September 15, 2017
Focus On: Plush

Old fashioned Lucuma Puppets are made of either organic cotton or alpaca... more »

September 15, 2017
Nominations open for TOTY 2018

The Toy Association has announced that nominations are now open for the 2018 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards — also known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry. Toy companies, inventors, and other industry... more »

September 13, 2017
Design community gathers at AmericasMart Atlanta for Fall Design Week

AmericasMart Atlanta is the epicenter of Southeastern interior design as it stages its second annual Fall Design Week, September 25-29, 2017. Developed with the interior designer in mind, Fall Design Week connects buyers with leading trends and tastemakers... more »

September 12, 2017
First Card Company is now First Card Packaging

First Card Company, a family owned and operated packaging manufacturer located in East Providence, Rhode Island, announced today that it will now serve its customers as First Card Packaging.  “Over the years our business has... more »

September 12, 2017
TX 15274-07 SBA tops $100 million in disaster assistance loans to businesses, residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Acting Regional Administrator Dorothy Overal of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that SBA has approved $103,866,200 in federal disaster loans for Texas businesses and residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey. According to Overal, SBA... more »

September 12, 2017
Pantone Color Institute releases spring 2018 Fashion Color Trend Report for New York Fashion Week

Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced the PANTONE® Fashion Color Trend Report Spring 2018 edition for New York Fashion... more »

September 12, 2017
November ’17 Ocean City Resort Gift Expo welcomes new exhibitors, more coastal, nautical resources

As the Northeast’s largest souvenir and resort industry trade event, the Ocean City Resort Gift Show returns to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD from November 12-14, 2017. Custom-tailored to the specialized... more »

September 8, 2017
Fashion Angels wins gold medal award

Fashion Angels is proud to announce that their Watercolor Portfolio Set was chosen as a 2017 Gold Medal Winner in the Toy Shop UK Independent Toy Awards. “We are thrilled to have one of our... more »

September 8, 2017
NY NOW lit up New York City with trends for home, lifestyle

NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, was brimming with excitement from all corners of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center during the summer 2017 market. From August 19-23, thousands of attendees took to... more »

September 8, 2017
NRF adjusts forecast for 2017 retail sales following government data revision

The National Retail Federation today adjusted its forecast for retail sales for 2017, saying sales are now expected to increase between 3.2 percent and 3.8 percent rather than the 3.7– 4.2 percent forecast earlier this year.... more »

September 6, 2017
Highlights from Rocky Mountain Gift Show

Over two hundred and thirty gift and apparel exhibitors welcomed buyers at the August event. The Rocky Mountain Gift Show and Denver Apparel Market maintained momentum with buyer traffic from Colorado and twelve surrounding states.... more »

September 6, 2017
Las Vegas Market to open third pavilion for winter market

Las Vegas Market revealed dynamic expansion and realignment plans for winter market that include the debut of a new 15,000-square-foot Pavilion as well as fresh concentrations of existing gift and home décor resources. In total,... more »

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Upcoming Trade Shows

November 30, 2017 - December 3, 2017

TransWorld’s Holiday Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show

Schaumburg, IL
December 2, 2017 - December 4, 2017

Charlotte Gift & Jewelry Show

Charlotte, NC
December 3, 2017 - December 6, 2017

Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show

Myrtle Beach, SC
December 3, 2017 - December 6, 2017

Showtime ITMA Market

High Point, NC
December 15, 2017 - December 17, 2017

Baton Rouge Jewelry and Merchandise Show

Baton Rouge, LA
75 Applewood Drive, Suite A
PO Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345
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