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December, 2008

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January, 2009
3-7, Billerica, MA
6-14, Atlanta
7, Gettysburg, PA
9-11, Denver
10-13, Portland
11-13, Collinsville IL (St Louis)
13-19, Los Angeles
14-15, Madison, WI
14-20, Dallas
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15-21, Chicago
16-17, Anchorage, AK
16-20, Columbus
17-19, San Diego
17-20, Oaks (Philadelphia Expo), PA
18-20, New York
21-27, Seattle
22-24, Phoenix
23-25, Denver
23-27, Kansas City
25-29, New York
23-27, Minnetonka, MN
23-27, Overland Park, KS
24-26, Charlotte
24-26, Memphis
24-26, Orlando
24-27, Atlanta
25-29, Toronto
28 - Feb. 1, New York
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31-Feb 1, Denver

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In this issue:
  • Bilerica, Mass. Show Alive and Well, Flyer Says
    January Show Will Go On
  • Quick Industry News
    Show News • Product Introductions
  • Featured Vendors In GiftsWholesale.Com
  • Trade Shows

Bilerica, Mass. Show Alive and Well, Flyer Says
January Show Will Go On

Show Flyer Paraphrases Mark Twain

Consolidation at The Northeast Market Center in Bilerica, Massachusetts, northeast of Boston resulted in late mailing of applications for exhibitors according to the promoter's website. But a clever flyer assured buyers that "The Rumors of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated" paraphrasing Mark Twain.

The January Premiere Show, which will be the third through the seventh, will be smaller in terms of square footage, but will feature about the same number of exhibitors -- approximately 45 sales agency showrooms featuring more than 2,000 gift and decor lines plus temporaries. The reduction in the space occupied by the show caused concern that there might not be time to stage the winter event.

Featured Vendors in GiftsWholesale.Com
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At Alexa's Angels , the special moment of gift giving motivates everything we create. Each of our expressive and inspirational jewelry products were crafted with your friends and loved ones in mind. Because what you give to the special people in your life can say so much about the sentiments you with to share.

Aspen Bay Candles: The best candles on the market--a result of our continual and diligent application of superior candle science. Take a moment to visit our unique high quality line of candles. Once you have experienced the superb fragrances and long burn times, we are sure you will be back again and again.

Box and Wrap Your Unique Source for Wholesale Packaging! We offer Stock and Custom Packaging. Gift Boxes, Apparel Boxes, Candy Boxes, Candle Boxes, Pillow Boxes, Wine Boxes, Jewelry Boxes, Paper Shopping Bags, Plastic Shopping Bags, Gift Bags, Gift Wrap, Gift Basket Supplies and more! With our Gift packaging Selections, the Possibilities are Endless!

Brownlow Gifts: Brownlow produces a full line of inspirational gifts for every occasion. You will find useful and attractive home decor gifts for the kitchen, bedrooms, study and all other rooms in the house. Brownlow is well known for gourmet products, journals, gifted paper items, photo albums, photo frames, decorative sentiment plaques, a variety of stationery, many different ceramic gifts as well as a large assortment of inspirational gift books. Most products are in coordinating themes that retailers can purchase in eye-catching countertop display collections.

Carson Home Accents: Long known for their wind chimes and outdoor accessories, Carson continues to develop exciting new styles and designs in categories like figurines, statuettes, message bars, plaques, mini-plates and table accents that are both decorative and functional.

Don Mark Lifelike puppies & kittens that actually breathe. These adorable pets offer a real pet ownership experience without the work or expense. Perfect petzzz -------the ultimate pet. We now offer 30 breeds of puppies and kittens to choose from. Visit our web site to see our entire line of petzzz plus over 180 other unique gifts and gadgets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Quick Industry News

GSMA Providing "Buyer's Lounge" in Atlanta

Gift Sales Managers Association (GSMA) is proud to announce that they will be sponsoring a Buyer's Lounge at the upcoming January show, Jan. 6-14. The lounge will be in room #707 of the Gift Building. There will be viewing areas along each wall, with examples of GSMA product lines and information on where the lines are exhibiting. There will also be comfortable chairs and sofas, along with writing tables, so buyers can rest, recuperate, browse the product offerings, have a complimentary bottle of water, and then go on their way refreshed. There will also be a reception on Thursday January 8, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

GSMA, Gift Sales Managers Association, is comprised of approximately 110 members who strive to learn and develop means of helping the independent retailers. More information can be obtained at their web site,

Heart Gifts Creates Ornament for White House

Teresa Thibault, founder of Heart Gifts by Teresa, was selected by Congressman Robin Hayes of North Carolina to decorate an ornament for the White House Christmas tree. Red, white and blue was the theme that highlighting the tree this year. Artists were selected from all across the nation to decorate an ornament with a patriotic theme. Teresa's ornament highlighted three important areas of interest about North Carolina, the majestic mountains, the lighthouses, and the state bird which is the cardinal and the state flower which is the dogwood.

On December 2nd Teresa attended a luncheon at the White House given by First Lady Laura Bush to honor all the artists. Teresa was accompanied by her son Justin Thibault. Teresa said she was very honored to have been chosen for this annual historic event. The ornaments will become a part of the presidential library.


Paul Brent Signing in Atlanta

Calypso Studios invites you to meet famed artist Paul Brent January 10th from 7-8 p.m. at the Southern Link Showroom G1619. Paul Brent will be autographing and giving away his famed abalone shell necklaces to the first 100 customers.

Paul Brent’s exclusive designs are placed on clay ball key rings. Inspired by the ocean there are up to 12 different designs showcased on a handcrafted clay ball. Designs include the seahorse, blue crab, flamingo and many more!

DHR Features Artist Signing in Expanded Atlanta Showroom

Friday Jan. 9, Lolita of Santa Barbara Design Studio will hold a Signing in the DHR & Company showroom at AmericasMart, Bldg. 2, Space 1500. You can also "Meet & Greet the Artists" on Thursday Jan. 8 in the expanded Sales Rep Agency showroom: Patience Brewster (Patience Brewster), Stephen Brown (Glitterville), and Stephen Brown & David Dewey (One Hundred 80 Degrees)

Sea Island Occupies Atlanta's New "West Wing"

Sea Island Imports, Inc. has moved into the beautiful new West Wing of Building 2 in the Atlanta Gift Mart. The new showroom is steps away from the new much-needed escalator and just down the aisle from Sea Island’s previous location. Come see us in 667A West. We have many introductions for spring including a new step stool that is going to be a big hit!

Global Product Resources, Inc. Partners with Darrah & Co, Ltd.

San Diego, Ca. - Global Product Resources, Inc. (GPR), manufacturer of the popular brand of decorative floor and tabletop fans known as Deco Breeze®, announces its new partnership with sales representative organization Darrah & Co, Ltd. The company will be represented by Darrah & Co. at the upcoming January 2009 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®.

In addition to the company's innovative line of Deco Breeze decorative fans, GPR is proud to introduce DecoGLOW®, a new sophisticated collection of high design fashion candles. Look for both Deco Breeze and DecoGLOW® when you visit Darrah & Co, building 2, Suite 1818 of the Gift Mart.

Unison Relocates in New West Wing

Unison Gifts, Inc, a leading provider of giftware has expanded and moved into a new showroom on the 6th floor in the West Wing in Americasmart. The company's new showroom# is 692B & 694B. Hundreds of new items are slated for introduction for 2009.


Carson Debuts 350 New Products

Carson Home Accents, known for great designs and great price points, has expanded their line with more than 350 new additional items for January 2009. Whether you are looking for Wind Chimes, Garden, Inspirational, or Home Décor you can always count on Carson to offer something new and exciting!

Reusable "Start Helping Our Planet" Totes from Calyspo

Calypso Studios is excited to present the Reusable S.H.O.P. Tote. Each S.H.O.P. Tote holds up to 20 lbs. enough for the groceries, going to the beach or even shopping. They come in eleven different designs and can fold down to fit inside your purse or glove box. Calypso Studios S.H.O.P. Tote is a great solution to conserving paper and eliminating the use of plastic bags.

Come by Calypso Studios booth, G1619, at the Southern Link Showroom and receive a complementary S.H.O.P. Tote. We will be handing these out to the first 500 customers starting at the beginning of the Atlanta show on January 6.

Stainless Steel Water Bottles Help "Go Green" and Other Colors

Don Mark announces the addition to our collection of highly successful Stainless Steel Water Bottles, the "Designer Series". Our series features 10 new and exciting designs available for immediate delivery. The entire series will be featured at the upcoming Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and New York Gift shows. GOING GREEN now comes in many colors.

New "Kitchen Helpers" from Brownlow

FT.WORTH, TX - New for Spring 2009, Brownlow presents "Deluxe Kitchen Helpers". Two beautiful newly designed kitchen ensembles, "French Country" by Kate McRostie and "Vintage Floral" by Kristy Valshan, is sure to compliment any kitchen.

The collection consists of a Deluxe Recipe Binder filled with 20 acrylic, wipe-clean card holder pages with 40 recipe cards, 8 pocket dividers, 20 printer-friendly pages, 18 pages of time-saving tips for healthy meals, phone numbers and websites for cooking hot-lines, helpful references, charts and more! Also included in this collection is a magnetic shopping list, a package of 40 extra recipe cards and a coupon keeper with 6 accordion storage pockets and memo pad for notes. Retails prices range from $3.99 - $14.99. (more)

Kiss Me In The Garden Introduces Monogram Program

Karen Mandel of Kiss Me In The Garden, Inc. says, "Monograms are RED HOT, and this product will appeal to your customers not only because of the stylish design, but also because of the amazing product inside." The natural shea butter balms contain a whopping 15 percent shea butter and also have added calcium which strengthens the user's skin. The scent is an ultra delicious "Orange Vanilla" (smells like a 50-50 bar!).

The product is made from natural ingredients, is earth friendly, not tested on animals, is paraben-free and made in the USA. The cost is $210 for 30 jars, the fantastic metal unit and a free tester.

New Wedding Collection Featured by Malden

Malden International Designs, a leading supplier of photo frames, photo albums and wall décor introduces their newest wedding collection at the January Gift Show in Atlanta. These are perfect gifts for this special occasion. The "Celebration of Love" black wall collage holds six 4x6 photos and retails for $26.99. "Here Comes the Bride",an elegant printed black glass on wood frame holds a 5x7 photo and retails for $15.99.

Wellspring® Introduces New Stacy Collection

Lancaster Pa: Wellspring, the company that brings art and organization to everyday life, introduces the Stacy Collection, a fresh pairing of classic pink and green color in on trend designs. The Stacy Collection designs will be offered across new and existing products in the Wellspring line allowing retailers to create a story in their store and increase multiple sales. The Stacy Collection will be featured on including Flip Notes, Flip Cases, Journals, Pens, Luggage Tags, Note Pads, and Auto Notes. New Flip cases are slim, lightweight holders for business cards, gift cards, or money and will retail under $6.00.. New Journals are stylish and offer great protection with aluminum covers at under $12.00. (more)

Peking Handicraft Debuts New Licensed Designs by Trina Turk
Clothing designer's signature prints to debut on textiles at winter markets

(San Francisco, Calif.) -- Peking Handicraft, Inc., an international manufacturer and wholesaler of high quality home decor, tabletop and giftware items, introduces Trina Turk Residential, a new licensed textile collection featuring the signature clothing prints of one of America's most loved fashion designers, Trina Turk. Turk's designs, inspired by the multicultural mix, architecture and landscape of Los Angeles and California, add style and class to any interior home décor. The Trina Turk Residential Collection for Peking Handicraft offers Turk's most casually sophisticated and "must have" silhouettes on needlepoint and embroidered pillows, hook rugs, needlepoint coasters and guest towels. The collection will also feature a variety of fashionable needlepoint eyeglass cases, a first-of-its-kind product to be offered by the company.

The Trina Turk Residential Collection for Peking Handicraft can be viewed at the company's winter showroom locations in Atlanta, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. (more)

About Face Adds to Faithful Guardians Line

Faithful Guardians Irish Angel

About Face Designs is excited to introduce Hanging Ornaments into the popular Faithful Guardians Collection. There are 12 styles available in the initial offering all cast from beautiful Terraflo, and then hand-painted in a delicate wash palette. As with all Faithful Guardians each 3 1/4" high angel comes with an original and uplifting message. Suggested retail is $10.00.

The new Irish Angel from About Face Designs is an adorable addition to the popular Faithful Guardians Collection which will be the perfect St. Patti's Day keepsake or a great gift idea for any occasion. This adorable Guardian Angel is cast from beautiful Terraflo, a blend of natural materials that capture every tiny detail to perfection. The angel is then hand-painted in a delicate wash palette and comes with an original uplifting message. 33 individual styles are available.

Mud Pie Debuts New Seaside Collection at Winter Markets
Featuring new pearl-blue finishes, real shells and sea life designs

Tucker, Ga. Mud Pie's new Seaside collection offers great items for entertaining or giving, including ceramic and melamine plates and platters, cheese trays and spreaders, dip cups, salt and pepper shakers, cocktail napkins and rings and fish-shaped wine cooler and topper. Bathroom décor items include beautiful shell linen guest towels, Lucite paper towel holders, speckled shell soaps and fish-shaped soap dish. Additional home décor items such as the Lucite note holder, red and blue faux coral chunks and real shell picture frames offer the perfect finishing touch to make a home as exotic as the seaside. (more)