Buyers Flock to 2016 Winter Las Vegas Market

Daria Knowles began making decorative velvet pumpkins for friends and today has a thriving business, Hot  Squash by Daria.  (The stems are real; the crystals are by Swarovski.)  She had a large display at The Las Vegas Market and was on hand personally to answer questions.
Daria Knowles began making decorative velvet pumpkins for friends and today has a thriving business, Hot Squash by Daria. (The stems are real, the crystals are by Swarovski.) She had a large display at The Las Vegas Market and was on hand personally to answer questions.
Photo by Diane Taylor

It’s simply called “Las Vegas Market”. The name does not mean a place to purchase bananas and oranges. “Las Vegas Market” is the name given by Market Centers, L.P. (IMC) for its twice-a-year displays of wholesale furniture, home decor and gift items for retail and design buyers.

Some of the sellers at Las Vegas Market have permanent showrooms at the World Market Center, a complex adjacent to Symphony Park in Las Vegas. Other sellers rent spaces specifically for the shows. Media representatives were told after the Jan 24-28 show that leasing activity for the 2016 Winter Las Vegas Market was the highest in five years and overall attendance hit an all-time high. Exact attendance numbers were not available, but informal estimates put attendance at more than 50,000 people.

Retailers and designers came from all 50 states and 77 countries, exploring the 40 floors of the three main buildings as well as the two temporary pavilions at the far end of the property. Products on display included a broad assortment of furniture, mattresses, lighting, decorative accessories, floor coverings, home textiles, tabletop items, general gift items and more.

I have attended the Las Vegas Market in the past, but this is the first time I have seen so many gift and home decor items on display, an expanded focus of the Las Vegas Market. Exhibitor John Corers, Senior Vice-President of Menus and Music Productions, told me that the big gift shows in the U.S. were formerly in New York, then Atlanta, but “Las Vegas is stealing the thunder from all of them. This show will be the best gift show in America.” One of the reasons Corers likes The Las Vegas Market is that his is a permanent display. He can leave his display in his showroom all year until the next show — no moving in and out.

Local furniture builder, Somers Furniture, built the lounge furniture for HGTV's Property Brothers' home in Las Vegas. The company's marketing information at The Las Vegas Market featured this photo.   Photo ourtesy of Somers Furniture
Local furniture builder, Somers Furniture, built the lounge furniture for HGTV’s Property Brothers’ home in Las Vegas. The company’s marketing information at The Las Vegas Market featured this photo.
Photo courtesy of Somers Furniture

The attached video will give viewers an idea of how the market works, with showroom after showroom displaying products that are available for sale to buyers. Lots of walking is involved, but fortunately time-out seating is available. Shuttle buses are available to bring buyers and exhibitors to and from the World Market Center and to and from the pavilion area. Breakfast foods are available free for early-arrivers. Places are available in each building for luggage check. Outdoor seating with warming fire pits helps informal conversation. An on-premises half-price show tickets booth provides access to evening entertainment as well.

The next Las Vegas Market will be July 31-Aug. 4.

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