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December 2016


It's Time for the Winter Trade Shows

A Look at Three Major Trade Shows

AmericasMart Celebrates 60 Years
When the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® opens for business at AmericasMart Atlanta® on January 10, 2017, the global retail and design community will mark and celebrate its staging as the 60th consecutive winter show under continuous Portman Family ownership. The first trade show for what would become AmericasMart in January, 1957, was the vision of John Portman, Jr., Atlanta real estate developer. Over the years, Portman not only established AmericasMart but built a wide array of high-rise hotels and office buildings that distinguish the Atlanta skyline.

AmericasMart Building 2 "While the nature of the home, rug, gift and apparel industries has evolved with unimaginable speed over those 60 years," says Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of the AmericasMart marketplace, "Our mission sustains the course set by our founding compass: to create markets of necessity powering the growth of the tens of thousands of buyers and sellers choosing to do business here."

Every January and July, buyers converge on Atlanta from every state of the U.S. and 70 countries to visit more than 1,500 permanent showrooms and 3,000 temporary exhibitors in more than seven million square feet of space.

Dallas Market Center Rebrands, Expands Temps A new name, new design and new product offerings have been announced for the January Market at Dallas Market Center in Dallas, with expanded opportunities for exhibitors and an extensive collection of curated merchandise for buyers at The Temps at Total Home & Gift Market, January 18-22, 2017.

Tech + Active, a new focus in the gift temp area for January, features tech and active gifts, gadgets and gear for life on the go. Tech + Active will be in the Gift Temps on the twelfth floor of the World Trade Center.

Impulse: The Cash & Carry Show, previously known as the Cash & Carry section in Market Hall, features a variety of items that can be purchased and taken home the same day. Other temp areas include the Design Temps in the Trade Mart atrium, Vintage and Furniture in Market Hall, and in the World Trade Center: Home Temps on the sixth floor, Gift Temps on the twelfth floor and Women’s Apparel Temps on the thirteenth floor.

It's Showtime! Las Vegas Reveals Hottest New Trends
Las Vegas Market has announced that its proprietary FIRST LOOK trend presentation and curated display will showcase four trending themes – Nourishment, Midnight Garden, Artist’s Hand and Personal Space – at the Winter 2017 Las Vegas Market, January 22-26, 2017. All Las Vegas Market exhibitors have invited to submit related products.

"As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is aligned with top tastemakers who curate the latest and greatest products from our exhibitors," says Bob Maricich, CEO, International Market Centers.

FIRST LOOK curator and 20-year magazine editor Julie Smith Vincenti will assemble a selection of beautifully styled product vignettes highlighting new merchandise from Winter Market exhibitors in a new showcase display located in the Grand Plaza, and a companion FIRST LOOK publication detailing the trends will be distributed at all Market registration areas. In addition, Smith Vincenti will host a free FIRST LOOK seminar, serving up design insights from industry trendsetters, examining millennial’s purchasing trends, and sharing a “Top 10” trends forecast for 2017, on Monday, January 23.

See "Quick Industry News" below for more news about vendor locations and new product offerings at the winter shows

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Oak Patch Gifts Jewelry SNUGOak Patch Gifts, and the company's brands, Jody Coyote, JewelrySNUG, Jody USA, Monarch Inspirations, Cross of The Trinity, and Laidback, are moving to new showrooms in Atlanta and Dallas. At both markets, these lines can be seen at Diverse Marketing's showrooms: Atlanta AmericasMart: Building 2, Suite 1418-1431; Dallas World Trade Center: Suite 421-439.

Oak Patch will be announcing new styles for Jody Coyote, and will have its exclusive "24 Piece Show Collection." Available only during the winter show dates. Also debuting two new styles for JewelrySNUG, the line now offer a polka-dot, and a striped pattern with a new, bigger, padded cylinder. JewelrySNUG is also now offered in an attractive gift box.

E & R Sales of Midlothian, VA, will be showing their lines in the Gib Carson showroom this January on the 13th floor of Building 2 at AmericasMart in Atlanta.

At the Dallas show in January, Vinrella will be in 3 Gentry's showroom, TM 2040, Dallas Market Center.

Cala Home Introduces New Indigold Collection Cala Home has announced its partnership with Licensologie and the very talented Lisa Audit. New for 2017 is a luxurious collection that brings indigo and gold together, creating a unique upscale look called “Indigold.” The company is proud to also support The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, adding three new vibrant patterns.

The Cala Home collection includes placemats, coasters, mugs, trays, floor mats and glass counter savers. With over fifty on-trend tabletop collections, look for Cala Home in Atlanta, LA, New York and other locations.


GeoCentral Home PageGeoCentral has refreshed its wholesale website look. The lighter, brighter look allows the spotlight to fall on their lines of quality, educational and fun earth-related products. You will find GeoCentral products in most national retailers and several international retailers as well as toy stores, museum and zoo gift shops and basically anywhere gifts are purchased. The entire GeoCentral Team is focused on bringing you safe, quality products at reasonable prices, exceptional customer service and a guarantee of satisfaction.

Dennis East International has revamped their CAMEO EZ© wholesale site as of this week. DEI is a top manufacturer and leader in the gift and home decor industry with over 20 years of wholesale experience. Known for bright, colorful design accompanied by exceptional quality and value, "We Bring The FUN™" is the company's tagline. DEI's dedicated teams in product design, account management and customer service enable the company to meet and exceed customer's expectations. DEI's business office and corporate showroom is located on Cape Cod, in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts.


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The Anywhere Fireplace™ line of products is sure to match most any decor. It adds a rich warm atmosphere to your bedroom, living room, den, dining room, patio, garden, deck, pool or anywhere you want. All the fireplaces are ventless, requiring no construction, chimney, or gas lines. There are models that are wall mounted and others that are placed on a floor or any steady surface. Using the appropriate liquid or gel fuel, they create beautiful real flames.
Aspen River Candles embraces the history and folklore of the 1880’s and the simple sophistication of Aspen, Colorado, today. The company's mission is to offer quality candles with a long, clean burn time. Aspen River candles are based upon creative, distinctive and sought after fragrances from around the world, utilizing unique designs and containers. The complex blends of fruits, floral, spices, and natural botanicals are carefully combined to help create a mood, a smile, a desire, or a memory of a place.
Badash Crystal's 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; superb quality and value for all your gift giving, bridal and/or personal pleasure.
Bandilac features custom, hand-crafted, laser engraved gifts and accessories, made in USA. In addition to its own designs, the company welcomes Custom and Private Label projects. With your logo, artwork or other image, Bandilac will create a personalized, custom product. With great price points, low setup charges and fast turnaround, Bandilac's Custom program provides great branding and promotional opportunities for your business.
B McVan is a designer and manufacturer of gift, home and garden products available wholesale to the trade. Exceptional quality, beauty and functionality abound in its extensive products lines. Thousands of both everyday and holiday designs.
Beaucoup Designs offers a broad spectrum jewelry line that includes charms to go with necklaces and bracelets, earrings, rings, cuff bracelets, hair accessories, and necklaces. The company holds a very unique place in the market because the founder started out in the industry as a retailer and now is a manufacturer who still has retail locations for test marketing.
Bonn has a great assortment of ladies cross-body handbags, men's wallets, money clips and passport holders as well as tool kits, grooming kits, and more. The company's products are made to help keep your identity safe from cyber thieves. Cyber Guard means safety, security and peace of mind. Trendy credit card cases, made of high quality aluminum and animal friendly faux leather, are new to our Bonn family and will help protect your credit cards and I.D.s from being scanned.
Cala Home is a new division of Conimar Group, LLC. The Cala Home initial offering includes elegant hardboard table mats and coasters, packaged as a set of four in attractive gift boxes. Each of the 30 new licensed collections is designed for today's casual dining and entertaining lifestyle, with a focus on art-driven transitional and contemporary on-trend patterns.

Cameo Glass transforms your cherished photos into stunning translucent Glass Prints. Freestanding and visible from both sides, Cameo Glass makes unique gifts and awards that captures life's special moments.

The Candle Cottage is proud to offer these officially licensed, highly scented, gourmet candles approved by Miss Kay Robinson and Duck Commander! The company's highly scented and long burning candles are made with lead free wicks and only the finest waxes, dyes, and fragrances available. Candle Cottage offers a large variety of delightful fragrances in an assortment of reusable glass jar.

Candles and Quotes' 100% All Natural All Soy Candles are made by "The Soy Sisters". They pour each and every candle by hand and use only Essential Oils to fragrance their candles, which are candles are 100% Eco-Friendly. Each candle comes with a beautiful quote, that is either meaningful, funny or down right crazy. If you don't see what you like ask "The Soy Sisters" and they will make it for you. They personalize all of our candles so your own uniqueness and quirky personality can be put on a candle. So watch what you say because it may wind up on a candle!

cinda b® was created by Altlant designer Cinda Boomershine. Cinda's love for color and a passion for design, inspired her to launch her own back and accessory line. cinda b® tastefully blends solid colors with modern prints. Poly/nylon fabrics make cindab bags uniquely lightweight yet durable, water and stain resistant, and machine washable.

Coast Lamp Manufacturing 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. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you.

Cody Foster & Co. got its start in holiday ornaments, but now produces many lines and collections of home decor items. When designing, Cody draws inspiration from many sources but especially from offbeat vintage pieces and unconventional antiques. Almost all items are handmade, using honest materials and finishes. Cody Foster's products are meant to be joyful additions to the home that over time become family collectibles that are passed down to the next generation.

Eco Candle Company says, "Eco Candles are handmade with LOVE in the USA!" Hand-wicked, hand-poured, hand-packaged, Eco Candles are made from soy beans in Appleton, Wisconsin, creating a candle that is clean burning without pollutants, toxins or carcinogens...enjoy your soy wax candle for generally 30-50% longer than a paraffin wax candle.

Elegant Baby® understands that babies deserve style just as fresh as they are! Our marvelous collection of baby products is full of bold colors and spectacular designs. From traditional to contemporary, today's baby gift is sure to become tomorrow's treasure. Pro ducts ranging from My First Rubber Ducky to My First Baby Bible, My First Baby Blankie, My First Baby Jeans to the iconic silver spoon, Elegant Baby is where style meets tradition.

Winning design awards for visual display and honors for her entrepreneurial excellence, Drea Groeschel leads the vision for FlashPoint Candle and pushes the limits of product design and on-trend collections for retailers around the world. FlashPoint Candle is known for specialty, high quality handmade items – artful and well crafted – each with a story.

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.

The dream of Gently Spoken is to touch a million hearts with words of affirmation and encouragement. Thanks to YOU, the dream is becoming a reality. PEAS are changing hearts and lives! Turn the pages and you'll discover why. Featuring the "Eat Your Peas" books.

GetSassys has fun, colorful, cool, hip gifts that are sure to bring a smile to everyones face! From flour sack towels to baby and toddler t-shirts, koozies, wooden memo holders and linens, Get Sassys designs make shopping fun!

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.

Golden Hill Studios was created in 1999. The business started with Hand Painted Glassware. All glassware Collections are designed and hand painted in Western New York. GHS have expanded to include unique and interesting gifts and decor. Most of these products are designed on Golden Hill and then carefully crafted by master artisans from around the world. Golden Hill Studio has now become recognized as a brand that offers distinguished Gifts & Table Decor for the most discerning of homes.

Goods 4 U Global is a sales rep agency "caring and sharing Artisan goods from around the globe," offering handmade, fair trade, socially responsible goods created by local artisans in many countries.

The first chapter of Hang Accessories was the reinvention of the purse hanger. Now the company also has belt bags, carry-on rolling bags, cosmetic and jewelry organizers, eyeglass hangers, fashion backpacks, tablet cases, tote bags, and much more.
Healing Crystals is a leading online global provider of quality crystals. With customers around the world and over 2,000 different crystal assortments, and metaphysical products, the company has become a recognized and trusted market leader. Established in 2003, Healing Crystals' retail site ( has become the leading educator and retailer of crystal products. The company has over 1 million followers on social media and attracts a loyal and passionate audience who are drawn to crystals for solace, energy, healing and enjoyment.
Imagine Design brings you a unique variety of home decor and gift items made with the finest quality materials. Items are three-dimensional, embellished and eye-catching. But the best part? All of Imagine Design's products are made here in the U.S.A. by people with disabilities and other barriers to finding work.

Isa's Naturals is a forward thinking personal-care products company. Our products include therapeutic bath salts, body cleansers and moisturizers. At Isa's, we draw our inspiration from Ethnobotany - the relationship between people and plants.

Jack Rabbit Creations works hard to bring you heirloom-quality toys and gifts that adults and kids love. The company's products are updated twists on classics, with original art and amazing packaging. Jack Rabbit prefers to use wood, tin, cotton and other natural materials for its designs, favoring a "no batteries required" approach.

JTP Wholesale is a wholesale website offering monogrammed bathroom tissue, coasters and a line of t-shirts for the young and old: Future Jock t-shirts and onesies and X-Jock adult t-shirts.

The Kitchen Happy Pledge: Listen to buyers. Cook up clever new MADE IN USA products. Ship complete orders quickly. Offer custom options. Exude a contagious sense of family.

Oak Patch Gifts' product lines encompass a vast array of different items including jewelry, coffee mugs, party goods, humor items and juvenile products under the brands Jody Coyote, Cross of the Trinity, Monarch Inspirations, MIXMATCH, Laid Back, and Laid Back Kids. Oak Patch Gifts sells wholesale to over 10,000 retail stores in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

The word "Optari" comes from the Latin word "optare" (pronounced "optari"), which means "to desire." Our goal is to develop products that are fun, colorful, useful, and, most of all, that people desire. Featuring Spikeletz Glow Bandz, Spikeletz Penz, Spikeletz Journals and Mini Journals, Bracelets & Earrings.

a fun approach to natural skin care. Our highly effective formulas guarantee serious results and the packaging is never beige and boring! At PUREfactory Naturals, our products are crafted in small batches and hand poured with natural ingredients to ensure the highest quality. Always Gluten Free • Made in USA • Paraben Free. Naturally feel good in your skin!

Red Carpet Studios, Ltd. features All Jazzed Up Fashion Accessories for Fall & Spring. A wide range of Giftware for the Home & Garden. Visit our website for New Products & Specials.

Relaxation Designs got its start in 2006, when founder Eric Elan created "The Smushion" needed something to provide support for his tired feet. Today the company's other products include "The Sock Buddy" to keep socks from getting separated in the wash, "The Cactus Scratcher" one person back scratcher and "The Worst Husband Ever" themed T-shirts.

Richard E. Bishop features Men's gifts like glass and mug sets, decanter sets, and "Tipsy Wine Glasses". Also the company features a variety of old-book-themed photo albums, binders and storage boxes.

Santorini Design offers a jewelry collection of elegance, style, and luxury. Santorini features high quality jewelry lines that are all made using the finest natural stones and delicate & bold metal pieces with crystal embellishments. All products are of superior design and they are, of course, both nickel and lead-free.

Seeds of Happiness started out as leftover lumps of clay Mark Borella made into little smiles to give out to friends who were going through hard times and need a little smile. That was in 2006. Since then Mark has given out thousands of smiles to folks, a handful at a time. In turn, they share them and the story with their friends in need of a smile. Those people then share with more friends and keep the story going. Seeds of Happiness are all over the planet by now.

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.

Spiker Brands is the creator and wholesale distributor of the Spiker Lifestyle Holder, the original made-in-America holder for all your items at the beach, river, lake, lawn and more. Sand Spikes, Beach Spikers, Cup Holders, Beach Beverage Holder, American Made, Made in USA.

Star Home features tabletop and home decor for specialty retailer, catalog and online marketers, the hospitality trade and more. Star Home's designers look to all corners of the world to gather inspiration for this ever-growing market. This inspiration is then turned into real-life, high-quality products by artisan craftsmen.

Stephanie Dawn quilted handbags are fun, functional and fresh. All colors and patterns are designed with modern American women of all ages in mind. Finally, a stylish and high quality handbag line that is EXCLUSIVELY MADE IN THE USA.

Stephers Inc. greeting cards featuring 100% Dead Sea Bath salts, funny sea characters, and a little 'BE HAPPY' meditation to lift your spirits ~ LIFE CHANGING SEA SALTS right in your very own tub! SPA CARDS. "TRANSFORMING HUMANITY ONE BATH AT A TIME".

Sunday Greetings is a greeting card company that started when Brenda Kellman made a homemade birthday card for her husband Alan. Brenda's photography is on the cover of the company's greeting cards for every occasion.

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.

Terra Mia Jewelry is a wholesale, handmade jewelry and accessories provider to retailers nationwide, offering a unique selection of stylish necklaces, bracelets, earrings, fashion clutch purses and more to complement any outfit . . . casual or formal. Terra Mia's items may be made with glass or plastic beads, seashells, gemstones, mixed metal components or a combination of any of these. Terra Mia Jewelry customers appreciate the affordable selection the company offers, its fair trade mission and the way the jewelry is beautifully packaged.

"We Make Fun" is Unpossible Cuts' tagline. Created by two San Francisco East Bay artists, Domingo Daquioag and Philip Eggleston, Unpossible Cuts' laser-cut jewelry designs are inspired by iconic imagery and feature designs from up and coming artists. The lines include necklaces, earrings, pins and clocks.

A glass of wine. Candlelight. The makers of Unwined Candles know that it's the little things in life that make it worthwhile. We handcraft our candles using elegantly rustic reused wine bottles and all natural soy wax infused with relaxing scents. You'll find the difference in the fine details of our candles. "Every day is a great day to Unwined".

A Coastal Jewelry Collection crafted with Freshwater Pearls, Cultured Sea Glass & Genuine Shells, the Vintage Reef collection is available wholesale to the trade and perfect for Coastal Boutiques, Surf Shops and Aquarium/Museum Gift Stores. The majority of the company's line is assembled by their team in New Jersey, and custom requests are certainly welcome.

White Mountain is ahead of the pack when it comes to puzzles with educational content. Why not learn something while doing a puzzle? If you love to travel, why not put together an entertaining birds eye view of KEY WEST, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, BOSTON or NEW ENGLAND? Or work on a puzzle of states like MICHIGAN, ILLINOIS, OHIO, VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA or GEORGIA? Or learn something about PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY or THE CIVIL WAR? These challenging projects take artists like DAVID HARRISON WRIGHT, DEB MARCONI, GARY TORISSI, and MAUREEN RUPPRECHT months to create.

Zees Inc. has introduced innovative products designed to make eating and drinking more convenient and fun since 1993. Zees Inc. is known for beer glasses and tumblers, wine & champagne glasses, wine bottle stoppers, beer, water and soda can coolers, beverage dispensers, water bottles, cocktail glasses & mugs, lunch, beach and picnic bags, and more. All drinkware is BPA-free.

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