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June, 2007

19-21, New York, NY
20-26, Dallas, TX
23-25, Charlotte, NC
23-25, Denver, CO
24-26, Madison, WI
24-27, Columbus, OH
29-Jul. 1, Las Vegas, NV

9-10, Dallas, TX
10-18, Atlanta, GA
14-16, Oklahoma City, OK
14-18, Billerica, MA
17-25, Los Angeles, CA
22-24, Columbus, OH
22-25, Ft. Washington, PA
26-29, Rosemont, IL
28-31, San Francisco, CA
29 - Aug. 1, Rochester, NY

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In this issue:
  • Big Box Stores Shrinking
  • [secondary article]
  • Featured Vendors In GiftsWholesale.Com
  • Trade Shows

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Featured Vendors in GiftsWholesale.Com
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Badash Crystal: Our 24% hand-cut lead crystal is produced in the finest factories in Europe by the same artisans that manufacture for Mikasa, Waterford, Lenox, and Sasaki. Every piece is individually and safely gift boxed. We offer superb quality and value for all your gift giving and/or personal pleasure.

DecoBreeze: [Decobreeze Info]

Hansen's Christmas Stuff : Everything you will need to make your Christmas season merry and bright. Hansen's is the exclusive distributor in Canada and U.S. for Gnomy's Diaries, handcrafted originals from Annekabouke of Holland. Gnomy's Diaries is a wonderful line of products that has something for everyone. Two sites: US and Canadian.

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.

Peking Handicraft, Inc. is an international manufacturer and wholesaler specializing in home textiles, decorative accessories and giftware. The company's expertise in sourcing and manufacturing the finest products from throughout China is reflected in over two decades of experience and is recognized throughout the industry.

Sassys is all about color and fun and gifts. Chock full of color and sass, these cute polka-dot bowpads, ribboned photoframes, brightly colored linen towels, cheeky wall décor, and resort fun-wear flip-flops, koozies and caps are all decked out in sassy bows. Get Fun. Get Witty.!

Spring Street is proud to offer the finest assortment of personal, home, and office accessories. Our extensive product lines are all theme oriented, from baby to bride and beyond. All of our gift items are hand epoxy enameled and adorned with faux jewel encrusted motifs. Many of our designs are inspired from the famed Soho district of New York City where the very real Spring Street is located.

Sunbelt Marketing Group, Inc. is proud announce the launch of our brand new website We are your one stop shop for Retro Ad Graphics and licensed icons such as John Deere, Pepsi-Cola, Chevrolet, Mustang and collegiate. Come check out our new promotions and specials exclusive to the website.

Waybags strives to bring you the most eye catching superbly made handbag or accessory we can possibly make. Way Bags are distinctive fashion handbags, totes and novelty accessories for the gift and fashion retailer. "Pride. Quality. Hard Work. Faith in God."

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.

Big Box Stores Shrinking
(from press and online reports)

The big-box retailers have long been tough competition for small, mom-and-pop shops, but there are indications that smaller may be better, at least in certain situations.

According to, two of the biggest Big Boxes, Wal-Mart and Home Depot, are both building smaller stores. Wal-Mart is modifying its Neighborhood Market stores, typically about 39,000 square feet. The existing 112 stores will be joined by 15 to 20 new Neighborhood Markets over the next year.

The New York Post even reported that analysts say Wal-Mart is mulling stores as small as 20,000 square feet.

This year Atlanta-based Home Depot has also opened stores in California that are 28,600 to 50,000 square feet, instead of its average 105,000 square foot stores. Similar smaller stores are also scheduled to open in Tennessee in July.

Retailers as diverse as grocery and electronics chains are also considering downsizing. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that that city's largest grocery chain, Giant Eagle, is opening 14,000 square foot Giant Eagle Express stores to try to bridge the gap between supermarkets and convenience stores.

Trends in appliances and electronics also are causing other retailers to downsize, such as Best Buy, Circuit City, Lowe's, Target, and Costco. The Wall Street Journal reports that shrinking electronic components and competition are causing leaders Best Buy and Circuit City to make their new stores 30% to 40% smaller than current properties. More and more shoppers buy music and movies online further reducing the need for rack space.