Dallas Market Center reported The Total Home & Gift Market opened this week to buyer attendance at 75% compared with January of 2020 and a boost in first-time buyers visiting the show.
More than 25% of buyers at the show are attending for the first time, a significant increase from previous years, according to market center officials.
“Dallas is the center of business success for 2021 by hosting a first show of the year that is full of positive energy, confident buyers, and strong order writing,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “We are thrilled with the attendance especially the number of new buyers from the east and west seeking a central, safe, and efficient marketplace to get business done more easily.”
The market center previously announced that during the month of January more than 150 new and expanding exhibitors. They join longstanding showrooms presenting new collections and lines in gift, home, holiday/floral, toy, gourmet/housewares, and fashion.
Patrick Ongena, owner of Patrick & Company in the Trade Mart noted: “Our pre-show and opening day far exceeded expectations. Traffic was good and orders were deep. We have had double-digit increases for several of our key lines, and we are anticipating steady traffic into next week’s apparel and western shows.”
“The buyers are here and they are ordering,” said Kyle Camp, owner and CEO of K&K Interiors in the World Trade Center. “Many of them had terrific years and they need products now. We are extremely pleased with the show traffic but also anticipate steady design business week by week. Consumers have completely changed their homes recently and want quality products.”
Wes Hardin Sr., president of Diverse Marketing noted: “The pre-show and opening days were strong for us, and we are tracking to at least 75% of usual. Retailers feel very comfortable in Dallas and they are optimistic. Buyers need a place to find what’s new, and Dallas is one of the very few locations giving buyers both the inspiration they want and the comfort and safety they need.”
“Traffic has been brisker than anticipated,” said Ronald Nguyen, chief customer care officer for AllState Floral in the Interior Home & Design Center. “We believe the safety protocols set by the DMC have supported a safe buying experience, and we remain optimistic and encouraged by early numbers.”
In addition to permanent showrooms, The Temps at Total Home & Gift Market, which runs January 6-9, presents hundreds of new and returning exhibitors with four distinct “neighborhoods.”
“The opening day was the biggest ever for our company,” said Rusty Phillips, co-owner of Bourbon Royalty Candle Company. “We are used to ramping up day by day but the show began very strong. We are thrilled.”
The HEARTS Awards Auction
During the show, Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, are hosting an auction to benefit No Kid Hungry. More than 70 dinner plates donated by Rosenthal and reimagined by VIPs spanning Justina Blakeney to Jane Seymour, Thom Filicia, Alexander Julian, and Bobby Berk are up for bid. The auction is live now at www.dallasmarketcenter.com/artsawards.
The auction is part of The HEARTS Awards, an event taking the place of the annual ARTS Awards and honoring those who showed outstanding leadership during the pandemic. Uniting multiple industries for the first time, The HEARTS Awards event will take place in March.
MarketTime Omnichannel Digital Tools
A MarketTime Experience Center debuted during the show. The MarketTime Experience Center, on the first floor of the World Trade Center, showcases MarketTime’s full suite of software solutions supporting business management, growth a global e-commerce marketplace. MarketTime said to be the only fully integrated, cloud-based platform supporting the complete omnichannel customer ecosystem across the consumer products spectrum including fashion, home, lighting, gift, and toy.