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November, 2006

Trade Shows

3-6, Myrtle Beach, SC
4-5, Dallas, TX

4-7, Miami
6-9, Philadelphia
6-10, Boston
9-17, Atlanta
16-23, Los Angeles
18-25, Chicago
19-23, Minneapolis
19-23, Columbus
26-30, Kansas City
28-Feb. 1, New York

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In this issue:
  • Industry Sales Statistics From Your Uncle Sam
  • New & Featured Vendors In GiftsWholesale.Com
  • Major Trade Shows

New and Featured Vendors in GiftsWholesale.Com

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Exhart: A World of Whimsical Garden Accents & Happy Home Décor. Hundreds of quality products bursting with color, motion, & fun, each hand-painted with meticulous detail, guaranteed to make you smile! Beautiful Wind Chimes, Wacky Statuary, Kinetic Art, and more!

Hansen's Christmas Stuff : Everything you will need to make your Christmas season merry and bright as well as Gnomy's Diaries by Annekabouke. Two sites: US and Canadian.

IMA Brass: International Mercantile Agencies, Inc., also known as IMA Brass, has become one of the Country's largest sources for Unique and Eclectic Home Gift, Special Events & Wedding Accessories.

Lazy Time Toys: Your online shopping source for unique plush toys and products--Where affordable prices and high-quality come together.

Mud Pie: Mud Pie products are now featured in three catalogs: Mud Pie Baby, Mud Pie Gift, and Mud Pie Pet. It has always been our goal to offer innovative giftware that's affordably priced and adorably packaged.

Straight Line Collection: Straight Line Collection (SLC) is a collection of Gift & Decorative Accessories, lovingly handcrafted by talented craftsmen & individually hand painted by creative artisans.

Sunset Vista Designs: From the same creative team that brought you Care and Wonder Company; We're back with a fresh new line of the latest in home and garden decor.

Welforth: Beautiful, embellished pewter accessories for the home, plus jewelry. Finely crafted with sparkling crystals and colored stoned in beautiful shades.

Wellspring: Stationery products that help keep you organized by giving you fashion with function--wherever you are in your home, office, or on the go. Includes: Pencil Pads®, Auto Notes™, Flip Notes, Wiggle Pens™, note cards, note pads, and recipe books.

Industry Sales Statistics From Your Uncle Sam

If you would like to compare your business to your industry as a whole and look at trends over time, there is a source you might not have thought of checking: The US Government. Who knew the Census Bureau has sales and inventory statistics for retail businesses going back to 1992?

You can go to the Census Bureau website ( to find a tremendous amount of raw information about retail and food service.

You can see the information as web pages or get it as delimited data that you can copy/save/paste into Excel, etc. Of course making sense of the data is the challenge. The data is already sorted for you by NAICS Code, so you can go to the relevant line for your type of business.

To help you make sense of it, there is also information about related surveys, the methodology used to collect the data, Frequently Asked Questions, and the full report as a downloadable PDF file. Hey, you already paid for it, so you might as well learn something from it!

If you'd rather compare your business with the big publicly traded retailers, take a look at's Monthly Retail Sales Comparison ( There's a variety of companies represented with names we all know, and the sales numbers might just tell you something useful about the industry you are in.