DALLAS — All signs point to success for the first event of the summer at the Dallas Market Center, the summer edition of the Total Home & Gift Market, to be held June 23–29. New buyer applications and registration is up more than 50% over previous years, with many visitors expected to travel from outside of the geographic region to attend. The first market of the summer will also feature dozens of new showrooms and an expanded marketplace of “temp neighborhoods,” including vintage/home/antiques and artisanal/handmade/fair trade.
“Confidence is high as the number of buyers choosing Dallas as their exclusive market destination continues to climb and as more brands join the most dynamic marketplace in the U.S. We are confident that the June show will help buyers easily, efficiently and safely discover what they need to help their business thrive,” said Cindy Morris, President and CEO of Dallas Market Center.
The Center is home to more than 1,000 permanent showrooms, with product collections including gift and home, housewares and gourmet, and holiday and floral. Among the new showrooms is American Made Collective, featuring original art made in the U.S., while some existing showrooms are expanding, like Unique Loom, which is almost doubling its square footage.
The Temps at Total Home & Gift Market, which runs June 23-26, will present hundreds of new and returning exhibitors in four different locations.
During the June show, GC Buying Group will hold its Member Conference, an annual event that attracts retailers from across the country to review new products from leading vendors, attend presentations from industry experts and network among peers. Another June highlight will be the Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards, which recognize exceptional makers in the gourmet products industry.
In addition to the Total Home and Gift Market, other events at the Dallas Market Center this summer include Apparel & Accessories Market (June 15-18); Lightovation: Dallas International Lighting Show (June 23-26); and KidsWorld (June 23-29).