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  • 2017 Summer Trade Show Schedule

    Summer trade show season is upon us, folks. At The Grommet office, we are packing up the metaphorical tour bus with some of the newest additions to our catalog and getting ready to hit the road. If you're planning to attend any of these shows, stop by our booth and say hello. We'd love to meet you!


    June 21 - 25: Dallas Market Center (TM 634)

    July 13 - 17: AmericasMart Atlanta (3-2-900)

    July 20 - 24: LA Mart (Lobby)

    July 30 - Aug. 2: Las Vegas Market (P1-1104)

    August 4 - 8: Minneapolis Mart (233- 4)

    August 15 - 17: Independent Garden Center Show (1522)

    August 17 - 19: Ace Hardware Show (3684)

    August 19 - 23: NY Now Market (NC1/Lobby)


    Before you hit the road, be sure to review our six tips for successfully conquering any trade show.

    Catch the action of each show by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  • Let's Connect: Upcoming Trade Show Schedule

    The Grommet Wholesale Team is set to hit the road for the Summer Trade Show circuit, with many more stops mapped out for the summer and fall seasons.  If you're planning to attend one of these shows, be sure to pop in and say hello to our Team (and get your hands on the newest additions to our catalog).


    June 22-28: Dallas Total Home and Gift Market (World Trade Center, Floor 12, Booth 2401)
    July 12-19: AmericasMart Atlanta Gift and Home Decor Show (Building 3, Floor 2, Booth 900)
    July 24-27: Philadelphia Gift Show (Booth 1531-1533)
    July 20-25: LA Mart (Lobby)
    July 31 - August 3: Las Vegas (Temporary Pavilions 1104)
    August 5-9: Minneapolis Mart (Mart - Booth 706)
    August 12-14: Windy City Gift Show (Booth 1023-1122)
    August 16-18: Independent Garden Centers (Booth 1522) August 20-24: NY Now (NC-1)
    September 18-21: Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show (Booth 3053)
    November 2-5: International Gift Exposition in the Smokies - Pigeon Forge (Booth 7620-7621)


    Before you hit the road, be sure to review our six tips for successfully conquering any trade show.

    Stay up to date with the happenings at each show by joining The Grommet Wholesale on Facebook.

  • 5 Reasons to Attend Regional Trade Shows

    A busy shopping season approaches by the day, but currently, you still probably find your store in a sluggish state. You might be wondering how you can make productive use of your time and that is completely valid. We have a suggestion: attend regional shows.


    Now regional shows aren’t as sexy as the national markets held in the summer and winter, but they can be more effective. Here’s how.

    New Makers. Attending regional shows in other regions but your own allows you to take advantage of smaller and newer Makers no one in your community has heard of yet. It provides the chance to offer a more expansive and varied collection of products in your store compared to those around you. Of course, the con is cost. It can be expensive to stay in hotels and travel. If you do find yourself in that predicament, find shows closer to home. You might see more competition, but it also gives you the opportunity to strengthen local relationships.

    Nice and slow. One of the biggest negatives for larger shows is the overwhelming nature of them. There is so much vying for your attention, you tend to get lost and miss things, which is a trade show nightmare. With smaller regional shows you can take your time. You can have longer conversations with Makers, get a deep sense of a product that interests you rather than a brief snapshot, and you won’t be throwing elbows to see a display better. That’s always a plus.

    Build Relationships. Although risky, you're more likely to have better access to brand spanking new Makers and products. You might be able to get customized products for your shop. You could even offer to be beta testers for their products then you both win when you can test out their new lines on your customers. If you help support the little guys, they’ll be more inclined to help you back. Don’t forget, these Makers are learning the ropes of their own line so they're more likely to listen to your feedback. 

    Calmer Networking. Networking is a giant piece of any trade show. At national shows, it becomes a bit of a Western style shoot out as you struggle to whip a business card out of your holster as quickly as possible. The luxury of a smaller show is it’s an easier and calmer time networking with other Retailers and Makers. You can also have longer conversations. Meeting isn’t such a huge issue either because, literally, it’s a smaller show. No need to be racing around five 20 floor buildings.

    Local Flair. Products at regional shows, no surprise, tend to be more regional. So while you're most likely going to be carrying similar products as your competitors, take advantage of the opportunity to build out a better display since you know the area and the people. If you’re in Boston and see some lobster dishes, you won’t be the only one carrying them, but you can be the only one displaying them with a lobster trap. If you’re in Arizona, display some local jewelry on a saguaro. (It's like a cactus.) That will certainly deter stealing. Using local props to display local merchandise, that's where you can beat your competitors.


    Are you a Retailer interested in sourcing innovative products for your store? Apply to The Grommet Wholesale here.

  • Trends from New York Toy Fair 2016

    If it’s February 14th in New York City with temperatures in the single digits, that can only mean one thing…New York Toy Fair!


    While there was no powder on the ground this year, there was a flurry of interesting products some we’re extremely excited about for The Grommet Wholesale.

    Fresh out of the gate from the Spielwarenmesse in Nuremburg, I got a glimpse of the toy trends from country to country. They seem less like trends and more like circumstances of history, but I won’t get into that debate here. The point is, wooden toys and design hold status in Germany, which is not usually the case in the U.S. market. While efforts are in motion to bring that manufacturing back stateside, it was challenging to find the ever-important fine print, “Made in USA”, at this show.

    If you don’t have too many meetings lined up, it’s possible to walk the show in a single day, 9 am to 6 pm, with a lunch in between.

    The toy awards here highlighted larger company products, nothing particularly unique stood out besides the usual suspects of large brands.

    One particular thing I heard in the majority of my conversations was the serious concern of third party online resellers. Almost every company I spoke with shared a frustration and even skepticism about online methods. "We don't work with resellers, we got destroyed by them." That hesitation turned to intrigue when I explained to them how we are the complete opposite of what they feared in an online partner. We're not...the rain forest, if you catch my drift.

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  • LA Gift Market Recap

    We had a fantastic spot at the Los Angeles Market this year, right smack-dab in the lobby. Our booth was a lot smaller compared to the other exhibitors, but when people weren't running for the elevators or asking me to validate their parking, the traffic was great!



    An interesting trend was that people assumed we had a permanent booth (because nearly everyone did) and would often come back down and say "we looked for you but..." Well lucky you because here I am. Despite the confusion, it was wonderful to see people interested and seeking us out in the hopes of finding even more products then I had in our booth. This is only our second time at Los Angeles, but as California is the top Grommet-supporting state, it was encouraging to see potential Retailers following suit.

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  • International Discoveries: Nuremberg Toy and Game Convention

    The Nuremberg Toy and Game Convention served as The Grommet's first foray into the international trade show game. Myself and The Grommet Chief Discovery Officer, Joanne Domeniconi, made our way to Germany and completely unfamiliar terrain for a fresh opportunity of product discovery.


    Day 1

    While confident the opportunity that lay abroad (Spielwarenmesse, aptly translating to “Toy & Game Convention”) could be successful, we were warned the day of not to expect much for The Grommet. All distributors, they said! Worry us, they tried!

    Let me be clear. We. Crushed. This. Show.

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  • 3 Tips for Post-Trade Show Planning

    The (weary) Grommet Wholesale Team returns from the road for the month of February for some much deserved rest. As a retailer, you probably find yourself in the same exhausted boat. With the large trade shows of the winter season concluding, the focus shifts to implementing what you've learned and earned from trade shows in your store. Let us help with that.

    visual merchandising tips

    Collect insights

    Did you attend any panels, listen to any speakers, or talk to other retailers? Write down your learnings and how you plan to implement them. Whether it was a merchandising idea, a social media strategy, or customer engagement initiative, get notes down while they are still fresh so months from now you're not hopelessly wracking your mind for them. Then you can massage and tinker with each until you find how they might fit with you and your store's goals.

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  • Dallas and Philadelphia Gift Show 2016 Recap

    This past week The Grommet Wholesale Team has been all over the place. We've had a presence at trade shows in Dallas, Philly, and Las Vegas with LA right on our heels. We'll get to the West Coast trips soon, but for now we'll check in on the teams in Philly and Dallas.

    The Grommet visits the Dallas Gift Market

    Report from the Philadelphia Gift Show courtesy of Alexis Brinkman

    Philadelphia was a great show because we were able to stand out. There were a lot of buyers who hadn't heard about The Grommet and excited about us helping them discover new products. Not only were there a lot people new to us, we were getting our first look at Philadelphia which was very exciting. Many buyers said they use Philly as a pre-Atlanta, so I think to have a booth there only reinforces the importance of our presence in Atlanta and other trade shows. We're looking forward to seeing familiar faces at our upcoming trade show stops.
    Philadelphia was very intimate. Some of my conversations lasted between 45 and 80 minutes, which is much different than a fast paced, order-writing show like NYNOW or Atlanta. I love a more personalized shopping experience because I can get to know the retailer, their needs, their limitations, and find the products that are really going to serve them best and engage their customers. I received a total of three hugs at the Philly trade show from retailers, so I think it was important step in creating concrete bonds between The Grommet Wholesale and Retailers, literally.

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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.


    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. Continue Reading

  • What's New on The Grommet Wholesale

    This first week of the new year brings two additions to The Grommet Wholesale catalog. For those unfamiliar, every week innovative new products are added to our 14-category catalog. This week's are...



    Tying shoes is one of the earliest life skills we learn. You probably still remember the triumph of mastering the double knot. At this stage in life, however, tying your shoes is annoying. The good news is, it's a task of yesteryear thanks to Zubits. These magnetic shoe closures for men, women, and children, turn every laced-shoe into a slip on. They're strong enough to hold during strenuous activities, but pop off easily with a slight heel touch. Not only great for the whole family, Zubits are especially helpful to those with back or hand pain. If you're looking for a game-changing footwear product, Zubits is a shoe-in. Shop Now



    When storing vegetables, it seems wrong to do so in plastic bags. You should use something made of high-quality, eco-friendly materials. And you know what? Such a product should be made in America, too. Introducing Vejibag. Made in Maine of moisture-wicking organic cotton to prevent rot and slime, Vejibag provides the humidity vegetables need to keep crisp for weeks. Simply wet Vejibag with cold water and wring, rinse, dry, and place your veggies in the bag, and enjoy them fresher, longer than ever thought possible. Less waste and better eating, that's a winning combo for your wallet and stomach. Shop Now


    An exciting first week of 2016 culminates with the commencement of SF Market and the Philadelphia Gift Show. You can find us at both in booths 979 and 1505, respectively. Stop by and say hi! If you're at one of these upcoming shows!

    Are you a Retailer interested in sourcing innovative products for your store? Apply to The Grommet Wholesale here.

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