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July, 2012

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Everything Old Is New Again!

por•tal noun A door, gate, entrance, especially one of imposing appearance, as to a palace. (

It will have been 15 years this November since OmegaNet Inc., publisher of this newsletter, launched GiftsWholesale.Com, its first web portal where retail stores can find links to many wholesale vendors. Now GiftsWholesale.Com and its sister sites have received a facelift.

GiftsWholesale.Com has gotten a facelift Four more portals were added shortly afterward: AccessoriesWholesale.Com, ApparelWholesale.Biz, DecorWholesale.Com and ToysWholesale.Com. Each of these specialized portals provides links to vendors in their respective product classifications, as well as news about the industry.

Since 1997, OmegaNet has created hundreds of B2B (business-to-business) e-commerce web sites where stores can securely place orders for their inventory. These web sites are built on the company's proprietary web system known as CAMEO EZ©. The first version of CAMEO (Complete Automated Merchant Electronic Ordering) appeared in 2000. About half a million retail stores have registered in OmegaNet's CAMEO EZ© system over that period of time.

At all the OmegaNet portals, retail store buyers can register and then copy their registration to hundreds of CAMEO EZ© web sites, greatly simplifying the process of ordering inventory. For a complete Directory of CAMEO EZ© B2B web sites, go to and use your CAMEO EZ username and password to login and view the Directory.

This year the OmegaNet portals are getting extensive facelifts, which include completely updating and unifying the look and feel of the sites, changing the format to include searchable articles and postings, rotating advertising and sortable tradeshow information, while retaining the "Featured Lines", links to vendors that have always been central to the portals' mission. To see new ad sizes, rates and specifications, click here.

More recently OmegaNet opened another portal with a difference: CAMEOEZMarketplace.Com has ordering for about 35 vendors in one place.

Featured Vendors
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Acacia Creations Since our products debuted in the U.S. in 2007, we've been working overtime to meet demand and we couldn't be happier. That's because at Acacia Creations we operate according to fair trade principles and return a percentage of each sale to our employees in Kenya. That means the more we sell, the more our workers and their families benefit! Also, because our items are made from recycled and reclaimed materials, the more we sell, the more we keep from being thrown away.

Badash Crystal: Our broad selection of mouth blown tabletop and decorative accessories from around the world will surely meet your needs. Every piece is individually and safely boxed. We offer superb quality and value for all your gift giving, bridal and/or personal pleasure.

Best Blue Mountain Coffee the wholesale ordering web site for City of Refuge 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain® Coffee. 100% of the proceeds from your purchase of City of Refuge coffee go to help the City of Refuge Children's Home, enabling a Jamaican child to live and learn the ways of a loving and nurturing family environment.

Calypso Studios is a Fashion Accessory & Gift Company that creates products that encompass a relaxed and vibrant lifestyle. We are constantly moving forward and challenging ourselves with new designs and accessories, creating beautiful pieces that everyone can enjoy. We are excited to bring more color and sparkle to any wardrobe in an array of new designs for the gift industry, including our new and extremely popular Comfort Crosses and Wrap Bracelets. Visit us online today at to explore all of our new 2011 product! CAMEO EZ© member stores can now log into a site one time and place orders from several manufacturers. Check back often to see more lines. One Login - Multiple Shopping Carts - Easy Checkout.

Coast Lamp Manufacturing Coast Lamp Mfg., was established and incorporated in the state of Florida in 1955. Now, a North Carolina Corporation since 1975, located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. We are a family owned and operated company. Our product is UL/ULC listed and approved and made in the USA. Customer satisfaction and a long lasting relationship are our goals.

The Cookbook Company: Any Bitch ("Babe In Total Control Of Herself") Cookbooks is a complete and humorous line of boutique cookbooks that are not only amusing but useful as well.

Divinity Boutique is a gift company that is focused on trendy and fun gifts that feature inspirational verse and themes.

Dr D's for Dogs: Dr. Joseph Demichael is a veterinarian who is devoted to caring for dogs but also raising and breeding dogs. He photographs his dogs and creates clever greeting cards using the photographs. The picture at left is for a birthday card with the caption "May your day be twice as nice! Happy Birthday!

Europa Home decorincluding glass, candleholders and candles for garden, lodge, awards, gourmet food, sale items and more.

Gina B. Designs is an award-winning greeting card, gift and stationery products company featuring exceptional art and design. With an array of styles, variety of products and outstanding customer service, Gina B. Designs has "something for everyone."  All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Halle Joy is a different type of company, committed not only to designing beautiful products, but to bringing joy to people throughout the world. A portion of the proceeds from every piece we sell goes to support worthy causes around the world.

Hook Line Greetings offers the world's first patent-pending "Gift-in-Greet" Fishing Lure Cards. The company's unique and clever greeting cards contain an authentic hand-tied fishing lure as the "gift" that can be taken out for immediate fun and enjoyment. Just "release" the fishing lure from the card, tie on a line and go fish!

Highland Graphics: a leader in functional gift with decorative items for gift giving and kitchen. From our topselling Absorbastone coasters, to our decorative bamboo cutting boards, everything we manufacture is made in the USA. Our high quality plus competitive pricing lets our customers make higher margins. We feature licensed art, official collegiate products and have a full range of custom capabilities with low minimums.

JTP Wholesale: Monogrammed toilet paper and coasters - The perfect gift for the person who has everything.

Julia Knight: Our artisans in India and Italy breathe life into each individually hand-crafted piece, ready for you to expressively combine them into your own eye-catching-statement-making signature array of bowls and trays, glassware and serving pieces. . . into "Wow!"

Leslie Handpainted Glass: Leslie Hand Painted Glass is Proudly Painting in Portland Oregon USA Specializing in Custom & Regionally Specific Designs - Personalized Wedding & Bridal Parties - Corporate Gifts & Events.

MyQuickPrints.Com system allows the store owner to generate "Live" previews of personalized photos, print the photos on demand in their store, and frame the photos all within minutes. The system provides instant gratification for store customers and big profits to the store owner! With, there are little or no start up costs and no inventory to carry. The store owner simply clicks, prints, and frames. When registering on, use CODE "Retail" for "Type of Business".

Nicole Brayden Gifts: a bright and trendy collection of stationary and home decorproducts. Lots of fun colors and designs offered. Introducing new and exciting "Purse Pad" stationary assortments as well as the trendy Cheeky Chic collection.

O3 USA: Founded on principles of creativity, functionality and a funky spirit, O3 USA strives strive to offer products that are unique, stylish, and, most importantly, cool. From kids' backpacks and luggage with integrated coolers, to fun accessories for the family, we hope you find what you are looking for with us here at O3!

Scribbles: "We are fashioned by what we love!" Jewelry, handbags, wallets, scarves and other fun stuff. NEW CAMEO EZ© web site.

Shade Tree Greetings' "Actual Pictures" are recognized as one of the best-selling greeting card lines in the industry. Nostalgic photographs and clever, funny verses make these cards a success. Go to our website to browse over 300 styles. GREAT introductory programs and free fixtures.

snoozies!® are not socks and they're not slippers - sort of a crossover between the two and that's why we call them "foot coverings"! snoozies!® are made with a brushed fleece exterior in colorful & fun printed patterns and then lined with a soft Sherpa fleece inside.

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.

Stupell Industries: one of America's premier suppliers of handcrafted decorative accessories for upscale homes and offices. In business for over 30 years, our line includes a wide variety of baby products, kitchen and bathroom plaques, wall hangings, faux windows, picture frames, and other unique decorative objects. We are constantly enlarging and updating our product offering to keep abreast of the latest trends and styles in the fast-paced home decorative market.

Sunbelt Marketing Group , Inc. Licensed functional and decorative giftware for the home and tailored for the men's market, i.e. (clocks, signs, coat/key racks, salt and pepper shakers, bottle openers, shelves, picture frames, games key chains and more). Licenses include Coca-Cola, General Motors, Pepsi-Cola, Farmall Tractors, Shelby and the Shelby Ford Mustang and Dodge. Product mediums include wood, polyresin, and glass and mixed mediums.

Tripar International Inc.: Tripar International is your source for both displays and decorative accessories. Our extensive product line includes a wide assortment of easels, risers, ornament stands, plate racks, mirrors, jewelry displays, and unique display pieces. We are also an excellent source for wine accessories, wall decor, inspirational signs, and cookbook stands. We offer quality with style, low minimums and fast shipping.

Wellspring makes functional products with fresh designs for companies that sell gifts. Great fun and cute personal accessories designed for the purse, stationery designed for organization and Flip Notes- the best-selling slim notepad consistently ranked by retailers as a top 10 in sell through. Perfect 4th quarter pick up gifts at under $10 retail- a sweet spot with today's consumer. Now with collegiate logos!

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Quick Industry News

AmericasMart Honors Creative Excellence in July with Visual Display Awards

Atlanta - July 17, 2012. AmericasMart Atlanta honors the best of the best in display and merchandising in July 2012 at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®. The Visual Display Award (VDA) celebrates visual presentation excellence in both permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits at the premier gift and home industry event of summer. The VDAs are determined by independent design and retail visual merchandising experts with decades of combined experience.

Twenty-nine showrooms among permanent exhibitors were honored along with 18 temporary exhibitors including a Best of Show in the Temporary Category.

The July 2012 winners for Visual Display among permanent showrooms are:


  • Allstate Floral & Craft, Inc. 20-B-1
  • Jascotina Inc. 19-A-8
  • Knud Nielsen Company, Inc. 18-C-4
  • Winward International 17-D-2
  • PolarX Ornaments & Gifts 16-A-20
  • Global Views 14-C-15
  • John Beard Collection 13-E-6
  • Riado 12-B-6
  • Avenue B 11-A-11
  • KnobStoppers/Cake Vintage 10-A-6
  • Saro Trading Company 9-D-10


  • Appelman/Schauben & Co. 1825, 1829, 1830, 1833
  • Tozai Home 1717
  • Jim Shore/Enesco 1612
  • Que, A Division of Gift Craft 1529
  • C & F Enterprises, Inc. 1435
  • Couronne Company, Inc. 1310B
  • Authentic Models, Inc. 1211
  • The Round Top Collection 1129
  • Grace Direct, Inc. 1019
  • MoMo Panache 935-A
  • Godinger Group 808
  • Simply Primitives 715-B
  • Kindred Hearts, Inc. 617-B


  • Silvestri 687
  • Toys South, Inc. 772
  • Stonewall Kitchen, Ltd. 873-B
  • Common Ground Distributors, Inc. 9-C-16 9-C-10
  • Esschert Design USA, LLC 10-B-73

The July 2012 Temporary Visual Display Winners are:

Emporium Home

Temporary VDA Winners:

  • Karma Living
  • Julian Mejia Design, Inc.
  • French Heritage
  • Vagabond Vintage, LLC
  • Fairhope Favorites
  • Golden Hill Studio
  • Beachcomber Trading Company
  • My Spirit Garden
  • Lizzy J’s
  • Second Nature Designs Ltd.
  • Pick Up Sticks Jewelry Co. LLC
  • Von. G Art
  • Good Idea Kids, LLC
  • Pura Botanica
  • Tracy Arrington Studios
  • Beach Handbags
  • Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress
  • Oxidos