12 September 2009

Custom canvas tote bags

Planet Saver Sacks (also featured yesterday) can customize its eco-friendly canvas totes, like this one for Maria Shriver's Women's Conference. The manufacturer exhibited at the 2009 summer gift show in Chicago.



custom canvas tote bags produced for Maria Shriver's Women's Conference




Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

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

11 September 2009

Visual merchandising, part 4: Fixtures

Christine Sisson is back, guest blogging today about more great retail displays she found in Portland, OR. With feet firmly planted in the design world, Christine is a freelance writer and public relations consultant. She blogs about style, found objects and her European adventures at christinesisson.wordpress.com. Here is her report:

Fixtures come in all forms,
from traditional shelves to repurposed vintage furniture and more creative interpretations (twigs, ladders, hat boxes, you name it). If you can use it to display your merchandise, and it fits with your store’s aesthetic, it’s fair game.

Christine Sisson writes about visual merchandising. She visited retailers in Portland, Oregon, including Canoe canoeonline

Canoe took a practical approach when displaying its merchandise. Rather than limiting itself to shelves and tables, the retailer used all available space—including these benches (on which they placed perfectly arranged place settings of flatware and glasses). The multilevel display is both efficient and visually interesting.


Portland Oregon retailer Relish sells jewelry as Christine Sisson discovers in this blog post for Gift & Home Today giftandhometoday.blogspot.comThese futuristic, orb-like fixtures along one wall at Relish are both fun and eye-catching. They also serve a practical purpose--containing small, easy-to-miss items like jewelry and elevating them to eye level.

Read more about what Christine saw in Portland:
Part 1, Effective Retail Displays
Part 2, Retail 101
Part 3, Branded Displays

Eco-friendly tote bags


Eco-friendly canvas tote bags are made in the USA by Planet Saver Sacks, Los Angeles and are featured on the Gift & Home Today blog, giftandhometoday.blogspot.comPlanet Saver Sacks www.planetsaversacks.com

The City Bags line from Planet Saver Sacks are made in Los Angeles of heavy-weight untreated cotton canvas with water-based inks. Cities include New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
The Cartoon bags have an eco-fact on the reverse side. The company can make custom bags for special occasions and events. (Click images for larger view.)




Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

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

10 September 2009

Contemporary furniture

Roberta Schilling's Moderna collection of contemporary furniture Gift & Home Today blog is published, written and edited by Jim Carper Moderna is a new collection from Roberta Schilling. It features smooth metal, exotic woods, fine leather and delicate fibers.




Retailers and designers: Contact the company for prices and minimums.

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

09 September 2009

Wall-hung organizer

The big eye wardrobe and big eye magazine rack are from reisenthel and were shown at the summer 2009 nyigf new york international gift fair, organizer, storage The "big eye" wardrobe has four hooks; the bin holds baseball caps, scarves, mittens and other apparel. A similarly designed magazine rack is also available from Reisenthel.


Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimum orders.

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

08 September 2009

Back to work

cream puff from the 2009 minnesota state fair
The Gift & Home Today staff was at the Minnesota State Fair enjoying a cream puff and a cup of coffee. We are now back at work. Gift and home decor items will appear on Wednesday.—The Editors
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