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February 1, 2018 No Comments

January 2018 Philadelphia Gift Show Attracts Region’s Retailers With New Vendors, Best-Selling Brands and Candy Show Co-Location

As the first gift trade show of the year, the January 5-8, 2018, edition of the Philadelphia Gift Show welcomed retailers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Tri-State areas who came to see the show’s newest features, including Artisan Alley, an expanded Makers Market showcase, 100+  first-time exhibitors and the newest introductions for Spring and beyond.  In addition, the Philadelphia Gift Show once again co-located with the Philadelphia National Candy Gift & Gourmet Show, giving retailers even more to explore.

Adding to the show excitement, retailers had the chance to vote for a number of awards, including Best New Product, which was awarded to VIM & VIGR® designer compression socks with health benefits from Missoula, Mont.

The Best New Product was awarded to 
VIM & VIGR® of Missoula, Mont.

In addition, Asheville-based artist Kelsey Schissel of Plays in Mud Pottery received the Best Made in America product award at the winter edition.  Schissel is the creator of the delightful “Adventuring Owls” and unique and distinctive handmade pottery designs, which include vases, mugs, tea sets, yarn bowls and other vessels.

 “The Philadelphia Gift Show continues to be the market for Northeastern  retailers to shop a well-defined selection of top lines, best-selling brands and meet with their regional reps,” said Sonya Lowe, show director, Philadelphia Gift Show. “Having all of these resources under one roof is a tremendous benefit for our buyers.  It gives them a cost-effective, convenient opportunity to spend time building relationships with vendors, scouting new products and completing their buying needs just in time for spring.”

The winter 2018 edition once again co-located with the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia’s (RCAP) 137th Philadelphia National Candy Gift & Gourmet Show giving retailers throughout the Northeast region the opportunity to take advance of crossover buying opportunities afforded by the show’s selection of candy, chocolate, gourmet specialties and other ideal impulse items.

Asheville-based artist Kelsey Schissel of Plays in Mud Pottery received the Best Made in America product award at the winter edition. 

In addition to the show’s co-location, the Philadelphia Gift Show also debuted its new Artisan Alley section, connecting emerging, never-before-seen artisans with retailers seeking regional specialties and one-of-a-kind handmade designs. The new Artisan Alley section expanded the Philadelphia Gift Show’s popular Makers’ Market handmade offerings with the addition of 20-plus talented artists featured in a carefully curated showcase.

“I was particularly impressed with the new artists and the handmade and the one-of-a-kind items I found in Makers’ Market and Artisan Alley,” said Suzanne Sopko, Skytop Lodge, Skytop, Pa.  “The Philadelphia Gift Show is always a good show for me.”

The Philadelphia Gift Show continued many of its convenient onsite buyer services, including free pop-up programs, seminars and demonstrations.

The January edition also welcomed 100 first-time exhibitors, who joined hundreds of leading manufacturers, regional sales representatives and top lines in every product category ranging from giftware, souvenir and artisan designs to floral resources, home accents, seasonal items and more.

“I’ve been coming to the Philadelphia Gift Show for many years, and I love all of the new products I found in January, said Lois Warden, Carroll Hospital Gift Shop, Westminster, Md. “ I spent a good bit of my time shopping for new items, and I placed orders with several new vendors at the show.”

“I found several vendors that were suitable for our Zoo & Aquarium Group (ZAG) buyers and sponsors at the show,” added Steve Fairchild, Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, Kan. “This semi-annual show’s winter and summer show dates are perfectly timed to help our zoo and aquarium merchandise buyers with their spring season and for filling inventory gaps and finding new vendors for fall.”

The Philadelphia Gift Show will return July 22-25, 2018 to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

The Philadelphia Gift Show also continued many of its convenient onsite buyer services, including free pop-up programs, seminars and demonstrations held in the Discovery Zone on Saturday and Sunday; daily retailer prize giveaways from exhibitors, $100 merchandise credit giveaways, daily popcorn socials, and the “stay for the last day” promotion inviting buyers to shop the last day of the show and enjoy free lunch and show specials offered by exhibitors on Monday, January 8.

The Philadelphia Gift Show will return July 22-25, 2018, to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. For exhibitor information, contact Sonya Lowe, Urban Expositions, 1690 Roberts Blvd NW, Suite 111, Kennesaw, Ga., 30144. Phone: 678-370-0350, email: slowe@urban-expo.com . For buyer information or to register, attendees can call 800-318-2238 or visit www.philadelphiagiftshow.com

The winter 2018 edition once again co-located with the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia’s (RCAP) 137th Philadelphia National Candy Gift & Gourmet Show 



    • “The last hour of the last day of the show, a lady came in carrying our ad from Souvenirs, Gifts & Novelties (SGN). She placed an order for the customized surfboard plaques, but then I also up-sold her a floor display of Dean Russo dog signs.

      “So, [one,] the ad brought her into the booth, and [two,] the order ended up three times larger than it would have been. If she didn’t see the ad, she wouldn’t have been in the booth. She reminded me ‘See, your ad worked,’ ”
      – Tim Smith, SJT Enterprises, Inc., Westlake, Ohio

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      – Never Too Spoiled, Philadelphia, Pa. 

    • “We always enjoy Souvenirs, Gifts & Novelties magazine and are happy to share our stories. I learn something from it every time I read it and share it with our gift shop staff regularly.”
      – Beth Rich, Zoo Superintendent, Tautphaus Park Zoo, Idaho Falls, ID

    • “We have been in business since 1988 and a part of our success has been the use of trade magazines such as yours. Being far away from most trade shows, these magazines are a great lifeline for us who can’t just drive to a gifts show. So thank you for being there for us with insightful articles.”
      – Malia Johnson, President, Malimar Inc. dba Sedona, Honolulu, HI

    • “…Because of our budget, I am unable to go to market, so your Souvenirs, Gifts & Novelties publication serves at a great tool for me to see what is new and trending in the market, and I have tried many new products because I’ve seen them advertised in your magazine. Thanks again.”
      – Nancy Cole, gift shop manager, Booth Society, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives, Spearfish, S.D.

    • I just received my copy of SGN Magazine, and I was delighted to see [Natalie Hope McDonald’s] article about us. Thank you for featuring my shop in such a lovely way. It means a lot to me as a small business owner.” 
      Heather Mohorn, Momo’s Tree House, Philadelphia, Pa.

    • “Thanks for your magazine. I really enjoy it and learn from it monthly.”
      Susan Michener, Admission/Gift Shop Manager,  The Montgomery Zoo, Montgomery, Ala.

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      Jacqueline Gillam Fairchild, Her Majesty’s English Tea Room, Dunlap, Ill

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      Steve Fegley, Director of Retail Operations, the Science Museum of Minnesota

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      Marifrances Trivelli,
      director and store buyer,  Los Angeles Maritime Museum,  San Pedro, Calif.

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