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December 2022

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So Many Shows, So Little Time

Semi-Annual Trade Show Issue

With pandemic shutdowns in the rearview mirror, the 2023 winter trade shows are gearing up, hoping for a busy season. After businesses suffering during the shutdowns, the are anxious for an active commercial season.

Everybody knows about the big-city shows: Las Vegas, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, etc., but there are a variety of regional and specialty shows that shouldn't be forgotten. In this semi-annual trade show special issue, we take a look at some examples of small shows.

Buyers at Orlando's Surf Expo
Buyers at Orlando's Surf Expo
Thinking Big on a Small Scale
Orlando, Florida is not just a vacation destination and the home of a certain mouse. It is also the location of a number of specialty shows. One of them, "Surf Expo," kicks off the winter show season, starting on January 4 at the Orange County Convention Center. Billing itself as "the world's premier watersports and beach lifestyle tradeshow," the Surf Expo caters to shops near the water, drawing aobut 7,400 buyers. The promoters, Emerald, also have a Surf Expo in September as well as a number of shows in other categories, including NY Now and ASD Market Week in Las Vegas.

Another Orlando show is the Florida Jewelry and Resort Expo, which runs Feb. 24-26 at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center in Kissimmee. Promoter Golden Triangle also has jewelry show in Greensboro, NC in December.

Continuing our focus on Orlando, March 22-24 will see the Global Pet Expo at the Orange County Convention Center. The show is put on by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The associations are expecting 1,000 exhibitors, 300 first-time exhibitors, with 3,000 new product launches.

Later in May, 2023, Orlando's Embassy Suites Orlando International Drive will be the site of the International Fashion Jewelry & Accessory Show.

Alaska Gift Show buyers shop Silverbear Sundries
Alaska Gift Show buyers shop Silverbear Sundries

Now, changing our focus to about as far from Orlando and sunny Florida as possible inside the US, both in terms of location and climate, the Alaska Wholesale Gift Show begins January 18 at the Dena Ina Civic Center in Anchorage. Excited to be live after a series of virtual shows during the pandemic, the show is promoted as "Alaska's only wholesale gift show featuring artists, manufacturers and reps from around Alaska, the Country and the World." The show is continuing the virtual connection, however, giving distant buyers the ability to "Zoom" with select exhibitors.

A number of regional shows are promoted by Silver Lining Shows featuring apparel, accessories, jewelry, footware, gift and lifestyle and home decor.

Northern Michigan Regional Trade Show, held in Gaylord, is one of several Silver Linings Shows
Northern Michigan Regional Trade Show, held in Gaylord, is one of several Silver Linings Shows
  • First on the calendar is the Kentucky Bluegrass Buyer's Market in Lexington, January 29 and 30.
  • Simultaneously and extending through January 31 is the Rev Chicago Boutique Show in Des Plaines, IL. The 2023 show is being branded as "The Mix" because it's being held together with the Midwest Gift & Lifestyle Show.
  • In February (5 and 6), the Michigan Womens Wear Market will be held at the Embassy Suites Detroit-Livonia. There are four more of these shows during the year with the June and November shows including Sample Sales.
  • The Northern Michigan Regional Trade Show is Feb. 8 and 9 at The Ellison Place, Gaylord Michigan.
  • The last Silver Lining show of winter is The Indy Show features apparel, accessories, jewelry, footware, home and gifts and comes at the end of Feb. (28th-Mar. 1) in Noblesville, IN.

Most of these Silver Linings Shows have additional shows throughout the year, so check the website for more information.

Once again, OmegaNet, the publisher of this newsletter is featuring select vendors in a Virtual Trade Show at There you can see videos from several vendors letting you see their featured products even if you don't see them at the shows.

Don't forget, you can always find trade show information at OmegaNet/CAMEO EZ/ is not directly associated with any trade show. We work hard make the trade show list as accurate as possible, but sometimes things change, so be sure to double check the show promoters' websites. If you find an error, or you want to ask us to add a show to our list, email us at

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Quick Industry News


Bard's Home PageBard's Products has refreshed the company's wholesale website. Bard's has been with OmegaNet/CAMEO EZ longer than any other client, since 2000. The company is a leading importer and distributor of display accessories for collectibles and objects of art. The company's products include collector plate frames and stands, platter stands, doll stands, glass domes for dolls and figurines, display mirrors and ornament stands and trees.



Grandparent Gift Company productsGrandparent Gift Co. Is Ready for Spring

The Grandparent Gift Co. has meaningful gifts for all occasions and all the ones you love. From communions and confirmations, to weddings and Mother's Day, Grandparent Gift has a keepsake to remember it by.

Take, for example, handmade-in-the-USA glass crosses, with 75 styles to choose from, as well as Grandparent's collections of windchimes, lanterns, angel gifts, frames, blankets and more. New items include flower girl angels, Grandma's Heart frame and Child of God blanket to name a few.

Grandparent Gift Company is featuring a Show Special: Save 5% off 300.00 order or more, not valid with other discounts or offers. Use Code: SHOW through 2/15/2023.


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Established in 1998, About Face Designs has become a benchmark for heartwarming giftware combining originality, creativity, high quality and exceptional value. The company's current line offering encompasses 2800 unique products appealing to a broad and varying consumer base. As About Face Designs continues to diversify into new and exciting product categories, the creative quest to be different is rooted in the vision to "expect the unexpected."
Ala Carte Alice's mission is simple: to provide the best products and service to their customers and use the freshest ingredients that they can find. Alice Wooten takes great pride in her company, their commitment to customer service and in the products they sell. Ala Carte Alice’s products include savory sauces, red dog rubs, glazes, relishes and jams. Black and Blue Bacon, Creme Brulee and Sante Fe are just some of the yummy cheese balls Alice offers. In addition, there are mouth watering desserts, party dips and awesome entrees. You have go to try Ala Carte Alice for an excellent cullinary experience!
Badash Crystal, which is proud to offer some of the world's finest mouth blown lead free crystal. The company's factories are renowned for their standards of quality, which can be determined by the weight, and clarity of the crystal. Clear lead free uncut crystal has; over the years become our most popular category and a Badash specialty.
"Beach Walks and God Talks" is a full-color book by Karen Ellison of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The full-color glossy pages of this Christian devotional gift book take your customers on a beach-combing journey where they will find treasures from the sea and for their souls. Each double page spread features an inspirational story set at the beach with stunning photography and enriching sidebars. Your customers will find themselves peacefully reflecting on God's love for them as revealed through His creation. Endorsed by Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, they will want one for themselves and more as gifts. It is an especially meaningful Christian Christmas gift. is the online store for beautiful hand-made glass ornaments and collectables.
Christinas Clean Creations features organic all-natural cleaning products for everyday life. All cleaning supplies are always kid and pet-friendly.
Based in Maine, Doles Orchard specializes in Custom Woodworking and Laser Engraving Services. The company is dedicated to high quality craftsmanship, timely delivery and customer service. Products include advent calendars, children's creative play, gift boxes, ornaments and more.
Drew DeRose's lines run from tabletop to decorative figurines and include candle holders, cannisters and cookie jars. All products are colorful and original. The company has a creative staff that designs merchandise for Drew DeRose Designs.
EMV's products are deeply inspired by nature with an emphasis on creating beautiful lasting memories. The company's vast selection of unique products complements fine jewelry stores or gift/souvenir shop. EMV jewelry is perfect for any occasion, ranging from formal to casual events with specialization in Hawaiian Koa jewelry and also offering: license plates, shells and pearls jewelry, sterling silver/stainless steel/tungsten/wood collections, assorted natural gemstones and stone fashion jewelry.
Evolve Botanica combines modern skincare with herbal roots. The company features Bath Bombs, Bath & Shower, Lip Balm, Soaps, and more.
Fancy That Gift & Decor, Inc. celebrated its 18th anniversary in August, 2019. Owners, Steve and Carmen Mendelson, have used their experience in gift and home decor to build a company that takes pride in providing quality Coastal Decor products and service with the highest levels of integrity always at the forefront.
Since 1993, the goal of First & Main has been to create imaginative, sumptuously soft plush characters with the versatility and value endorsed by our retail partners. Attention to detail in the facial expressions, special features,and textured materials has been our trademark.
Founded in 2011, Freeheart is based in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida. Freeheart is committed to delivering the absolute best quality and innovation on the market. Freeheart thermal insulated drinkware is Made in the USA and keeps drinks cold & hot, has reduced sweating, and is dishwasher safe.
The Fudge & Snack People is proud to offer the highest quality, most delicious fudge on the market today. Licensed through the Oklahoma State Health Department, The Fudge & Snack People cook in a commercial kitchen and maintain the highest quality of products.
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.
Holiday Fried Pecans' rise in popularity can be attributed to its first treat a salty, sweet 100% certified Louisiana fried pecan that is guaranteed to satisfy the most demanding of cravings. These great tasting pecans that have less fat & calories than raw pecans are a perfect addition to any store. Lightly sweet, Lightly salty and great on Salads, Sweet Potatoes, Ice Cream, Cheese Cake or as a snack. Holiday Fried Pecans...a curious and delicious flashed-fried Louisiana Pecan that's great for corporate gifts givers, retail locations, cooking, baking or solo-snacking!
Hot Ruby is the perfect addition to your mug on a cozy evening. Unlike typical cider, Hot Ruby's family recipe marries cranberry and citrus juices with an exquisite blend of spices. Add your favorite spirits for a special treat! Hot Ruby is certain you will find comfort in every heated or iced cup of Hot Ruby, time and time again.
Huggy Box is a great alternative when greeting cards just don't say enough. Sending virtual hugs allows everyone to stay connected. Huggy Box is a Proud Partner of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. A portion of each HuggyBox sold goes to the foundation to find families for children in foster care.
Jillson & Roberts was founded with the idea of providing premium quality fashion-oriented gift wrap and accessories, along with superior service, to retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. We have the commitment to be environmentally sensitive!
JTP Wholesale is a wholesale website offering monogrammed coasters, IcyBags, and Keeping It Positive affirming sheets and pillowcases.
Leeber Limited USA features high-end, yet affordable serveware. Product include Bowls & Dishes, Cake Plateaus, Chargers & Plates, Serving Trays & Platters, Table & Server Accessories, Coffee & Tea Accessories, Wine & Bar Accessories. In addition, there are Children & Baby Gifts, Clocks, Frames & Albums, Jewelry Boxes & Organizers, Trophies & Awards and Wedding Accessories.
At Magnolia Lane, our desire is to produce gifts that become part of celebrations, memories, and family treasures. Our licensed tailgating products, Christmas line, The South collection, and outdoor decor will enhance and compliment every occasion! We are proud of what we do and are ever grateful and dedicated to our customers.
The website features the art of Damon Delaney from the Big Island of Hawaii. Damon says, "Aloha, growing up all I ever wanted to do was be an artist. Discovering faux and hand-painted finishes has allowed me to bring these techniques to my artwork. Through years of experience in blending colors I’ve come to understand the power that color has on our lives. It has propelled me to a place of creativity that has encompassed my life." Damon works with many different mediums: from artist oils, acrylic, encaustic melted crayon, and most recently, alcohol ink has brought my art to another level offering intense and vibrant colors to his canvases.
Maryland-based Nature's Retreat features several lines inclucing Aromatherapy Jewelry, Chakra Jewelry, Crystal Healing Bags, Essential Oils and Healing and Smudge.
ORL toothpaste and mouthwash are designed to naturally eliminate the bacteria that causes bad breath and gum disease by penetrating below the gum line for a deeper clean. Organic xylitol, essential oils, organic vitamins, minerals, and a perfect 7.0 pH work in harmony to help clean, protect and restore your mouth's ecosystem, strengthen your teeth enamel and freshen your breath.
Since 1971, Pat Pearlman has been designing jewelry. Her work has been influenced by the delicacy and sensuality of Art Nouveau, and the fascinating shapes and variety of the earth’s inhabitants. Her images exemplify her love of nature and gemstones, and her interest in symbolism and simplicity.
The Pocket Plus is portable pockets that attach with magnets for a convenient way to carry things on the go.
Pure Factory Naturals collections, including Flip Flop Foot Repair,Splash. The collection includes lip balm, foot repair, body lotion, hand cream, solid lotion bar, salt glow, skin repair.
Pure Mana Hawaii Founders Sue Mandini and Kollette Stith bring the wisdom of living close to the land and in harmony with nature's rhythms to the marketplace in their luxury skincare line. Built from the ground up, the brand features wild harvested ingredients and a synergy of raw, wild macadamia nut oil and green coffee bean oil, grown on their family's certified organic farm, Mahina Mele in Hawaii.
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.
Joe and Sue Brielmann have taken their combined experience of over 28 years in personalized products and design to create one of the fastest growing cart businesses in the country. Their creative ability, attention to detail, and the highest standards for quality and customer support, are among the reasons Rudolph and Me has experienced such huge growth.
Sanis Enterprises offers a large selection of elegant and stylish, quality desk clocks, the latest styles in fashion watches, executive gifts, credit card cases and multi tools, just to name a few. Gifts that celebrate life’s special moments.
Singular Premium Products features Singular hand towels that are crafted to bring the strength and softness of linen to an eco-friendly paper product. Time to throw in the towel? Don't sweat it – Singular smooth linen is 100% recyclable and compostable!
Snazzy and Company's sea-glass jewelry uses mostly recycled glass and the metals the company selects are environmentally friendly. Founder Anna Shaw researches and designs every charm herself and continues to use local help to assemble and create her jewelry. "Because Life is not Black and White."
Staywell Copper features "the Original Germstoppers," using "the ancient power of copper to naturally keep you healthy." Products include cellphone patches, purse or backpack charms, dogtags, a necklace and more.
Your Place for 1,000’s of Unique Licensed Posters, Art, Stickers & Collector Pins. An industry leader for over 30 years with the best collection of Music, Movies, Nostalgia, Comics, Art, Anime, Blacklight, Landscapes, etc… Products are available for Resale in Stores, Online, Colleges, Conventions & Anywhere you exhibit!
Sunset Vista Designs offers you extra margin opportunities, and sells thru at retail. They offer innovative designs, in proven products, with space saving merchandising solutions, and attractive package deals that all add value to the quality products we offer. Many say this is the "best ever" line of innovative gift, garden, and home decor.
Award winning artist, Ted Dailey, incorporates a variety of materials with his silver and gold vermeil jewelry: South Pacific shells, high quality gemstones and Hawaiian Koa wood. Each unique piece of his jewelry is skillfully designed in the heart of Hawaii, reflects his 40+ years of enjoying life on the Big Island and is handmade on the exotic island of Bali.
Tidy Treasures develops products that store your child's most treasured items. "Storage spaces for happy faces 😊." Tidy Treasures believes in the balance between play and tidiness. That is why our Storage Trucks are developed to be interactive with your child's play. They are built to foster the connection between playtime and tidying up afterwards. We turn tidy into child’s play!
Lines include Tizo and Siena frames in a variety of styles and colors plus elegant candleholders from tea lights to pillar candles. The site also features boxes and trays in a variety of materials.
United Global Products represents products made in the U.K., including Wade Ceramics, Parks London and Magma London, reflecting a variety of designs and cultures, from traditional British pottery to East and North Africa basalt stone products.
Inspirational stationery and home decor, featuring the work of owner-artist Michelle DeFillipo. Michelle uses her love of inspirational words, vintage paper, architecture and color to inspire and uplift. Her artwork expresses a range of sentiments from the sincere appreciation of a true friend to self motivation for each day.
Purveyors of Southern Sass - Tea Towels and Vintage Hand Stamped Silver Plated Flatware
White Elephant has been in the wholesale business for more than 25 years, with a promise of best quality products and prices for their customers. The company's home decor is exclusive, designed and handmade by their own carvers with love and care. White Elephant offers a wide variety of products and there is something for everyone.
Wild Hare Designs features an assortment of whimsical, humorous sayings available on kitchen, bar & tea towels, as well aprons.