Thursday, September 9, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Is this your first trip to the America’s Mart for the Atlanta Gift Show, or more formally called, The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market? If so, here is a snapshot of what you may expect and how to prepare. If not, it’s always good to refresh your memory and maybe even your approach to market!
- Know what you want to buy, what season you are buying for, and anticipate your needs. Typically, in July, you will place Holiday orders. Seems a little early, but this is industry standard. Plan accordingly. Know where you want to go. The America’s Mart publishes The Market! Guide in printed form and has information available online at http://www.americasmart.com/exhibitor-dir/. Research companies and their products ahead of time and make a must-visit list.
- Budget and stick with your plan. It is overwhelming to go to the many floors of the mart and walk through the temporaries. There are some great items and fun, flashy designs – many of which will draw your eye! Add in some extra space in your budget to bring in new lines – after all, your customers are always interested in unique items they haven’t seen everywhere.
- Keep records and make sure to remember what you buy and your ship dates. After each purchase, take a moment to file an order copy in a folder so that you can refer to it while at another showroom or at the end of the day to reflect on what you have already purchased. It would be disheartening to purchase two of the same items without realizing!
- The Temporaries vs. Permanent Showrooms. The temporaries are vendors that have a temporary space at the mart – they do not have permanent showrooms and will only be available during market times. This is often the best place to find unique items manufactured by smaller companies. Minimums are usually lower and in many cases, they will get to know you and your store should you choose to do business with them. The permanent showrooms are just that – they have a permanent space in the mart. They are available year round, not just at market times and tend to be larger companies and companies that rep multiple lines. These showrooms can be great for staple items and can be a quick way to fill your store (and your budget) fast!
Remember, the Mart will be crowded. Make sure to establish a meeting place for your group in the event that you should get separated or you choose to “divide and conquer.” Perhaps, the best piece of advice: Wear COMFORTABLE Shoes!
Stop by and come see us! Located in the temporaries, we are in Building 3, Floor 5, Booth #208.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Simply attach a Crayon Keeper to the stuffed animal - you can use a color-coordinating ribbon, plastic fasteners or even wrap the animal's arms/legs around the product. You have just created a quick $25 gift, great for the register or for a sibling gifts section!
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
2. Get Creative - Do you have merchandise that would sell well as a set? What if it is not already packaged together? Get creative with retailing - make it a set! Try tying multiple items together with a ribbon, placing them in a nice basket or even wrapping with cellophane.
3. Plan Ahead - Do holidays come and go in your store? How about the not-so-obvious ones like St. Patrick's Day, Earth Day or even Armed Forces Day? Pull out your collection of green and think of a fun way to retail it. Have camo in your store? Put it on a table and find pieces that complement: even red, white and blue merchandise well with camo. By planning ahead, you will ensure that you have the proper merchandise for each occasion and your store will appear more organized (although we know you were very organized before!).
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
With school dietary guidelines changing, fresh fruit requirements are satisfied with a sugary swig of "fruit" juice, vegetables are overcooked and lose nutritional value and meats are prepared with fillers and additives to cut down on costs. So, how do you encourage your children to eat better and enjoy the lunch you pack?
Write your children a note on the Princess Linens' Chalkboard Lunch Tote! With a chalkboard located under the lid, it's the perfect place to encourage your child to do their best on an upcoming test or just to say good luck at their soccer game. You could even leave a reminder to turn in their fieldtrip form to their teacher. To make sure your note is not erased, the chalkboard has a plastic covering to prevent erasure due to condensation.
The lunch tote has an adjustable shoulder strap to grow with your child, a front and back pocket to stuff snacks and for recess and breaks and measures 9"x5"x5". Have the front pocket personalized with their name and make it just for them!
Available in Hot Pink, Blue or Camouflage. The product will be available to ship in April - reserve yours from your favorite retailer or Princess Linens today!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Stuffed with a Doodlebugz Doodlebag, a Doodlebugz Chalk Talk Chalkboard Placemat, a Doodlebugz Crayon Keeper, a cuddly bunny and plenty of candy to keep your budding artist's creativity soaring!
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