The twice-a-year Las Vegas Market held at the World Market Center in Las Vegas is primarily a home furnishings and home decor marketplace. However many individual showrooms and now an entire show in the Pavilions also sell gift items. The Las Vegas Market, therefore, is called a “cross-category shopping environment”. Marketing materials also describe the Las Vegas Market as “the leading home furnishings and gift market in the western U.S., presenting 4,300+ furniture, home décor and gift resources in an unrivaled market destination”. The dates of the 2019 Summer Market were July 28-August 1.
I have attended the Las Vegas Market several times, but had never seen the “gift” section of the exposition in the Pavilions (the temporary structures on the north end of the property).
This year, the Pavilions and the gift section were my destination, complete with a bus ride across campus and back to pick up a badge and a post-show lost car in the parking garage causing a bit of apprehension as I searched and searched and finally found the car. (Valet parking was no longer available for market visitors.)
The gift items on display in in the Pavilions came from all over the world and seemed, to me, to be higher end items than one may find at several other prominent Las Vegas gift shows.
I strolled the gift aisles with my video camera and could really have stopped at every booth. Pots from the Ukraine, heavenly water bottles “vitalized with gemstones” from Germany, baskets from Africa and shoe laces from Las Vegas — all were there. Buyers at the show were able to purchase their items at wholesale prices. Visitors like me who may have been interested in purchasing just one item were directed to web sites and full retail prices.
The Pavillion gift show runs one day shorter than the rest of the market, and this year, sadly, the air conditioning system in the Pavilions wasn’t working for two of their four days exhibiting.
The World Market Center and the Las Vegas Markets are owned by the International Market Centers (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries.
International Market Centers owns and operates nearly 20 million square feet of exhibition space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta.