The August 5 Market Wednesday brought buyers to AmericasMart looking for merchandise to fill in between orders placed at the July Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and the upcoming Atlanta Fall Gift & Home Furnishings Market September 12-14.
More than 100 exhibitors across all buildings and product centers offered Market Wednesday specials via the “Hot Sheet” that’s distributed to buyers at registration desks. Specials ranged from no minimums to free shipping or discounted freight to percentage discounts to gifts with purchase deals.
Exhibitors on the two Living. Outdoor/Indoor. The Gardens. floors in Building 2 WestWing offered more than 25 special offers and incentives. “I’ve been busy since we opened the gates. I’ve written some orders, sold samples and handed out catalogs. It’s been a productive day,” says Sandy Keen, showroom manager on Floor 9. One retailer from Destin, Fla., started buying for a new store today and plans to add more from the product center during September Market.
Buyers shopped favorite showrooms across the campus but also ventured into new territory. Many showrooms report opening new accounts. “We’ve been fairly busy today,” says Liz Lacy of DHR & Co. on Floor 15 of Building 2. “We’ve even had several new accounts writing orders.”
At Winward International on Floor 17 of Building 1, showroom manager Jackie Harrelson-Gray says they’ve had a good mix of sample shoppers and regular buyers – even some brand new accounts, so it was a busy day.
Belinda Fant, showroom manager of Ambella Home Collection on Floor 14 of Building 1, reports quite a bit of interior designer traffic with a mix of new buyers and regular customers.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the September Market as well as the Atlanta Fall Immediate Delivery Show on October 27-29 and the next Market Wednesday on Dec. 2. There’s always something happening at AmericasMart Atlanta!