Founded back in 2001 by Jerry Meyer and Susan Mills, the International Gift Expo in the Smokies (IGES), now owned and managed by Emerald Expositions, is an annual gift show held in the scenic Smoky Mountains of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, TN.
“They are the hottest toy I’ve seen in my 26 years of business,” says Jerry Phlippeau of Flipo Group, a wholesaler and retailer who specializes in innovative product sourcing and development.
With 2017 in full swing, we already have a feel for what new consumer trends are emerging, which ones are enduring from last year, and what has fizzled out.
Loose-neck animals are tiny, handcrafted novelty items made out of limoncillo pits. Ross Freitas has imported these fun critters from Mexico for twenty years.
The summer season means vacations, traveling, and family outings. For retailers, a shift in consumers means a shift in sales strategy.
QuickChess was first introduced at the 1992 NY Toy Fair at the Javits Center.
C&R Discount has been supplying gift, event, tourist, novelty, and general merchandise retailers with budget-friendly products since 1981.
Retail sales are expected to grow 3.4% in 2017. Many sellers and shoppers alike are optimistic that 2017 will breathe change and new life into our industry.
“We have a storyteller’s philosophy,” says John Mauck of DM Merchandising.
Kalan LP is a family-owned and operated business. Their mission is to bring cutting edge ideas and designs to the souvenir, gift, and novelty markets.