IGES Exhibitor Preview

Rhode Island Novelty

Adventure Planet, a division of Rhode Island Novelty, is looking forward to this year’s IGES/SSS show for one simple reason: “It’s the top show for gift shops,” says Jeff Shaughnessy, sales manager.

“We’ve been going to the IGES show for almost a decade,” Shaughnessy relates. “I’m excited for a great show and looking forward to seeing everyone again and presenting our 2015 product line.”

To make this year special, Adventure Planet is offering free shipping to orders over $250. Shaughnessy encourages interested buyers to stop by the Adventure Planet booth for details of the promotion.

This year’s exciting new product, he says, is a customized etched mug. The mug features various animals etched onto mug’s surface and can be customized with your logo and name.

Rhode Island Novelty
350 Commerce Drive
Fall River, MA 02720
Toll Free: 800-435-3456
Email: sales@rinovelty.com
Website: www.rinovelty.com
Booth: #PF-6327, 6328, 6329, 6330, 6331

Cool Jewels

If you’re looking for an impressive selection of wholesale trendy jewelry at discount prices, look no further than Cool Jewels. The company has been exhibiting in Tennessee for over 30 years. According to Marc St. Pierre, Director of Sales, “the IGES show provides us with an opportunity to meet with buyers from across the country working in a wide variety of attractions and gift shops.”

At this upcoming show, Cool Jewels plans to meet with their existing customers to review both 2014 performance and the new 2015 Cool Jewels® product line. Additionally, the company hopes to meet many new prospects and introduce them to the benefits of doing business with Cool Jewels®.  

“At IGES we are able to highlight to the buyers products we have developed which are most appropriate for their type of retail location and also how we can help turn a limited amount of selling space into a tremendous profit center,” explains St. Pierre.

Cool Jewels will be exhibiting the industry’s largest line of CPSIA-compliant souvenir, fashion, and trend jewelry, including hundreds of new styles. Buyers can expect to see a large number of new products and overall everyday low pricing which allows them an easy 3-4x mark-up.

Cool Jewels
717A  N.W. Second St.
Hallandale, FL 33009
Toll Free: 800-432-3636
Email: salesinfo@cooljewels.com
Website: www.cooljewels.com
Booth: #PF-6300, 6400, 6401, 6501

History and Heraldry

History and Heraldry offers unique personalized, sentiment and humorous gifts, which are a perfect fit for the upcoming IGES/SSS show. With an array of products ranging from pens and keyrings to magnets and mugs, Sales Support manager Giovanna Castanon says, “This show is the right target market for us.”

At the upcoming show, History and Heraldry will be launching their new lines for 2015. This includes their personalized gift pens and notebooks, kitchen hangers and neon rulers and pencil cases ideal for kids. 

“H&H has high expectations for the show. When launching our new product lines we enjoy seeing our customers’ initial reaction and their feedback is always welcome.” says Castanon.

History and Heraldry has been exhibiting at the show since it’s opening in the Smokies. “This trade show has always been a huge success for us. We always go home knowing it’s going to be another extraordinary year!” explains Castanon. Be sure to check out their booth #PF6230-PF6231 for special show promotions.

History and Heraldry
4001 NW 124th Ave.
Coral Springs, FL 33071
Tel.: 800-416-5567
Email: sales@historyandheraldry.com
Website: www.historyandheraldry.com
Booth: #PF6230-PF6231

DWK Corporation

DWK Corporation has been attending the IGES/SSS show for the last four years because, “It is a great opportunity to introduce our new home decor lines, and gain feedback from buyers,” says Dave Kim, Owner/President. Since 1999 DWK Corporation has been in the business of creating and manufacturing fine quality home and garden decor. “We want our buyers to feel confident they are purchasing an original work with excellent quality at a competitive price,” says Kim.

DWK’s current decor themes range from wildlife and western to motorcycles and dragons. “Having an extensive variety is important, as we believe in offering something for everyone,” explains Kim. The company plans to showcase a new line, which features wooden signs and kitchen trivets, as well as many new additions to their existing categories.

As a special promotion, any ZAG member that places an order at the show will receive an additional 10 percent off their order.

DWK Corporation
2760 E. Philadelphia St.
Ontario, Ca. 91761
Tel.: 909-923-1880
Toll Free: 1-888-886-2568
Email: sales@dwkcorp.com
Website: dwkcorp.com
Booth: #PF-7523, 7524, 7525

Wilcor International

Year after year Wilcor International’s success at the IGES/SSS show has significantly grown. As the company enters its 13th year exhibiting, David Corrigan, Owner/ Sales Manager hopes to have another successful show at what he says is a great location with unbelievably great support from show management.

“Each year there are more and more buyers attending, and we continually find new customers there. The ongoing growth of the IGES Show has done a great job of staving off any stagnation felt by attendees, not to mention the support given by show management,” says Corrigan. 

Wilcor is a family operated business since 1887, and is dedicated to designing, manufacturing, and distributing outdoor recreational products to independent retailers. “We struggle every year to try to represent to new customers our complete line of nearly 6000 items, while balancing a good selection of new items for returning customers,” explains Corrigan. “Our primary concentrations will be in rustic gift, campfire fun/cooking, and hiking gear to name a few.”

All key lines will have special pricing deals throughout the booth. According to Corrigan the company typically has hundreds of items on special for this show.

Wilcor International
161 Drive in Road
Frankfort, NY 13340
Toll Free: 800-346-2345
Website: www.wilcor.net
Booth: #PF-6312-6316, 6412-6416

Safari Ltd.

Safari Ltd. exhibits at the IGES/SSS for one big reason: “To get in front of our customers, ”says Matthew Mullan, social media specialist. “Shows are crucial for creating that connection with our retail stores.”

The company has been attending the IGES show for almost 10 years. “It’s the biggest souvenir show in the U.S., and its location in Tennessee works for our market. We have a lot of customers in that region and it gives them a chance to see things in person. It’s also right before the holidays, so attendees will be putting their orders in and getting ramped up for the season,” explains Mullan.

Safari Ltd. is the maker of miniature figures. The company releases around 70 new figures a year and offers more than a thousand in all. Figures range from dinosaurs, dragons, and wildlife to mythical creatures. Some are just the size of your thumb, while the largest measure 18 inches. All are authentic and accurate, designed and built to scale, and hand-painted.

Safari Ltd. will be offering free shipping for orders over $100, net 30 terms for orders of $350 and over and net 90 and a 5 percent discount for orders of $750 and over.

Safari Ltd.
5960 Miami Lakes Drive
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Tel.: 1-800-554-5414
Email: sales@safariltd.com
Website: www.safariltd.com
Booth: #PF-6518, 6519, 6618, 6619

The Incredible Sunvisor

Bruce Palmer, owner of The Incredible Sunvisor is entering his third year exhibiting in the Smokies. “It is such a great atmosphere. It’s just beautiful there and the show owners are great,” he says.

Palmer will be exhibiting The Incredible Sunvisor, which includes zoo and animal skin prints. The visor is made from a durable EVA foam rubber. It is lightweight, dishwasher safe, has a fully adjustable band, and comes in more than 700 patterns.

“I attend because of the success we’ve had in the past but also because of the buyers of zoos and beach shops—my kind of customer,” explains Palmer. “It was a really good show last year so I am setting the goal high for this year.”

As a promotion, if customers sign up at the show Palmer will lock them in at the 1,000 count or more rate of $1.50 without having to place the full order. Customers are also locked in at this price for reorders. “I always do a show special to try to convince people to get on board,” says Palmer. 

The Incredible Sunvisor, Inc.
1109 Diplomat Dr. #J-104
Debary, Florida 32713
Toll Free: 866-644-6044
Website: theincrediblesunvisorinc.com
Booth: #SV-2327

Promier Products

After a great first year at the IGES/SSS show last Fall, Promier Products is returning again hopeful for continued success.

“Last year was our first year and it went well. We reached customers that we normally wouldn’t have been able to sell to, so we developed a brand new customer base,” says Cody Grandadam, President. Promier will be exhibiting their flashlights of all different varieties, from keychains to big 600 lumen lanterns.

“We are looking forward to the show and reaching some new customers. A lot of the buyers that attend this show we don’t see at the larger trade shows, so at the IGES show we get to reach new buyers,” explains Grandadam. “Plus, it is a slower paced show so we really get to talk to and meet people as they stop by our booth.”

Show specials are available and buyers can find out about them by visiting Promier at their booth.

Promier Products
312 5th Street
Peru, IL 61354
Tel.: 815-223-3393
Website: www.promierproducts.com
Booth: #PF-8100

Aurora World

Aurora World will be featuring their full portfolio of plush toys, dolls, and licensed products at the upcoming IGES/SSS show. After 8 years of exhibiting, IGES remains one of the main trade shows of the year for the company according to Dee Dee Valencia, Manager, Product & Retail Development. “We attend because IGES gives us an unparalleled opportunity to interact and help retailers grow their business and also showcase our award-winning products for our retail partners.”

Aurora World is looking to gain new retailers, continue to build relationships, and showcase their comprehensive plush toy, doll, and licensed portfolio. This includes the introduction of 250+ exciting new styles including the best selling My Little Pony line debuting 14 new ponies with dazzling sparkle hair, along with the popular Princess Luna, Spike, and supersized ponies.

“Also debuting is our commemorative 100 year Raggedy Ann collection and 14 epic additions to our most popular YooHoo and Friends brand including six adorable fashion trends for our fan favorite Pammee,” says Valencia. “In addition, our award-winning Aurora® Sea Sparkles has massively expanded with new and trendy sparkle hair and sizing that will make a splash at retail.”

As a special promotion buyers will have the chance to receive some of the dazzling My Little Pony merchandise for free. In addition, free freight will be offered on orders placed during the show.

Aurora World Inc.
Tel.: 888-287-6722
Website: www.auroragift.com
Booth: #PF-6022-6026, 6123-6127

 North Woods Animal Treats

Jean McCarthy, owner of North Woods Animal Treats, is excited to exhibit at the upcoming IGES/SSS show for the first time. “We are attending for the first time because we have heard such great things about it, from both vendors and buyers,” says McCarthy. “Our products are perfect for the lodge, outdoor, and woodsy feel that most of the products at the show have. We are looking forward to connecting with the customers we have now and showing them our new products, and meeting lots of new customers.”

North Woods Animal Treats bakes by hand in small batches, all natural, human grade ingredient large shaped dog treats. “We have moose, bear, pine tree, trout and bone shaped displayed in hand made pine crates. We also have small, hypoallergenic cookies, gift crates, and other cool dog stuff,” says McCarthy. North Woods Animal Treats will be offer free shipping on orders of $325.00 or more as a show promotion.

North Woods Animal Treats
63 Emerald St. #428
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: 877-69206928
Fax: 877-592-6928
Website: www.northwoodsanimaltreats.com
Booth: #SV-3109