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GIFT SHOP Magazine’s 2008 Ultimate Makeover

It was the letter that sealed the case. When GIFT SHOP announced an open call for entries for its 2008 Ultimate Makeover Contest, all the entries we received were equally compelling. But one letter, written... more »

Message in a Bauble

Message Mania Lynn Switanowski-Barrett points out that in times of recession or war, consumers have often looked for products that are positive and upbeat. Jewelry bearing messages of hope, inspiration and celebration fits the bill... more »

Just The Zing

Whipping up sales Chew on this: Tough economic times may actually result in an increase in gourmet food purchases. "In recessionary times, specialty food purchases have been strong because they are viewed as affordable luxuries,"... more »

Gift Cards: Will They Work in Your Gift Shop?

As you know, gift cards have become a major player in the retail world. According to a recent report by Packaged Facts, a market research firm, sales are expected to grow every year for the... more »

Twelve Tips To Shop the Trade Shows

Trade shows—love 'em or hate 'em, they should be an important event in your life as a businessperson. You get to see new products, renew old friendships, learn about industry trends, and develop a network... more »

Profit from Play

Defining Specialty Kathleen McHugh encourages you to remember this fact: Many baby boomers are now grandparents. And, says the president of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, grandparents are willing to spend money and buy... more »

I’ll Take That, Too: Increasing Impulse Buys

Strategic Placement Step into In-Courage in San Antonio, and you'll see three items near the point of sale: a basket of chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, a drawer display of Lady Primrose lip balm, and a seasonal... more »

Mother Daughter Duos

Advantages For mother-daughter business owners, running a gift shop together offers many advantages. Each woman gets to work with someone she truly loves and trusts. There's often the added virtue of flexibility they offer each... more »

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Upcoming Trade Shows

July 21, 2017 - July 23, 2017

California Marketplace

Los Angeles, CA
July 23, 2017 - July 25, 2017

Columbus MarketPlace (July)

Dublin, OH
July 23, 2017 - July 24, 2017

Southern Wholesale Gift Show

Lafayette, LA
July 23, 2017 - July 26, 2017

Philadelphia Gift Show

Oaks, PA
July 30, 2017 - August 3, 2017

Las Vegas Market (Summer)

Las Vegas, NV
75 Applewood Drive, Suite A
PO Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345
616.887.9008
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