National Backpack Awareness Day

Did you know that the first backpack was invented back in 1938! 30 years later lightweight nylon backpacks were introduced, expanding the use of backpacks from being used primarily as a tool for outdoor recreation to the wide spread use of backpacks among students.

In 2001, the American Occupational Therapy Association launched the country’s first ever event dedicated to backpacks and safety. National Backpack Awareness Day is geared towards ensuring students wear their backpacks safely, as improper use can lead to back pain or injury.

Today, backpacks are becoming a popular work bag and fashion accessory among women! Compared to traditional tote bags or purses, backpacks distribute weight more evenly, making them comfortable to carry commuting and to meetings.

Despite trends in handbags decreasing over the last year, backpack sales continue to grow!

Fashion meets function, at its finest!

Shop these featured backpacks and more 24/7!

1 – TGB: Ava Travel Backpack. 2 – Consuela, Sophie Backpack. 3 – Tag, Unicorn Backpack. 4 – C&F, Sonnet Backpack. 5 – Consuela, Guadalupe Backpack. 6 – TGB, Lupe Double Sided Backpack.

Father’s Day Spending Statistics, Trends, and Products We Love!

The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1920. However, it wasn’t until 1972 that Father’s Day become a nationwide holiday – falling on the third Sunday in June. This year Father’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday June 16th.

75% of American’s plan to celebrate Father’s Day this year. While the majority of Father’s Day gifts are gifted to a Father or Stepfather, 28% of Father’s Day gifts are given to husbands, 9% given to sons, and 6% given to brothers.

Total retail sales are projected to be $12 Billion. Gift givers ages 18-34 spend the most on Father’s Day gifts, averaging $159/per person.

Father’s Day gifts range from gift cards to tools to personal care items. We’ve put together 10 gift ideas we love that dad will appreciate and actually use!

1. Ivanhoe 24 Black Camo Duffle Cooler (Corkcile) 2. Dad Hat (Pavilion Gift) 3. Everyday Beer Bottle Opener (Foreside) 4. Copper Mercantile Cocktail Mug (Tag) 5. Beer & Pizza Socks (Pavilion Gift) 6. Bottoms Up Bottle Opener (Grasslands Road) 7. Stanton Triple Server (Pomeroy) 8. Dad the Legend Mug (Pavilion Gift) 9. Walnut Wood Tumbler (Corkcile) 10. Water Bottle Bag Set (Ever Ellis)

 

 

Mother’s Day Spending Statistics, Trends, and Products We Love!

Every spring millions of people in the United States flock to retail stores for one simple reason – Mom!

Mother’s Day falls on May 12th this year (the second Sunday in May) and is one of only a handful of holidays that is celebrated internationally. Mother’s Day is the third largest retail holiday in the Untied States, only behind the winter holidays and back-to-school season.

In 2018, 86% of Americans celebrated Mother’s Day and spent an average of $186/per person. Gift givers ages 35-44 spent even more, averaging $224/per person! Total retail sales in 2018 for Mother’s Day were over $23 Billion!

People from every walk of life are looking ways to spoil their beloved mothers and other important female figures (stepmothers, mother-in-laws, wives, sisters, aunts, daughters, and friends) in their lives with cards, flowers, and gifts!

Today’s moms are showered with a wide range of gifts – jewelry, music, books, gardening tools, housewares, clothing, personal services (spa), consumables (brunch, lunch, or dinner)!

1. Rose Gold Tres Volte Necklace
2. Eola Bucket – Rose Quartz
3. Mother Like no other Mug
4. Flying Faith by Lesley Grainger, Canvas Wall Art
5. Tried & True Full Assortment
6. Ryder Earrings – multi-colored
7. Best Mom Ever Floral Stainless Drink Tumbler
8. Volcano Rainbow Watercolor Jar Candle
9. Gold Marta Zip Pouch
10. Canvas Tote Bag- Cool Mom

See What’s Hot At the Las Vegas Gift & Home Market

Twice a year, thousands of retailers and designers come to Las Vegas Market to see what’s new, what’s hot, and to get ahead of trends for the coming seasons.

Plan to attend July 30th-Aug 3rd, 2017 and you will find an incredible array of new resources at the “Fastest-Growing Gift & Home Decor Market in the US!”

The full spectrum of categories are here – general gift, tabletop, lifestyle, housewares, gourmet, seasonal, lighting, furniture, home décor, spa, toy, jewelry, inspirational, textile, vintage, trend, stationery and so much more providing literally thousands of reasons to attend the Las Vegas Market July 30th-Aug 3rd, 2017.

Since its launch in the Summer of 2005, Las Vegas Market has become the most comprehensive furniture, home décor and gift market in the Western United States. The campus is comprised of three interconnected buildings and a temporary exhibit facility called the Pavilions, encompassing 40 floors and 5 million sq ft.

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Ivystone and CMA have quickly settled into their prime location of 45,000 sq ft, in Building C #696 & #691 . Check out the newest Ivystone Las Vegas Showroom Book Here for amazing products to help your retail store success in 2017/2018!

Make an appointment to work with your Ivystone and CMA sales professional at market or in store now.

Viva Las Vegas Market!

Find an Incredible Array of New Resources at the Fastest-Growing Gift & Home Decor Market in the US!

The full spectrum of categories are here – general gift, tabletop, lifestyle, housewares, gourmet, seasonal, lighting, furniture, home décor, spa, toy, jewelry, inspirational, textile, vintage, trend, stationery and so much more providing literally thousands of reasons to attend the Las Vegas Market January 22-26, 2017.

Since its launch in the Summer of 2005, Las Vegas Market has become the most comprehensive furniture, home décor and gift market in the Western United States. The campus is comprised of three interconnected buildings and a temporary exhibit facility called the Pavilions, encompassing 40 floors and 5 million sq ft!     Ivystone_LasVegas_Showroom_LookBook_Jan2017

Ivystone quickly settled into their prime location of 45,000 sq ft, in Building C #696. Check out the newest Las Vegas Showroom Book Here

Please “Mess With Texas” at the Dallas World Trade Center Market

The World Trade Center is the tallest building on the Dallas Market Center campus. Originally opened in 1974, it was expanded from 7 to 15 floors in 1979, totaling 3.1 million square feet. Nine of its floors house showrooms of gifts, decorative accents, lighting, furniture, rugs, textiles, fabric, jewelry, toys and design furnishings.

Plan on visiting the Ivystone Showroom #236 in the Dallas World Trade Center

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View our beautiful new Ivystone Dallas Showroom Look Book for more inspiration for your retail establishment.

What Is Pantone’s Color Of The Year 2017?

The color of the year is a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

For 2017 Pantone has selected the color Greenery | PANTONE #15-0343| pantone-color-of-the-year-lee-eiseman-quote

Nature’s neutral, PANTONE Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

Learn more at Pantone.com

Atlanta Gift & Home Market – Lights, Products, Action….What a Show!

For those who attended Atlanta AmericaMart Gift & Home show you surely witnessed the energy,the abundance of great products, and most definitely the certainly the positive energy buzzing throughout this awesome trade market.  For those of you not able to attend, here is a photo recap-from fashion, to function to just plain fun, Ivystone customers, reps and vendors had it all going on!

 

State of Retail 2016- Timetrade Report

TimeTrade recently conducted a survey of 5,444 consumers, asking in-depth questions regarding their perceptions and behaviors around retail shopping.

TimeTrade also surveyed 100 senior-level decision makers in retail, asking about their plans for customer experience.

What TimeTrade’s research reveals is that consumers still look to the in-store experience to make final purchasing decisions, except now their expectation for customer service is set even higher. For example, 85% of consumers report that if they try on clothes in a dressing room and find they need a different size, but no associate is available, they would consider abandoning the dressing room and leaving the store altogether.  CustomerService_V2

When asked to rank what they value most when shopping in a retail store, consumers choose “Prompt service” as their top priority followed by “A personalized experience” and “Smart recommendations.”

To learn more about “The State of Retail 2016” fill out this request form to download the report from Timetrade.

Our 20 Billion Dollar Day of Love (Infographic)

Valentine’s Day has surpassed the football craze with total spending set to hit a record $19.7 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Some 54.8 percent of Americans celebrated the holiday this year, with candy, greeting cards and an evening out at the top of the gift list.

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