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September 2013 | Volume 24 | Number 10

Fashion Jewelry Forecast page 46

NEWS

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52 5 Ways to Build PPC Quality Scores 56 Choosing The Right Ecommerce Platform 62 Wholesale Supplier Directory

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news Health Care Changes Wizard THE WHITE House has launched a new website designed to inform and educate business owners concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The Health Care Changes Wizard, which is part of BusinessUSA, the administration’s interagency information outlet for employers, asks employers to input their state, company size and current insurance plans. The Wizard delivers tailored information about changes under the law, important dates to remember, and the formulas for determining requirements and penalties. The new service provides information gathered from Department of Health and Human Services, the Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration. It brings together state and sizespecific information, as well as universally important facts about the law, and is part of a broader effort to disperse facts.

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Coils oer better value than stick and cone incense Each coil is around 30 inches long and burns two to three hours, for 100 to 150 hours of enjoyment per can. “Coil incense is a better value than stick or cone incense, but is less common because it requires robust packaging and a special holder,” Sell explains. “We include bunny coil holders that burn coils in a compact space, unlike long, awkward stick holders that must be purchased separately. The fragrance from coils slowly permeates large spaces without overwhelming small spaces, the latter of which is a common problem with fast burning cones.” Longer lasting than sticks and more subtle than cones, coils are great for air freshening, ambience, meditation, relaxation and romance. continued on page 22

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gifts & souvenirs Show and Sell for Happy Holiday Sales by Michael Penna “SHOW AND sell” is a smart approach for independent retailers for the Christmas and holiday season. Decorating your store to display and market your inventory can help you compete with both large and small retailers, and it is key to your business success. It is especially important because customers are looking for decorations for their homes, as well as for holiday gifts. Three ways to promote seasonal merchandise are selling the products you use for decorations, integrating products you sell into your decorations, and adding a personal touch by discussing and/or demonstrating your products.

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candles in your store, and the holiday music playing sells CDs. A “Please Touch” sign, rather than “Do Not Touch,” works well, where appropriate.

consider that even though you love him, he may not be the Claus for your cause.

Integrate products you are selling into your decorations The ambience of your store creates the mood and desire to buy. You may not sell Christmas trees, but consider your store tree a display, decorated with ornaments, lights, ribbons, bows or other items that you can creatively exhibit and sell. Arrange centerpieces on display tables with products you sell as well. A well thought out candle presentation sells candles, and a floral presentation sells a vase and flowers. Sell the poinsettia with the decorative pot in which it is presented. While integrating merchandise is often visual, it also incorporates other senses. The fragrance in your establishment sells the potpourri, perfumes or

Add a personal touch, and discuss or demonstrate your products. Be sure your staff is active and knowledgeable about the products in your store. Always provide your customer the opportunity to browse undisturbed, but, when needed, assure that the attitude and aptitude of your personnel is, “I can help. Have you read the fun greetings in our new holiday cards from Jumping Cracker Beans? See how simply you can add florals to the top of Hodgepodgees’ candle jar? Have you touched and seen Snow To Go? You will be amazed how you can instantly make decorative snow that looks and feels cool and soft, like fresh fallen snow.” Okay, my last example was a shameless promotion continued on page 28

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plus shipping. Cans measure 3 inches by 3 inches and fit nicely into common gift and organza bags. Ivory colored organza bags with satin ribbon drawstrings can be added for $.22 to $.30 each, to offer additional appeal as event and wedding gifts. Retailers can easily create attractive point of purchase displays simply by placing the cans and coils around the gold bunny coil holder on a shelf or counter. Scents-Of-Asia is in the process of designing additional gift items for the home décor sections of gift shops and department stores. The company’s mission is to provide customers with a competitive advantage by offering new and unique products at reasonable prices. ■

of Snow To Go, a product I created, yet it does drive home my point. As an independent retailer, show and sell is your holiday competitive edge, and you must promote, integrate and inform customers in the valuable space you have available. Your store should not be a cold warehouse or massive space with complicated aisles to navigate, but alive with products creatively merchandised for the holidays, featuring a “Babes in Toyland” atmosphere. Present your customers with an experience and ideas they will want to take home or share with their friends and relatives in the spirit of the season. ■

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new products Deluxe Magic Loom Kit For Kids ONE OF the biggest trends for kids this year is loom bands, a crafty, rubber band based jewelry that allows children to express their creativity. To meet the huge demand for loom band products, Quality Innovations Inc. has introduced several loom band options, the mother of which is the Deluxe Magic Loom Kit. This mega set contains 600 rubber bands in multiple colors, along with crystal charms and the loom. The kit wholesales for $6.50 and retails for $14.99. “Children can make bracelets and necklaces by themselves,” says owner Kerry Yang. “They can even make a little bag to hold the other items they create.” Quality Innovations also offers individual units of tie-dye, glow in the dark and scented loom bands. Pre-made loom band bracelets in a variety of colors, including rainbow and pink, with a choice of charms, such as a heart, are also available.

products from barware to toys, and licensed products such as Super Mario and Minecraft. Smartphone accessories, zipper bracelets, plush and other novelties are also available. In addition, the company sells many “As Seen On TV” items, which offer retailers the bonus of national media exposure. Quality Innovations’ minimum order is one case of 50 units. The firm offers point of purchase displays with many of its products. Loom bands, for example, are produced on cards and can be delivered in a countertop display, or in pegboard bags. ■

This year’s Silly Bandz Loom bands will be among the most sought after holiday gift items on the market, Yang notes, and many well-known department stores like JC Penney, Wal-Mart and Target are carrying them. As a result, they are advertised on national television and children all over the country are asking their parents for loom bands. “They are going to be as popular with kids as Silly Bandz were a few years ago,” Yang predicts. “We sold at least $13 million packs of those types of bands, and we think that the loom kit will surpass that.”

One Direction, light up novelties and Minecraft Quality Innovations also offers a vast array of other merchandise that meets fast changing trends in technology, play patterns, fashion accessories and gadgets. The firm sells a variety of popular boy band One Direction themed items, including journals, pencil sets, sticker books and stickers. Other big sellers include light up

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new products Baby Banana® Brush Introduces Octo-brush BABY BANANA® Brush, a family owned and operated business, brings gum massaging and tooth brushing into one infant-totoddler friendly activity. The company’s line of brushing and teething products is designed to promote healthy oral care habits from the earliest possible age. Baby Banana Brush’s newest introduction is the Octo-brush, an eye-catching purple teether and toothbrush. The product’s eight tentacles of different textures massage and soothe sore gums, and also make it easy for small hands to grasp. “Two of the tentacles are shaped like a traditional toothbrush, so children get used to having that feeling in their mouths,” states Natalee Phillips, marketing director. The Octo-brush, like all Baby Banana’s products, is made from the highest quality medical grade silicone, which is non-toxic, non-allergenic, soft and bendable. The firm’s top seller is the Baby Banana Brush for infants, which has easy to hold banana peel handles. Other items in the product lineup include a banana shaped training toothbrush for toddlers, a three pack of animal shaped teethers and the Sharky, which has open loops in the tail fin that are perfect for attaching a binky strap. Designed by company owner, Sandra Phillips, and Heather Phillips, a dental hygienist, all the company’s products are patented and have registered trademarks.

Safe, fun gifts for toy stores, aquariums and zoos “There have always been hard plastic toothbrushes and teethers, but our line brings both of these together in soft, safe and entertaining products,” Phillips notes. “They are totally safe for young children. This is important, since there is a high incidence of children under two years of age being taken to the hospital emergency room because they fall while chewing 32

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on pencils, spoons and toothbrushes, and injure soft tissues in their mouths.” The safety aspect of Baby Banana Brush’s selections is appealing for any retailer, whether a toy store, baby boutique or dental office, she adds. “Everyone wants the safest products for their kids.” In addition, because the products are designed in myriad fun forms, they are positioned to sell well in a variety of specialty and souvenir settings. Sharky and Octo-brush, for example, would sell well in an aquarium gift shop, and the banana brushes would be popular at zoos. The Baby Banana Brush for infants is manufactured in the U.S., and the company’s other products are made in Taiwan. “We chose Taiwan because it is the silicone capital of the world, and their standards are very high,” Phillips reports. “We wanted to support business in the U.S. as well, so we have our best selling product also made here.”

Ordering highlights Baby Banana Brush products wholesale for $4 to $4.50, and retail for $7.99 to $8.49 each. The minimum order is 12 pieces of one style. Baby Banana Brush’s consumer website provides detailed product information, but retail buyers must call or email the company to request an application to become a vendor. Baby Banana Brush will be exhibiting at the IGES/SSS show in Sevierville, TN, in November, at booth #2332. ■

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new products New Bluetooth, MP3 & FM Sunglasses HOLLY WOOD HITS Distributors, a wholesaler of cutting edge merchandise designed to meet a variety of consumer needs, constantly expands its product line with unique, trending merchandise. One of the company’s newest introductions is unisex sunglasses with built-in Bluetooth 2.0 wireless technology, FM radio and an MP3 player. With 2GB of memory, this product also supports WMV, WMA, ASF and WAV music formats.

pink, red and blue, the reading glasses click and unclick at the center and rest comfortably around the wearer’s shoulders for easy access. A package of two pairs wholesales for $12.50 and retails for $29.99. Another holiday gift idea from Hollywood Hits is the E-Picasso stylus pen. For use with capacitive touch screens, including iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad, HTC, Samsung and Motorola, the pen is made of a high-grade smooth antioxidant metal shell. “Other companies retail a similar product for $39.99,” Farkas notes. “I found a very good manufacturer, and I am able to wholesale the product for $10.” The suggested retail is $19.99. Hollywood Hits is constantly bringing in new products, and now also features a line of eCigarette related merchandise. The company’s minimum order is $100. ■

Polarized, flip up lenses block 100 percent of all UVA, UCB, UVC and blue light, allowing users to enjoy music in the sun while protecting their eyes. The lithium battery supports up to six hours of play. “These sunglasses incorporate the latest technology for fast connections, and are very comfortable to wear,” says Peter Farkas, owner. “We expect them to be popular with consumers for the holidays.” Wholesaling for $75 and retailing for up to $195, one unit contains a pair of black sunglasses, USB cable, charger adapter, cleaning cloth, user’s manual and a black carrying case.

Magnetic eyeglasses in fashion colors Hollywood Hits’ unisex magnetic eyeglasses are another great product for the upcoming holiday season. Available in several fashion colors, including

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new products Snapi® Serving Tool INDEPENDENT RETAILERS looking for a colorful impulse buy that makes a great gift should check out Snapi®, the single handed serving utensil from KitchenHappy™. This server, for pasta, vegetables, salads and more, allows users to snap up a large or small portion without having to put down their plates. “It is big fun at the family or buffet table,” says company COO, Sue Kinch. Dishwasher safe, the clamshelllike unit closes and locks for easy storage, so it will not get stuck as a drawer is opened. Snapi is a combination of rigid and soft touch plastic, and was designed by Jack Elder, a plastic injection molder. Comprised of American-made components, the server is manufactured in Michigan. It is available in seven colors and can be custom printed for tourist and resort areas. Affordably priced, the unit retails for $7.95. One satisfied retailer in Florida says, “Snapi is the best seller I have had in 15 years of business, and I am a high volume store. Our customers tell us that they make great hostess gifts, and people often buy several to have extras on hand.”

Innovative interactive counter display encourages sales “Once people play with Snapi, they buy it because it is both practical and fun,” Kinch shares. To drive sales, KitchenHappy has designed a retail friendly interactive counter display that contains 36 units and a fake salad that people can snap up. To build awareness, KitchenHappy has done some national advertising, and recently started forming a nationwide sales force. “Sales are exploding,” Kinch reports. “July of 2013 was 36

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our largest sales month in history by far.” Furthermore, the company exhibits at several trade shows each year, and will be at the IGES/SSS in November, at booth #2307 in Sevierville, TN. “IGES has free goodie bags for the first 200 buyers who arrive at the show on opening day, and we have contributed 200 Snapis to add to the fun.” KitchenHappy also distributes Fasta Pasta®, the original microwave pasta cooker. “Users measure, cook and strain one to four servings of pasta all in one container. The Fasta Pasta perfectly cooks all types of pasta to al dente texture,” Kinch states. “There is no stirring and no boil over; users set it and forget it. Another really cool thing is that it includes a book of 50 recipes. After they cook the pasta, users put in the specified ingredients and get delicious Pad Thai or Fettuccine Alfredo. People love the cookbook.” Made in the USA, Fasta Pasta retails for $12.99.

Ordering highlights Wholesale prices are based on quantity, but retailers can earn full keystone or better, Kinch notes. The minimum order is one counter display. With the Snapi, retailers can choose an assortment of four or seven colors. KitchenHappy’s consumer website offers in-depth product details, and wholesale buyers can register online, but they must call KitchenHappy to confirm their wholesale status prior to placing their first order. ■

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The Season’s Hottest Colors and Guaranteed Values For fall and winter, Cotton Connection has a line of short-sleeved and pocket tee shirts in today’s trending neon colors. “These are hot items, and everyone is looking for bright colors,” Kothawala reveals. “We are also offering an assortment of colorful polo shirts and fleece, including hoodies, crews and sweatpants.

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Other new products we expect to sell well for the fourth quarter are our tie-dye and performance tee shirts.” In its Cotton Plus brand, the firm is importing a new line of hoodies in the most sought after colors on the market. “These are high quality, heavyweight hoodies, and we expect them to be popular sellers in Q4. They are great for the retail market because they are packaged separately, and we include suggested retail price so the end user knows the value of the product.” Both pullover and zipper hoodies are available. Wholesale prices start at around $7 each for pullovers, and retail is $19.99 to $24.99. Thermal tops and bottoms typically sell in fall and winter, as well, and Cotton Connection has them available in black and white, which are the most popular choices, Kothawala adds. Cotton Connections sells Cotton Plus goods at lower prices than its brand name merchandise, giving retailers higher profit margins, Kothawala shares. For example, the company’s vast selection of socks, availcontinued on page 42


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Main Street Closeouts carries around 60 designer brands, including Calvin Klein, Free People, Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger and Tahari. A large selection is offered in sizes extra small to 3X, and petite to tall. “We have been getting fall and winter merchandise in, so it will be available during selling season,” Hounsell reports. “We have coats, jackets, sweaters and pants in all the most current styles. Our inventory is continually turning, and we always have the most sought after fashions.”

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Traditional, bridal and designer-inspired International Jewelry Designs Inc. (IJDI) is a premier supplier of high quality cubic zirconia pendants, earrings and rings, known as Aaron Lee Designs by IJDI. Coined “The Look of Real,” the line is brass-based

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The company is also known for its dedication to quality. “Our jewelry is great for wearing. It is durable and will continue to look gorgeous for many years to come. That is our niche. People walk up to us at the jewelry shows, and they immediately see the difference between our merchandise and our competitors’ products,” Goldberg points out. IJDI has a minimum order of $750, and retailers can peruse the online catalog and create a wish list 24/7. The list is transmitted to the sales team and the transaction is concluded by phone. An eCommerce site is currently in the works.

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Pink Ice CZ, and goldand rhodium-finished Goldfather’s Jewelry Inc./GFJ Wholesale is another leader in fine fashion gold layered and rhodium finished jewelry, along with chain by the inch. Doing business for 30 years, the company wholesales a wide variety of fashion jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces, anklets, rings and charms, many with cubic zirconia. “We keep up the quality, and we offer a lifetime guarantee,” states Bill McClirk, president. “All the plating is done in the USA. That is important, continued on page 48 I NDEPENDENT R ETAILER.com | September 2013

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jewelry & accessories Fashion Jewelry Forecast continued from page 47 because we can keep an eye on it to ensure the quality of our merchandise.” In addition to excellence, GFJ Wholesale keeps close watch on fads. “Many trends are started on television and by what is in the news,” McClirk remarks. “I think we will see a resurgence of cubic zirconia in pink ice. A 34-carat pink diamond, known as ‘Princie,’ recently sold for $39 million at Christie’s in New York, and pink is a hot color. We have pink ice in several styles of earrings,

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pendants and tennis bracelets.” Birthstone earrings, all kinds of rings and chains by the inch continue to be strong sellers, he adds. “Retailers custom size the chain for people and put the clasp on in front of them. People like the sizzle, and they like custom made things.” GFJ Wholesale’s minimum order is $100, and retail is four to five times wholesale. The firm has 95 percent of its merchandise in stock, and ships orders received by 1 p.m. PST the same day. Starter kits are available. GFJ also stocks a full line of displays, gift boxes and polybags.

Disco dangle earrings in trending colors Wholesale Silver is a leading supplier of .925 sterling silver jewelry. Located in Charlotte, NC, the company is owned and operated by Mohamed Haroon Sait, a retailer of fine quality jewelry for over 12 years. Wholesale Silver sells all types of sterling silver jewelry, including rings, pendants, anklets, bracelets, toe rings,


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jewelry sets, body jewelry, brooches and pins. Along with sterling silver, retailers can find a large selection of cubic zirconia, marcasite and gemstones. Pieces are crafted in a variety of patterns such as swirls, florals, animals, Celtic knots, hearts and much more. Wholesale Silver is continually refreshing its product line, and recently added sterling silver crystal teardrop disco studded earrings, in many of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trending colors such as bright red, aqua, fuchsia, tanzanite, sapphire, black and clear. These dangle ear-

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rings wholesale for $10.99. Also sure to be a hit are the sterling silver opal teardrop with swirls earrings and matching pendant, which wholesale for $22.99 and $24.99, respectively. A sterling silver heart design with single studded heart CZ ring, which wholesales for $12.99, is also expected to sell well for the holidays. Plain silver rings and earrings continue to be quite popular. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we select merchandise, we are extremely particular about choosing items that we know will sell, based on design and quality,â&#x20AC;? Sait shares. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We offer very affordcontinued on page 50

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jewelry & accessories Fashion Jewelry Forecast continued from page 49 able prices, and retail is generally two to two and a half times wholesale.” Wholesale Silver offers volume discounts, and prices are listed on the company’s website. There is no minimum order.

Marcasite and best selling rhodium-plated collection Teeda.com is another leading wholesaler that has supplied retailers with the latest in fashionable and classic wholesale sterling silver jewelry for over 30 years. The company offers sterling silver earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, chains, pendants and charms to customers in all 50 states, and over 40 countries around the world. In addition to carrying products made in the USA, Teeda. com imports directly from Italy and Asia.

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“We are committed to staying on top of jewelry trends, and we gear our selection toward styles that are profitable for our retailer customers to sell,” comments Jack Teja, manager. “Going into the holidays, the fancier items such as marcasite brooches and bracelets will sell well. Our extensive array of rhodium-plated sterling silver jewelry is our best-selling line, particularly during the gift-giving season. The rhodium finish on this line is the same as that used on expensive platinum and diamond jewelry, but at a fraction of the cost. As a result, this line has really resonated with consumers, and is a proven, profitable collection for jewelry retailers.” Merchants carrying Teeda’s jewelry range from large retail chains, mall shops and kiosks, to online, swap meet and home party sellers. The retail price is typically two to ten times wholesale, depending on the product line and the retailer’s operations and


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target market. Teeda.com accepts orders online, as well as by email, fax and phone. The ecommerce site features industry-leading security and is optimized for buyers to quickly find what they need, and efficiently order various styles, colors and sizes in quantity. The website reflects real-time inventory, and all orders placed prior to 1 p.m.

PST are shipped the same day from the company’s Los Angeles warehouse. The minimum order is $100. If the amount is under $100 there is a $10 processing surcharge, but customers can still take advantage of Teeda’s low wholesale prices. Whether hip and contemporary or traditionally elegant, jewelry offers retailers reliable fourth quarter sales. Today’s suppliers offer an assortment of classic and trending merchandise, including exquisite .925 sterling silver, hot pink cubic zirconia and designer-inspired items, enabling retailers to satisfy consumers of all tastes, across all price points this holiday season. ■

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4. Increase ad click-through rate Writing quality ads with strong calls to action, such as “Shop Now” or “Buy Here,” in conjunction with incorporating numbers one through three above, can increase CTR. This leads to better quality scores as well. Still, advertisers are rewarded more when clicks turn into sales.

5. Ensure proper tracking is in place to measure success Quality is a measure of the effectiveness of a particular keyword to turn clicks into sales. As a result, the best

way to ensure that sales are recorded is to confirm that the proper conversion tracking code is in place. This is provided by the search engines themselves. If it is not, an accurate quality score cannot be derived, since sales performance is part of the equation. High quality scores translate to greater opportunities for profits from PPC advertising efforts. Upper ad positions attracting visitors at the lowest CPC will increase margins by decreasing expenses, and that is an ideal situation. Advertisers seeking to maximize return on investment from PPC advertising should understand the role of quality scores in the big picture, and focus on factors that keep those scores as high as possible. ■ Eric Leuenberger is an ecommerce expert, founder of Ecommerce Amplifier, and owner of Voom Ventures, LLC, whose products and services help store owners and operators increase traffic, maximize ROI, decrease expenses and increase revenue. Leuenberger can be contacted online at TheEcommerceExpert.com, or by phone at 866-602-2673.

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Choosing The Right Ecommerce Platform CREATING, MANAGING and operating an online business can present challenges. Fortunately, there are countless solutions, including eCommerce platforms designed to help you grow sales and drive the success of your business. There is a common misconception that you need to grow your business to a certain level before investing in technology that will help automate business processes. Actually, the opposite is true. You need to automate your business in order to grow. The following are nine important areas to consider when reviewing online platforms:

Can the service manage inventory across sales channels? It is important to the growth of your business to eliminate repetitive tasks that come with selling inventory across channels like eBay, Amazon and your online store. For instance, selling the same item across channels and tracking quantities automatically saves time

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Is the platform PCI compliant? It is essential that your eCommerce platform be PCI compliant. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a proprietary information security standard for organizations that handle cardholder information for the major debit and credit cards. You will want your buyers to be secure in the knowledge that their information is safe.

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Is the pricing reasonable? Some eCommerce platforms target high-volume retailers with an established customer base and revenue flow. The entry cost for these services can be very high, and may require an annual contract. Thoroughly evaluate the costs, including your time to implement and learn the software. Make sure that the service you choose is affordable now, and can scale as you grow.

Are there transaction or success fees? There are pros and cons to transaction-based pricing. In this model, the amount you pay is usually based on the aggregate selling prices of your items over a

month. If you are selling a few lower-priced items each month, transaction-based pricing can be less expensive than a monthly subscription. On the other hand, if you sell high-ticket items or plan to grow your business, it can be more expensive. Make sure you have a good idea of your projected gross monthly sales, in order to determine if this model can work for your business. Be sure the costs are built into your pricing.

Is there a contract? Before you sign an annual contract, be aware that this can restrict your opportunities to move to a different platform. If you are in a situation where you need to sign a contract, it is always best to have an attorney review it first. You should also take ample time to make sure that the platform is the best choice for your business.

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What do they oer for customer service? Customer service is a critical component that is often overlooked when choosing a platform. Many platforms offer email support only, or require payment for a setup call, which is when you need service most. Make sure you will get the support you need without going way over budget.

How easy is it to set up? Typically, ease of getting set up is determined by your business requirements. For example, if you want a

custom website, you will need to factor in the time to develop and design your site. A big part of the setup is getting your inventory data into the system, so look for an import feature. You will save a lot of time if you do not have to manually enter each item. Every business is different, and you should have a list of requirements before you shop for an eCommerce platform. Make sure you define where, what and how you want to sell, so you can find a platform that supports your needs. Available eCommerce platforms range from free, bare-bones systems to expensive solutions with all the bells and whistles. Know what you need before you start shopping, and look for the features and benefits that can help your business grow and prosper. ■ Crystal Wells is product marketing manager at Vendio, a provider of multi-channel eCommerce software for small and mid-sized online businesses. For more information, please visit vendio.com.

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LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, as well 66 40 as the Sevierville Sevierville Convention Center. The two venues, each 441 71 of which holds around Pigeon 600 booths, are a conForge 73 venient eight miles apart, and IGES/SSS 73 321 will provide frequent free shuttle service for buyers throughout the show, both daily and evenings. “With two sites for 2013, the Smoky Mountains in November is one attraction buyers and exhibitors Sevierville and LeConte will not want to miss,” says Susan Mills, co-owner. Centers boast 1,200 booths In utilizing these two convention centers, IGES/ This year, due to overwhelming demand from buyers to showcase more top vendors with more products, SSS is able to honor exhibitors’ requests for expanIGES/SSS is expanding, and will be held in the new continued on page 70 275

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continued from page 68 sion and offer 95 percent of them in main hall space. This will give many exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their entire product lines, as opposed to partial exhibits, and offer attendees a complete buying experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are expecting around 700 exhibitors,â&#x20AC;? Mills continues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Squire Boone Village, the largest vendor this year with a total of 26 booths, can be found in both the Sevierville Convention Center and in the LeConte Center. The second largest vendor, Rhode Island Novelty, will be located at the main entrance of the Sevierville Center.â&#x20AC;? Among other large exhibitors are Aurora World, D.M. Merchandising, Exist Sportswear and Nostalgic Images. For the complete

Individual and group buyers welcome IGES/SSS expects more than 10,000 attendees this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Large or small, all retailers are welcome and invited to join the festivities in November as we celebrate 14 years in the Smokies,â&#x20AC;? states co-owner Jerry Mayer. Among attendees will be several national buying entities, including Zoo and Aquarium Gift Buyers (ZAG), the National Caves Association (NCA), Museum Buyers, Water continued on page 72

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Smoky Mountain Pottery embraces show year after year Dennis and Gay Ann McAvoy of Smoky Mountain Pottery, who have participated in gift shows across the U.S. for decades, have attended the M&M Gift Show in the Smokies since its inception. According to the McAvoys, the show is diverse and sophisticated, and offers lower costs and better returns than the big city events. In addition, they note that the event is timed perfectly for continued on page 74

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IGES / SSS continued from page 73 a break before the busy holiday season, the weather is beautiful, and there are many entertaining shows in the evenings and good restaurants in the area.

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www.babybananabrush.com 208-233-2392

NEW!

www.historyandheraldry.com 800-416-5567

BOOTH SV-2332

8 TTHE INCREDIBLE SUNVISOR

BOOTH SV-2031 & 2032

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FLASH SALES INC. www.flashsales.com 866-435-2744

www.theincrediblesunvisorinc.com 866-644-6044

NEW!

BOOTH SV-2327

11 BEAR RIVER DECOR matz96@hotmail.com 231-536-7288

BOOTH SV-2433

14 THE NAKED BEE www.nakedbee.bz • 888-871-1811

NEW!

BOOTH SV-2821 & 2822

12 DRIFTSTONE PUEBLO www.driftstonepueblowholesale.com 618-829-3158

BOOTH SV-3334 - 3336 & SV-3434 - 3436

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BOOTH SV-2238

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NOSTALGIC IMAGES www.nostalgicimages.com 419-784-1728

www.nashvillewraps.com • 800-547-9727

Gift & Gourmet Packaging

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BOOTH SV-2509 & 2510

KITCHENHAPPY™

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BIG MOUTH TOYS www.bigmouthtoys.com www 800-592-0293

7 S & D, INC. www.harvest-farms.com 877-616-7495

BOOTH SV-2215

10 GREEN 3, LLC www.green3apparel.com 920-235-1288

NEW!

BOOTH SV-2707 B & SV-2708

BOOTH SV-2307

BOOTH SV-2114

13 GETAGADGET, INC

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ZHEN ZHU, INC.

www.zhenzhuinc.com • 888-663-2288

BOOTH SV-2601 & 2700

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BOOTH SV-2802 & SV-2803

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POOR BOY WOODWORKS

poorboywoodworks.com • 989-799-9440

BOOTH SV-2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008

9 S SQUIRE BOONE VILLAGE www.squireboone.com • 888-234-1804

BOOTH SV-3112-3115 & 3212-3215

12 STETSON HAT COMPANY

TIMELESS TREASURES www.glasspendantswholesale.com 719-686-8246

NEW!

BOOTH SV-2300

14 BANDED

www.getagadget.com 512-236-9282

BOOTH SV-2317, 2318, 2417 & 2418 80

JACOB’S PARADISE jacobsparadise.com 800-650-6051

BOOTH SV-2717 – 2719

www.kitchenhappy.com 248-453-5177

NEW!

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BOOTH SV-2419

www.stetsonhat.com

BOOTH SV-2217& 2218

15 PARRIS MFG. COMPANY www.parrismfgco.com 800-530-7308

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Index of Exhibitors 3 Eagles Trading Co., Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2409 & 2410 88 Merchandise Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7207 & 7208

A A & F Gift & Souvenir Co., Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7512, 7513 & 7514 A & S Designs (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6608 A E Images, LLC. (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3012, 13, 14 A Lost Art/Yak & Yeti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2321 & 2322 Ace Hy Sales, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-6727 & 6728 Adventure Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6019, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 Adventure Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2404 & 2405 Airstrike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6626 All U, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7733 All Weather/Trailcrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2838 Allwayz Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8801 American Cap Exchange. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2835 & 2836 American Expedition/Ideaman, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6225 & 6226 American Resort Gear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6827 & 6828 American West & Bandana by American West (NEW) . . . . . . . SV-3306 Americaware, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6606 & 6607 Amer-i-Mex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2333, 2334 & 2434 Amish Kraft Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7232 & 7233 AmuseMints, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7509 & 7510 Andreas Trivets (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2120 Anju Jewelry/ GA Designs, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7634 APS, Inc./ Aerial Photography Services . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-8704 & 8705 Arcadia Publishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2529 & 2530 Arte Indigena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8503 Artgame Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-6423 & 6424 Arthur Fox Earring Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7528 & 7529 Artifacts Home & Garden Decor . . . . . . .SV-2502, 2503, 2602 & 2603 Artisans, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2308-2310 AT Storrs, Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6812-6816 & PF-6712-6716 Atlanta Hosiery Company/Twofeet Ahead. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2431 Atlantic Crossing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8306 & 8307 Aurora World, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6123-6131 Authentic Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2514 & 2515 Avid Life Inc. (Eternal Life) (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7907

B b. dazzle, inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2809 & 2810 Baby Banana Brush (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2332 Backyard Safari Company (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2606 Banana Split USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2302, 2303 & 2304 Banded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2419 Bandi (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2432 Barlow Designs, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6625 Barrel Cakery, Inc. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8901 Baskets-n-Bags (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8601 Baxbo, LLC (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8502 Bay State Specialty Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7307 Baypointe, LLC/GR8 Ragz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6530 & 6531 Bear River Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2433 Bearington Collection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6829, 6830 & 6831 Bears 2 Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2030 Bee By The Sea Natural Products, Inc (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2119 Belvedere Stationers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7129 Benjamin International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8605 & 8606 Berry Sexy, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-8102 & 8103 Big Bang Clothing, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7600 & 7700 Big Mouth Toys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2707 & 2708 Big R Apparel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2329 & 2330 Billco International, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6930 & 6931 Binghamton Knitting Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6427 & 6428 Bink’d (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8504 BJ Toy Company, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7419, 7420 & 7421 B-Line Plastics, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2025 Bottle Pets (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8602 Boulder Canyon Apparel, LLC (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2112 & 2113 Brabo, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8903 Brackney Leather (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8403 & 8404 Brainstorm Products, LLC (NEW). . . . . . SV-3314, 3315, 3414 & 3415 Braswell Foods (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3429 Brisco Apparel Company, Inc. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-3317 & 3318 Broadway Gifts Co. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3021 Brooke Ward Designs (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2106 Buckle Barn USA, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6633, 6634 & 6733 Butterfields Candy (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3532 Buxton Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2521 & 2522

C C & R Discount, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7230 & 7231 Cajole. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7930 & 7932 Calico Cottage, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2804 Cansta Enterprises Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-8707 & 8708 Cape Shore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7730 & 7731 Capsmith Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-6409 & 6410 Cardiac Sports, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6627 Carl R. Sams II Photography, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6505 & 6506 Carroll Leather Goods, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3338 Cascata, Inc. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3022 Chakev-Opti Sunglasses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2131 Chanour Jewelry/ Golden Grass Brazil (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2638 Charles Products, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2324, 2325 & 2326

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Chi-Mo, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2204 Clay Critters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6529 Cliff Weil, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7606 & 7607 Clinging Cross by Jane. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8905 Coffee City USA (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2732 CollectA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7820 & 7821 Columbia Empire Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7918 Compass Industries, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7030 & 7031 Conklin Fashions, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2220 Convenient Wonders (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2920 Cool Glow Novelties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7612 & 7613 Cool Jewels® By Phillips . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-6300, 6400, 6401 & 6501 Cotton Love LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7015 & 7016 Country Fresh Foods & Confections, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7928 Cowichan Embroidery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7315 & 7316 Cozme International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8005 Cranberry Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2538 Creative Wraps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7018, 7019 & 7020 Creature Comfort Toys, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-6212 & 6213 Custom Laser Accents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3503 Cutie Collections-Ivy Trading Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6326 & 6327

D D & D Distributing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6512 & 6513 D.C. Jaymes & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7314 D.M. Merchandising, Inc. PF-6033, 34, 6133, 6233, 34, 6333 & 6432 Daisies & Dukes (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3321-22 Dalin Enterprise, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7402, 7403 & 7502 Delta Sales & Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8000 Deneen Pottery (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2731 Design Master Associates, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7926 & 7927 Designs Unlimited. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7132 & 7133 Devi Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2427 Digital Silver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8603 Dillon Importing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6923, 6924 & 6925 Discover with Dr. Cool (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2817 & 2818 DMR Creative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7428 & 7429 Donna Sharp, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2002, 2003 & 2004 Dony Simon Plus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7323 & 7324 Dowling Graphics, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7925 Driftstone Pueblo Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-3334, 35, 36, 3434, 35 & 36 Dry Gulch Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8807 & 8808 Dunhung Trading Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2900 & 3000 D’Vine Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3100 DWK Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7523, 7524 & 7525 Dynasty Gallery (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2512, 2513, 2612 & 2613

Gleeful Peacock (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3107 Global Village Glass Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8607 Glowing Rock Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6007 Gloworks Imports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7204, 7205 & 7206 Gogo Sports, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7913 Gogo Sports, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3120, 3121 & 3122 Golden Applexx Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2020 Goldenvale Inc./ Golden Keepsakes . . . . . . . . . PF-6208, 6209 & 6210 Got Yo Gifts (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2219 Great American Eagle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3517 & 3518 Great Finds (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-3117, 3118, 3217 & 3218 Great Mountain West / G54 Design Apparel . . . . . . . . SV-3026 & 3027 Green 3, LLC (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2114 Green Meadow (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2712 Green Street CDI (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-7414 & 7415 Green Tree Products, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2312 & 2313 Guru Imports, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2702 & 2703

H Handcrafted, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7530 & 7531 HAPE (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7209 & 7210 Happy Kids For Kids, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2424, 2425 & 2426 Harpgate Music Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-0024 Harvey Hutter & Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2117 & 2118 Hatley/Wild & Cozy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6000 & 6100 Hayes Specialties Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7518, 7519, 7520 & 7521 Heart Gifts by Teresa, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7815 & 7816 Heartland Wholesale, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2713, 14, & 15 Henschel Manufacturing Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2506 Heritage Playing Card Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6726 High Wind Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6425 & 6426 Highland Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6523, 6524, 6623 & 6624 Hillside Orchard Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3538 History and Heraldry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2031 & 2032 Hogeye, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7605 Hong Kong Imports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2305 Hot Leathers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7218, 7219, 7220 & 7221 Hotaling Imports, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7614 HP Industries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7830 & 7831 Huckleberry Haven, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7225 & 7226 Huckleberry People, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6927, 6928 & 6929

I ID Gear Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2902 & 2903 Impact Photographics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7430 & 7431 Insp-Higher (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8902

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E & S Imports, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6833 E.A. Graphics (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7829 E.M.I. Sportswear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6430 & 6431 Eagle Crest Industries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2320 Elah International (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7701 & 7801 elephant-friendly ivory (ef*ivory) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2104 En Vogue - Art on Tiles (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6408 Enjoy Life, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7609 & 7610 Entertain Ya Mania . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7320 & 7321 Erickson Sales, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8907 Esco Imports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7423, 24, 25, 26 & 27 ESY, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2721 & 2722 Everspring Import Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6918, 6919, 6920 & 6921 Exist Sportswear, Inc. . . . . . . . . SV-2524, 25, 26, 27, 2624, 25, 26 & 27 Eye Dye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7916 & 7917

J & L Enterprises (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3430 J. K. Marketing, Inc. (Lasered Engraved Products) (NEW) . . . SV-2720 J. R. Palacios Enterprises. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2735 & 2736 Jack Levy Sales, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2635 & 2636 Jacob’s Paradise Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2802 & 2803 Jacobson Hat Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-6912, 13, 14, 15 & 16 Jagreen Enterprises Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2224 & 2225 Jasper Fashion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7900 Jeremiah Junction (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3224 & 3225 Jerry Leigh (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2532 & 2533 Jim Spinks (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8205 Joan Baker Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7620 & 7621 John Whalen Sales/Mission Imports . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2205 & 2206 Joseph K. & Company, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6628 & 6629 Joy Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7704, 7705, 7804 & 7805 Joyce’s Shells & Gifts, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-6009, 10, 11, 12 & 13 JRS Ventures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6725

F Fairhope Soy Candle Company (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2801 Fairyland Int’l, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2534 Fiesta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7718 & 7719 FinchBerry Soapery (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2202 & 2203 Firebuggz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3015 First Card Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2306 Flappin’ Flags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6820 & 6821 Flash Sales (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2821 & 2822 Flipo Group Ltd. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8301 Florida Marine Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2038 & 2138 Flossie’s Funnel Cakes, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3533 Folkmanis, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6306 & 6307 For Bare Feet, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2230, 2231 & 2232 Fordoles USA, Inc. dba John Hinde Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7123 & 7124 Frisky-Nineteen, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-3329, 3330, 3331 & 3332 Fun Stuff, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7212, 13, 14, 15 & 16 FunFlashingLEDs.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8706 Furry Animal Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2609 & 2610

G Gattuso Distributing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7809 & 7810 Geckoz, Snakes, & Frogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2314 & 2315 Gently Spoken (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7608 George S. Chen Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6107, 6108, 6109 & 6110 GetaGadget, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2317, 2318, 2417 & 2418 Gift Trenz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7626 & 7627 Gift Websites Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8100 Gifts Etc., Inc (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2909 & 2910 Giftworks Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6620 & 6621

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K K & M International/Wild Republic . . . . . . PF-7312, 7313, 7412 & 7413 Kalan LP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6308, 6309 & 6310 Karol Western Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7723 & 7724 KBW Global Corp. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7507 & 7508 Kerusso, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7505 & 7506 Key Enterprises, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2200 KidKusion, Inc. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8203 Killer Beads, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6404 & 6405 King of Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2221 & 2222 Kingport Ind. LLC./Gun Tote’n Mamas . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7325 & 7326 KitchenHappy (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2307 Kraf & Associates, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7418 Krasco (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2812 Kreative Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6328 & 6329 Kung’s Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7720 & 7721

L L.W. Bristol Classics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3502 Lagaci Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2917, 2918, 3017 & 3018 Lambright Country Chimes (NEW). . . . . . . . . . .SV-2813, 2814 & 2815 Land & Sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7404 & 7405 Landmark Graphics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7708, 7709 & 7710 Landway International Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2021 & 2022 Lantern Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6515, 6516, 6615 & 6616 Larry Wolf & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7318 & 7319 LaserGifts/Spotmode Trend Merchandise . . . . .PF-7012, 7013 & 7014 Lathers and Scents/LaDira (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8505


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Index of Exhibitors Lazy One, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2115 LCI World LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6118-21 & 6218-21 LDA Creations-Silver Lake Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2132 Leather Impressions (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8401 & 8402 Lee Publications (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8803 Legacy Athletic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2429 & 2430 Legendary Games/The Farkel Factory . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2500 & 2600 Leisure Craft Industries, Inc. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6116 & 6216 Life & Style Fashions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2934, 2935 & 2936 Lighthouse Apparel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7818 & 7819 LightUpToys.com, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6302 & 6303 Limited Edition Gourmet Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3534 Little Critterz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7416 Lone Rock Clothing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6112 & 6113 LTC Trading Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8407

Platte River Trading. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6323, 6324 & 6325 Play Visions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6602, 6603, 6604 & 6605 Plushland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7128 Pockos America Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7406 Poor Boy Woodworks, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 Popular Greetings, Inc. (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2124 & 2125 Private Label Products, Inc (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2912 & 2913 Pro Publishing Inc. dba PostCard USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2517 Prospect Harbor Soap Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8806 PTL Enterprises. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7618 & 7619 Puka Creations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2904 & 2905 Pumpernickel Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6525 Puzzled, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-6223 & 6224 Puzzles That Rock, LLC. (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8405

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Quality Goods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-8104, 8105, 8106, & 8107

M. Cornell Importers, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-3519 & 3520 Mad Mags (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2435 & 2436 Magic Scarf Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2914 & 2915 Magic Touch Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2127 & 2227 Magnet America International, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7527 Magnum Enterprises. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7327 Manhattan Toy (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2734 Manual Woodworkers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8201 & 8202 Marian Imports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2207 Marlean Kelly Sales (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8204 Marsha’s Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6008 MayRich Company . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3309, 3310, 3408, 3409 & 3410 Medallion Mint/Coins Unlimited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-6723 & 6724 Melissa & Doug LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6304 & 6305 Miami Souvenirs. . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2724, 25, 26, 27, 2824, 25, 26 & 27 Mid-South Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7227 & 7228 Minga Fair Trade Imports (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3326 & 3327 Misty Mountain Soap Co. (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2921 & 2922 Momadic (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6527 & 6528 Monague Native Crafts, Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7107 & 7108 Montana Artistic Impressions, Inc. . . . . . PF-7023, 7024, 7025 & 7026 Moonpie Direct/Blue Sky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3535 Mountain Sweets Distributing, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . PF-7304, 7305 & 7306 Mr. Ellie Pooh’s Elephant Dung Paper & Green Store. . . . . . . . PF-8804 Mulberry Studios USA, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-6214 & 6215 Museum Store Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7915 Mutual Sales, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6005 & 6006 My Sack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8501

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N Naked Bee, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2238 & 2338 Nashville Wraps, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2509 & 2510 Neptune Trading Inc. (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2335 & 2336 Next Innovations, Ltd. (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2331 Nichma Group, LLC (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2105 Nisa’s Collection (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3226 & 3227 NoMonet (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2608 Northwest Art Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7919 Nostalgic Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2717, 2718 & 2719 & PF-8900 Novelaire (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2919 Novelty Inc., Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2414 & 2415 Nuwati Herbals, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6508

O O.T.T. Manufacturers, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8206 & 8207 Oak Alley Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2607 Oceanic Linkways, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2402 & 2403 Old School Mill, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3536 One & Only Creations (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2738 One Up Bands (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6834 Opportunity Buys Inc/Trippies Gifts . . . . SV-2026, 2027, 2028 & 2029 Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6509, 6510, 6609 & 6610 Original Depler (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2906 Outdoor Resort Sales, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6907 & 6908

P P. Michael, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-3129 & 3130 Pacific Silver, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6520 & 6521 Pacific Solution Marketing Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7826 Pampeana Glass Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7125 & 7126 Panther Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2001 & 2100 Parris Mfg. Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2704 & 2705 Passion Imports (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7833 Pathways Press -Rochelle Pennington, Author (NEW) . . . . . . SV-2504 Peace Frogs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2932 & 2933 Pen Company of America (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8406 Penny Press Machine Co., LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6514 Penny Press Machine Co., LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2508 Perisphere and Trylon, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6605 Petting Zoo, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7002, 7003 & 7004 Petting Zoo, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2108, 2109 & 2110 Phubby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3020 Pichincha. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6823, 6824 & 6825 Pichincha. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2420, 2421 & 2422 Picnic Time, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-3135 & 3136 Pictoura, LLC (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2604 Pinnacle Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6905 & 6906

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Rabbit, Bill & Traci . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2700 & 2800 Raindrops (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8302, 8303, 8304 Ramson’s Imports, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7112, 13, 14, 15 & 16 Random Rummy12 (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8600 Ranehan’s Warehouse & Workshop (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2938 Raven Eagle Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8101 Raymond Geddes Company (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7407 & 7408 Refl ective Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8906 Reid Foods, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7908 Remwood Products. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7906 Rep Force One, Inc. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3324 & 3325 Rhode Island Novelty . . . . . SV-2033-2036, 2133-2136, & 2233-2236 Rhyne & Son, Inc. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2520 Rising International Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3221 & 3222 Rivers Edge Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6205, 6206 & 6207 Robin Goodfellow Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7127 Rockin Footwear (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2924 & 2925 Rocky Hop, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2518 Rocky Mountain Rustic (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2406 Roxo LLC (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2507 Royal Handicrafts, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2729 & 2730 Ruffin Flag Company, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6227

S S & D, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2215 Safari, Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6518, 6519, 6618 & 6619 SallyeAnder Soaps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7223 & 7224 Salt Creek, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6630 & 6631 Sassy Stuff (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8802 Scandical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6612, 6613 & 6614 Scott Sales Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7308, 7309 & 7310 Scrapbook Customs, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7825 Sea to Sky Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7109 & 7110 Select Marketing and Distribution (NEW). . . . . . . . . . SV-2929 & 2930 Semaki & Bird . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7628 & 7629 Shades of George, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6933 & 7033 Shark Crafts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2535 & 2536 Shawnee Canning Company Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2706 Sheila’s Select Gourmet Recipes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3529 & 3530 Shelley Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8506 & 8507 Shop Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7727, 7728 & 7729 Silver Nugget, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . SV-3302, 03, 04, 05, 3402, 03, 04 & 05 Simply Southern Tees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7623, 7624 & 7625 Sinobrite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2126 Sioux Pottery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6429 SJT Enterprises, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7409 & 7410 Sleepy’s Cabin Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3200 Smith Novelty Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2023 & 2024 Smoky Mountain Pottery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3038 Soft Intelligence, Inc. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8600 Solar Sunglasses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7021 Southeastern Marketing & Dist, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2926 & 2927 Southwest Specialty Food, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2102 & 2103 Souvenir Source . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6318, 19, 20, 21, 6418, 19, 20 & 21 Spare Change Magnets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2201 Spooner Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2617 & 2618 Squire Boone Village PF-6702-10 & 6802-10, SV-3112-15 & 3212-15 SS Handcrafted Art, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7120 & 7121 St. Dickie’s, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2709 & 2710 Stealthy Hippo Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7806 & 7807 Stephen Joseph Companies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6902, 6903 & 6904 Stetson Hat Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2217 & 2218 Stewart’s Crafts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7630 & 7631 Stoneage Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7714, 7715 & 7716 Stonecraft Collections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2214 Strand Imports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3108, 09, 10, 3208, 09 & 10 StressTheSeams (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2829 & 2830 Strips, Inc. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7929 Stuffed Animal House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7712, 7713, 7812 & 7813 Stumpy Originals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2229 Sun Art Design, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2319 Sun Rayz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2629, 2630 & 2631 Sunbelt Marketing Group, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2619 & 2620 Sunburst Companies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6901 & 7000 Sunny & Co. Toys, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6330 & 6331

Super Shit Spices (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3531 Swanson Christian Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8200 & 8300 Sweet Gisele, Inc. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7904 & 7905 Sylvan Dell Publishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7808 Szco Supplies Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2621 & 2622

T T.R. McTaggart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7102, 7103, 7202 & 7203 T.S. Pink Corp. (New) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2614 & 2615 Teddy’s Tees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8603 Teemax, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7130 & 7131 Terra Cottage, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8108, 8208 & 8308 Terrell Creative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7707 Texas Leather Mfg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6003 & 6004 Thanks A Million, Inc./ Add A Kid (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7229 The Alpha Corporation (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8700 The Chandler Company (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2519 The Craft Room & Freeform Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-3126 & 3127 The Incredible Sunvisor, Inc. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2327 The Lone Star Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-6228, 6229, 6230 & 6231 The Lone Star Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2015, 16, 17, 18 & 19 The Metropolitan Tea Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7933 The Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6502, 6503 & 6504 The Nutty Bavarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3431 & 3432 The Prairie Schooner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6909, 10, 7007, 08, 09 & 10 The Real Insect Co. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-8701 & 8702 The Unemployed Philosophers Guild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7914 Thermoserv . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7827 & 7828 Thomas Warren Enterprises, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6507 Tie-Not, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7706 Timber Charms, Inc. (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2208 Timeless Treasures (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2300 Top Image USA, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6729, 6730 & 6731 Top Wholesale (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7526 Topline Products, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7515, 7516, 7615 & 7616 Touchstone Distributing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8408 & 8508 ToyOps (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2226 Triangle Sales Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2212 & 2213 Turkey Creek Trading Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3024 & 3025 Twin Tiger USA (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2505 Ty, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6718, 6719, 6720 & 6721

U Ultimate Apparel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2107 Ultra Cool Ultra Violet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6926 Under The Boardwalk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7823 & 7824 Unicorn Studio, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7725 & 7726 Unipak Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7328, 7329, 7330 & 7331 Unique Gifts Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3029 & 3030 Unique Hot Fix, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7814 Unison Gifts, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6406 & 6407 United Souvenir & Apparel, Inc. . . . . . . . PF-6026, 6027, 6028 & 6029 Universal Specialties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2209 & 2210

V V & L Crafts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7118 & 7119 Village Square . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2012 VillageHouse Importers, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6200 & 6201 Virginia Toy & Novelty (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2121 & 2122 Virji Imports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8001 & 8002

W Warm Fuzzy Toys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7027 & 7028 Westminster, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-6818 & 6819 Whitney Howard Designs (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8004 Wilcor Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6312-16 & 6412-16 Wild Berry Incense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6402 & 6403 Wild Sense Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-3438 Wildflower Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7504 Wildlife Artists, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-7533 & 7633 Wildlife Cookie Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7604 William L. Judd Pottery & China Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2129 & 2130 Windows to the Soul (NEW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8305 Wishpets Co. Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6102, 03, 04, 6202, 03 & 04 Wood You Tell Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6526 & 6527 Woodluck, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2531 Woodstream Corp (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2412 & 2413 World Import Company, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7105 & 7106 Worldwide Sportswear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7104 Worldwide Sportswear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SV-2407 & 2408 WTBI, Inc. ‘ What’s the Big Idea?’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6114 & 6115

X X-It!, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-7029 Xpres, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6025

Y Your Needs Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PF-6105 & 6106 Yu International Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-8003

Z Zhen Zhu, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2601 & 2700 Zoe Mango Rainforest Conservation (NEW). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SV-2931 Zreative Product dba Spectrum Global . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PF-6826

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Main Exhibit Hall 1

SAFARI LTD®

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BOOTH PF-6518 & 6519 & PF-6618 & 6619

SIMPLY SOUTHERN TEES

5 D D.M. MERCHANDISING, INC.

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CAJOLE www.cajoleonline.com 760-666-1867

BOOTH PF-7930-7932

10 G GIFTWORKS PLUS www.giftworksplus.com 888-456-9878

BOOTH PF-6620-6621

13 CREATIVE WRAPS www.rayasun.com • 888-298-7175 w

BOOTH PF-7523, 7524 & 7525

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BOOTH PF-6033-34 & 6133 & PF-6233-34 & 6333 & 6432

AURORA WORLD www.auroragift.com 888-287-6722

BOOTH PF-6123-6131

11 TY, INC.

PACIFIC SOLUTION www.pacificsolution.com 877-810-4643

www.247dm.com • 800-548-6784

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DWK CORPORATION www.dwkcorp.com • 888-886-2568 ww

BOOTH PF-7029

www.simplysoutherntees.com py 855-219-4399

BOOTH PF-7623, 7624-7625

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www.xitheattransfers.com 800.798.7981

www.safariltd.com • 800-554-5414

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X-IT!, INC.

BOOTH PF-7826

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PUZZLED, INC. www.puzzledinc.com 888-789-3533

BOOTH PF-6223-6224

12 AMISH KRAFT CO. www.ty.com 800-876-8000

BOOTH PF-6718-6721

14 SOLAR SUNGLASSES solarsunglasses.net • 877-765-2732 so

AMISH KRAFT COMPANY www.amishkraft.com

BOOTH PF-7232-7233

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BOOTH PF-7018-7020

BOOTH PF-7021

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MARSHA'S COLLECTION

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A.T. STORRS LTD.

www.marshas.net 800-338-4018

BOOTH PF-6008

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TEXAS LEATHER MFG.

www.atstorrs.com 800-561-5800

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KERUSSO, INC. www.kerusso.com • 800-424-0943

BOOTH OO PF-6003 & 6004

HOGEYE, INC.

BOOTH PF-7605

11 OPTIONS www.options-st.com 800-841-3476

www.heartgiftsusa.com w 800-650-39945

13 KILLERBEADS, INC. www.killerbeads.com 800-399-7830

BOOTH PF-6404 & 6405 86

SQUIRE BOONE VILLAGE

www.squireboone.com • 888-234-1804

BOOTH PF-6702-6710

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KALAN LP

www.hogeye.com 800-464-3936

BOOTH PF-6300, 6400, 6401 & 6501

BOOTH PF-7815 & 7816

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www.kalanlp.com • 800-345-8138

www.cooljewels.com 954-456-5444

10 HEART GIFTS BY TERESA

BOOTH PF-6409 & 6410

BOOTH PF-7505 & 7506

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CAPSMITH, INC. www.capsmith.com 800-228-3889

BOOTH PF-6712-16; 6812-16

www.texasleather.com 903-378-2100

7 C COOL JEWELS

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BOOTH PF-6509-6510 & 6609-6610

14 WILD BERRY INCENSE

BOOTH PF-6308, 6309 & 6310

12 SWEET GISELE, INC. rapfael.sweetgisele@gmail.com 646-436-0333

BOOTH PF-7904 & 7905

15 WISHPETS CO. LTD. www.wishpets.com 888-465-0450

www.wild-berry.com • 800-54-BERRY

BOOTH PF-6402& 6403

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FLIPO GROUP, LTD.

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KRAZY KINFOLK, LLC.

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NOSTALGIC IMAGES www.nostalgicimages.com g 419-784-172

BOOTH PF-8900

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www.randomrummy12.com 706-265-5045

www.flipo.com 815-223-9942

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LATHERS AND SCENTS www.lathersandscents.com 770-344-9984

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www.kidkusion.com 800-845-9236

NEW! 6

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MY SACK TM

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Sevierville & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Be a Part of the Largest Gathering of Resort and Souvenir Gift Vendors and Buyers in America! The IGES Show is always within reach. Fly in or drive! Estimated Driving Time to IGES City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hours Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.6 Baltimore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.7 Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.4 Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.5 Cincinnatti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Cleveland . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.8 Indianapolis . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.6 Jacksonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Memphis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.1 Nashville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.1 New Orleans . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 New York . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.3

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supplier profile Promier Products: Better LED Flashlights for Less PROMIER PRODUCTS distributes high quality LED flashlights, many of which incorporate the company’s unique designs for improved functionality. While product performance excels, prices are kept low. “Innovation can come at a high price,” states Cody Grandadam, president. “Our goal is to develop new and exciting flashlights at affordable prices. We are dedicated to creating better flashlights for our customers, and we think of ways to improve our products all the time.” Promier Products’ ideas are fleshed out in its office in Ningbo, China, where company designers draft drawings for the manufacturer. “Since our hands are on all the processing, from concept to consumer, our buyers make a nice profit,” Grandadam remarks. Promier Products carries about 75 varieties of flashlights at all times.

More than an importer: A flashlight company Promier Products’ goal is to become a national brand, and products are delivered in the firm’s original packaging “We are not just an importer; we are a flashlight company,” Grandadam stresses. “When you think of big name companies that are selling flashlights today, you do not necessarily categorize them as importers, although many of these companies do import from China. If you look at Energizer, for example, you can find their flashlights in stores all over the world. I would be willing to bet very few people would say Energizer is an importer, but rather that they are a battery or flashlight company. At Promier, our goal is not to be the biggest importer. We are striving to be the best flashlight company.” This is evident not only in the company’s dedica-

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tion to design, but also in its commitment to customer service. “Customer service is our number one priority. We take care of our customers and ensure they have a positive buying experience,” Grandadam continues. “Whether they are buying one flashlight or 1001, all our customers are important to us. If anyone has a problem with an order, we want them to call us so we can make things right.” When Promier works with customers, it provides a direct phone line for service. “They will get a real person on the line, right here in Peru, Illinois.” The process seems to be working, as Promier sells millions of flashlights each year. “Our products are being sold in 30,000 stores nationwide, so we must be doing something right,” Grandadam notes. One of Promier’s best-selling introductions to date has been its all-purpose 36 LED Flip Light, designed for use in both the garage and home. Unlike most work lights, which shine in only one direction, Promier’s

Flip Light is versatile. “I designed this flashlight so users can shed light where they want it,” Grandadam explains. “Our Flip Light is small enough to fit in a pocket, yet the powerful light opens up to 180 degrees so you can pivot it.” The 36 LED Flip Light retails for only $9.99.

Ordering highlights The minimum order is one display, which generally contains six pieces, and most products come in a counter display. Many items are also peggable, so buyers have the option to sell them on a counter or rack, and include batteries. Products typically ship the same day if orders are received by 2 pm CST. ■

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supplier profile Tools, Tarps, Airsoft & More From DPCI DP & Company Inc. (DPCI) wholesales a wide selection of tools and tarps, airsoft guns, novelty tin signs, self defense items, knives and swords, sporting goods, tactical gear, toys and more. Doing business for more than 30 years, DPCI was founded by Dick Powers, and has been owned and operated by Dave Eddy since 2002. The company continually adds new products and new product categories to its line to provide customers with fresh merchandise. “We try to stay as diverse as possible, and continually phase in popular items,” notes Michael Averett, marketing director.

Authentic tree camouflage pattern tarp DPCI started out selling tools and tarps, which are still the company’s main focus. “They are our meat and potatoes, and we have over 2,000 products in the tool category alone,” Averett states. “They are good quality and affordable. The majority of retailers who buy and sell our tools are mom and pop shops and

flea market vendors.” DP & Company has just introduced an exciting addition to its line of tarps. “We created a tree camo pattern that we have copyrighted and trademarked, and we are having it printed on our tarps under the Lost Woods Tree Camo brand. There is nothing else like it on the market,” says Averett, who designed the pattern. “It is really attractive to hunters for a variety of uses, including covering equipment, concealing tree stands, and hiding themselves as far as a ground blind.” The Lost Woods Tree Camo tarp expands DPCI’s line of tactical gear, another of its major categories. “We got into tactical gear because we are a very large distributor of airsoft guns. Many of our airsoft customers requested accessories such as holsters, vests and protective gear, and we were happy to oblige,” Averett explains. “Another wonderful category for us is novelty tin signs. They are especially big sellers around the holidays. We started carrying novelty tin signs about three years ago, and we now have over

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400 different signs. Most of them are licensed, like John Deere, Coca Cola and sports teams, for example. We also carry 800 to 900 styles of folding knives.”

New website, loyalty program and drop shipping The company offers more than 5,000 products in numerous categories, and recently overhauled its main wholesale website. Streamlined and easy to navigate, the new DPCI site is formatted to be responsive, so whether customers are visiting from a desktop computer, tablet or mobile phone, the website is resized to properly fit any screen. “Another great feature is our real time shipping calculator, which takes the weight of the shipment and puts it through the API (application program interface), to generate an exact shipping cost,” Averett points out. In addition, the company rewards customers with a loyalty points program that provides five points for every $100 purchased online. One point is equal to $1. Points can be used on future orders, and they never expire. DPCI also offers a drop shipping service through a separate site, which has the same product list as its wholesale site. “During the holidays, sales on dropforyou.com double,” Averett shares. The company’s minimum order is $100, and orders received by 1 pm EST ship the same day. DPCI’s products generally retail for double the wholesale price. ■

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supplier profile Luxury Lites’ E-Hookahs & E-Cigarettes continued from page 94 offer the rich, traditional flavor of a real Cuban cigar; the Ego-U refillable series, with two times the juice holding capacity and three times the battery life of other E-Cigarettes for the more advanced user; and E-Juice in 15 flavors, including tobacco, menthol and fruit flavors. Luxury Lites’ rechargeable electronic cigarettes are also available in large and small kits. The large kit contains two rechargeable batteries and five cartomizers, one USB charger, one wall charger and one car charger. The starter kit is perfect for someone who is new to electronic cigarettes, and includes one rechargeable battery, two cartomizers and one USB charger. The company will soon be introducing new XL cartomizers, which will have the largest holding capacity in the industry.

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Ordering highlights Profit margins vary depending on the product, and range from 30 to 40 percent on many of the disposable items to 100 percent on kits. The minimum order also depends on the item, but Luxury Lites works with retailers of all sizes, and price is dependent on quantity. Shipping is free with wholesale orders. Retailers and wholesalers can get complete product information from the company’s consumer website, and may place orders by email or phone. “A few months ago, our sales blew up, and we had more orders than we could process or produce,” Waqar recalls. “We have spent the last two months doubling our production capacity, and hiring and training new staff. We are now at 100 percent, and can fulfill any orders given to us at any time.” ■

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closeouts/liquidations Quality Closeout Jewelry INTERNATIONAL JEWELRY Designs Inc. (IJDI) supplies retailers with an array of top quality traditional, bridal and designer-inspired necklaces, bracelets, bangles, rings and earrings, at both regular wholesale and closeout prices. The company also offers a collection of high-grade cubic zirconia pendants, earrings and rings, known as Aaron Lee Designs by IJDI. Coined, “The Look of Real,” the line is brassbased and plated with either a heavy genuine rhodium or 18k gold. “We have been creating our own styles for 30 years,” notes Larry Goldberg, president. “They have the feel of famous designer jewelry, but are our original pieces. We gear our merchandise toward what consumers are looking for, and we are very aggressive with introducing new styles.” Because IJDI creates so many fresh fashions for each season,

the firm sells certain styles at closeout prices to keep the inventory manageable. “Our closeouts offer a tremendous opportunity for customers to buy the same beautiful, high-quality jewelry at a minimum of 50 percent off of our regular wholesale prices,” Goldberg shares. IJDI’s closeouts offer merchants enormous profit margins of up to six times the wholesale cost.

Customized closeout ring assortments IJDI’s ring assortments are very popular closeout sellers, Goldberg continues. “We do something quite unique, and our customers can pick six styles of rings from our closeout catalog. We give them a size run in each style, to create a 72-piece tray. Normally when people sell closeout rings it is at random, but we allow our customers to pick and choose from a large selection.” continued on page 102

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Quality Closeout Jewelry continued from page 100 The firm’s 30-page closeout catalog, updated about once a month, depicts hundreds of discontinued jewelry pieces. It can be obtained via email or postal mail. “The main thing I stress with my customers is that a lot of people who are in the closeout business are buying distressed, junk merchandise and selling it cheap. We do not do that. Retailers are getting our top of the line, high quality jewelry at a fraction of the wholesale price.”

Reliable quality control IJDI has extremely high standards for quality. “You will see it in our castings, plating finish, stones and stone settings,” Goldberg explains. “We expect nothing less than the best from our factories, and every item is vigorously inspected before it leaves our plant. Our jewelry is durable and will continue to look gorgeous for many years to come. That is our niche. People walk up to us at jewelry shows and they immediately see the difference between our merchandise and competitors’ products.” IJDI has a minimum order of $750, and retailers can peruse the online catalog and create a wish list 24/7. The list is transmitted to the sales team, and the transaction is concluded by phone. An ecommerce site is currently in the works. ■

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marketing Pinterest: A Retailerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Social Media Superman (part two) IT IS exposure. It is brand awareness. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pinterest! In the August 2013 issue of Independent Retailer Magazine, you learned why Pinterest has quickly become the top social media network for retail marketing, earning the title of Social Media Superman. It is now time to learn how you can incorporate Pinterest into your marketing mix. The following six simple strategies are the perfect recipe for you to create big-box kryptonite.

Establish your authority Whatever your specialty, establish your authority on the subject by creating Pinterest boards that feature information your audience will find valuable. If you are a fabric store, pin images of the latest trends in fabric patterns. Pin to articles that describe the differences

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in fabric blends. Follow the boards of other thought leaders in your industry. When you see a pin that relates to your business, like, comment or pin it to one of your own boards.

Tap into the community Multi-tasking is not always best, but in this case it is Pintastic! While you are liking, commenting and pinning to establish your authority, you are also tapping into a community of like-minded people. Take it one step further and invite guest pinners to contribute to your group boards. These activities work together to grow your audience and increase brand awareness. continued on page 110


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marketing Pinterest continued from page 108

Create Pinteresting discounts and contests One of the most effective ways to engage Pinterest users is to give your followers a reason to repin your content. An easy way to do this is to create a board filled with Pinteresting discounts. Let your followers decide which products or services should go on sale. Pin three to five of your items, and encourage your followers to pin their favorite one. Place whichever receives the highest repins on sale.

Host a Pin It to Win It contest The essence of a Pin It to Win It contest is delightfully simple. First, choose an incentive like a product

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giveaway or service discount. Then pin a compelling image that illustrates the Pin It to Win It prize, and make sure the pin links to a page with an explanation of the contest. Encourage your followers to repin the content to be entered in the contest. Include when the promotion ends and when the winner will be announced, and watch your site traffic skyrocket.

Bring the Pinterest experience into your store You will establish yourself as a Pinterest pro when you bring the online experience offline and into your store. After a few months of being active on Pinterest, take a moment and review your Pinterest analytics. Then, continued on page 112


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Pinterest continued from page 110 take that data and create small tags to place on the items that have received the highest number of pins. Put your merchandising to the test and create two displays to compete against each other on Pinterest. Have customers take pictures of their favorite display, and pin it to one of their boards using a hashtag for your store. Tally the votes using the hashtags, and discount the products from the winning display.

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Social networks come and go, but Pinterest has proven that it is more than just a fad. This is great news for independent retailers across the country. People are flocking to Pinterest at record-breaking speeds, and now you know how you can make it work for you. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start pinning! ■ Jessica Moretti is the marketing communications manager for SnapRetail, a readyto-use marketing solution to help local storeowners engage and sell to customers using email, social media and exclusive offers. She has a journalism and public relations background, graduating summa cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


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marketing Marketing In September for Christmas? Seriously! THE REACTION of many people when they see Christmas merchandise and holiday decorations in stores as early as September is something like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cannot believe Christmas stuff is out already. It is not even Thanksgiving!â&#x20AC;? There is a good reason, however, that Costco, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and many other big box stores begin marketing their seasonal wares in early fall. The big players would not maintain this approach if it did not pay off, as these stores monetize every square foot of retail space, and the return on investment has to be there. As an independent retailer, if you do not market your seasonal goods early in the season as well, the holiday sales boat may sail without you.

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We attract the audience with the word “Christmas,” and early discounts and guarantees fit the budget element. Mix up your ad copy, but be sure to address both sides of this customer profile.

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Purchase deadline is strong buying trigger For those of you that do consistent email marketing and struggle with new and creative messaging, this is a great opportunity to leverage early shopping for big gains. Create a program that will run for ten weeks, from early September to Thanksgiving. Use a countdown concept that offers discounts with each message, but let the customer base know the savings will come to an end. Purchase deadlines are a strong buying trigger. With this type of program, you essentially create the first half of your holiday marketing season, and start another one that is much more traditional on Black Friday. Though traditional retailers’ “make or break” time of the year is the month prior to Christmas, it is not necessarily the most profitable. The sheer volume of sales that occur in this small window of time put tremendous pressure on the margins of the business. You know you will be part of the craziness that starts on Black Friday, so it makes good business sense to target the people who will finish their shopping before Thanksgiving as well. ■ Mike Auger is chairman of the board and chief strategy officer of Pinnacle Cart, a hosted shopping cart and ecommerce software application that allows you to create, manage and effectively market your business. For more information, visit pinnaclecart.com.

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marketing New Facebook Biz Builders continued from page 118 Another recent Facebook addition is the use of the hashtag (i.e., #CyberMonday), which allows for the discovery of online conversations. The idea of a hashtag is to see a wider, public discussion based on the topic of interest. It is a clickable link that leads you to a conversation connected to other pages and people on Facebook that used that hashtag. Retailers are able to draw attention to specific events, promotions and products with this feature. For retailers, hashtags present great opportunities to connect with Facebook users and audiences beyond their established fan bases. eBags and Good Sneakers both provide useful examples of how to use hashtags within Facebook posts: Last, Facebook has given social marketers additional insights, releasing new page metrics and data to track engagement. PTAT, which stands for “people talking

about this,” is a metric that has been extremely helpful for retailers. It is used to measure engagement on Facebook pages, and allows retailers to see how many people have used content from their pages to create posts and stories. Furthermore, retailers can find valuable demographics such as gender, geography, country, city and language, about the people who have engaged with their pages. This information provides precious data that retailers can use to make informed decisions about the type of content and posts that garner the greatest interest. The Q2 Facebook Commerce Index offers retailers a greater idea of how to make their businesses rise above the competition when it comes to the use of social media. Whether you are a small or large retailer, this report is sure to leave you more informed, and provide information beneficial for your specific enterprise. ■ To download the whitepaper, Q2 Facebook Commerce Index, visit channeladvisor.com/FBCI-Q2-2013.

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SEP 6-7, OASIS Gift Show Phoenix Convention Center - Phoenix, AZ OASIS offers success, opportunity, and convenience to buyers by featuring an expansive product selection and one-of-a-kind handmade gifts. OASIS exhibitors offer trend setting general merchandise, works imports, home décor, jewelry, Native American arts and crafts, western flair and southwestern gifts. OASIS is dedicated to providing a profitable wholesale gift marketplace at home and away! For further information: Keri Riba, Org. Of Assoc. Salespeople In The Southwest (OASIS), 15591 W. Yucatan Dr., Surprise, AZ 85379. Telephone: 602-952-2050, 800-424-9519; Fax: 602-952-2244; Email: information@oasis.org; Website: www.oasis.org.

SEP 6-8, Great American Gem Show - InterGem San Mateo County Event Center - San Mateo, CA Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@ intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

SEP 6-8, Surf Expo Orlando Convention Center - Orlando, FL Including Surf, Skate, Swim, Resort, Boutique, Wind, StandUp Paddle, and Wakeboard and Waterski For further information: Dan Darby, dmg World Media- Producer, 990 Hammond Dr., Ste. 680, Atlanta, GA 30328. Telephone: 678-781-7900; Fax: 678-781-7920; Email: ddarby@ surfexpo.com; Website: www.dmgworldmedia.com, www.surfexpo.com.

SEP 10-11, September Buyer Fly-In Show™ TransWorld Merchandise Center - Des Plaines, IL The Midwest Market Days trade show attracts Buyers from independent retailers, mass merchants and wholesale distributors enjoy the concise, comfortable, casual buying atmosphere. View thousands of closeout and direct import general merchandise items across a wide variety of product categories. Spend more time with vendors buying and viewing product rather than walking endlessly, in a huge convention center. For further information: TransWorld Merchandise Center, Inc., 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1540, Chicago, IL 60606. Telephone: 312-201-3800; Fax: 312-201-3803; Website: www.twmerchcenter.com.

SEP 12, The Heritage Cash & Carry Wholesale Market Allen County Memorial Coliseum - Fort Wayne, IA Traditional and new ideas for the home & garden from America’s Finest Craftsman. For further information: Heritage Markets, P.O. Box 389, Carlisle, PA 17013. Telephone: 717-249-9404; Fax: 717-258-0265; Email: hertmarket@aol.com; Website: www.heritagemarkets.com.

SEP 12-15, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Denver Merchandise Mart - Denver, CO Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@ intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

SEP 13-15, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Gateway Center - Collinsville, IL Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@ intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

SEP 13-15, GTS Greensboro Florida Expo

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Helping retailers and resellers succeed by offering multiple shows packed with world class importers, manufacturers, & wholesalers. GTS shows are filled with plenty of fashion jewelry, fine jewelry, beaded jewelry, handbags, apparel, closeouts, and accessories to satisfy all your businesses needs. These wholesale only expos provides our members a unique marketplace to explore new merchandise trends and new products for your business in a relaxed professional atmosphere. We help you be a better buyer by bringing you New Product Introductions and allowing you to examine New Products firsthand. For further information: Bobby Siddiqui, Golden Triangle Show, P.O. Box 4163, Alpharetta, GA 30023. Telephone: 770-410-9771; Fax: 866-807-0808; Email: bobby@gtshows.com; Website: www.gtshows.com.

This show features Ladies’, Men’s and Children’s Apparel, Fashion Jewelry and Accessories, Fine Jewelry and Gifts from all over the world. Wholesale Only, Writing Orders, Immediate Delivery and Cash-andCarry. Business License Required. For further information: Linda Norton, The Norton Shows, P.O. Box 265, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Telephone: 865-436-6151; Fax: 865-436-6152; Email: nortonshow@gmail.com; Website: www.nortonshows.com.

SEP 7-9, Norton’s Gatlinburg Gift & Variety Show Gatlinburg Convention Center - Gatlinburg, TN This show features Ladies’, Men’s and Children’s Apparel, Fashion Jewelry and Accessories, Fine Jewelry and Gifts from all over the world. Wholesale Only, Writing Orders, Immediate Delivery and Cash-andCarry. Business License Required. For further information: Linda Norton, The Norton Shows, P.O. Box 265, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Telephone: 865-436-6151; Fax: 865-436-6152; Email: nortonshow@gmail.com; Website: www.nortonshows.com.

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SEP 14-16, Charlotte Gift & Jewelry Show Charlotte Merchandise Mart - Charlotte, NC This show is a wholesale trade show for buyers of gifts, jewelry, housewares, silk flowers, stationery, toys, and much more. For further information: Michael Stephens, Mahone Associates, 800 Briarcreek Rd., Ste. BB503, Charlotte, NC 28205. Telephone: 704-377-5881; Fax: 704-358-9115; Email: michael@charlottegiftshow.com; Website: www.charlottegiftshow.com.

Regent Showroom, 8999 Palmer St. - River Grove, IL The Midwest Market Days trade show is conveniently located in the Midwest only 10 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Buyers from independent retailers, mass merchants and wholesale distributors enjoy the concise, comfortable, casual buying atmosphere. View thousands of closeout and direct import general merchandise items across a wide variety of product categories. Spend more time with vendors buying and viewing product rather than walking endlessly, in a huge convention center. We provide complimentary breakfast and buffet lunch to all buyers and shuttle transportation to other participating showroom locations just minutes away. For further information: Joanna Kastle, Trade Show Manager, Regent Products Corp., 8999 Palmer St., River Grove, IL 60171. Telephone: 916-376-9437; Fax: 916-376-9471; Email: jkastle@midwestmarketdays.com; Website: www.midwestmarketdays.com.

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SEP 17-19, FAME Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - New York, NY The premier venue for Junior and Young Contemporary fashion apparel. In addition, showcases the largest selection of footwear in one location. Takes place in New York and runs concurrently with AccessoriesTheShow

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SEP 17-19, MODA Manhattan Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - New York, NY An upscale trade event providing a concise mix of carefully juried RTW for the Modern Contemporary retailer. Features fashion resources ranging in apparel from every category possible. Takes place in New York and runs concurrently with AccessoriesTheShow and Fame. For further information: Dee Gratz Jones, Accessories The Show / Business Journals, Inc., 50 Day St., Norwalk, CT 06854. Telephone: 866-696-6020, 212-710-7441; Fax: 203-838-5028; Email: deej@busjour.com; Website: www.modamanhattan.com.

SEP 17-20, Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show Las Vegas Convention Center - Las Vegas, NV Provides retailers with the most comprehensive selection souvenir and resort products, including destination, resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, t-shirts, beach items, coastal and nautical, lake, mountain and lodge, ski-themed products, destination, logo products, shell items, giftware, jewelry/ fashion accessories, toys/games and more. For further information: Lisa Glosson, Show Manager, Urban Expositions, 1690 Roberts Blvd., Suite 111, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Telephone: 678-285-3976 ext. 334, 678-370-0034; Fax: 678-285-7469; Email: lglosson@urban-expo.com; Website: www.urban-expo.com.

SEP 18-20, Interbike Expo Mandalay Bay Convention Center - Las Vegas, NV Largest trade show in North America for the bicycle industry. For further information: Richard Kelly, Merchandise Group / Nielsen, 31910 Del Obispo, Ste. 200, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Telephone: 949-226-5754; Fax: 949-226-5658; Email: richard.kelly@nielsen.com; Website: www.interbike.com.

SEP 19-22, Jacksonville Fall Home & Patio Show Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center Jacksonville, FL Home and garden, interior decorating, remodeling, renovating, landscaping and furniture. For further information: Hillary Carpenter, Show Manager, Marketplace Events, 8400 Baymeadows Way, Ste. 8, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Telephone: 800-645-7798 ext. 14; Fax: 904-730-3634; Email: hillaryc@ marketplaceevents.com; Website: marketplaceevents.com, www.jacksonvillehomeshows.com.

SEP 20-22, Capital Home Show Dules Expo Center - Chantilly, VA A consumer show featuring a variety of products and services related to home improvement. Windows, doors, remodeling services, heating & air conditioning, flooring, electronics, furniture, kitchen cabinets, fireplaces, fencing, siding, appliances, sheds, architectural services, lighting, enclosures, building materials, duct cleaning, utility services and more. For further information: Alyson Caplan - Show Manager, Marketplace Events, 325 Essjay Rd., Ste. 100, Williamsville, NY 14221. Telephone: 800-274-6948, 716-631-2266 ext. 203; Fax: 716-631-2425; Email: alysonc@marketplaceevents.com; Website: www.markeplaceevents.com,www.capitalhomeshow.com.

SEP 20-22, San Antonio Wholesale Jewelry, Gift & Accessory Show San Antonio Event Center - San Antonio, TX This is a For Trade Only show of the finest in costume and genuine jewelry designs. Held four times a year. For further information: Parker Trade Publications, 206 Lido St., Austin, TX 78734. Telephone: 512-261-4223; Fax: 512-261-3503; Email: cmparker@austin.rr.com; Website: www.parkertradeshow.com.

SEP 23-25, International textiles Expo Bally’s Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV Serving the needs of retail fabric, craft and quilting stores, as well as designers and manufacturers in the apparel, accessories, home furnishings and gift industries, we are your source. The Shows provide a market place for Products, professional development opportunities and trend forecasting for the upcoming season. The International Textiles Expo is where contacts and professional relationships are made and developed. For further information: Pat Kobishyn, Director, International Textiles Expo, P.O. Box 594, 80 Melrose Ave, Lynbrook, NY 11563. Telephone: 516-596-3937; Fax: 516-596-3941; Email: textileshow@earthlink.net; Website: www. textileshows.com.

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September continued from page 126 SEP 29-30, Gem, Jewelry & Lapidary Trade Show Ramada Inn Mall of America Hotel and Convention Center Minneapolis, MN This show specializes in gems, jewelry, lapidary equipment and specimens. **** ALL G&LW SHOWS ARE WHOLESALE ONLY - COPY OF BUSINESS OR RESALE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED - DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE **** For further information: Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc., P.O. Box 98, Flora, MS 39071-0098. Telephone: 601-879-8832; Fax: 601-879-3282; Email: info@glwshows.com; Website: www.glwshows.com.

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OCT 6-8, Minneapolis Mart Home & Gift Show Minneapolis Mart - Minneapolis, MN Home, Gift & Accessories Show. For further information: Jeff Walton, General Manager, Minneapolis Mart, 10301 Bren Rd. West, Minneapolis, MN 55343. Telephone: 800-626-1298, 952-932-7200; Fax: 952-932-0847; Email: jeff.walton@mplsmart.com; Website: www.mplsmart.com.

OCT 11-12, Gem, Jewelry & Lapidary Trade Show Eastern States Exposition - West Springfield, MA This show specializes in gems, jewelry, lapidary equipment and specimens. **** ALL G&LW SHOWS ARE WHOLESALE ONLY - COPY OF BUSINESS OR RESALE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED - DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE **** For further information: Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc., P.O. Box 98, Flora, MS 39071-0098. Telephone: 601-879-8832; Fax: 601-879-3282; Email: info@glwshows.com; Website: www.glwshows.com.

OCT 11-13, Great American Gem Show - InterGem

OCT 1-3, Asia America Trade Show Miami

Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX

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Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@ intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

Aces Americas Technology Platform Trade Show; is form exhibitors that are focusing on Latin American, Caribbean and Florida companies, enterprises, business associations institutions, importers, exporters, government and private organizations that need the following products and technology: Audio/video, digital imaging, screens, automations, cameras, home entertainment, gaming, virtualization, computers, hardware, software, communications, wireless, wiring, cellular, mobile systems, radio GPS, navigation, networking, consumer electronics, invehicle, data security, surveillance, software development and emerging technologies for LOB. For further information: Aces10-Americas Technology Platform Trade Show, 3438 SW 24 Terrace, Miami, FL 33145. Telephone: 305-262-3200; Fax: 305-403-3029; Email: info@acsshow.org; Website: www.acsshow.org.

OCT 3-5, International Vision Expo West The Sand Expo & Convention Center - Las Vegas, NV International Vision Expo is the largest fashion and technology event for Eyecare professionals in the Americas. It provides your best opportunity to discover the latest in eyewear and advanced Eyecare technology, along with the most comprehensive accredited continuing education program available to all disciplines within the Eyecare profession. For further information: Reed Exhibitions, 383 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851. Telephone: 800-811-7151, 203-840-5610; Fax: 203-840-9590; Email: inquiry@visionexpo.com; Website: www.visionexpowest.com.

OCT 3-6, Jewelers International Showcase - JIS Miami Beach Convention Center - Miami Beach, FL The Largest & Leading Independent Jewelry Tradeshows in the Western Hemisphere. Serving only the jewelry trade with Worldwide exhibitors selling to the jewelry trade of Florida, 50 countries of The Caribbean and Latin America plus buyers from over 42 other USA states. Show established in 1979. For further information: Michael Breslow, President, Jewelers International Showcase, Inc., 6421 Congress Ave., Ste. 105, Boca Raton, FL 33487-2858. Telephone: 561-998-0205; Fax: 561-998-0209; Email: jisshow@aol.com; Website: www.jisshow.com.

OCT 4-6, Gem, Jewelry & Lapidary Trade Show Embassy Suites/Lovinia/Novi - Detroit, MI This show specializes in gems, jewelry, lapidary equipment and specimens. **** ALL G&LW SHOWS ARE WHOLESALE ONLY - COPY OF BUSINESS OR RESALE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED - DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE **** For further information: Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc., P.O. Box 98, Flora, MS 39071-0098. Telephone: 601-879-8832; Fax: 601-879-3282; Email: info@glwshows.com; Website: www.glwshows.com.

OCT 4-6, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Santa Monica Civic Audiotorium - Santa Monica, CA Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@ intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

OCT 5-7, GTS Greensboro NC Expo

OCT 12-15, The NACS Show Georgia World Congress Center - Atlanta, GA The convenience store industry’s biggest event, the NACS show features workshops, world-class speakers in general sessions and a 320,000 net square foot exposition that features special pavilions highlighting technology, food service & QSR, petroleum and candy, as well as a “Cool New Products” showcase. The National Association of Convenience Stores represents the $269 billion convenience store industry. The international trade association has over 2,300 retail and 1,700 supplier members. For further information: Bob Hughes, National Association of Convenience Stores, 1600 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Telephone: 703-684-3600, 877-684-3600; Fax: 703-836-4564; Email: show@nacsonline.com; Website: www.nacsonline.com.

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OCT 13-15, TRANSIT California Market Center - Los Angeles, CA Showcases hundreds of premier footwear collections from burgeoning labels and established brands. For further information: Audrey Okulick, California Mart, 110 E. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90079. Telephone: 800-cal-mart (225-6278), 213-630-3737; Fax: 213-630-3708; Email: aokulick@californiamarketcenter.com; Website: www.californiamarketcenter.com.

OCT 13-16, LA FASHION MARKET California Market Center - Los Angeles, CA Five seasons a year, retailers from around the globe converge at the CMC for Los Angeles Fashion Market, featuring thousands of the industry’s best established brands and emerging designers for apparel, footwear, accessories, gift & lifestyle product. Located in hundreds of showrooms and several specialty tradeshows on various floors of the CMC. For further information: Audrey Okulick, California Mart, 110 E. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90079. Telephone: 800-cal-mart (225-6278), 213-630-3737; Fax: 213-630-3708; Email: aokulick@ californiamarketcenter.com; Website: www.californiamarketcenter.com.

OCT 16, The Heritage Cash & Carry Wholesale Market Aladdin Shrine Complex - Columbus, OH Traditional and new ideas for the home & garden from America’s Finest Craftsman. For further information: Heritage Markets, P.O. Box 389, Carlisle, PA 17013. Telephone: 717-249-9404; Fax: 717-258-0265; Email: hertmarket@aol.com; Website: www.heritagemarkets.com.

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Helping retailers and resellers succeed by offering multiple shows packed with world class importers, manufacturers, & wholesalers. GTS shows are filled with plenty of fashion jewelry, fine jewelry, beaded jewelry, handbags, apparel, closeouts, and accessories to satisfy all your businesses needs. These wholesale only expos provides our members a unique marketplace to explore new merchandise trends and new products for your business in a relaxed professional atmosphere. We help you be a better buyer by bringing you New Product Introductions and allowing you to examine New Products firsthand. For further information: Bobby Siddiqui, Golden Triangle Show, P.O. Box 4163, Alpharetta, GA 30023. Telephone: 770-410-9771; Fax: 866-807-0808; Email: bobby@gtshows.com; Website: www.gtshows.com.

Dallas Market Hall - Dallas, TX Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@ intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

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