Gift and gadget wholesalers Gift House International have enjoyed a September to remember with effective product line showcases at two of the UK’s biggest and most influential trade shows.
The annual Autumn Fair International show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre from September 1-5 witnessed a host of quality retailers turn out in their numbers – around 30,000 in total.
This year’s event in England’s second city saw a 28 per cent increase in attendance from big budget retailers, among them Selfridges, Harrods and John Lewis.
The Sky News cameras and premium buyers from across Europe also flocked to the industry-only event, eager to unearth those new products poised to light up the shelves this Christmas.
Established exhibitor Gift House International brought a choice selection of gifts, gadgets and fresh key ranges to the event, and received a strong response across the board from visitors to its new and hands-on stand.
Purchasers enjoyed sampling the all-action FLASHBALL light and catch challenge while the fun hovered up to new heights with hands-on interactive demonstrations of the UFO Space Messenger and RC Micro Helicopter.
The NEC crowds were stopped in their tracks by the mesmerising SpaceRail rollercoasters in action, while the new and inventive Recycle Factory Train Set made a well-received first appearance.
With the great and the good of the gadget and giftware industry placing orders across all nine show sectors, Gift House International enjoyed one of its most successful outings of the calendar year.
As such, there were significant new orders placed for the Signal Pod wireless bicycle indicators and the newly-arrived Reva Expandable Vases to name but a few.
Autumn Fair International spokesperson Louise Young commented: “It is encouraging to see that despite a climate of negativity, retailers are defying the status quo”.
Specifically timed to coincide with the festive buying period, it is thought that the success of the Autumn Fair will translate into strong sales for Gift House International in the final quarter of 2012.
A host of seminars, workshops and demonstrations also took place across the course of the five-day event, with highlights from days 1, 2 and 3 below:
A fortnight later, Gift House International returned to the prestigious London Olympia for Top Drawer London, the capital’s bi-annual giftware show now entering its fourth decade.
The directional showcase event, specialising on-trend giftware, welcomed in excess of 15,000 visitors across its three days - each seeking out the most commercially-appealing design-led gifts and unique lifestyle accessories.
Sticking firmly to their mantra of selecting only the best suppliers, Top Drawer’s association with Gift House International has proved an enduring endorsement, and friends within the industry both old and new paid visit to the stand in pursuit of a deal or a future bestseller.
As with at Autumn Fair, the bright and bold Fish and Bone Bowls caught the attention of passing animal lovers – with many enthused by the impending arrival of an even bigger and bolder edition to the ghiltd.com wholesale site this winter.
Equally popular were the unique Sasquatch! pet beds – a tactile treat for visiting vendors who stopped to touch the cosy faux fleece lining and imagine their dog or cat at home there.
Many charmed by the Sasquatch! were tickled by the Wine Bottle Toilet Brush – the latest novelty homeware item to catch retailers’ imagination.
Meanwhile, the exclusive range of tactile 3D lifestyle gift books were heralded as an ideal Christmas gift, suitable for friends and relatives be their passion chocolate, wine, cheese, cakes, perfume, music or football.
Top Drawer returns to the London Olympia from 13-15 January for its Spring/Summer showcase. In the meantime, the team at Gift House International are gearing up for yet another busy Christmas of gift and gadget wholesale.
Gift House International would like to thank everyone who visited their stands at Autumn Fair International and Top Drawer London.