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The Thrill of the Hunt will Return to Fashion Week in Las Vegas

Shoppers enjoying the thrill of the “hunt” in off-price stores has proven to be a strong theme in the last year, and retailers are capitalizing on it more than ever. Big or small, retailers across the country attend OFFPRICE to improve their stores’ bottom lines. The show, scheduled for August 12-15, 2017, at the Sands Expo at Venetian/Palazzo, will display an array of merchandise below wholesale value ranging from children’s apparel, jewelry and branded footwear to active wear, accessories and more.

“The OFFPRICE Show is the ultimate treasure hunt destination for retailers. Just as retail owners are looking to increase their profit margins, consumers look for the best value,” said Stephen Krogulski, chief executive officer of OFFPRICE. “The off-price industry offers the modern consumer high quality merchandise at unbeatable prices. With the increase in off-price stores, as well as their success - retailers have begun to emulate the off-price strategy to make their consumers’ shopping experience a successful one.”

The OFFPRICE Show enables retailers to build stronger relationships with vendors, discover new unique trends and increase their profit margins under one roof. Buyers across the globe from Canada all the way to the Caribbean come to OFFPRICE in hopes of replenishing their inventory in a cost effective environment. Retailers include off-price chains, boutiques, hospital gift shops, dollar stores, university bookstores, waterpark resorts and others.

While sourcing at the OFFPRICE Show this August, keep an eye out for recent updates and additions. The influence of fashion into children’s clothing has gained popularity and the OFFPRICE Show has expanded this category to accommodate children’s wear buyers. Not only has the children’s section grown, but the jewelry and accessories category will be seen more strongly on both the wholesale floor and the Cash & Carry located in the Marco Polo ballroom. Exhibitors make spring and fall products widely available at the August show. Rain boots, sunglasses, cashmere scarves, bracelets and leg warmers are expected to be among the hottest selling items.

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Urban Expositions

The Nation’s Largest Souvenir Show Welcomes New Product Sectors, New Events

Native American Pavilion, Gourmet and Boardwalk Sections Debut at September 2017 Las Vegas Souvenir and Resort Gift Show
Among the Native American vendors already confirmed for the 2017 Pavilion are companies offering the merchandise pictured from Supersmith and Medicine of the People.

Further strengthening the broad and deep selection it offers to retailers, the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show welcomes a new Native American Pavilion and new Gourmet and Boardwalk sections to the September 13-16, 2017, edition at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Joining 1,300-plus booths at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall, these new product resources come together with new educational and networking events to secure the nation’s largest souvenir show’s position as the industry’s meeting place.  

“This show really is custom-made for today’s souvenir/resort buyer,” said Lisa Glosson, vice president, gift/souvenir, Urban Expositions. “In addition to bringing an unrivaled selection of name-drop, logo and custom offerings along with the latest intros from every major souvenir/resort supplier - all together under one roof, our team is also working to bring in new resources and categories like our new Native American pavilion and new gourmet and boardwalk sectors. All these new resources on the show floor offer even more ways for retailers to attract new customers.”

2017 show highlights include:

• Native American Pavilion - Bringing one-of-a-kind designs and other authentic American Indian artisan crafts together with a series of events, displays and daily cultural demonstrations, the newest show floor feature gives attending retailers yet another exciting resource to discover new designs and creative ideas to differentiate their stores.

• New Gourmet Product Sector - Responding to retailer demand for more gourmet resources, the new section brings together an increasing number of sweets, treats and other gourmet specialties.

• New Boardwalk Section - Featuring swim, beach apparel and board sport resources along with boutique items - it’s the perfect resource for surf shops, boutique stores, resorts and more.

• New Intros, New Resources - Retailers will have the chance to see the newest introductions and latest designs from leading brands showcasing destination, resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, green products, T-shirts, beach items, coastal and nautical, lake, mountain and lodge, ski-themed products, logo products, shell items, giftware, jewelry/fashion accessories, toys/games and more.

• Expanded Made In America Offerings - Responding to continued demand for American-made resources, the show floor will feature an expanded Made in America pavilion, making it even easier for retailers to find the product their customers want. The pavilion will showcase resources in a range of categories. Retailers can also participate in a curated Made In America Show Floor Tour  led by Tommy Brown, retail manager and buyer of Conservation Goods, Saint Louis Zoo, Friday, September 15 at 11 a.m., demonstrating how to choose the perfect American-made products for their store.

Frank Ruggles, a former Official Photographer for the National Park Service, a post once held by Ansel Adams, will lead the keynote address at the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show.
New Keynote Address Headlines Educational/Networking Offerings

The first 20 buyers will receive a signed copy of Frank Ruggles’ newest book, “Chasing Light: An Exhibit of American Landscapes.” The show will also feature a Goody Bag Giveaway to the first 100 buyers to arrive at the show on Wednesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 14. These special shopping bags are filled with free gifts from many of the show’s exhibitors.

From a special keynote address and book signing event led by Former Eminent Photographer for the National Park Service Frank Ruggles, to show floor buying tours, happy hours and other networking events, buyers will gather fresh ideas, new inspiration and business-building strategies to strengthen their sales. Calling upon his experience and passion for preserving national parks, Ruggles will host the visually inspiring presentation, “How Souvenirs Help Save Our Parks: A Pictorial Journey,“ on Thursday, September 14 at 11 a.m. In addition, key industry groups like Living Legends, Zoo and Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG), the Museum Store Association (MSA) and others will also be participating in show events.

Seattle Gift Show Marks 80th Year with New Resources, New Educational Offerings

Urban Craft Uprising Pavilion, Independent We Stand Session, Among Highlights
Building upon an 80-year tradition supporting the product and business growth needs of its loyal Pacific Northwest retail audience, the Seattle Gift Show returns to the Washington State Convention Center, August 18-21, 2017, with new resources and programs. From a growing number of new, first-time exhibitors to a special presentation from the Independent We Stand organization to the popular Urban Craft Uprising Pavilion, the region’s attending independent retailers will find even more new ways to set their store apart from those big-box stores.

Further strengthening the product offerings, the Seattle Gift Show temporary exhibits come together with the permanent showrooms at the Seattle Mart to co-host Seattle Market Week.

“For 80 years, the Seattle Gift Show has been the go-to resource for Pacific Northwest independent retailers seeking the latest in product trends that reflect the diverse tastes and eclectic styles of their customers,” said Lisa Glosson, vice president, souvenir/gift division, Urban Expositions. “For summer, our focus has been on finding even more of those undiscovered artisans, emerging lines and new categories to add to our show floor - offering even more profit potential for our buyer base.”

The summer show highlights include:

Retailers will find even more handcrafted, artisan designs with the return of the Urban Craft Uprising Pavilion. Showcasing the work of 30-plus artisans from Seattle’s largest indie craft show, the pavilion returns this summer to join the show’s Makers Market sector offering a wide range of handcrafted goods for the retailers to explore.

The show is partnering with the Independent We Stand organization ( to put the special spotlight on how the buy local movement can drive sales and customer loyalty for independent retailers. Led by Independent We Stand Co-Founder Bill Brunelle, this informative session will provide real-life tips on how to build your local brand, the power of leveraging your locally-owned status and how you can use it to inspire your prospective customers to buy local.

The summer edition will welcome even more first-time exhibitors, new designs, artistic styles and regional best-sellers that retailers won’t find at other markets. The show features product in every sector, including general giftware, collectibles, decorative accessories, table top, home décor, souvenir and resort apparel,  jewelry and much more - all in one easy-to-shop layout, all on one floor. Categories Include: Gift & Home, Makers’ Market, Personal Style, Treasures To Go (Cash & Carry) and Gourmet. Retailers can also look for an expanded selection of American-made products, eco-friendly items and fair trade resources this summer.

The Seattle Gift Show will come together with the permanent showrooms of the Seattle Mart to present Seattle Market Week. The building houses the Northwest’s premier permanent showrooms representing a wide range of product lines from locally manufactured to national brands. These offerings, along with the many lines and new resources at the Seattle Gift Show, give the region’s retailers a comprehensive, convenient and cost-effective shopping experience. What’s more, one badge gives buyers access to both venues and complimentary shuttle service will also be provided.

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