scent in small places. $9.99. Yankee Candle. 800.792.6180. www.yankeecandle.com

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Kringle Candle How a father and son launched America’s hottest new candle line I was only eight years old in 1998 when my father Mike Kittredge II sold the company he’d founded, Yankee Candle. I’d always dreamed of working alongside him someday, but I understood the many reasons why he was compelled to sell at that time. Over a decade later, I ventured into the cellar myself to make some candles for a 2009 college marketing course. They turned out so well I proudly showed those initial creations to my Dad, wondering if they had potential beyond my classroom. Together we developed the name Kringle Candle, and my childhood dream soon re-surfaced: could this school assignment possibly become an actual business? We knew there was a need in the candle industry for something exciting, so we began exploring the idea at length. The more we talked, the more our enthusiasm grew.

Mick and Mike Kittredge Launching a new retail and manufacturing enterprise in a difficult economy involved great risk, but as my father and I pursued the notion, we realized the basic concepts behind Kringle Candle were very strong. Our goal in launching Kringle Candle was to offer the world a fresh new take on scented candles. We carefully developed a line that would stand out, give consumers something truly different and also be easy for gift stores to try at a low investment level. And so, less than a year after our earliest discussions, the Kringle Candle Company opened its first wholesale accounts inside New England. In October 2010, we cut the ribbon for the sparkling destination showroom/retail headquarters and production facility of Kringle Candle just off Interstate 91 in Bernardston, Massachusetts, near the Vermont state line.

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Thus far, the marketplace seems to really love the Kringle concept. And now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making our distinctiveIUagrance line of intensel\Vcented candles available to wholesale accounts outside of New England as well. What makes Kringle Candle so different? The heart of the Kringle concept is the white wax. Since they are 100% free of dye, Kringle candles blend beautifully with any dĂŠcor, burn cleaner and emit a unique luminous glow. And if the white color is the heart, then the outstanding scents have to represent the soul. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked KDQGLQKDQGZLWKWKHZRUOGÂśVILQHVWSHUIXPHUVWR create an array of robust, realistic candle fragrances The Kringle Candle Team that has the gift industry really buzzing.

two sizes of traditional pillars plus a variety of tea lights and floating candle packages help round out our wholesale offerings. Best of all, we already know this line excites customers, creates fast turn and yields speedy profits per square foot. Looking back, I guess running a business like Kringle Candle was in my blood all along. Looking forward, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping you might want to try something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly innovative in your store â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kringle Candle. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to work with you starting in 2011!

The top seller in the Kringle range is the Classic jar line, featuring elegant footed glass containers in three appeal ing sizes from 3 to 21 ounces. Cheery votives,

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Habersham Candle Company Home Fragrance without a Flame®

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Kim and Chris from the Flag and Gift Connection in Plaistow, New Hampshire had great success with Program 21! In business for over 18 years, they stated, “It was extremely easy to place the order and the customer representatives were great to work with. Best of all, you don’t have to risk money up front! This program is a ‘no-brainer’!” Get with the program, PROGRAM 21 JUST SAY YES!

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Mini Real Wax Candles 4 shapes. Patented, realistic wick design. 2 packs – batteries included. $5.99

New candles with heartfelt thoughts are sure to bring a peaceful smile to all, available in many designs and two fragrances, soy based.

| 888-644-4373 @ candleimpressions.net # circle #380

| 866-870-4847 @ designingducks.com # circle #381

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Glass Amber Leaf Votive Candleholder

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BIEDERMANN & SONS

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2 designs. Featuring patented, realitstic wick design. $14.99

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Glass Amber Leaf Votive Candleholder gives a classic glow to any setting! A very affordable luxury: Suggested retail just $2.95!

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Small Candle Breeze™ Cand-O™ Warmer

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Plug-in Fragrance Warmer™ These decorative Plug-in Fragrance Warmers are designed to warm scented oils and wax creating the glow and ambiance of a burning candle while releasing the fragrance into the home. Ideal for small rooms and small spaces, each style brings a relaxing mood to any room.

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Create the ambiance of a burning candle with the Large Candle Breeze™ electric Cand-O™ Warmer. Let the Large Candle Breeze™ warm and release your favorite Cand-O™ wickless candle fragrance throughout your home with it’s patented whisper quiet fan. The soft glow of a flickering light adds a touch of warmth and relaxing mood to any home.

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Large Candle Breeze™ Cand-O™ Warmer

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Create a memorable setting with the CandleAire™ electric Cand-O™ Warmer. Dim the lights and let CandleAire™ warm and release your favorite Cand-O™ fragrance throughout your home with it’s patented whisper quiet fan. The soſt glow of a flickering light adds a touch of warmth and relaxing mood to any home.

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CandleAire™ Cand-O™ Warmer™

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These decorative hand painted lamp shades bring an added touch of style to our Aurora Lamps. Candle Warmers Etc.

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Charmbiance

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Hand painted glass jar candles with distinct fragrances and whimsical charms make an exquisite gift that is sure to please. DecoGLOW

Floral candles Floral candles in a beautiful tall glass can turn your home into a relaxing garden party.

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Debbie Taylor-Kerman Candles

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Debbie Taylor-Kerman candles inspired by her sophisticated European flair, have three layers of colored wax with a delicious scent and are set in a matching gift box.

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An assortment of candles with wonderful sayings to warm your home and heart. A delightful gift for those with exceptional taste.

| 800-979-4326 @ decoglow.com # circle #393

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Naturals The newest candle innovation, our Candle on the Rope, is both fun and functional. A great gift with phenomenal fragrances.

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Habersham Naturals Great blend of all natural fragrances with know insect repelling properties. Enjoy bug free outdoor time. No citronella and DEET free.

Mossy green, exquisitely detailed containers, filled with best selling Habersham Sage fragrance and creamy clean burning soy wax. Enjoy indoors or out.

| 877-823-5138 @ habershamcandle.com # circle #396

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Garden Moss Collection™

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Habersham Signature 7oz. Glass Fill Glass Amber Leaf Votive Candleholder gives a classic glow to any setting! A very affordable luxury: Suggested retail just $2.95!

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LAKESHORE CANDLE

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Bird of Paradise P L AY T H I N G S

10oz Glass Tumbler. Each scent named after a fun in the sun theme. Suggested Retail Price $14.99.

Lake Retreat Candle

Featured in our 10oz Tumbler. Suggested Retail Price $14.95.

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Our number one selling fragrance across all product lines. Featured in a CandlePot Votive and 10oz Tumbler. Suggested Retail Price $3.25 Votive, $14.95 10oz Tumbler

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Holiday Snowman Candle

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Handpainted with Embossed Detail and Snowy finish Holiday packaged in acetate box with red ribbon.

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Iron Fireplace Candelabra Antique Bronze. Holds 6 3" Diameter Candles.

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Tealight Assortment

Nostalgic Milkbottle Candle

Harvest Footed Tealight Assortment of 6 Multi-Color Assortment. Holds standard tealight

Nostalgic Milkbottle Candle by Milkhouse Creamery. Natural soy wax and pure beeswax. Suggested retail: $12

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For all skin types; can even be used on hair. Made with organic fruit and citrus oils.

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Safe Sophisticated Solutions Tight budgets or not, today's consumers are willing to pay for practical products that ďŹ ght aging and other problems, particularly if they also have organic ingredients, avoid chemicals and of course, boast good looks and scents.

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Above: Lemon lime Shea butter is launching in the first quarter of 2011 along with Citrus lotion and newly redesigned packaging. 4 oz. $25. HollyBeth. 404.549.7403. www.hollybeth.net CIRCLE #834

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Functional facial products are a rapidly growing segment of the gift personal care market— the more specific, the better.

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Created by a trained natural foods chef.

A New line of luxury day creams is made from all organic ingredients. Balancing, Cooling and Repairing available. About $26 each. Cupcake Organic Divine Skincare. 011.44.1273.251131. www.cupcakeorganic.com

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b TimeBalm Primer minimizes fine lines

c Wine Wipes come in a 20-wipe compact with mirror to remove red wine stains on the go without impacting the taste. $6.95 each. Borracha LLC. 805.556.4211. www.winewipes.com

d Splendid Dirt mud mask contains yogurt,

and enlarged pores. Includes vitamins A, C and E and Allantoin and Bioflavonoid anti-inflammatories. 1 oz. $30. The Balm. 415.359.0955. www.thebalm.com CIRCLE #801

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pumpkin, clay, and more, to fight acne, redness, blotchiness and excessive oil production. 3 oz. $20. FarmHouse Fresh. 888.773.9626. www.farmhousefreshgoods.com ALL PRICES RETAIL

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b Inspired by nature and nostalgia, bubble bath has interesting double-sided labels. No. 35, Petal scent. $24. Simpatico. 314.961.1001. www.simpatico-home.com

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Escapism in a bottle is great for celeb or award themed events.

c Multipurpose Balm can be used on hands, body and even hair. Handmade with organic ingredients. By Nieves. 2 oz., $14. 415.350.7632. www.bynieves.com

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A Body washes are new to the “I’m not here, I’m really…” collection. $20. Not Soap, Radio. 323.650.1900. www.notsoapradio.com CIRCLE #805

d New soapbox includes 12 blends of organic soaps inspired by the Amazon rainforest. $70. Wembé. 718.858.6152. www.wembe.com CIRCLE #808 ALL PRICES RETAIL

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Greeting cards, invitations and other social stationery-related products are an integral part of our culture, which is what makes them consistently reliable and profitable items for your store in 2011 and beyond. To get a finger on the pulse of this important category and to help you prepare for the upcoming winter markets, Gifts & Decorative Accessories spoke with a number of experts in the stationery industry. One key element affecting the near-future outlook is the economy and its impact on the holiday selling season. On this front the view is hopeful. “Initial reports indicate that consumers intend to spend more this holiday season than last, which is good news and could kick-start retail activity for 2011,” states Jack Withiam, executive vice president of the Greeting Card Association (GCA).

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Adds Patti Stracher, GCA general manager as well as manager of the National Stationery Show: “The economic conditions are slowly getting better. In fact, retail sales rose 0.6 percent in September, according to a Commerce Department report, with sales beating analysts' expectations. This news is offering merchants new hopes for the holiday season and into 2011. As a result, I believe that entertaining will be on the rise, wedding

and party budgets will increase, more greeting cards will be sent and more gifts will be exchanged.” And, despite worries that younger consumers haven't embraced the written word on paper as much as they have on electronic devices, it's important to note that the stationery category won't be waning in 2011 or anytime soon. “How the stationery industry will do will likely be a function of how the economy does, much like every other consumer-products business out there,” remarks Kerry Amidon, product manager for Checkerboard. “That said, people are hungry for personal connections and meaningful communications. While technology is certainly efficient for some communications, it isn’t appropriate for everything.” “Sending and receiving greeting cards is a tradition that is still firmly entrenched in the consumer's mind and lifestyle … we all still appreciate personal acknowledgement and thoughtfulness,” states Susan January, vice president of product management at Leanin' Tree. “Even Gen X- and Y-ers are learning the importance of handwritten communication and card-sending as they acknowledge gifts … and as they begin entering the job market, sending personal notes of thanks.” Patti Stracher, noting how technology has changed the world around us, reinforces the fact that handwritten communication is still here to stay.

Retailer P.O.V. “Just as television, film and video games all coexist with one another, the wider use of social media does not eliminate the fundamental need and desire to connect — it’s in our DNA! Manufacturers and retailers should embrace the opportunity to tap this emotional need and provide their customers with products that help them stay connected with each other in one of the most meaningful ways — ink on paper!”


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As you prepare to head to the trade shows and to work with your reps on purchasing products for 2011, keep in mind the key merchandise categories, product themes and color and design trends that stationery industry experts predict will sell well in the coming year. PRODUCT TRENDS

• The D-I-Y Element — Another offshoot of personalization is the “DIY” (do-it-yourself) category, which con-

tinues to grow and expand. “This is true in both physical and digital formats,” states Stracher, “where cards, boxes, packaging and other paperbased products are created [by hand], as well as in scrapbooking and memory-making where digital products are entering the market in a big way.” • Green and Eco-friendly — Green is here to stay and is being embraced by more stationery companies. This is not a temporary fad but rather an enduring mindset, says Stracher. The adoption of green is widespread both in product and in the workplace, and is being accomplished without sacrificing great design. “Sustainably designed and produced products are good for people, for the planet and for profits. As consumers demand more value from their products and vendors demand more sustainable packaging and production, we see this category only growing more important every year,”

“Our customers rarely limit their choice to only green products, but if a product is made from eco-friendly materials or the company uses ecofriendly practices, it is a definite plus,” shares retailer Hannah Rodewald, owner of The Pleasure of Your Company in Lutherville, MD.

remarks Jennifer Slaughter, marketing manager for iota. • Complementary Gift Lines — Many stationery companies are expanding their lines beyond paper to include complementary, gift-oriented items to help enhance stationery retailers' bottom lines. “I think stationery companies will continue to utilize their design resources to expand beyond paper products into gift categories that are fun, have utility and offer good value,” remarks Glen Biely, co-president of The Madison Park Group (MPG).

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• Photographic Personalization — “Personalization continues to be a huge trend across many product categories, as it has really tapped into the consumer's desire to make a product special while also being able to test out their own creative abilities,” states Leanin’ Tree’s Susan January. And, thanks to advances in digital technology, photos are increasingly being employed to enhance and to customize a variety of stationery items. “Any product feels and looks more special when you're able to add elements that make it personal [such as] using your child's or family's name, or by adding personal photos for special occasions,” says January. Particularly popular, according to January, are photos combined with interesting stripes and patterns.

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• Inspirational — Products that offer encouragement will continue to ring in sales in the new year. Stracher predicts that the 'Friendship,' 'Encouragement' and 'Inspiration' categories will continue to gain strength. “The power of love, connection and faith are critically important in good times and tough times,” she notes.

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DESIGN T HE MES Design themes in the coming year will range from images of nature, to retro motifs from the '50s through '70s, to tropical prints, to Victorian and Asian themes and more. Much of what we'll see on stationery merchandise will, as always, be influenced by the fashion runways; therefore, global imagery, mil-

• Paper Luxe — This key design trend has everything to do with luxurious papers and printing, ribbons and appliqués, and the handmade touches that make an invitation a keepsake, according to Checkerboard’s Amidon. “Paper Luxe,” defines Stracher, “encompasses more sophisticated production techniques —laser, engraving and die-cutting in particular, as well as larger formats and layering, all in the custom-invitation sector.”

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These line extensions have natural appeal for the customer, especially when they are fashion-driven. Says Stacy Waller, creative director at Wellspring: “We have seen stationery stores in particular carry quick pickup personal accessories that express a woman's style and speak to her desire to treat herself to something pretty.”

• Humor — Expect humor to remain a best-selling theme on many stationery products in 2011. Notes Checkerboard’s Kerry Amidon, “Designs will be a bit more fun. We are facing economic challenges, so designs need to boost happiness.” MPG’s Biely agrees that “Uplifting and funfilled greetings that celebrate everyday life will be well received.”

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This direction also extends into greeting cards. “We’ll see manufacturers continuing to explore the perfect balance of incorporating treatments such as die-cuts, glitter and bronzing, while still maintaining the boutique feel specific for the specialty marketplace,” observes Biely. • Technology — Technological advances, such as sound chips, both recordable and pre-recorded, and light effects will also continue to add excitement and a higher perceived value to cards and stationery items. Comments George White, president and COO of Up With Paper, which is introducing “Sight 'n Sound,” a new line of cards: “Indications are that the luxury/high-end spending is returning first, which should benefit higher-end greeting card offerings.”

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ors] relate to the specific card-sending occasion they're shopping for,” January observes. “Colors seem to be moving to sophisticated, more subdued shades of gray, turquoise and yellow, or to bright and whimsical combinations of pink, green and brown.” Colors most often mentioned by industry experts as being strong for 2011 are purples, including lavender and eggplant; neutrals such as grays and desert tones; metallics that range from bronze to pewter to copper; nature-inspired greens; and coral tones. While these color palettes might seem diverse, one thing most agree on is that bright colors will dominate on stationery items. As Megan Gandt, MPG's senior art director, notes, the brights aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive of the richer, more subdued tones. “We've incorporated deeper hues in background art with bright florals or patterning. The unexpected palette feels sophisticated and pops on the card spinner,” she remarks.•


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Stick with tradition at Valentine’s Day and sweeten up sales with gourmet chocolates and other candies for sweetheart gifting. These fresh whipping cream Truffles are wonderful sweet indulgences for the Romeo to woo his Juliet. Before you close the sale, make sure your customer has the card to go with the gift. Above: Truffle assortment is available two sizes: 11½ oz./$18.95 or 5½ oz. $10.95. Abdallah Candies. 952.890.4770. www.abdallahcandies.com CIRCLE #932

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discs are decorated in colorful vintage patterns. $24/box of six; $4/wrapped single. Rogue Confections. 212.541.7286. www.rogueconfections.com

d Tigerpaws are Georgia pecan pieces topped with caramel and milk chocolate. $18.95/box of eight; $29.95/16. The Orchards Gourmet. 800.950.4320. www.theorchardsgourmet.com

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Beautifully illustrated by Susan Winget, Pinot is available on a wide assortment of melamine products, paper napkins and coordinating acrylics.

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Quotable Frames turn favorite Quotable Cards into a lasting inspirational gift. Rather than throwing out or recycling the greeting card, these alder wood frames are just the right size to preserve a favorite sentiment. Above: Frames measure 5 5/8” and are available in black or white. $9.95. Quotable Cards. 212.420.7552 www.quotablecards.com CIRCLE #946

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f Harper photo frames come in 4”x6”,

g Celtic Colors Journal features 192 lined

h Heart-shaped dishes comes in two

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pages. Hardcover. 7¼”x9”. $14.99. Peter Pauper Press. 914.681.0144. www.peterpauper.com

sizes: 3½” or 4½”. Six large dishes, $22.99; 10 small dishes, $14.25. Ivy Lane Design. 800.888.6866. www.ivylanedesign.com

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Fun and functional for Easter candies and more, Barbara Lloyd's “Set of 4 Easter Bunnies with Eggshells”' are a must-have for your Easter collection!

Valentine Girls These lovely little Valentine girls, designed by Suzi Skoglund, are sure to steal your heart, but not your profits!

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LED House The “Home for Christmas" LED House” by designer Robin Davis will truly shine at the heart of your 2011 Christmas collection!

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Birthday Celebrations Line The new “50-ish: Welcome to Over the Hillville” is a welcome addition to Barbara Lloyd's creative, colorful, and fun-loving Birthday Celebrations line!

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The Golf Princess Collection, new from Design Design, is the perfect giſt for any diva of the divot.

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Sweetheart Mini Vase and Bowl Just in time for Valentine’s Day, “Sweetheart” joins our collection of mini vases and bowls January 2011. Handmade in Seattle, WA. Suggested Retail Price: $46.00 each.

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Surprise bridesmaids with a personalized heart-shaped jewelry box. Request a catalog to shop the full collection of bridal party gifts.

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Holy Night Joan Baker Designs introduces Holy Night, a collection of hand-painted art glass nativity pieces, for Christmas 2011.

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Wildlife is the theme in a new series of hand-painted art glass panels from Joan Baker Designs, featuring moose, eagles, wild ducks and more.

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Serving Set This Glitzy Glitter Serving Set dazzles with bling! Coordinating toasting flutes and pen set also available.

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Spring is blooming in vibrant reds at Joan Baker Designs, with the introduction of their newest hand-painted art glass collection, Poppy Garden.

Joan Baker Designs introduces a new line of glass crosses that function as tealight holders to gently illuminate the hand-painted art.

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Luggage Tags No more delays at the airport! Our new collection of melamine luggage tags makes finding your suitcase a snap. Available in fifteen great designs & a counter display rack.

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Hand-painted art glass from Joan Baker Designs goes to the garden with a new series of tuned wind chimes in two sizes.

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Car Magnets Spread peace and love along your travels with these free spirit car magnets!

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Chip Clip Sets For life’s smaller tasks, why not use a free spirit chip clip to keep them all together!

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Aprons & Attitude, new from Laid Back®, is an edgy celebration of domestic bliss that every woman will love. Line includes cheeseboards, coasters, hanging trivets, magnets & napkins.

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Laid Back’s® new Vintage Dude line extension offers fun new designs that are perfect for the hard-to-please fellow in your life: tankards, ball caps, coffee mugs & t-shirts.

The new Vintage Vixen line from Laid Back® features art of renowned pinup artist Gil Elvgren and taps into today’s popular vintage look. Line includes flasks, compact mirrors, change purses, purse notes, magnets, napkins, travel mugs & coasters.

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Happiness – Adam Goddard & Dr. Lee R. Bartel

Irish and traditional classics like Carrickfergus, The Water Is Wide, Greensleeves and She Moved Through the Fair are beautifully presented by Rowena Taheny and a traditional Celtic ensemble. SRP – $15.99

Improve your mood with scientifically designed music that boosts alpha and beta brainwaves to promote a happier, more relaxed state of mind. SRP - $15.99

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Boogie Wonderland – Earth, Wind & Fire The iconic R&B group is celebrated on this retrospective collection featuring all of Earth, Wind & Fire’s greatest hits, from September and Shining Star to After the Love Has Gone and the legendary title track. SRP – $15.99

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The stars of London’s famed West End present the most romantic pieces ever heard on stage, from productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, South Pacific and many more. SRP – $15.99

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Definition Mugs Thirty Assorted Titles

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Manly Man Giſts 12 Pilsner Titles And 6 Giant Pilsner Titles

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b Chinese To Go Box is filled with six

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dinnerware collection. 11”x11”. $20. Abbey Press. 800.621.1588. www.abbeypress.com

c Joy Nativity Scene ships in June 2011. 16¼". $47. NAPCO. 410.490.8401. www.napcoimports.com

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a Silver-plated Real Leaf Wreath is made from Monterey Cypress leaves, Double Holly, Acorns and Redwood cones. Includes velvet ribbon with Swarovski crystals for hanging. 10" diameter. $500. Still Life. 800.211.2511. www.StillLifeGifts.com

d Bird is from the new Christmas Garden theme with a Hamptons’ seaside feeling, focusing on a figural collection from Joseph's Studio. Roman. 800.SAY.ROMAN. www.roman.com

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RICHARD GOTTLIEB is president of Richard Gottlieb & Associates LLC

Does the Toy Industry Need a Revolution?

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At the end of her last letter, Carol Spieckerman, president of new market builders and an expert on retailing and branding, wrote: “Perhaps various first principles warrant further discussion? What are your ideas for creating a new framework that will foster innovation without wreaking havoc?”

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DEAR CAROL, In answering your question, I have to start by pointing out that any time you change a first principle you are engaged in revolution and not innovation. For example, in our last exchange we spoke about the first principle of gender. Under that organizing principle, toys are divided into “Girls’ Toys” and “Boys’ Toys.” In that case, an innovation might mean that a retailer develops a new way of displaying dolls within the girls’ toy section. A revolution would be for the same retailer to do away with the term “Girls’ Toys” and the girls’ toys section completely. All toys, no matter the gender, would be merchandised together. That’s a pretty big difference. Innovation is like tossing a pebble into a quiet pond. A leaf laying on the water moves, fish darts away and everything quickly returns to normal. In the case of the innovative concept of developing a new way of displaying dolls, there would be only a ripple effect as the manufacturers would really not have to do anything to their product, marketing or merchandising. They would just have to wait and see if they gained or lost space. Revolution is like throwing a cannon ball into a bathtub. The result would be an enormous mess, with water and pieces of shattered bathtub all over the floor. In the case of the revolutionary concept of doing away with the girls’ department, every constituency from designer to manufacturer to marketer to packager and so on would have to completely rethink

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the doll category. There would indeed be “havoc,” with some manufacturers going out of business. Bottom line, I believe “havoc” is inevitable when challenging first principles. But we should call it creative destruction. Creative destruction hurts in the short term, but generates enormous benefits for the long term. Best, Richard DEAR RICHARD, I’m all about revolution, particularly in retail, and I think we’re at the end of the beginning in that regard. After years of retailers obsessing about efficiency and trying to perfect their optimization strategies, we’re entering a new era of retail risk-taking that will be much more revolutionary than evolutionary. What may surprise everyone, though, is that much of the revolution will be driven by retailers rather than brands. I’ll expand on your pebble-in-thepond metaphor to describe how I see it already unfolding: The pebbles hitting the water are a series of initiatives that various retailers are incubating and launching but that nonetheless go largely ignored. However, those ripples gain momentum as they interact with other ripple pools and waves begin to form — until a tidal wave (or two) finally appears, seemingly out of nowhere. As brands and manufacturers gaze at each isolated ripple, they fail to recognize the profound ways they connect and interact with each other — and eventu-

ally create something brand new (and unexpected) as a result. Of course, this has happened many times throughout the history of retail. The advent of the private label is a great example. Manufacturers first saw it as a completely non-threatening experiment in “generics.” From there, it was rationalized as an opening price point option that only lower income shoppers would favor. As more retailers began to expand their private label programs, many in the industry still called it a “cyclical” brand dynamic, and predicted a swing back to national and licensed brands. Today, private “label” is now changing into private “brand,” and shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, not content to stop at private brand products, Best Buy, Target and other retailers are now layering on private brand services (such as Geek Squad and Bullseye Mobile). The tiny ripple created by the private label gained unhindered momentum for years, finally gaining attention only when the wave crashed onto retail shores — and completely transformed branding as we know it. With social networking, digital marketing, proximity promotions and multi-channel, retailers have never had a bigger pond to play in. The difference between then and now is that the pebbles are no longer hitting the water one at a time. As retailers become less risk-averse and more determined than ever to control the conversation, hundreds of pebbles are hitting simultaneously — without waiting for the pool to settle. I’m expecting big waves. How about you? Best, Carol Richard Gottlieb is president of Richard Gottlieb & Associates LLC, a provider of business development services. He has 35 years experience in the toy industry in sales and sales management. He can be reached at Richard@usatoyexpert.com.


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NANCY ZWIERS is chief Funosopher and CEO of Funosophy.

Types of Toys Boys Want Now

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BEFORE HEADING INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON, Funosophy wanted to find out what types of toys and other playthings boys were most interested in. Online research was conducted among 150 boys between the ages of 7 and 10 in early fall. Since the holidays were still a couple of months away, an open-ended question designed to understand what boys wanted at that time was asked: “If your birthday were next week, what would you most want for a present?” Below is a summary and presentation of the responses from the research. Note that boys were free to respond to the questions any way they wanted. Funosophy chose to code specific brand mentions as a type of toy so that the full results could be reported in a consistent manner. If boys mentioned more than one toy or product, only the first mention was used.

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Boys ages 7—10 are still playing with traditional toys, but other products like video games and electronics are continuing to make significant in-roads. The two categories that received more mentions than any other by these boys included Video Games/Game Consoles (24 percent) and Action Figures (23 percent). These types were followed by Wheeled Goods, like bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc. (19 percent).

Some 24 percent of boys either wanted a specific video game or game system for a present. Of these, 42 percent wanted a Wii console or game. The next most popular system was Playstation 3; of boys who said they wanted a video game-related present, 19 percent mentioned PlayStation 3 games or consoles. Once the leader with younger consumers, Nintendo has lost significant ground in recent years, with only 3 percent of respondents mentioning it by name.

For the most part, younger boys in the research (7—8 year olds) are interested in the same things as 9—10 year olds, with a few slight differences. The younger boys are more interested in Action Figures than any other type of toy or plaything. More older boys aged 9—10 showed preferences for non-traditional toys such as Video Games, Electronics and Wheeled Goods.

Summary While traditional toys continue to compete with non-traditional playthings for boys’ attention, plenty of boys are still interested in traditional toys like action figures. • NancyZwiersisChiefFunosopherandCEOofFunosophy,Inc.,aleadingtoyindustryconsulting firmandgirls’branddesignandinventionfirm.Formoreinformationoncompanyservices,including the company’sextensiveresearchservices,call562.436.5251oremailnancy@funosophy.com.

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SPIELWARENMESSE INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR will welcome the world’s toy manufacturers, retail buyers, licensing agents and sales representatives to Nuremberg, Germany, February 3-8, 2011. The fair is one of the world’s major platforms focused on the world of play and is known as a place for discovering innovative toys and trends in toy directions. T OYAWA R D 2011 The fair will present its annual ToyAwards recognizing high quality new toys, but with some innovations, including a new logo. This year, Spielwarenmesse has improved the new product award and will reduce the number of categories from the previous eight to five: Baby, PreSchool, SchoolKids, Teenager & Family and an annually changing SpecialAward. This year the SpecialAward will recognize GreenToys, toys that particularly stand out for sustainability during manufacture or promote children’s environmental awareness. There will also be a two-stage judging — a preliminary judging and main judging — process to winnow down the number of entries. Toys are

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judged on the basis of play fun, creativity and comprehensibility of the product concept, toy safety and material properties. The main judging process will narrow down the entries to three finalists with the winner in each category being announced during the opening ceremony of the fair. During the fair, attendees have the opportunity to vote for the final top toy award out of the five award winners. The main winner, which receives a prize of approximately $27,000, will be announced at the end of the fair. All ToyAward winners receive marketing and promotion support throughout the year. For more information, visit www.toyfair.de. To help plan your visit: www.toyfair.de/onlinecatalogue.

Sustainability is a big issue for the toy industry and the trend to “eco-correct toys” is gathering steam. More manufacturers are using renewable raw materials, such as natural rubber or bamboo, and completely new bioplastics for the manufacture of toys, as well as promoting environmental awareness through play. Green toys will be a prominent focus at the upcoming fair and will be spotlighted by a special award at this year’s updated annual ToyAward. TOYS GO HIGH-TECH:

Moores Law, which says that the performance of integrated circuits doubles every two years, could certainly also be applied to the toy industry, although with some exceptions. The new “electronic intelligence” produces increasingly powerful toys. TOYS GO CUSTOM-MADE:

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Ride-ons are also all the rage at this toy store nestled in the heart of The Big Easy. Manager James Dello Stritto reveals his current customer favorites: Bubber from Delta N.A.

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The perplexing 3D marble maze featured in a clear globe really catches customers’ eyes, says Dello Stritto of his clientele, which is largely comprised of locals. As his store gears up for Christmas, he expects the season to resemble last year: “quiet, but in the last two weeks, things should really take off.”

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Before the cold weather sets in, outdoor active toys are still tops at this Midwestern specialty toy shop. Coowner Chris McKenna shares her customers’ favorites as of late:

Owner Jamie Burdette reveals board games and crafts kits as her current top-selling toys in various categories. Among her customers’ favorites are:

This high-end specialty toy store is known for classic wooden toys. Among the shop’s best sellers are:

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OgoDisk, an easy item to ship, is recommended to grandparents with out-ofstate grandchildren. “This item is also popular with occupational therapists,” says McKenna. For the holidays, impulse buys mean big business at this neighborhood toy store. “A lot of people come in for stocking stuffers,” she observes, noting the latest “anything bacon” craze — from bandages to gumballs.

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A ride-on toy and suitcase in one, Trunkis are a hit with kids whose families are traveling during the holidays. Speaking of the fourth quarter, Burdette says shoppers seem to be keeping a low profile this year. “Overall, this holiday season does not appear to be strong this year, or consumers are waiting much longer than in years past to start their shopping,” she reports.

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So asked a recent conference, which brought together some 30 toy industry leaders, from retailers to manufacturers. T H E BU I L D I NG O U R F U T U R E T OY C O N F E R E NC E : Girls and Toys brought together a group of toy experts and industry leaders for a day-long off-the-record interchange. Richard Gottlieb, organizer of the event and Playthings contributor, noted that the conference topic was inspired by a comment made in the previous year's event. What follows is a summary of some of the discussion and what it may mean for the future of the toy business.

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ment to fail. The added pink SKUs dramatically increased sales. “It is almost like our world is color coded,” one participant explained. Design for Girls So how do we make products appeal to girls? Attention to design, of product and packaging, is part of the answer. That doesn’t mean it has to look “girly” but that girls put a higher emphasis on aesthetics; adding a design element to any functional product is one way to increase its appeal. Another is to emphasize the potential for social connection. For example, the number of girls who decide to study computer science has gone up because of social media. Another thing to watch is inadvertent messaging. On science toys, often

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only a boy is shown. And, examples from the Strong Museum of Play show, when boys and girls are both depicted, the boy tends to take the active role while a girl helps or watches. The subconscious message is that science kits are a boy’s toy. (Arts and crafts suffer from the opposite problem.) The Gatekeepers “What gets on the shelf is dictated by the buyer,” one participant reminded the group. And “a lot of buyers are men.” Buyers aim to pick the toys that will sell the best, but they don’t necessarily get it right. “Companies that rely on consumer research are more balanced, but a lot of companies don’t use research, they use judgment. And the men are better at boys’ toys than girls’ toys,” one participant observed. The answer? More research, both in child observation and focus groups, and listening more to the women in the industry. But buyers themselves are constrained by the department system, which segregates everything by gender, causing problems for toys and properties that appeal to both. Of course, stores are only the first gatekeeper. Parents themselves are the second. Educating parents was a theme that came up repeatedly. How the Other Half Plays One thing that came up over and over is that we can’t free girls from stereotypes without freeing boys as well. And parents these days are likely to be less tolerant of boys wanting to play with girls’ toys than vice versa. “Boys can be 50 percent of a property [primarily] targeted toward girls, but it is not accepted by parents,” one participant explained. Boys will play with dolls and girls with boys toys “in the safe space of the play lab,” one manufacturer explained, but there are many men who won’t let their sons have dolls. Even a gender-neutral item isn’t free from parental gender prejudice. One participant

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cited a popular licensed property: Boys wanted a particular character backpack, but because of the color, parents wouldn’t buy it. Story Included The influence of the media was another ongoing concern, because of the prevalence of licensing in the toy business, particularly in the mass market. While licensing is good for companies, since it reduces the risk of introducing new items, is it good for kids? “The stories children hear have as big an impact as toys,” it was noted. With the convergence of entertainment, toys and technology, and children engaging with media much more, there is concern that children will play differently with items that already have a backstory, and thus licensing will inhibit creativity. “So much is pre-packaged, features replace imagination,” was one comment. This is particularly a concern for girls since the media they are consuming is probably not free from sexist messages, however subtle or unconscious. What Do Girls Want … That they’re not getting? Sportier figures, for one thing – as Title 9 has normalized team sports for a generation of American girls, their toys have not kept pace. More individuality in characters — a bigger range of role models, and large dolls that exemplify those role models. “Boys need nurturing and girls need action,” one suggested. Another said her own daughter “doesn’t want Barbie. She wants to play with more of the technology toys. She wants something she can relate to and she can’t find them.”

THE SPECIALTY DILEMMA Many of the problems highlighted at the conference are not as big an issue, if at all, at specialty retailers. When one attendee said, “We don’t want it in the girl or boy section, we’re over that. We need to be thinking differently about where we put things.” Another replied, “Where we see that happening is in the smallest gift stores, which are having trouble staying afloat.” Lack of ability to see and touch product out of the package is another common problem specialty stores avoid. “FAO for a while had a wonderful section of craft toys that were all open and you could play with them. But FAO of course is specialty and you don’t have that anymore. That’s what’s happening in retail: The amount of sales help that could actually speak to a parent or a child is just decreasing.” In place of people, big box stores are trying to substitute interactive displays.

New career options is one of the most obvious changes to be made, but it’s not just a matter of putting Barbie in a spacesuit; it’s offering toys that help teach the skills needed to take up those new careers for real. It looks as if some gender growing pains are generational, and may simply fade away. As one person predicted, “There will be many more opportunities going forward because sensibilities are changing; some of the issues that are driving us crazy won’t even be issues.” •


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d Madcap is a soft bandana for young girls. Made of ringspun cotton lycra. $14. Mugsy & Lulu. 443.994.8552. www.mugsyandlulu.com

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these practices, ensuring a out of that store for 18 consistent approach to daymonths before rolling it to-day operations. out,” she adds, noting the Consumers reap the importance of utilizing benefits of such stellar cusmarket research for estabtomer service with Giggle’s lishing the Giggle name. Registry Night when, on a The end result was a retail select night of the week, resource for new parents parents-to-be have the that quickly amassed a store to themselves and strong following. can peruse products firstLike any good busihand for their gift regnessperson, Wing realized istries. Personal shoppers that creating a unique are also on hand to answer identity for Giggle was esquestions and even pay vissential for sustaining longits to customers’ homes or term growth. And that offices when they can’t meant choosing her mermake it into the store. chandise very carefully. “We’re deeply committed “We don’t carry everyto being a trusted resource thing; you will never see for parents,” says Wing. 80 car seats or 50 feeding The interior of the Soho store in New York City is an inviting bright, “We spend the majority of spoons in a Giggle store,” open and playful environment. our time understanding she tells Playthings. “We go their needs and helping through a disciplined them solve them.” process to select products and Since Wing realized that an onprioritize what parents can’t live line component is essential to exwithout.” Merchandise must ad1 BABY BASICS: the tried-and-true musttending business beyond store here to at least three of the 10 haves every new parent needs; a new baby hours, she pays special attention Giggle criteria (see box), which is starter kit, so to speak to her site. “Giggle.com is as much based on market research and 2 GOOD VALUE: regardless of price, items our brand’s portal as it is our 24/7 addresses such concerns as should offer a good value. store,” she explains. “What we health/safety and developmental can offer in resources on- and offmilestones. “With toys, we pay a 3 HEALTHY: because babies are more sensilines is complementary rather ton of extra attention to developtive to chemicals and other toxins, we look for than interchangeable.” She unmental criteria to make sure fun products without harmful chemicals, formaldehyde finishes and other toxins. derstands that while shoppers is also smart,” she adds. like to see and touch things in Wing also empathizes with the 4 MULTI-STAGE: great products that take a person, they also like to go home, frustration of first-time parents child from infancy into the toddler years do their research and come back who are waiting for a crib or again. “We have a personal, cuspiece of baby furniture that must 5 INNOVATIVE: products are just plain smart: a new twist on an old product, a great design tomized touch in store, and be ordered and shipped. Giggle or a fresh idea quickly filtered, easy-to-research makes a point of partnering with info online,” Wing says. suppliers that can fulfill orders 6 EASY/SIMPLE: products that offer convenWith a balanced approach to for all 14 stores, and is able to ience and functionality to make parenting doing business virtually and in stock whatever items it offers in easier the real world, the Giggle forits own warehouse. 7 PORTABLE: products that help make travel mula has clearly succeeded in the Customer service is also critical simple and stress-free retail marketplace. “We underfor differentiating Giggle from its stand that specialty is about more competitors. All employees at8 SPACE SAVING/COMPACT: space-conscious than cool products or a great lotend Giggle University, a training essentials that don’t take up a lot of room cation,” says Wing. “It’s about program that covers everything trust and great value. We don’t from understanding the nuances 9 RESPONSIBLE: products that are nontoxic or recycled, good for the earth, or that suprequire customers to guess which of shipping, to learning how to port charitable causes day of the week they can get a open and fold a stroller with fideal. We are who we are with nesse. Wing created the position 10 TESTED: products that get a thumbs-up great products, services and value of a Giggle Dean who visits each from Consumer Reports, focus groups and every day, everywhere.”• store and educates employees on other parents

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d The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane presents the tale of a medieval monk who brings color to the manuscripts being copied. The illustrated story by C.M. Millen is written in rhyme. $17.95. Charlesbridge. 617.926.0329. www.charlesbridge.com

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vide a showcase for Filipino design, it highlights the Filipinos’ artisan craftsmanship and creative use of natural and recycled materials. And it is also a platform for new industries, such as the select grouping of personal care manufacturers, a new direction in Philippine enterprise. The show provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere in which to do business. The main show floor was divided into four easy-to-work quadrants: Holiday, Fashion, Home and Garden. A second smaller hall housed the Boutique and Furniture exhibitors. Overall, the show is a visual feast and one that buyers interested in design and craftsmanship should put on their list of resources. The next Manila F.A.M.E. is scheduled for April 16-19, 2011. •


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Austere beauties: The elegant ambiance is defined by clear and unostentatious aesthetics. Despite their severity, the forms and lines are not cold; they are steeped in detail and quality. In their search for the essence of things, the designers encounter classic forms that are equipped with new functions and produced with hightech. This playful mixing with new technologies and piecing together of old and new details are symptomatic of a desire to dismantle and re-arrange. This trend is characterized by filigree forms and soft colors, as well as pretty but modest basic forms with boxy or rounded contours. The colors and materials are dominated by nature: wood, leather, felt and plant fibers are complemented by technical fabrics; an earthy olive hue dominates over lush and pale shades of green and is joined by powder shades from rosé to brown. 2 s u r p r i s i ng E m pat h y

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Perhaps surprisingly, in the generally so tranquil world of harmony-seeking family-minded consumers, the box is becoming the epitome of universal furniture, a symbol of the search for personal, meaningful pieces populated by truly practical things — icons of everyday life. Even angular and simple individual structures can be fashioned into rounded and astonishingly comfortable opportunities for retreat — soft

padding or sheepskins emanate a sense of luxury. The preference is for natural materials. Surface textures are knitted or woven. A warm rhubarb-red radiates positive energy and warmth and is combined with creamy-white, corn-yellow and tan shades ranging from light brown to terracotta. 4 t r a ns f o r m i ng pErspEctivEs

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• Charlotte Gift Show . . . . . . . . . . . NA

• Total Home & Gift Market . . . . 19-25

The Park (formerly Charlotte Merchandise Mart] (704) 365-4152 www.charlottegiftshow.com

• F!nds temporaries. . . . . . . . . . . 21-24

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Dallas Market Ctr. (800) DAL-MKTS www.dallasmarketcenter.com

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• Market Suites temporaries, including Beckman’s . . . . . . . . . 22-25

The Merchandise Mart (312) 527-4141 www.shopchicagomarket.com

• Temporary Exhibits . . . . . . . . . . 14-18 • TransWorld Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories (JF&A) Show . . . . . . 21-24

• Temporary Exhibits . . . . . . . . . . 14-16

AmericasMart (800) ATL-MART www.americasmart.com

Donald E. Stevens Convention Ctr., Rosemont, IL (800) 323-5462 www.transworldexhibits.com

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C O LU M BU S , O H • The Heritage Cash & Carry Wholesale Mkt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum & Convention Center (800) 951-1994 www.wmigiftshows.com

Aladdin Shrine Complex (717) 249-9404 www.heritagemarkets.com

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The Parade Convention Hall, Holiday Inn, Boxborough, MA (978) 670-6363 www.northeastmarketcenter.com

Columbus MarketPlace (800) 686-MART www.thecolumbusmarketplace.com • Offinger’s Handcrafted Marketplace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Veteran’s Memorial Building (888) 878-GIFT, (740) 452-4541 www.offingershandcrafted.com

_________________________________ H O NO LU LU • Hawaii Market Merchandise Expo . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10

Blaisdell Exhibition Ctr. (800) 525-5275 www.douglastradeshows.com

_________________________________ L A S V E GA S • Las Vegas Market . . . . . . . . . . . 24-28

World Market Center (888) 962-7469 www.lasvegasmarket.com • Gift + Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-28

World Market Center (702) 599-3064 www.giftandhomelv.com

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• Northeast Market Center Premiere Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-27

• Columbus MarketPlace Show . . . N.A.

Eisenhower Inn Allstar Complex (717) 249-9404 www.heritagemarkets.com

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• Biloxi Mississippi Wholesale Gift Show. . . . . . . . . . 29-31

G E T T YS BU R G , PA • The Heritage Cash & Carry Wholesale Mkt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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• The Chicago Mkt.: Living & Giving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-26

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Dena’ina Convention Center (907) 929-2882 www.alaskagiftshow.com

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• Printsource New York . . . . . . . . 10-12

• Philadelphia Gift Show . . . . . . . . 8-11

L.A. Mart (800) LA-MART-4 www.lamart.com

7 West 34th St. (212) 279-6063 www.7wnewyork.com

• Birdwatch America Show . . . . . 8-11

• California Gift Show Temporaries, including Beckman’s West . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-24

• New York Intl. Gift Fair . . . 29-Feb. 3

L.A. Mart and L.A. Convention Ctr. (800) LA-MART-4 www.californiagiftshow.com

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• At Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29-Feb. 2

Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94 • Licensing Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . 29-31

California Market Center (866) SHOP-CMC www.californiamarketcenter.com

• Handmade, Baby & Child . . . . . . . . . . . . 29-Feb. 2

L.A. Convention Center (201) 794-1133 www.chashow.org

_________________________________ M A D I S O N, W I • The Buyers Cash & Carry Show at Madison. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 • Market Square Midwest Mkt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-10

Alliant Energy Ctr. (717) 796-2377 www.marketsquareshows.com

_________________________________ M E X I C O C I T Y, M E X I C O • Mexican Gift Show . . . . . . . . . . . 11-14

Hipodromo de las Americas www.espaciosalpro.com

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• CHA Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29-Feb. 1

• Jewelers Intl. Showcase . . . . . 22-24

Convention Ctr., Miami Beach (561) 998-0205 www.jisshow.com

Javits Convention Ctr. (800) 272-SHOW www.nyigf.com • New York Gift & Home Textiles Market Week . . . . . . 28-Feb. 3

7 West 34th St. (212) 279-6063 www.7wnewyork.com Pier 94 and Javits Convention Ctr. (800) 272-SHOW www.nyhometextiles.com 230 Fifth Ave. (800) 698-5617 www.230FifthAve.com • New York Gift Show . . . . . 29-Feb. 3

41 Madison Ave. (212) 686-1203 www.41madison.com

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• Accent on Design, General Gifts, The Museum Source, Tabletop & Housewares, Details, Personal Accessories, At Home/Home Textiles, ExTracts, Studio . . . . . . . . . . 30-Feb. 3

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Orange County Convention Ctr. (678) 285-3976 www.orlandogiftshow.com • IDEX Premiere . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-30

Rosen Shingle Creek (404) 378-2217 www.dollexpo.com

The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Oaks, PA (800) 318-2238 www.urban-expo.com

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Phoenix Convention Ctr. (800) 424-9519 www.oasis.org

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St. Charles Convention Ctr. St. Charles, MO (513) 861-1139 www.stlouisgiftshow.com

_________________________________ SA LT L A K E C I T Y • Salt Lake Gift Show . . . . . . . . . 27-29

South Towne Exposition Ctr. (801) 782-7771 www.saltlakegiftshow.com

_________________________________ SA N F R A NC I S C O • Pre Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

888Brannan (415) 861-7733 www.888brannan.com • San Francisco Intl. Gift Fair . . . . 8-11

Moscone Ctr., 888Brannan (678) 285-3976 www.sfigf.com • NASFT Fancy Food & Confection Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-18

Moscone Ctr. (212) 482-6440 www.fancyfoodshows.com


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• Denver Gift, Jewelry & Resort: Permanent showrooms . . . 24-March 1

• Louisville Gift Show . . . . . . . . . 27-28

Puerto Rico Convention Ctr. (787) 781-3050 www.tsc-pr.com

• Denver Gift Jewelry & Resort Show: temporaries . . . . . . . 26-March 1

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Intl. Ctr., Congress Ctr. (800) 611-6100 www.cgta.org

_________________________________ WA S H I NG T O N, D C • Sugarloaf Chantilly Crafts Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-30

Dulles, Expo Ctr., Chantilly, VA (800) 210-9900 www.sugarloafcrafts.com

Memphis Cook Convention Ctr. (630) 241-9865 www.gift2jewelry.com

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Morial Convention Ctr. (630) 241-9865 www.gift2jewelry.com

World Trade and Convention Centre (902) 424-8609 www.actshow.ca

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HOUSTON • CAMEX—Collegiate Retailing Conference and Show . . . . 25-March 1

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George Brown Convention Ctr. (800) 622-7498 www.camex.org

7 West 34th St. (212) 279-6063 www.7wnewyork.com • Toy Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-16

• Alberta Gift Show . . . . . . . . . . 20-23

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230 Fifth Ave. (800) 698-5617 www.230FifthAve.com

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Javits Convention Ctr. (212) 675-1141 www.toyassociation.org • JA Intl. Jewelry Show . . . 27-March 1

• ACC Crafts Show . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23

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Javits Convention Ctr. (877) 693-4478 www.ja-newyork.com

• Off-Price Specialist Show . . . . . 13-16

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Denver Merchandise Mart (800) 289-6278 www.denvermart.com

Paroquet Conference Centre Shepherdsville, KY (513) 861-1139 www.louisvillegiftshow.com

Columbus MarketPlace (800) 686-MART www.thecolumbusmarketplace.com

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Sands Expo & Convention Ctr. (702) 414-1000 www.offpriceshow.com • ASD/AMD Variety Merchandise Show, Jewelry Show & Gift Expo. . . . . . . . 27-March 2

Las Vegas Convention Ctr.; Sands Expo Ctr., (800) 421-4511 www.asdamd.com

PHILADELPHIA • Market Square’s Gallery of American Craftsmen . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 • Buyers Cash & Carry Show . . . . . 6-7

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• Casa Salzburg (Interior and lifestyle) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-29

• Heimtextil: Intl. Home & Household Textiles . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-15

• Art to Wear and Jewelry Preview . 17

Exhibition Ctr. (203) 840-5662 www.reedexpo.com

Messe Frankfurt (770) 984-8016 www.messefrankfurt.com

• Buyers Mkt. of American Craft. 18-21

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Pacific Market Ctr. (800) 433-1014 www.pacificmarketcenter.com

• Seattle Gift Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8

Washington State Convention & Trade Ctr. (678) 285-3976 www.seattlegift.com

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Convention & Exhibition Ctr. (212) 838-8688 www.hktoyfair.com • Hong Kong International Stationery Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-13

Exhibition Ctr. (011) (852) 2584-4333 www.hkstationeryfair.com • Global Sourcing Fair: Gifts & Premiums, Baby & Children, Fashion Accessories, Home Products. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-14

International Expo Center, Shanghai (011) (852) 8199-7308 www.chinasourcingfair.com

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• Upstate NY Gift Expo . . . . . . . . 14-16

Turning Stone Resort and Casino (315) 738-4342 www.upstatenygiftexpo.com

Grand Hall de la Villette (011) 33 (0)1 41 98 40 00 www.univers-enfants.com

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Royal Dublin Soc. Exhibition Comp. (212) 371-3600 www.showcaseireland.com

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Fairgrounds, Milan (212) 459-0044 www.fmi.it • Vicenzaoro First: gold jewelry, silverware, watches. . . . . . . . . . . 15-20

Fairgrounds, Vicenza (800) 443-1479 www.firstevent.it

• Maison & Objet . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-25

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Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre (203) 840-5662 www.reedexpo.com

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (703) 522-5000 www.bijorhca.com

• Intl. Jewelry Tokyo. . . . . . . . . . 26-29

Big Sight, Tokyo (011) (81-3) 349-8503 web.reedexpo.co.jp

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• Melbourne Gift Trade Fair . 29-Feb. 1

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• Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-13

• Paperworld . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-Feb. 1

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ExhibitionCentre, Lillestrom (011) (476) 682-0900 www.messe.no • Expohogar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-24

Gran Via Exhibition Ctr., Barcelona (011) 902 233 200 www.expohogar.com

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• Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19-22

Grand Hall, Olympia, London (011) (44-171) 385-1200 www.toyfair.co.uk

India Expo Center Greater Noida, New Delhi (877) INDIA50 www.epch.com

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• Tokyo Intl. Gift Show . . . . . . . . . . 1-4

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• Home & Giving Trade Fair . . . . 19-22

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• Ornaris: the Tendency & Novelty Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-19

Parc des expositions, Zürich (011) (031) 331-3724 www.ornaris.ch

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Sydney Showground (011) (612) 9437-5233 www.agha.com.au • Sydney Reed Gift Trade Fair . . . 19-23

Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (203) 840-5662 www.reedexpo.com

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• GiftTrends Madrid: Iberjoya, Bisutex, Intergift: Intl. Gift Fair . . . 3-7

Feria de Madrid, Madrid (212) 860-2983 www.ifema.es

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Intl. Ctr., Harrogate (011) (44-193) 282-8877 www.harrogatefair.com

Exhibition Ctr., Herning (011) (454) 542-5711 www.formland.dk

• Giving & Living (formerly Torquay Fair) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-19

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• Harrogate Intl. Toy & Christmas Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-12

Westpoint, Exeter (011) (44-1934) 733-233 www.givingliving.co.uk/

• Wales Spring Fair: crafts, gifts, textiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-26

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• Caribbean Gift & Craft Show . . 18-20

vmaloney@carib-export.com www.caribbeangiftandcraft.com

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Earls Court One, London (011) (44 20) 737-08210 www.topdrawer.com

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Cymru Llandudno, N. Wales (011) (44-1938) 555-313 www.walescraftcouncil.co.uk • Scotland’s Trade Fair . . . . . . . 23-25 • Scotland’s Food Fair . . . . . . . . 23-25

SECC, Glasgow 011 44 (0)20 7370 8168 www.scotlandstradefairs.com • Asia Expo London . . . . . . . . . . 24-26

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Stockholm Intl. Fairs (011) (46 8) 749 41 00 www.stofair.se

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• Top Drawer Spring. . . . . . . . . . . 16-18

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(011) (852) 2311 8216 www.londonasiaexpo.com/EN/

• Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-March 1

Exhibition Centre (312) 787-3388 www.thaitrade.com

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• Frankfurt Intl. Fair: Ambiente . . 11-15

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• Spring Fair Birmingham. . . . . . . 6-10

• Nurnberg Intl. Toy Fair. . . . . . . . . 3-8

Nurnberg Exhibition Ctr., Nuremberg (404) 847-0883 www.toyfair.de

Natl. Exhibition Ctr., Birmingham (609) 921-0222 www.springfair.com In most cases, shows are to the trade only. The dates listed are provided by show managements. Before traveling to an event, however, please check the particulars with the organizer by calling the contact telephone number or visiting the website. International contacts are preceded with (011). Show dates not available at press time are marked n.a.


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ACaroling We Did Go A visit to the Byers Choice workshop in the Pennsylvania countryside, where people, not elves, are hard at work crafting Santas, elves and other holiday singing characters by hand BY CAROLINE KENNEDY

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Earlier this year, Gifts & Decorative Accessories played hooky from the office and took a drive to nearby Chalfont, PA, to visit Byers Choice Ltd. We were warmly greeted by the Byers — Joyce, Bob Jr. and Jeff — and given a behind-the-scenes tour of the premises to see how their caroling figures are skillfully crafted by hand. Surprisingly, the first stop was the company lunchroom and entrance from the employee parking lot (mostly hidden from direct view). The bright cheerful room overlooks an expanse of lawn with a gazebo and small pond. One wall of the lunchroom features The Great Wall of Byers’ Choice with individual photos of all the employees — the Byers’ Choice “family.” On the factory floor, we moved from the making of armatures and molding heads and feet to painting or “fleshing,” on to wrapping of armatures and cutting and sewing to dressing, quality control and shipping (a fascinating progression!) One would think that as company principal and chief designer, Joyce Byers would have her office/design studio elsewhere in the facility, away from the nitty-gritty of the production floor. But no, the originator of the caroling figures works right in the thick of things; her work area is right in the heart of the factory floor, visible to all of her “family,” the artisans who turn her vision into reality.

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The tour finished with a visit through the company museum (which is open to the public), whe re one wanders through a Dickenslike street of Victorian shop fronts all decked out for the holidays and displays of figures in various scenes — all an inspiration for visual merchandising ideas. For visiting information see www.byerschoice.com.


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Molded heads are painted in flesh tones and detailed.

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The company’s headquarters, production facility and museum is tucked up a winding drive and situated in a park-like setting with lots of trees, plantings and rolling expanses of lawn.

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The armatures of the figures are wrapped in plain tissue to fill out the bodies before dressing them. The armatures are made from wire coat hangers just as Joyce’s originals were. The company is one of the largest individual consumers of wire coat hangers in the country.

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In addition to all the displays of caroling figures, the Byers also showed off their extensive collection of Christmas crèches from around the world, which is also on display in their headquarters. Its variety is impressive. The highlight of their collection, an 18th century Italian presepio, is not to be missed. It is one of only a few complete antique presepio collections in the U.S.

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We Ask, You Answered How many shows do you attend per year, and is this fewer or more than you attended three years ago? Do you go back to the same ones or change it up?

Michele Bessey

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I attend three to five shows per year. I always go to the New York International Gift Fair and do the majority of my buying there. I spend fewer days than I used to, because I have established relationships with so many vendors. I always attend the National Stationery Show. Occasionally I attend Circuit, Moda and Fame. This January I plan to go to Atlanta to search for new vendors, and long to go to Vegas... because it’s Vegas! I also plan to go to the Buyers Market of American Craft in 2011. Overall I attend more shows than I did three years ago, but spend less time at the shows, because I’m a better, more focused buyer than I was when I first started.

I attend two shows per year — AmericasMart Atlanta in January and July. I used to attend New York in addition, but I couldn’t continue to justify the cost. New York is a great market, but I wasn’t finding that many new lines that I hadn’t seen in Atlanta. The thing I love most about attending AmericasMart is that I get to work with the reps that call on our store throughout the year. A great relationship with a rep is essential — they look out for new lines that “scream Swagger Gifts,” help when issues arise with a manufacturer and protect our bestselling lines from being sold nearby. It is great to work with someone who has been to our store, understands the look and feel and what type of clientele we serve. The key to shopping the same market is you can’t get lazy. You have to walk the entire show and check out every nook and cranny without preconceived notions — you never know what you are going to find in the temps or the corner of that random showroom you’ve never purchased from before!

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Ted Kennedy Watson WATSON KENNEDY Seattle, WA I have really changed how I attend shows over the last few years. I still attend about the same number of markets, but I now go to the Fancy Food Show and the National Stationery Show, as opposed to just going to gift shows. This year I will attend both of those, plus the San Francisco gift show in January and the New York gift show in August. This has really helped me to hone in on small suppliers and product that is not overly saturated in the market. I think too much retail is too similar, so I am always looking for goods that are not over-exposed.

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