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December-January 2016

Putting the "Special" In Specialty Shows

Most everyone is familiar with the big trade shows in the industry, invariably located in big cities, but in this semi-annual Trade Show Issue, we'll take a look at some of the specialty shows that are often smaller and you may have missed.

Fashion Shows Are a Regular Part of the Dallas Apparel and Accessories Show The City by the Bay is the site of a Winter Fancy Food Show (Moscone Center, San Francisco) beginning January 17. The show is presented by the Specialty Food Association, which has more than 3,000 members, including manufacturers, importers and allied professions in the U.S. and abroad. The orgianization is also very active in supporting anti-hunger initatives. If Gourmet Food is an important part of your inventory, check out this show.

If it's important to you to support home-grown products, you might be interested in attending the American Made Show. There are three locales to choose from: The Washington DC show is Jan. 17 and 18, Dallas Market World Trade Center hosts a show Jan. 21-24 and Greenville, South Carolina is May 17-19.

An example of products from the ACRE Craft showWhile the Dallas Market center hosts the large Total Gift and Home Market, the facility also hosts smaller specialty shows, such as the Apparel and Accessories Market (Jan. 27-30). Since it's an apparel show, it features fashion shows as well as "Wearable Trends" and Western fashions.

New York is the site for two simultaneous toy shows: Toy Fair at the Javits Center, the Toy Industry Association and the American International Toy Fair by the Toy Industry Association. The shows have overlapping dates from Feb. 13-17. If you're west of the Mississippi you may prefer Toy Fest West in Las Vegas, March 6-8.

The American Craft Council sponsors four shows a year showcasing the handiwork of various artists. The annual shows are in Baltimore (Feb. 17-18), Atlanta (Mar. 11-13), St. Paul (Apr. 8-10), and San Francisco (Aug. 5-7). In a similar vein, the American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE) will be in Las Vegas in June.

Especially "Specialty" is the Mineral and Fossil Show in Tucson, AZ (Jan. 30-Feb. 13). The museum-oriented show will have over 400 dealers from all over the globe. Additional shows are held at other times of year in Southern California, Colorado and Massachusetts.

So there is more than the massive Gift and Home shows to explore. The specialty shows might have just what you're looking for to set your store apart.

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Quick Industry News


Grandparent Gift Company Showing New Products in Atlanta and Dallas

Grandparent Gift Company's Little GrandbabyThe Grandparent Gift Co. of Alpharetta, GA will be unveiling their new 2016 catalog at the Atlanta and Dallas Gift Shows. The company, celebrating its 20th year in business, is introducing many new products, including new sentiment concepts and extensions of the companies most successful gift lines, including Little Grandbaby, Pawprints Left by You and Grandma's Heart. Company owner, Teri Harrison is excited about the new introductions, including the new Grandbaby ornament and table frame, more handmade cross designs, "Where I'll Always Be" pet memorial gifts, and great new collections for Dad, Communion/Confirmation, Memorial and Grandparents.

The company will feature more Made In America gifts, from glass hearts and crosses, to pewter sentiment coins and unique photo sentiment frames. Visit The Grandparent Gift Co. in Atlanta, Building 3, Booth 5-401 or at the Keith Smith Showroom in Dallas. Call, email or visit their OmegaNet wholesale site to receive the new catalog, available mid-December.

Calypso Studios Marks 10 Years at a Variety of Winter Shows

Calypso Studios Tie Dye Handbag and Comforting Clay Cross Calypso Studios is celebrating its 10 year anniversary as a leading fashion, faith, and high-margin impulse company. To celebrate, the company is introducing its exciting 2016 line featuring new products and bringing back originals with a lively new twist. Calypso is debuting new cork items with leather and burlap accents, unique tie dye handbags, an initial jewelry collection, and two new inspirational Comforting Clay Cross Collections. Calypso Studios can be seen at the following shows:

  • Jan. 8-11, Premiere Show, Northeast Market Center, Suite #108- Gilefksy Group
  • Jan. 8-11, Philadelphia Gift Show, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Booths 1219-1227- Eastern Sales
  • Jan. 12-19, Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, AmericasMart,The Rep Connection, Suite 1407-1411 (note: this is a change)
  • Jan. 20-26, Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, Dallas Market Center, Diverse Marketing, Suite 439WTC (note: this is a change)
  • Jan. 22-26, Columbus MarketPlace, Suite 507/508- Gr8 Reps
  • Jan. 22-25, Seattle Gift Show, Pacific Market Center, Suite 218- DL Anderson
  • Jan. 29-Feb. 2, Minneapolis Gift Show, Minneapolis Gift Mart, Suite G #417- Priorities 2
  • Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Market XChange, Suite 180-Excelsior
  • Feb. 26-29, Rocky Mountain Gift, Denver Merchandise Mart, Suite 220- Salesmark
  • Mar. 10-15, Minneapolis Gift Show, Minneapolis Gift Mart, Suite G #417- Priorities 2
  • Mar. 18-22, Columbus MarketPlace, Suite 507/508- Gr8 Reps
  • Mar. 30-April 2, Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, Dallas Market Center, Suite 1743- Road Runners


Vintage ReefVintage Reef is a new member of the CAMEO EZ© community. The company is best known for 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.

Aspen River CandlesAnother new wholesale CAMEO EZ© website is Aspen River Candles. The company embraces the history and folklore of the 1880’s and the simple sophistication of Aspen, Colorado, in the 21st century. The company's mission is to offer quality candles with a long and clean burn time. Aspen River candles are based upon creative and distinctive fragrances utilizing unique designs and containers; offering the most sought after fragrances from around the world. 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 or an event special to you.

Oak Patch GiftsOak Patch Gifts has a brand new CAMEO EZ© website. The company's 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.

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