Booksellers can find a wide range of new products and take advantage of special ABA member savings at eight Urban Expositions gift shows, to be held in locations around the country in the coming months.
Admission to the shows is free and, because they’re close to home, travel expenses and hotel rates are lower. Each show features a great selection of products so retailers can do their buying efficiently in addition to free freight offers and more.
To register for free admission badges and show information packets, ABA members should visit the appropriate show website and use the promo code ABA2015.
Upcoming Urban Expositions include:
November 16 – 19, 2014
Ocean City Resort Gift Expo
Roland E. Powell Convention Center
Ocean City, Maryland
The Northeast’s largest souvenir and resort gift show brings together a tremendous selection, including destination/resort/tourist merchandise, souvenirs, beach items, T-shirts, general giftware, logo products, shell items, coastal/nautical items, decorative accessories, fashion accessories, toys and games, aromatherapy, greeting cards, paper goods and social stationery, tabletop, gourmet, garden gifts, and more.
December 7 – 10, 2014
Grand Strand Gift and Resort Merchandise Show
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Featuring more than 800-plus booths, this event remains the largest, longest-running coastal souvenir, resort merchandise, and gift show in the nation. Retailers can explore a selection of products from the industry’s leading resort and gift manufacturers and sales representatives in every product category, including resort gifts, souvenirs, novelties, nautical/coastal items, licensed products, beachwear, general gift, and more.
January 17 – 20, 2015
Philadelphia Gift Show
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this all-category gift show will feature special product spotlights on Makers’ Market, Home Accents, Made in the USA, Souvenir and Resort, Outdoor Living, and Birdwatch.
ABA Offer: Free parking; breakfast on Saturday and Sunday; free lunch on Tuesday; and the 20th Anniversary Show Social on the show floor on Sunday, January 18.
January 16 – 19, 2015
Seattle Gift Show
Washington State Convention Center
Coming together with the offerings at the Pacific Market Center (January 14 – 19, 2015) to co-host Seattle Market Week, the Seattle Gift show offers a wide range of designs in key categories, including Food Focus, Gifts and Collectibles, Home and Garden, Northwest Directions, Personal Style, Treasures to Go, and Makers’ Market.
ABA Offer: Free parking (show your badge and parking receipt at show office for reimbursement); complimentary coffee in the mornings; and the Show Social on the show floor on Saturday, January 17.
January 23 – 26, 2015
California Gift Show
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California
Discover fresh new finds from around the world in a wide range of product categories, including Gifts, LA Design, Makers’ Market, Personal Style, Outdoor Living, Boardwalk, World Style, Vintage, Jewelry, and Cash and Carry.
ABA Offer: Free parking (show your badge and parking receipt at show office for reimbursement); show party on Saturday evening, January 24.
January 24 – 27, 2015
Windy City Gift Show
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Now entering its second year, this show has become a key product resource for the Midwest marketplace. Product categories include Gifts, Makers’ Market, and Live in Style.
ABA Offer: Free parking (show your badge and parking receipt at the show office for reimbursement); the Show Social on the show floor on Saturday afternoon, January 24.
January 31 – February 2, 2015
Orlando Gift Show and Orlando Cash and Carry Show
Orange County Convention Center
A leading product resource for retailers from Central and Northern Florida and the Panhandle, the winter Orlando Gift Show offers a broad and deep selection of giftware, home accents, and souvenir and resort resources to make a shop the community’s center of attention.
ABA Offer: Free parking (show your badge and parking receipt at the show office for reimbursement).
February 21 – 24, 2015
San Francisco International Gift Fair
San Francisco, California
A resource for design-led and upscale contemporary merchandise, this all-category gift show highlights Gifts, Design, World Style, World Style Makers’ Market, American Made Makers’ Market, Home and Garden, Museum, Personal Style, Treasures to Go, Tabletop/Gourmet/Housewares, Village Arts, and Vintage Collection.
ABA Offer: Free parking (show your badge and parking receipt at show office for reimbursement); the show floor social on Sunday afternoon, February 22.
March 20 – 22, 2015
Portland Gift and Accessories Show
Oregon Convention Center
Reflecting the diverse tastes of this trend-setting city, the annual Gift and Accessories show features a versatile collection in the categories of Makers’ Market, Fashion Accessories, Gifts and Collectibles, and Jewelry Vault/Treasures to Go.
ABA Offer: Free parking (show your badge and parking receipt at show office for reimbursement).
March 28 – 31, 2015
Boston Gift Show
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Offering new product resources for New England retailers, this show features the categories of Gifts, Souvenir Source, Makers’ Market, Made in New England, and Treasures to Go.
ABA Offer: Free parking (show your badge and parking receipt at show office for reimbursement); complimentary continental breakfast and refreshments in the buyers’ lounge.