City Paper is not for tourists
Aug. 6–9Washington Convention Center
crafts, collectibles, souvenirs, novelties, knickknacks, trinkets, tchotchkes, and kitsch
6,000 retailers in search of the perfect merch
•Gift Basket Boot Camp: Competitive times call for new profit-boosting strategies: Take risks with product style; stage events with celebs, swimsuit models, or gorilla-suited guys holding your baskets; and don’t forget organics, ’tweens, and Web gift showers.
•Made in Gaithersburg! WildFrontier Inc.’s new products included “Dr. Fingy’s Fun & Sassy Resources for the Memory-Challenged”: a “Brain Cell Corral Cap” that creates a barrier against gray-matter leakage, white granny briefs from the “Unforgettable” panty line, and “Notes-to-Self” boxers, complete with fabric marker.
•Memento Magic: A “towel origami” workshop revealed how to twist terry into tantalizing gift containers.
•This I Believe: Session participants learned the Customer Bonding Oath: “On my honor, I will try, to bond with my customers, to listen to their needs, to provide them with a fun place to shop, to never again have a boring sale, to never again take my store for granted and to uphold the universal retail code—when my door is open, you are welcome!”—Rob Tierney