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January, 2008

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In this issue:
  • Tax Rebate May Spur Retail Sales
  • Upstate New York Has Growing New Trade Show
  • Featured Vendors In GiftsWholesale.Com
  • Trade Shows

Upstate New York Has Growing New Trade Show

The Upstate New York Gift Expo, set for Feb. 25-27 in Verona, NY, marks two years since the first Upstate New York Gift Expo. The show offers a diverse group of exhibitors representing the traditional gift, souvenir, hand-made, resort, and specialty gift markets. The show has hosted buyers from throughout New York and adjoining states. Attendees have included buyers from gift shops, stationery stores, museum shops, jewelry stores, souvenir shops, resorts and bookstores.

Featuring 600 lines in 120 booths, the show is staged at the four-diamond-rated Turning Stone Resort and Casino, between Syracuse and Utica, NY. Founding partner Bill Moore says, "Both exhibitors and attendees have been pleased with the results and the traffic has increased each show."

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The summer show dates are July 21st -23rd 2008

Featured Vendors in GiftsWholesale.Com
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American Picture Company: Great quality framed art at very competitive price points for gift & décor retailers. Primitive, Folk, Americana, Landscapes, etc. Always adding fresh new art images while maintaining top repeat sellers! Available glassed or textured.

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.

Ata Boy makes a variety of licensed products such as magnets, nite lites and keychains featuring Elvis, Lucy, Barbie, Betty Boop, DC Comics characters and much more.

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.

Frankoma Inc. You can feel the difference when you touch a piece of Frankoma Pottery. Since 1933, Frankoma has the perfect gift. Whatever you’re looking for - heartfelt keepsake, kitchen or home accent, or even a new collectible - you’ll find it here. In fact, Frankoma collectibles are consistently listed among the top ten collectibles on EBay according to Martha Stewart.

Gallery Art Glass is the leading resource for all-weather stained glass - fun and functional garden giftware and home décor. We offer affordably priced, handcrafted home and garden accessories that add beauty and color to any setting. Collections include windchimes, birdfeeders, plant stakes, nightlights, windows, holiday and wine accessories.

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.

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.

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.

Tax Rebate May Spur Retail Sales

With Congress considering a bill that would give tax rebates to many Americans in order to stimulate the economy, retailers may be able to see increased spending come Spring. If the Senate gives quick approval, the first rebate payments could begin going out in May and most people could have them by July. (source)

"In the spring and summer of 2001, the last time the government handed out special tax rebates, Americans spent 20% of the money on retail purchases and another 20% on food or entertainment, and put the remaining 60% toward bills or debt reduction," said Britt Beemer, chairman of America's Research Group, which polls thousands of consumers every week. (source)

President Bush has urged passage of the bill and legislators from both sides of the aisle seem eager to pass it, but the temptation to load the bill with extra spending is strong. President Bush warned the lawmakers against burdening the bill, but to get it done soon.

Retailers may be able to see increased spending come Spring.

The Los Angeles Times asked readers how they would spend the expected $800-to-$1200 per family in tax rebates. Many said they would buy big-ticket items like iPhones and flat-screen TVs. Others were more mundane. "I'll buy myself some new shoes," said Lamar Clark, a single father of two from Moreno Valley in Riverside County. He might be eligible for $1,200 -- $600 plus $300 for each child.

Opinions were mixed about whether the stimulus would have any real impact on the sluggish economy, but Tory Hathaway, a construction superintendent, said the White House and Congress shouldn't worry. "It will definitely be spent."