I will be re-capping our trip to Kawaii Kon shortly… But let me enjoy this view of the palm trees first…
We returned to Vegas at the end of February to exhibit at the Las Vegas KidShow at the Bally’s Hotel and Casino. This was a smaller show that’s geared toward kids apparel. We heard it was a good show from talking to folks around us at the ABC Kids Expo last October. This show was held in one of the ballrooms and was a much smaller, more manageable size show. We met some really nice people around us. One lady has been doing the show for years, she was selling cute accessories and tutus for girls. It’s nice talking to people who’ve been doing these shows for a while to get some really good insight into the market. We’re newbies in the kids apparel market but we’re finding we’re getting a good response from buyers from Gift Shops, Resorts and parks. We managed to get some good orders and made some new contacts as well.
After the KidShow was over, we spent the day walking the floor at MAGIC. This is a HUGE apparel tradeshow, spread out into 2 buildings- The Las Vegas Convention Center and Mandalay Bay. We had exhibited at MAGIC once in 2010 in the Juniors apparel section. We found the booths around to be so huge that we almost got lost. You need at least a 20′ x 20′ size booth to stand out there. There’s so many awesome brands like Tokidoki, Mighty Fine, Lounge Fly and See You Monday. We picked up some cute leggings from them which we’ll be offering on the site soon. The highlight of the show was when I walked into the Juniors hall and there was the Tokidoki booth facing me, and the creator of Tokidoki Simone Legno was standing there. I went straight over there to say “hello again”. Even though I doubt he remembers me… though this is probably my 3rd or 4th time meeting Simone. I got some nice bystander to take a picture! Cheese! Here’s some photos from the Las Vegas Trade Shows.
Our crazyheads Kids hats and hoodies are available at Scallywags Granville Island in the Kids market. It’s a great place to bring your family. There’s so many fun things in the Kids Market like toys, games, books, costumes and candy!
It was a busy start to the New year for us with 2 trade shows lined up. First it was the Seattle Gift Show. We decided to try it since it’s only a 3 hour drive for us. That was the same time the Seahawks won the Division Championships. The streets were lit up with Bright Green, Blue and Silver. And the energy and spirit of the 12th man can be felt everywhere. Cars were honking and passengers were hanging out of cars cheering. It was a lot of fun!
We met some new friends at the gift show. We were across from the TY (Beanie Babies) booth. They had huge, standing plush My Little Ponys, Beanie Boos and Beanie Ballz. I was surrounded by cuteness. I managed to score a free little plush Easter chick. On the day of the game the show was pretty dead, they had TV’s set up in the hall so people could watch the game.
Next was the Toronto Gift Fair. It’s probably been one of the coldest winters recorded. Jason braved the snow storm and freezing temperatures. What a good sport! But it was well worth it. We made some really good contacts and were able to grow our wholesale business for our crazyheads kids line. He managed the booth on his own. But that’s nothing compared to manning a booth yourself at a 10,000 + anime convention. Which he’s done before. So no problem. I think his experience paid off.