27 June 2009

A retailer to know

What's the best way for an online retailer to show the quality of his products? Karl Miller of Hudson Goods has created a series of videos in which he demonstrates lamps and talks about a pillow line.
Co-starring in these 60-second spots is his dog, Buddy, a Jack Russell terrier. Thought bubbles appear above the pooch, turning these little infomercials into videos that cry out to be forwarded. The company describes its merchandise as "vintage in spirit, modern in function."
Miller positions the store as the "Old Navy of cool home furnishings." The retailer uses YouTube, blogs and public relations to tell his story.
Check out the products and the video at HudsonGoods.com.

26 June 2009

New York gift show news

From a press release:
WHITE PLAINS, NY, June 26, 2009
Over 100 new companies - many offering price-sensitive lines and eco-friendly products - will join the New York International Gift Fair's Personal Accessories featuring Details this summer, infusing the show with fresh new resources.
Of the division's total 365 exhibitors, 65 are located within Details, a special showcase of contemporary and specialty boutique-quality personal accessories.
"The great majority - approximately 95% - of the division's newcomers represent companies making their NYIGF debut. The other five percent of the exhibitors have moved into Personal Accessories featuring Details from other NYIGF divisions, or are returning to market following an absence," said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president.

New winter holiday candles

Global Product Resources will debut these DecoGLOW Winter Wonderland trees at the summer 2009 Atlanta at the Gift and Home Furnishings Market (Darrah & Company showroom). The candles come in three heights: 7 inches, 8 inches and 11.5 inches. They have an evergreen scent.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this product.

25 June 2009

Stylish pet gates

Freedom Gates from freedomgates.com are stylish pet gates. they were nominated for the next big thing at the summer 2009 dallas gift show
"Beauty Beyond Boundaries" is the slogan for Freedom Gates. Donna Potter has designed gates in sizes from 30 inches to 36 inches. The frameless gates are made with durable, clear, acrylic panels.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

Consumers: Ask your favorite retailer or designer to order this product.

Sales, earnings up at Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. reported net earnings of $87.2 million in the quarter ended May 30, 2009, compared with $76.8 million in the same quarter a year ago. Net sales for the period were approximately $1.694 billion, an increase of approximately 2.8% from the same quarter of 2008. Comparable store sales decreased by approximately 1.6%.
As of May 30, 2009, the Company had a total of 1,044 stores, including 935 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, 53 Christmas Tree Shops stores, 16 buybuy BABY stores, and 40 stores under the names of Harmon or Harmon Face Values. Through a joint venture, the Company also operates retail stores in Mexico under the name "Home & More."
Read the complete press release here.

24 June 2009

Buying Capel Rugs online

From a company press release:

"Consumers can now order Capel's full continuity line of area rugs directly online through Preferred Dealer websites. Capel has partnered with Preferred Dealers to create and launch state-of-the-art websites, which consumers can access by selecting a rug for purchase and entering their zip code. Capel's full continuity line, including rugs, padding and cleaning supplies, can be purchased through Preferred Dealers online.

By linking the convenience of online shopping to retailers' existing brick and mortar presence, Capel is leveraging online technology in an innovative way that values existing dealer relationships. These unique storefront sites are available to Capel dealers to increase revenues and provide consumers with full access to secure online shopping.

Dealers can opt into the program for the initial cost to host the site and a low monthly fee. Each customizable site offers Capel's full continuity line and is regularly updated with new Capel products.

To access the nearest Preferred Dealer website, visit CapelRugs.com, select a product and enter your local zip code. For questions about this unique dealer program, call (800) 334-3711.

Lodge-y table lamp

The Cedar Run Table Lamp from Woolrich is 18 inches tall.
The Cedar Run Table Lamp from Woolrich Home Furnishings is 18 inches tall. The company offers lamps in a variety of designs and sizes, along with mirrors, furniture, rugs, tableware and bath accessories. The items are suitable for lodge-y and mountain decor.

Retailers: Contact the vendor for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this item for you.

23 June 2009

Dining room set from Brazil

Brazilian furniture from Sier Moveis, part of Pampaexport, based in Atlanta. Call 770-242-6774The Omega dining set is made of reforested wood and veneer (Marupa wood). It is available from Sier Moveis, part of Pampaexport, based in Atlanta The company offers a number of other contemporary dining room sets and entertainment centers.
Retailers: Contact the vendor for prices and minimums.

Ask your favorite independent retailer or interior designer to order this item for you.

22 June 2009

The Next Big Thing

From the Dallas Market Center:
"The Next Big Thing national product search contest winner will be announced Saturday, June 27th during our Total Home & Gift Market. We want your readers to decide which product should win the contest! Voting is free and ends June 26th!
Our three finalists are:

  1. BibBaby

  2. EZ Off BBQ Tools

  3. Freedom Gates

Follow this link to images of the finalists’ products: http://www.dallasmarketcenter.com/exhibitors/contest.aspx

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