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Friday, January 20, 2012

2012 January Atlanta Gift Market: surge in buyer traffic gives high hope to economic recovery

The 2012 Atlanta Gift (January 11-18) was buzzing. Licensed artist signings in manufacturer (vendor) showrooms, the fun of a Flash Parade that marched down aisles of the temporary booths and even a Flash Mob of dancers in the concession area created excitement for buyers during the show. But for vendors the excitement was because the number of buyers were up from recent years, steady traffic streamed into the showrooms, and at times the showrooms and temporary booths were jam-packed with buyers purchasing products for their stores. Vendors were ecstatic and some reported sales were significantly greater than the 2011 and 2010 shows. To find out more about the traffic, vendor experiences, and trends seen at the show, read editors of Gift and Dec publication articles "Direct From Market - Atlanta," and " Direct From Market - Atlanta, part 2."

Many manufacturers took advantage of social media and posted press releases and artist signings on Americas Mart (venue where the Atlanta Gift Show was held) facebook page. Others used their own facebook pages, blogs, and to announce new products. And at least one publication (Smart Retailer) used facebook to make comments and show pictures of the show.

Below are links to SOME facebook pages, a video, blog articles by artists, a publication and vendors that attended the show. But in the coming weeks there will be more articles about the 2012 Atlanta Gift Market so make sure that you search the internet for them.

Artist Blogs
• Terri Conrad "After the Market"

• Robin Davis "Atlanta Scrapbook"

• Phyllis Dobbs  "Atlanta Gift Market was bussing!"

• Janet Wecker Frisch "Atlanta Agenda"

• Cathy Heck "Atlanta Gift Show 2: Mini Trend Report"

• Jane Maday "Atlanta Gift Show"

• Tara Reed "This little artist went to market . . . "

• Things with Wings (Laura, Connie, Jill, Emily - family of artists) "Atlanta Market + Demdaco, 2012"

• Susan Winget "Atlanta Gift Show 2012"

• Beth Yarbrough - "Market Wrap"

• Sue Zipkin - "Fun in Atlanta"

Licensing Agent Blog
Jim Marcotte (Two Town Studio) "Atlanta and Some Exhibiting Realities"

Publication & TV Show
• Smart Retailer (facebook albums) "Atlanta Displays & Showrooms"

• The Balancing Act (TV show blog) "Vivid Color at the Atlanta Gift Show"

• Grasslands Road (video) "Spring 2012 gift collection at Atlanta Gift Show"

• Magnetic Works (facebook pictures) "Atlanta Market - january 2012"

Americas Mart
If you have not been to the Atlanta Gift Show and Americas Mart where the show is held, you may enjoy the following videos. They were created in 2011 and shows a view of how huge the Mart is, vendor showrooms and eye-candy products galore. What inspiration and no wonder that everyone that attends the Atlanta Gift Show is overwhelmed!

• Country Business magazine (now called Smart Retailer) "Creative Store Displays from the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market"

• Americas Mart "Holiday & Floral / Home D├ęcor"

• Americas Mart "Tips for Success from Market Veterans"

Comments are welcomed. Enter them in the below comment section.


  1. I went for the first time ever and was overwhelmed! It was absolutely surreal. This should be a required field trip for folks exploring licensing. Invaluable info, insightful as to what's trending, . . . Loved it. :-)

  2. I enjoyed perusing all the links. Would love to see some of the License & Design section where the artists display their work.

  3. So would I Natalie but I haven't found any blog articles about the show from agents and artists that exhibited at the show - Two Town Studios, Painted Planet Licensing Group, Jewel Branding, Intercontinental Licensing, Carin Atkins, Creative K designs, Nutshell Designs, Tregevant Art, Cathy Heck, Creative K Designs, Michael Rhoda, Lucinda Wei, Andrea Brooks, Amanda Murphy, Kit Newell and Camille Garick. Joan

  4. Natalie,
    Exhibitor Cathy Heck showed her booth in her blog post "Atlanta 1: AmericasMart and Sugar Bacon." Check it out at