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Reenergized Marketplace Welcomes Buyers to Atlanta Market

The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market kicks off the tradeshow year for International Market Centers (IMC) with 360+ new, expanded and relocated showrooms and temporaries among its 1,000+ showrooms and 3,300+ temporaries. Highlighted by nearly 50 events, seminars and celebrations, the market is January 14-21, at AmericasMart Atlanta.

“The energy and scale of the Winter Atlanta market are extraordinary,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “Our updates to the buying experience – including repositioned categories, expanded event offerings and new trend sharing – make the market even more important for the region’s top retailers and designers.”

There are 20 new, expanded, and relocated home décor showrooms in connection with the repositioning and expansion of Open Year Round home décor resources to five contiguous floors (11-15) in Building 1. The updated showrooms – including industry leaders Antique Curiosities, Caracole, Elk Lighting, Forty West Designs, Inc., Go Home, Jeffan International, Leftbank Art and Mainly Baskets – open in January 2020, and will present a more cohesive buying experience at the market and throughout the year as part of the AmericasMart Open Year Round design resources. In total, AmericasMart has 12 floors of home décor product with more than 300 showrooms showing lighting, accent furniture, rugs, wall décor, casual furniture, linens and more.

The gift offerings include 41 new, expanded, and relocated showrooms among its 700 total gift showrooms featuring gift and specialty categories such as Gourmet & Housewares, Tabletop & Gift, The Gardens, Children’s World and Seasonal / Gift resources.

The most recent new showrooms include Balsam Hill (artificial Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands), B.I.A. Corporation (stoneware, porcelain dinnerware and bakeware plus home décor), Blueoco (waterproof products, lifestyle bags, coolers, backpacks and more), Doles Orchard (wooden gift boxes, ornaments, and other keepsakes), Jennifer Benson Glass Art (fused glass art and artisan pieces), Kendrick Home (hardwood signs), Picnic at Ascot (elegant picnic products), s.a.l.t. sisters (food products including unrefined sea salt, cane sugars, seasoning rubs, vanilla infusion kits, natural herb blends, dip blends and teas), SuperMoss (handmade natural decorative materials), TDQ Industries (housewares), Victorinox (makers of the original Swiss Army Knife plus cutlery, travel gear and watches) and Yoder’s Outdoor Living (lawn and porch furniture). The latest expansions and relocations include those by 1818 Farms, Azzure, Collins Painting, Deck the Halls Ya’ll, Garden Iron & More, Kay Berry, Lux Fragrance, Nora Fleming, Noelta, Printed Canvas, R Squared, Tizo Designs, Urban Trends and WOLF.

The Market adds 300 new exhibitors to its 3,300 temporary gift and home exhibitors, presented January 15-19, in 32 distinct product neighborhoods across the three-building campus. Of note in January is growth in four specialty categories: On Trend Gifts doubles to 90 booths; Gourmet Foods features an expanded Georgia Grown Pavilion of more than 30 booths; Boutique grows to nearly 140 luxury jewelry, accessories and clothing vendors; Children’s World and Modern Child add 13 new-to-Atlanta juvenile brands. Additionally, stationery and paper resources also have grown by 25 percent year-over-year to nearly 100 brands showing in 10 neighborhoods.

Other updates in the temporary exhibits include a new look and feel for the Seasonal / Gift collection, and an expanded and redesigned New Exhibitor vignette of best sellers, new introductions and signature items from exhibitors making their Atlanta market debut in January.

For the Winter 2020 staging showrooms are open Tuesday, Jan. 14 – 21, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (select showrooms are open until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 and Friday, Jan. 17) and temporaries are open Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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