LOS ANGELES-The California Gift Show, which wrapped up last week, experienced increased attendance, high energy and healthy order writing, according to show owner and organizer Merchandise Mart Properties Inc.
A "robust" product presentation from 1,200 temporary and permanent purveyors "wowed" buyers at CGS's two show locations, L.A. Mart and Los Angeles Convention Center, MMPI said. "California Gift Show was off the hook this January," said Mark Furlet, vice president, gift + home, California Gift Show/L.A. Mart. "Showrooms and exhibitors witnessed a phenomenal and sustained attendance of new and returning buyers from across the country and around the globe . . . Many of our permanent showrooms reported exceeding order writing expectations comparing this Market to the healthier times of nearly a decade ago. New line representations were up significantly while buyer excitement was evidenced by the amount of time devoted to reviewing these new resources and then placing orders."