The Dallas Total Home & Gift Market opened yesterday, June 24, and invited retailers to merchandise from its selections of tabletop, housewares, home decor, lighting, apparel and more.
Housewares product could be found in permanent showrooms and temporaries along the World Trade Center and the Trade Mart. A Housewares Hotspot feature of temporary exhibits was set up in the TM-2800 area. There, vendors such as Hammer-Stahl, True Fabrications, Messermeister, J.A. Henckels, SH&H iBottle, GelPro, Chill Factor and more showcased new housewares dedicated to the giftable kitchenware category.
HTI Buying Group invited its retail members to walk the show as a group and scout for new products. Today, June 25, the buying group will host two roundtable discussions— a morning session about human resources and an afternoon session about social media.
At noon, the market center’s keynote speaker Rachel Ashwell, founder of Shabby Chic, will hold a presentation in the World Trade Center Hall of Nations.
In addition, the Dallas Market Center announced that the Dallas Total Home & Gift Show first-day attendance increased by 15% year-over-year. It also said that new store attendance had increased about 5% from June 2014. Gains were realized across product categories as well as regions of the country, according to the market. Attendance by stores from California was up by nearly 15% while attendance from the southeastern U.S. was up by 25%.
Dallas Market Center noted that it is holding ribbon cuttings for more than 20 new and expanding showrooms; offering hundreds of new temporary resources and lines inside permanent showrooms; created three separate venues for one-of-a-kind products from the American Made Show, International Folk Art Market Collection, and the Vintage Round Top Experience; remerchandised the temporary exhibits on the 12th floor; expanded luxury lifestyle resources; and launched new housewares temporary exhibits.
“Our exhibitors and the market center team have put in a tremendous amount of work on the road, on the phones, and over email promoting the June market,” said Cindy Morris, CEO, Dallas Market Center. “We are thrilled that our message has resonated and that more loyal retailers and more new stores have arrived for the opening of market.”