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January/February 2011

Gift Fair Presents New Baby & Child Division
Saturday, January 29 through Thursday, February 3 with staggered opening and closing dates
New York City

Held twice each year in January and August, the New York International Gift Fair showcases the best lines across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum. With close to 3,000 exhibiting companies, the fair attracts 35,000 attendees.

Last August, a new division called “Baby & Child” was introduced. It features more than 100 juried suppliers of products for babies, toddlers and kids, like these.

• Retro-inspired designs and color palettes.
• On-the-go feeding items and toys for busy families.
• Unisex nature and animal prints.
• Earth-friendly materials, especially organic cotton in head-to-toe wearables.
• Socially responsible “fair trade” products handmade in developing countries.


CHA Emphasizes Education Winter Conference & Trade Show
Saturday, January 29 through Tuesday, February 1 (conference begins on Friday, January 28)
Los Angeles

The Craft & Hobby Association Convention & Trade Show is now officially the Conference and Trade Show. Its new education model will provide attendees with unlimited access to the CHA trade show floor, conference programs, networking opportunities and special events for one low price – $25. The model mirrors successful programs used by other leading trade show organizations.

CHA’s winter conference schedule includes three types of education: exhibitor sponsored training sessions for buyers, which focus on products and techniques; business seminars for all attendees presented by experts in three tracks – Retailing, Designer, and Executive Education; and Demo-nars, a combination of business education and hands-on project technique training.

Special events include a keynote presentation by Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook’s spokesperson and director of marketing.

The association encompasses 39 different segments of the craft and hobby industry, from scrapbooking to art materials, needlecrafts to sewing. CHA’s membership includes designers, manufacturers, national retailers, independent retailers, publishers, service providers and more.

The two annual CHA shows – in January and in July – are among the largest and oldest craft and hobby trade shows of their kind in the world


Toy Retailers Invited to New Show in Frankfurt
Saturday, January 29 through Tuesday, February 1
Frankfurt, Germany

Paperworld, the international trade show for paper, office supplies and stationery, is building a separate event around its popular “Creative” section. The show, say its organizers Messe Frankfurt, will be the world’s largest presentation of materials for hobby, craft and art. The new show runs concurrently with Paperworld and Christmasworld, the popular international trade show for “festive decorations.”

Last year, Paperworld featured 2,110 exhibitors. The show attracted a total of 45,521 visitors, 27,099 from outside of Germany. The Creativeworld target audience includes specialty retailers; hobby, craft and art supply stores; and wholesalers.

“The largest group represented in the Creativeworld Visitor Profile includes creative retailers and wholesalers,” said Michael Reichhold, the show’s director. “We would like to welcome toy retailers, DIY stores and superstores, the handcrafts and textile sector and ‘multipliers’ (managers of schools, nursing homes and child care centers, among others).”

The exhibition grounds in Frankfurt include 10 exhibition halls and an adjacent Congress Centre.

The Messe Frankfurt Group has a presence in 150 countries, with events taking place in at least 30 plus locations. In 2009, the group organized more than 90 trade fairs.


Sustainable Toys in Nurnberg’s Limelight
Nurnberg International Toy Fair
Thursday, February 3 through Tuesday, February 8
Nurnberg, Germany

The special green toys area in the new Mitte (central) entrance of the Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair will highlight products that utilize environmentally friendly materials and packaging, and companies that practice sustainable procurement and environment-conscious transport management. In addition, The TÜV Rheinland Group, a global provider of technical, safety and certification services, will be available to answer questions on sustainability issues.

The fair is expected to host 76,000 visitors from 115 countries this year. According to Spielwarenesse data, 20,000 of them traditionally attend the Nurnberg show only. Buyers will be able to shop about 1 million products presented by 2,600 different exhibitors from 64 countries.


WTHRA Gala Honors California Retailers
Western Toy & Hobby Representatives Association Annual Show
Saturday, March 19 through Tuesday, March 22
Long Beach

On Saturday, March 19, WTHRA’s reception at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach, California, will honor Hall of Fame inductees and Retailer of the Year. Shirley and Steve Moore, owners of Talbot’s Toyland in San Mateo; and Eugene and Jean Yamashita, founders of Mr. Mopps in Berkley; join manufacturers rep Cleo Dougherty as 2011 Hall of Fame inductees. Toy Crazy, with two locations – in Malibu and in Santa Monica – is this year’s Retailer of the Year.

Talbot’s was begun in 1953 by Steve Moore’s grandfather Wilburn “Lank” Talbot and his wife, Betty. The store still exists in its original location, but over the years has grown much bigger. As surrounding storefronts became vacant, Talbots acquired them and filled them with additional toy and hobby categories. Eventually it grew to its current size – 30,000 square feet – and is known for its mix of unique toys, hobbies and bicycles.

Mr. Mopps has been a Berkeley staple for more than 40 years. Last year, as the Yamashitas prepared to retire, they couldn’t find a buyer for the store and instead made plans to close it. The store’s predicament was reported on Berkeleyside, an independent news site, and locals who grew up with the store formed a “Let’s Buy Mr. Mopps” page on Facebook. Berkeley native Devin McDonald, son of musician Country Joe McDonald, bought the store with his partner Jenny Stevens.

Melissa Moore began Toy Crazy after purchasing the business from her former boss in 1998. She had worked there since she was a teenager. The store focuses on expanding children’s imaginations through games, puzzles, creative play, arts and crafts, outdoor activities and more.

The WTHRA trade show, the largest of its kind in the western states, features 400 booths under one roof. The association invites all toy stores, gift shops and museum stores to the Long Beach Convention Center to take advantage of exhibitors’ early buy programs and promotions.


Ed Expo Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, April 9
San Antonio

The National School Supply and Equipment Association’s annual spring show has been the place to find the best products for back-to-school for the past 25 years. In 2011, the association expects nearly 325 exhibiting companies to present thousands of the best teaching tools and resources for today’s classrooms.

While traveling to tradeshows is expensive, NSSEA points to ways retailers can offset some, if not all, expenses. Nearly every exhibitor offers show specials such as free freight, extended dating terms, discounts on orders, and even product giveaways. According to association literature, a typical retailer who takes advantage of just 60 show specials would save an average of $5,974 on $58,812 (retail value) in orders placed.

Educational sessions, on topics that include inventory management, social media, credit management and credit protection methods begin on Wednesday, April 6, and continue at various times throughout the show. Exhibits are open Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.


Juvenile Products Conference Presents Midyear Releases
Spring Educational Conference
Monday, May 2 through Wednesday, May 4
Fort Worth

The producers of the ABC Kids Expo held each fall also host an educational conference in the spring that provides learning, networking and purchasing opportunities for specialty stores that carry infant and children’s products.

The event kicks off on Monday evening with a welcome reception. Breakout sessions, followed by a lunch buffet with a keynote speaker, begin Tuesday morning.

Built into the conference is a trade show, Tuesday, from 2:30 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It gives buyers the opportunity to view midyear product releases and meet with their key suppliers.

Last year’s event featured 140 exhibitors who presented juvenile furniture and bedding products, baby gear, maternity items, toys, games, gifts, and more.

Now in its third year, the event presents a host of significant topics that bring attendees up to speed on industry trends, government regulations, and new and profitable opportunities in the juvenile products industry.

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