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Everything retailers need to know when it comes to the winter and summer gift markets!2016 Gift Market Schedule MelroseWe’ve made it to 2016 and with it comes all the excitement of another show season. From amazing displays in the showrooms to up-and-coming trends in the temporaries this year will not disappoint! Below we’ve gathered up key market dates, as well as January 2016 show highlights, in one quick reference for you.

The Melrose team reports back on what’s hot at market for 2015!Hot home and gift product of 2015Hot home and gift product of 2015 After the whirlwind of the Atlanta and Dallas markets, our Melrose team members are reporting back on the top trends they've seen so far. Right off the gate we’re seeing Gold as a trending color. Chalkboard continues to gain in popularity. Cardinals are a surprise hit in traditional and new, more realistic LED candles are outpacing the older “flat” LED style from years past. Read on for a recap of each, to find out what you need to know!

While Chicago will always be in our hearts, Melrose is making a change.  Sweet Home Chicago Sweet Home Chicago It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that, as the winter 2014 market season ends, so will our time in Chicago. After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to close our showroom in the Merchandise Mart and focus on growing our business at our other showrooms across the country. We'd like to thank our Chicago customers for their support over the past 18 years in which we’ve have been showing at the Merchandise Mart. From our first show in our cozy 1,000 square foot showroom in January 1996 to the beautiful 6,000 square foot space we have today, it has been a time of growth and great memories for Melrose. And, we didn’t achieve this growth alone. It is because of our wonderful customers, dedicated reps, and the talented people of the Chicago Gift Market, that we have had such success in the Windy City.

The results are in! We’re sharing the top selling items from the Atlanta Show with you, in this blog and on Pinterest!  Best selling items from the Atlanta market can be found on our PinterestBest selling items from the Atlanta market can be found on our Pinterest It’s common for retailers to wonder what’s trending in the gift industry. What do customers want? What are other buyers selecting? And, following sales at the Atlanta Gift & Home Show, we can help answer those questions by sharing some of our top sellers with you!

Straight from the Melrose experts! Gain pro-tips from years of markets, so that you can shop worry free.

Melrose At the America's Market, January 2014Melrose At the America's Market, January 2014

Every year, we travel to our show destinations to bring you the best in home décor! All year long we prepare for the shows and during each show, we are constantly working to improve your experience! All this traveling has given us a hit list of market must do’s and must don’ts—all here for you to review before you travel to the January shows.

Everything you need to know about attending the January Shows! Melrose Winter Show dates Melrose is looking forward to winter show season—we’re launching amazing new product, perfecting our show giveaways, and our reps are busy practicing their best smiles (ok, they are really learning all the new product to be ready to share it with you, but they will be smiling when they do it!). To help YOU get ready for the shows we’ve compiled a listing of each show that includes dates and a hit list of need-to-know information. Read on, and when you’re ready, contact your Melrose rep to make an appointment or schedule me online at www.melroseintl.com/appointment.

Melrose is now offering iPad shopping as part of the buying experience in the showroom and beyond…Melrose uses iPads in the showroom for POS assistanceMelrose uses iPads in the showroom for POS assistance When they came out, iPads were seen as a toy for sending email, checking Facebook, and online shopping. Now though, they are making their way into the retail space—and changing things in big ways.  You can pay for your apples with a credit card at a Farmer’s Market thanks to POS systems like the Square.  And, since last March, you can use an iPad in the Melrose showroom when you’re shopping at the show.