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June 2015

All That's New
What's New at the Summer Trade Shows

As the Summer Trade Show season kicks off, many attendees will seek to replenish their stock of tried-and-true best sellers, but will also be on the look out for shiny new product lines to draw in customers. For this semiannual Show Issue, we look at what will be new at many of the big trade shows this year.

Brand new this year, on the World Trade Center 13th floor, Dallas Market Center will welcome artists from the American Made Show, the premier wholesale show for designer products handcrafted solely in the U.S. and Canada June 24-30. (read more)

The Ribbon is cut to open a new showroom at Dallas Market Center Approximately 35% of exhibitors in The Pavilions, debuting this year, will be first-time exhibitors at Las Vegas Market (August 2-5, 2015), bringing an influx of established industry suppliers as well as innovative newcomers. New concentrations of previously under-represented lifestyle merchandise categories include upscale paper goods and better children’s merchandise. (read more)

At AmericasMart, The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, July 7-14, 2015, a new Made in America Pavilion (Building 2, Floor 7). Floor 14 in Building 2 will also have a new specialty gift, toy and children’s items concentration. "Both the Made in America Pavilion and the new toys and gift concentration are direct responses to requests from our valued buyers," says Mary Sullivan Harper, senior vice president of Leasing for Buildings 2 and 3. (read more)

At the Philadelphia Gift Show, July 19-22, with a special spotlight on new resources, the show will welcome many first-time exhibitors in all categories. Among them: Accents Fashion Accessories, Bali Kraton Treasures, New England Bells,, Silk Saver, Urban Works Textiles and more. (read more)

Custom-tailored to its Pacific Northwest buying audience, the Seattle Gift Show returns to the Washington State Convention Center August 15-18. "We all know buyers come to market to see what's new in an effort to find those designs and styles that will differentiate their store in their community," says Dirk von Gal, vice president, gift, Urban Expositions. "The Seattle Gift Show is the place to discover...go-to brands and best-sellers." (read more)

Building on the momentum of the winter edition’s 35% attendance increase, the July 25-28 Windy City Gift Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL will feature a growing roster of new, first-time exhibiting companies. (read more)

"Retailers are always looking for new, locally made resources and we are laying the groundwork for what we think will evolve into a very strong category. We think our new 'California Dreamin' spotlight has tremendous growth potential," says Dirk von Gal, refering to the July 17-20 California Gift Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center’s Kentia and South Halls. "California Dreamin'" is a new collection of California-made resources. (read more)

Wherever you go this show season, have fun and good hunting!

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Quick Industry News

PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONSChristinas World Announces Dive Card Glass Fish Assortment

Christina's World announces a new Aquatic Assortment. When divers are looking for undersea life, they carry a "Dive Card" in order to identify the fish they find. The card is waterproof and has pictures of various species of colorful fish. "I discovered this while in Freeport Bahamas," says Christine Mallouk. "I decided that the idea would make a great set of beautiful glass fish."

Calypso's New Clay Comforting CrossesAutumn looks promising with affordable, fashion-forward, and inspired new designs from Calypso Studios' best-selling lines. Pictured at left among others is Calypso's new Camouflage Hand Held Cross (center). It is handmade with 100% natural clay and heated in the kiln with care. Fitting into the palm of your hand, this cross is the perfect gift for anyone facing a new chapter in their life. Also new is the Patchwork Hand Held Cross (top right). The crosses measure 3.75 in. x 5.5 in. x 1 in. and wholesale for $7.50 each (min. 2). Calypso is also introducing new Tote and Messenger Bags, as well as new Bangles.


Next Innovations new wholesale CAMEO EZ websiteNext Innovations just opened a new wholesale CAMEO EZ© website. Next Innovations is an American company that is a leader in the design and manufacture of both indoor and outdoor decorative art for wholesale distribution through Galleries, Gift and Garden Industries. Next Innovations offers over 350 creative and stunning products for a wide range of retailers from art galleries, specialty boutiques, tourist gift shops, hardware to large garden centers.

Kitchen Happy's new wholesale CAMEO EZ websiteKitchen Happy features products for the kitchen and beyond on its new wholesale website by OmegaNet, including "Snapi: The Single Handed Server", WineO Wine Stoppers, a new take on the Lazy Susan, and "Loved Beyond Measure", a contemporary twist on the family tradition of measuring children as they grow. Also "Passages", a collection of eye-catching, whimsical letter-art signs by emerging artist Danae Elder, and "Sof-T" gifts for golfers.

Flirt Product's new wholesale CAMEO EZ websiteFlirt Products just opened its CAMEO EZ© website. Founded in 2012, Flirt Products is the leading company in the latest fashion jewelry designs. Collections include Genuine Stone, Cross, Blingy, Rope, Pearl, Glass and States. Flirt designs every product with the retailer in mind by offering a great price point with almost two times the markup capabilities and the latest trends.

CAMEO EZ© is the B2B e-commerce system developed by OmegaNet Inc., publisher of this newsletter, for use by retailers in ordering inventory for their stores. A partial list of CAMEO EZ sites can be found at the company's portals such as,,,,, and A complete list of sites is available in the "Directory" on