On the road again.
The second half of the year for the home textiles trade shows will bring yet another scheduling move for the showroom version.
In February, the Home Fashion Products Association announced that it had shifted the dates for the second-half home textiles market week from August to September. The new dates on which the showrooms will be open are Monday, Sept. 15, to Friday, Sept. 19. HFPA also moved the showroom dates for early next year from February to March; in 2009, the showrooms will be open from Monday, March 9, to Friday, March 13.
Describing the reaction from vendors to the move, Barry Leonard, president of HFPA and president and chief executive officer of Ex-Cell Home Fashions and Glenoit, said, "I think it's been positive. It means that the market no longer takes place when people want to take their summer vacations."
Vendors who commented to HFN about the move echoed Leonard's sentiments. "The impact should be good," said Leslie Gillock, vice president of brand management for Springs Global. "The dates were set based on input from suppliers, retailers and other industry stakeholders, so based on that collaborative decision making, the timing should suit their individual needs."
Loren Sweet, president of Brentwood Originals, said, "September is a big im provement over August, primarily for personal reasons with family obligations such as summer camps, etc. In my opinion, market could literally be any month, so let's pick the dates that make it easier and encourage attendance."
GLM, manager of the New York Home Textiles Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center, doesn't share the positive feelings toward the date change. When the move was announced, Penny Sikalis, GLM's vice president, said the company was "disappointed" that the move was made "despite the ongoing communications we have had with them." Last month, Leonard said, "We'll continue to talk to GLM about having the markets back to back."
This summer will mark the third show in which GLM's New York Home Textiles Show will be incorporated into the company's New York International Gift Fair. Dorothy Belshaw, GLM's senior vice president and director of the gift fair, said incorporating home textiles into the gift fair has been a "win win. Buyers who used to shop both markets have found it to be a more efficient buying opportunity. When textiles came under the gift fair, we could present a serious critical mass of resources under one roof."
The gift fair is evolving into the summer's supershow for home furnishings, with home textiles joining furniture, lighting, wall art, floor covering, botanical, housewares and tabletop resources. "We haven't seen any measurable impact on the show from the economy or other factors," Belshaw said. "Maybe some retailers will send fewer buyers because of the costs of travel, but in the key buying categories, the people are still coming."
At 7 W New York, the strategy is to work with both the GLM show and the showroom version of market week. "We support both markets," said Chris Collins, vice president and general manager of 7 W. "We look at any opportunity to meet with retaft buyers. Our events show that we support both weeks."
Among the slate of events at 7 W is the building's launch of a temporary wholesale exhibit for artists and artisans who are
bringing their work to the gift and home-accessories industry, which will take place during the gift fair. During the showroom market week, the building will offer temporary exhibit space to vendors that had formerly exhibited at hotels in New York CiW. Both of these temporary exhibits will be on the 1lth floor of 7W.
There's not much down time for the rug category these days.
While recent years found the second half of the year functioning as a bit of a break from the crazed pace of the winter/spring market schedule, now there are just as many dates to keep buyers and vendors on the road. While vendors continue to gripe regarding the harried year-long schedule, they also willingly admit there is no clear market to leave behind. The markets themselves continue to become more regional, particularly now that there is the West Coast option of Las Vegas Market, and the general belief at present is the regional effect will only continue to grow, thereby maintaining a need for each venue.
The International Area Rug Market in Atlanta is the market the bulk of rug manufacturers and suppliers point to as key for their industry. While the summer crowd is typically smaller than
January's, the category-dedicated show is the place where most say their biggest meetings go down. This year, AmericasMart will continue with the tradition of its Retailer of the Year Awards and banquet, which is heading back to the Georgia World Aquarium this time around.
AmericasMart said it is feeling a slight surge in exhibitor confidence as new tenants have signed on and existing ones expanded in time for the July market. Among them are Chandra Rugs, Silk Route International, Tamarian Carpets and J.D. Staron. Seminars are a big part of the agenda here as well, with sessions geared toward helping retailers and suppliers make the most of their businesses. Among the educational seminars available in July are Retail by Design: A Blueprint to Cross-Merchandising Success and Secrets to Huge Holiday Sales.
Less than two weeks later, rug exhibitors will open showrooms during the grand opening of Building C at the World Market Center. Exhibitors all throughout the complex are hoping for a surge of visitors for everyone, noting that curiosity regarding the opening of Building B last year definitely attracted crowds. Rug vendors are also hopeful the West Coast and international crowd that has set Las Vegas Market apart for them will continue to grow at this installation.
Companies in accent rug business, as well as those specializing in handicrafts such as needlepoint and hand-hooking, have found a home at the New York International Gift Fair, and their numbers seem to be growing each year. The August show attracts that specialty shop buyer with an interest in the details of how products are made and the accompanying accessories many of the rug companies also provide.
Once the baby of the show circuit, Metro Market Week has graduated to an established place on the calendar and will celebrate its fifth anniversary this September. Importers and suppliers have grown fond of the show that favors New York/ New Jersey-based vendors and they continue to support it. The now-annual cocktail reception is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 15, and a dinner and reception for ORICA members is scheduled for the following night. The show has also earned a reputation for impressive prize opportunities for buyers. Among this year's giveaways will be plasma TVs, video iPods and Broadway tickets.
Whereas other markets are notorious for being more trafticked in the first of their biannual runs, the October High Point Market has earned a reputation for being the busiest of its two time frames. Closing out the year, as far as major markets go for this category, rug vendors continue to point to High Point as crucial for maintaining their business with the furniture retailers in the Eastern states.
FURNITURE, LIGHTING AND HOME DECOR
In this difficult economy, trade shows are one of many areas retailers and vendors look at to trim costs. This is particularly true in furniture, lighting and home decor, which has a multitude of trade shows.
While most lighting and home decor executives said they value trade shows, the number of shows and size of showroom space committed has become disproportional to the amount of business generated. In a word: The industry is over-showed, and it's not sustainable in this business climate, they said.
Several major vendors told HFN that when their leases are up for renewal, whether it's in High Point, Dallas or Las Vegas, they're planning to either downsize or eliminate one venue entirely. Meanwhile, many are sending fewer people and cutting back on the number of products introduced and on entertainment.
"The fact is, we never should have gotten to this point," said Ken Kallett, executive vice president of Dale Tiffany. "This is the most redundant business model I've ever seen. In furniture, lighting and accessories, we have this little, tiny industry and all these shows with expensive showrooms and they're all permanent spaces. But housewares, a multibilliondollar industry, with relatively small-sized product, has one show a year and it's a temporary show. We are a small industry with very large products, which creates logistical issues getting in and out of shows, and it turns slower, and we've got these huge, expensive showrooms.
"We should have one show a year in one showroom location."
He said that this pressure is only being accelerated by the difficult economy, in which fewer buyers attend the shows.
Another vendor said that while his company has far too much showroom space in both High Point and Las Vegas, he's making strategic cuts in the way his firm goes to markets.
"They've got you locked in, but what you can do is take less risk, introduce less product, send fewer people," said the president of a major lamp company. But the fixed costs of showroom leases "reduces your ability to react to changing channels of distribution," he said.
Many shows are evolving into total home venues, while some of them are branching out into contract and hospitality businesses. Nearly all are reaching across the borders and overseas to expand their international foot traffic.
Dallas is one example of a show that's recently changed its name and targeted a more international clientele. The June 18 to 24 summer edition of the Dallas Total Home Market at the Dallas Market Center is expecting a 100 percent increase in the number of international guests, from such places as Uruguay, Ecuador, Barbados, Indonesia, the West Indies and the United Kingdom. In addition, a special delegation of dozens of international lighting buyers will arrive from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Brazil, DMC said.
Also, during the Dallas Lighting Market, a new Hospitality/Contract Lighting Show will take place on June 23, offering a mix of lighting for facilities managers, interior designers, architects, builders and others.
Similarly, the Las Vegas Market is positioning itself across product categories, making a major push with international attendees, and going after the hospitality contract furnishings trade. From July 28 to Aug. 1, the Las Vegas Market at World Market Center will host its summer market and open its third building, covering about 2.1 million square feet of showroom space and featuring such big names as Lexington Home Brands, Excelsior Designs and Nicole Miller.
WMC's Las Vegas Design Center will have an entire floor in Building C dedicated to hospitality manufacturers, set to open in 2009. This evolution is part of the trade show organizer's long-term growth stratetegy, officials said.
For the first time, the Las Vegas Market will be self-contained on the three-building campus, and include such temporary exhibits as high-end Context, Living Green, and the Design and Livingjuried sections.
For the 2008 winter edition, Las Vegas Market moved from January to February to avoid conflict with European shows and regional gift and accessories markets.
The New York International Gift Fair, will be held Aug. 16 to 21 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Metropolitan Pavilion and Passenger Ship Terminal piers 92 and 94. The market is broadening its reach well into home decor and larger accessories and furniture, with a critical mass of 600 home furnishings exhibitors, show organizers said.
"The gift moniker may be a deterrent to some home flinch
ings retailers, but our At Home division is, in fact, larger than some other events for home," said Belshaw, NYIGF director and senior vice president at GLM. She said the show has the "best high-end mix" among competitors.
"GLM has made a commitment to expand and refine our home offerings. As part of this, and as NYIGF is a sold-out event, we carefully edit our home collection to allow the show to ebb and flow with industry trends, and NYIGF is a leader in terms of product trend, design, quality and innovation," she added.
Last on the calendar, but nonetheless important to the furniture universe is the fall High Point Market, slated for Oct. 20 to 26 in High Point, N.C. The High Point Market Authority has also beefed up its marketing to overseas buyers, with its prestigious International Buyer Program status this past market and for next spring.
High Point is also targeting interior designers and first-time buyers with its marketing, promotions and educational lineup.
While the fall seminar schedule is still in the works, the entertainment headliners--KC and the Sunshine Band and Peter Frampton--have been announced.
Tabletop and gift shows in the second half of this year feature both changes in scheduling as well as product assortments that respond to today's trends.
The new Decorate Life combined show takes place in Frankfurt, Germany, July 4 to 8. This show incorporates the Tendence Fair, Collectione, Outdoor Living and The Design Annual into an all-in-one venue demanded
by attendees, according to show organizer Messe Frankfurt.
"Holding Decorate Life at this early time in July puts us in first place in the national and international series of fairs," said Michael Peters, member of the board of management of Messe Frankfurt. "Thus, anyone wanting to present, see and order new products can be sure of being in the right place at Decorate Life."
Collectione is aimed at buyers who purchase in bulk. Tendence is for those seeking lifestyle brands and designer products. The new Outdoor Living event offers future-oriented product groups for all channels of distribution. And The Design Annual, a division of Decorate Life, is aimed at both professional and private visitors with an interest in design.
The New York fall tabletop show, which takes place at permanent showroom buildings 41 Madison Ave., 7 W New York and 230 Fifth Ave., is also operating in a new time frame, tak ing place Wednesday, Oct. 22, to Friday, Oct. 24. The switch to a three-day, midweek schedule is a result of popular demand: A survey by 41 Madison Ave. following the spring tabletop show revealed an overwhelming preference for this time frame.
"Everybody in tabletop is thrilled," said Chris Collins, vice president and general manager of 7 W New York. "It made for a more exciting show, more business, more [intensity]. It was all good."
At 7 W, the use of temporary exhibit space on the 1lth floor will continue and expand with a gourmet products section this fall. This addition gives vendors the opportunity to expand their mix and their crossmerchandising possibilities, said Su Hilty, director of marketing.
Many of the shows in the remainder of the year will have a distinctly green cast, as consumer interest in eco-friendly products steadily increases.
The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings market, which takes place July 10 to 14 at AmericasMart, will once again feature the Green Products Showcase, a juried collection of eco-friendly products, along with the usual slate of informational and educational seminars and programs.
GLM will likewise present SustainAbility: design for a better world, a special curated exhibit and three-part educational program returning to the New York International Gift Fair Aug. 16 to 21. The show takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the Passenger Ship Terminal Piers and the Metropolitan Pavilion.
This August, the SustainAbility display will showcase global gift and home industry suppliers whose products or production processes are eco-friendly, as well as companies whose corporate philosophies are socially responsible, philanthropic or fair trade-oriented.
GLM is expandingthe Gift Fair in several ways. Its At Home division now encompasses nearly all areas of home furnishings, including furniture, floor coverings, wall art, lighting, home textiles and decorative accessories.
In addition, a designation identifying "designer maker" exhibitors will be introduced in Handmade, distinguishing the work of individual artisans from production craft. Similarly, A+: The Young Designer's Platform will expand within the Accent on Design division.
Show organizers are optimistic about their prospects in the second half, despite the downturn in the economy.
Cost was one impetus for moving the tabletop show off the weekends, according to Carole Dixon, senior vice president and director, 41 Madison. "Being in town over the weekend is expensive," she said, and people want to finish business during the work week, she said.
Dixon said she has not seen any fallout from the economy in terms of leasing so far. Likewise, the New York Gift Fair's rate of attrition is consistent with the past two or three shows, according to Belshaw, who is expecting a sold-out show this August.
"In general, we are seeing more resilience at the higher-end versus middle market among exhibitors who are canceling or downsizing," Belshaw told HFN. "We also have some companies taking sabbaticals this August and returning in February. However, this is due largely to line redirection and repositioning for 2009 than to current business conditions."
GLM is introducing some online tools to help retailers preplan their shopping strategy at market. In the same way, Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. is working more closely with many of its tenants at 7 W New York on marketing and other promotional activities, according to Collins. "The tough will survive," he said.
The Accent on Tabletop section, inaugurated in February, has grown to include more high-end, design-oriented tabletop vendors in the 300 aisle. The section serves as a bridge between Accent on Design and the general tabletop division, and is designed to appeal to those retailers seeking luxury tabletop. Newcomers to the section include Kim Seybert, Alex Marshall, Eigen Arts and Atticus, among others, creating "a really strong mix of better and more design-oriented companies" all in one place, Belshaw said. The redefinition of the tabletop area will continue over the next few shows in an effort to build critical mass for specialty buyers. Exhibitors, too, will benefit from being in the same neighborhood of vendors that appeal to similar types of buyers, according to Belshaw.
The housewares industry is kept less busy with trade shows in the back half of the year, but some shows are placing more emphasis on the housewares category to round out their assortments.
Though it's not seen by all as a show for the housewares industry, the New York International Gift Fair has actually included the category for more than a decade. "What's new in recent years is we have called it out in our promotional materials," said Belshaw of GLM. The show is an opportunity to shop for housewares in the second half of the year, she added. "A lot of smaller shows can't wait till March to restock after holidays."
A newer resource for the housewares industry in the latter part of the year is during the tabletop market, as the temporaries floor at 7 W launched in April to include a number of housewares companies, said Craig Dooley, vice president of marketing at Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. "There's a blurring and blending of lines across industries," he said. "Categories are becoming more inclusive" and it works because housewares are "complementary to the tabletop lifestyle." In addition, a number of companies with permanent showrooms, such as Zak Designs and Umbra, already include housewares products in their collections, he added.
Years ago, what is now the Housewares Show took place in both spring and fall but "the industry indicated that [both shows] were not necessaw,," said Phil Brandl, president of the International Housewares. Association His association keeps in touch with exhibitors and retail customers, and they're "not looking for more trade shows," he said. "There's no clear call [for a second Housewares Show]."
Q What's the best vacation you ever tacked on to a business trip?
A Paolo Cravedi Managing director; Alessi USA
"I was being trained on the field with my first company, and I was to stay in Rome, Italy, for a month. A friend/colleague of mine was going through the same training program, but in Naples. We decided to meet and spend a long weekend together in the island of Capri. I have added many other vacation days to business trips after that, and visited exotic places like China or fun places like Amsterdam, but think that the reason why this particular trip stuck in my memory like that is because it encapsulates sort of a passage from college years into adulthood."
A Dorothy Belshaw Senior vice president and director of the New York International Gift Fair; GLM
"After last year's Gourmet Housewares Show in Orlando [Fla.], was a great way to be with my kids. We went to all the parks and we went to Ron John's Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach. My kids are skateboarders and wannabe surfers, but they're not actually big enough to surf yet."
A Chris Collins Vice president and general manager; 7 W New York
"I did a little buttonhook with the Atlanta Gift Show one March to watch the Mets in spring training, I'm a die-hard Mets fan, and there's nothing more refreshing than watching spring-training baseball."
A Terry Fraser
General manager; Thomas Lighting "The best one I ever did was last year in June after the PCBC, a Bay-Area builder show. At my own expense, after the trip I flew my wife out and did a Napa and Sonoma tour of wine country. It's a nice trip and something that, if there's any interest in wine at all, I'd heartily recommend."
A Donna Marie Territo President; Abbiamo Tutto
"Last year I had the opportunity of celebrating my 50th birthday and 25th wedding anniversary in Italy with 25 family and friends from the U.S. along with my Italian friends. We had such a wonderful time. One of my Italian friends even hosted a special evening at his country house to celebrate the occasion. I had a chance to share a very special part of my life with friends and family from both sides of the ocean, and they finally met each other in one magical, magical place--Umbria, Italy!"
A Laura Kellner Brand manager; Kikkerland Design
"Pretty much the only way I take vacations is to tack them on to business trips. In the last 12 months, my trips have included Texas, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Amsterdam."
A Rob Ashworth Senior product manager; The Fulham Group
"It was back in my days as a marine biologist. I conducted commercial fishing surveys in Florida. One time on a trip in the Keys, I had a day to kill and I got invited out on one of the fishermen's boats to spend the day tarpon fishing. Although I didn't catch anything, I witnessed the captain pull up a 90-pounder."
A Barry Leonard President and CEO;
Ex-Cell Home Fashions and Glenoit "I had to go to Dusseldorf [in Germany] to meet with customers, and I spent a couple of days skiing near Interlaken in Switzerland after that. It was great because we had to take a train to where the hotel was, and I ended up walking through the snow in my suit while everybody else was dressed in ski stuff. It's a beautiful place and great skiing."
A David Dalquist President; Nordic Ware
"I always enjoy my business trips to San Francisco, The people in that city are always positive and upbeat, and the endless fine restaurants make for wonderful dinner meetings."
A Ramelle Orman National sales manager; Presorvac Systems
"In September of 2000, I was working for iSi North America and we had a sales meeting in Vienna, Austria, at the parent company. After the meeting, a girl from the company and I spent a week in Italy. We flew to Rome and traveled by train from Rome to Venice to Florence and back to Rome."
A Kallett, Ken Executive vice president; Dale Tiffany
"The only time I've ever done it was about 20 years ago, I went on a sales call in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the meeting wrapped up before noon, so I went up to Park City and skied all afternoon before taking a flight home."
A Fran Attilio
Retail marketing manager; Whitford "At the end of some business travel, I tacked on a weekend visit to see my brother in Alabama. It was a last-minute decision, but worked out great logistically. It ended up being a fantastic weekend full of spontaneous events, and even a few tattoos."
A David Zrike, President; The Zrike Company
"In the late '80s, we used to import a lot of product from Portugal, and I was fortunate to be able to travel there three or four times a year. During onetrip in May, I decided to stay an extra week. I was single and back then rooms at the best hotel on the beach were about $30 per night. You could eat and drink like a king for $10 a day. Those were the days--when the dollar was strong."
A Austin Craley Vice president of sales; Momeni
"My most enjoyable holiday tacked onto a business trip is when we take customers over to China and they want to do sightseeing during the trip. We spend time at the Great Wall and visit the Forbidden City and other noted sites. Domestically, my favorite holiday is one I would recommend to all Las Vegas Market visitors. Take a day or two and go south and visit the Grand Canyon. Now that the Western rim is open with the glass walkway, that can be done in a one-day trip. Budget at least two full days time [with driving] if you want to visit the famous South rim of the canyon."
A Mark Buss President; MB Consulting Inc./Parasia International
"My best ever add-on to a business trip has been South Africa. Not only is South Africa a wonderful place to conduct business, but it has many ways to enjoy some of my favorite interests. I have been able, on more than one occasion, to have finished business in Johannesburg or Pretoria and then spend two to three days in the area of the Kruger National Park, where you get up close and personal with Africa's wildlife."
A Moore, Melissa Kitchen marketing and public relations coordinator; Microplane
"Paris after Ambiente this year. Myself and a coworker thought since we were already in Europe we should take advantage of it. We took a train from Frankfurt to Paris and had a fabulous time."
A Brandl, Phil President; International Housewares Association "My most interesting visit was during a trip to Berlin, where we took a tour of East Berlin. What made it special was our tour guide--he was a translation specialist during World War II and spoke seven different languages. His hands-on experience of history's events made the tour personal and relevant."
A Mark Kelly Marketing-promotions manager; Lodge Manufacturing
"I am a big fan of Ernest Hemingway, and I've always wanted to visit his boyhood home and museum in Oak Park, III. I usually take a vacation day after the Housewares Show in Chicago, and in 2007 I took the train to Oak Park and got my Hemingway fix. Hemingway's birthplace is a real treat; it's nestled in the middle of a beautiful neighborhood, and the tour guide provided good information on the author's formative years. The museum is equally impressive."
TRADE SHOW CALENDAR
8-11 ITMA ShowUme Fabric Show High Point, N.C. (336) 885-6842 itma-showtime.com
9-11 Fine Design/Residential Furnishings Show Merchandise Mart Chicago (800) 677-6278 merchandisemart.com
9-11 China Sourcing Fair: Gifts & Home Products Dubai International Convention Exhibition Centre Dubai, United Arab Emirates tradeshow.globalsources.com
11-13 Heimtextil Japan Tokyo Intern'l Exhibition Center Tokyo +81 (0)35301111 bigsight.jp
11-13 NeoCon World's Trade Fair The Merchandise Mart Chicago (800) 677-6278 mmart.com
18-24 Total Home & Gift Market Dallas Market Center Dallas (800) DAL-M KTS dallasmarketcenter.com
19-23 Dallas International Lighting & Accessories Market Dallas Market Center Dallas (800) DAL-M KTS dallasmarketcenter.com
July 4-8 Decorate Life Messe Frankfurt Fairgrounds Frankfurt, Germany (770) 984-8016, Ext. 431 messefrankfurt.com
8-16 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market AmericasMart Atlanta (404) 220-2434 americasmart.com
13-16 Atlanta International Area Rug Market AmericasMart Atlanta (800) ATL-MART americasmart.com
15-21 LA Mart Gift & Home Furnishings Market LA Mart Los Angeles (213) 763-5811 mmart.com
17-23 Chicago Gift & Home Furnishings Market Merchandise Mart Chicago (800) 677-6278 mmart.com
18-21 California Gift Show Los Angeles Convention Center Los Angeles (213) 362-5640 californiagiftshow.com
26-30 San Francisco International Gift Fair Moscone Center San Francisco (415) 346-6666 sfigf.com
28-8/1 Las Vegas World Market World Market Center Las Vegas (888) 416-8600 lasvegasmarket.com
12-14 International Textile Design Show Penn Plaza Pavilion New York (973) 761-5598 directionshow.com
13-19 Gift & Home Accessories Show Pacific Market Center Seattle (206) 767-6800 pacificmarketcenter.com
12-14 Printsource New York Hotel Pennsylvania New York (212) 352-1005 firstname.lastname@example.org
14-21 NewYork Home Textiles Market Week Jacob K. Javits Convention Center; 7 W New York; 230 Fifth Ave. (914) 421-3200 nyhometextilesmarketweek.com
14-21 New York Gift Week 7 W New York New York (212) 297-6063 mmart.com
15-20 New York Gift Show 41 Madison Ave New York (212) 686-1203 41 madison com
16-19 Seattle Gift Show Washington State Convention & Trade Center Seattle (800) 346-1212 seattlegift.com
16-21 New York International Gift Show Jacob K Javits Convention Center & Piers 92, 94 New York (800) 272-SHOW nyigf.com
17-20 Alberta Gift Show Northlands Agricom, Sportex & Rexall Place Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (888) 823-7469 albertagiftshow.com
17-21 Ex-Tracts Jacob K Javits Convention Center and other locations New York (800) 272-SHOW extractsny.com.
23-26 Off Price Specialist Show Sands Expo & Convention Center Las Vegas (262) 782-1600 offpriceshow.com
24-27 Montreal Gift Show Place Bonaventure Montreal, Quebec, Canada (888) 823-7469 montrealgiftshow.com
25-28 Printsource at Magic Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas (212) 352-1005 printsourcenewyork.com
September 6-9 Boston Gift Show Boston Convent'n & Exhibit'n Cntr Boston (914) 421-3200 bostongiftshow.com
7-9 Vancouver Gift Show BC Place Stadium Vancouver, British Colombia (888) 823-7469 vancouvergiftshow.com
7-11 ABC Kids Expo Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas (210) 691-4848 abckidsexpo.com
13-15 Atlanta Fall Gift & Home Furnishings Market AmericasMart Atlanta (800) 285-6278 , americasmart.com
13-15 Atlanta Gourmet Market AmericasMart Atlanta (800) 285-6278 americasmart.com
14-16 LA Mart Gift & Home Furnishings LA Mart Los Angeles (800) LAMART-4 lamart.com
15-19 Metro Market Week Various locations New York (888) MRA-MRKT Metrorugalliance.com
15-19 Home Fashions Market Various locations Home Fashions Products Association New York (212) 297-2122
17-20 International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market The Merchandise Mart Chicago (800) 677-6278 mmart.com
22-28 High Point Premarket Various locations High Point, NC. (800) 874-6492 highpointmarket.org
4-6 Mid-Atlantic Gift Cash & Carry Show Dulles Expo Center Chantilly, Va. (914) 421-3383 midatlanticcashandcarry.com
10-12 Heimtextil India Bombay Exhibition Center Mumbai, India
17-20 Indian Carpet Expo Taj Palace Varanasi, India indiancarpets.com
20-26 High Point Market Various locations High Point, N.C. (800) 874-6492 highpointmarket.org
22-26 New York Tabletop Show 41 Madison Ave. (212) 686-1203 41 madison.com 7 W. 34th St. (800) 677-6278 7wnewyork.com 230 Fifth Ave. (800) 698-5617 230fifthave.com
8-11 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York (800) 272-SHOW ihmrs.com
20-22 New York Gift Cash & Carry Show Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York (800) 272-SHOW nygiftcashandcarry.com
7-10 ITMA (International Textile Market Association) Various locations High Point, N.C. (336) 885-6842 itma-showtime.com
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