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AmericasMart Atlanta 2016 Recap

AmericasMart Atlanta is one of the biggest shows The Grommet Wholesale team attends. Three buildings and 60 floors are connected by 24 bridges rising high above the street. This year’s show saw over 100,000 attendees and too many product categories for us to count.

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Our mission at the show (and every show for that matter) is three-fold. We want to let people know who we are and what we do, we want to see Makers and Retailers we work with, and we want to meet new Makers and Retailers with the hope of bringing them onto our site. While we are not at liberty to discuss who our new Makers and Retailers are (yet!), we did see dozens of familiar faces from last year and met hundreds of new ones. We can happily say AmericasMart Atlanta scored a hat trick.

At this show we were thrilled to add three new Makers to The Grommet Wholesale trade show roster. Diana Wright of Pulleez, Jeremy Exley of Snake Eyes, and  Brian Rohrbacher of Tudia, joined us in welcoming Retailers to our booth and business.  Retailers loved meeting them because they were able to put a face to the product and hear the story behind the product firsthand.

Nothing beats that experience, but we are still able to create a connection between Retailer and Maker through product postcards and our new wholesale catalog. You’ll have to see us at a show to get a glimpse of those.

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As we continue to grow and establish our presence in the retail industry, a huge point of our business we look to emphasize is legitimacy. Many businesses, buyers, and consumers are hesitant, and rightfully so, to trust a new endeavor. We were eager to let people know we operate a platform you can trust consisting of products and Makers you can trust.

Attending such a prestigious show as Atlanta for the third time, provides us with that legitimacy. We can’t tell you how fantastic it was to hear people think we are doing something new, fun, and different –or that they are such huge fans of our business. Our favorite was, “You mean I can go home and just shop online?” You sure can.

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One Retailer who has been in business for 30 years came into our booth and told us she picks five or six new places from the market magazine to source from and we were one of them this year. This kind of feedback literally never gets old and it reinforces our belief we are providing a crucial resource for Makers and Retailers.

AmericasMart Atlanta kicked off the large show leg of our cross-country tour and we are excited to see what the next few weeks bring us. Stay tuned for more updates and if you are at one of these upcoming shows, stop by and say hello!

 

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