Wanart at the New York International Gift Fair 2009 August 21, 2009 06:18 1 Comment

ahhh...the Jacob Javits Center - designed by architects I.M. Pei and partners back in 1986 and named after the US Senator who died that year - it's also where I hawk my goods about three weeks out of the year for the National Stationery Show every May and for the New York International Gift Fair which occurs both in January and August. As promised, here are the pics of the Wanart booth from the New York International Gift Fair which just ended today: You may recognize the backdrop from my booth at the Licensing International Show. It was my first time using such a graphic backdrop for a wholesale show but it was quite a success. It was definitely eye-catching, made the booth look bigger and created a feeling of good cheer and whimsy. One lady walked by and exclaimed "It's really fun and happy where you are!" Here are some closeup pics of products in the booth: This is a product I introduced this year - pins featuring both my zodiac zoo (chinese zodiac animals) and my brand new lil' zodiac (western zodiac) art. I even gave away pins during the show - it was a great way for me to break the ice with prospective customers. There were a lot of rats and aquarius' at the show!! Wonder what that means... These are my zodiac onesies packaged in little takeout boxes - always a hit. Mark your calendars people - the Lunar New Year falls on February 14th next year!! That should be easy to remember considering it's Valentine's Day!! Can you believe it? How shall we celebrate this year? A romantic dinner in chinatown? hehe At least the color schemes go together....red, red and more red!!! Next year the color will represent both luck and love! ^_^ Here are pics of my section at the Javits to the left and right of my booth: This is only a tiny glimpse of the show. Apprently, there were over 3,000 exhibitors displaying their merchandise to wholesale buyers and store owners! People showcasing everything from apparel, to housewares, to jewelry to toys - you name it - it was there! Eco-friendly products were definitely the trend at this show and which I'm sure it will be for awhile. It's always an inspiring show - so much creativity and innovation under one roof! I don't know how buyers stay within their budgets - there are always so many amazing products at the show. This is my booth after breakdown. It's always kinda sad to breakdown and to say goodbye to all your booth neighbors but my mind was also racing with new ideas for the next show. Overall, i'm happy to report that it was a good show for me - most of the orders I took were from new customers. I can tell people are optimistic and are starting to spend money again which is good news for everyone! I'm also happy that it's the last show of the year for me - this was my fourth tradeshow since May - and i'm looking forward to switching gears and having more time to work on some new creative projects.