Monthly Archives: February 2016

Catalogs upon catalogs

Valentine’s Day this week.   Probably two dozen people have commented  on how crazy busy I must be.  Reality check – in my world Valentine’s Day is definitely what I would call a ‘lesser’ holiday.  I have a half dozen or so orders for the holiday, and while more would be lovely, I don’t necessarily expect to be swamped.   While Valentine’s is definitely a chocolate holiday, for me it tends not to be a chocolate-in-gift-baskets holiday.

That said, we did spend the week catching up after the gift show – replying to emails, doing the paperwork, and catalogs.  Oy, do I have catalogs!   I am very old school and I actually read all the paper catalogs that I bring home, sometimes 50 or more.   Sourcing product for clients is a real pleasure for me and having read through a catalog, I can generally recall having seen something and put my hands on the right catalog.  So I invest time in reading through them – and my staff invests time in filing them (thanks Betsy!)

So if you have a project coming up and are looking for something special let me know – I am happy to see if one of my vendors carries it.



(PS. This is the fifth blog I have written this week – the first three were awful and I spared you the pain of reading them and the fourth was a duplicate of last week’s blog.   I know this is late, but it is still this week!  Whew!)

Report from the Gift Show

The title of the blog is a bit misleading, implying that I am away from home.  The reality is that the Chicago Gift Show is on and I am attending for three days (yesterday, today and tomorrow).  Advantages and disadvantages to all things – the local show is small and lightly attended, meaning that while I always find nifty new items, there is not the diversity I would find at a larger show.  The clear advantage is that I am able to be home each evening and keep everything here at HQ running smoothly.  (Ok, that cracks me up.  HQ…)

I am looking at some fun new ideas – Batman looks to be a big up and coming thing, and of course Star Wars and Star Trek continue to be strong.  Dr.Who items are becoming easier and easier to find.   Adult coloring books are being published everywhere – clearly this is the hot trend.    I am going to try to post to Instagram and cross share to my Twitter and FB posts, but the FB post doesn’t always want to work for me….so if you are desperate to see what I find, follow my instagram feed – user name is 79Gifts.

I am always open to new ideas – please let me know if there is something you would like me to look for – I will be checking email regularly!