Gifts from Handpicked at the Spring Fair, NEC Birmingham 1st - 6th February 2020
Tuesday, 11 February 2020 | Charlotte
The Spring Fair is the UK’s sourcing marketplace - connecting retailers, exhibitors and marketers. There are lots of carefully edited show sectors, including Jewellery & Watch, Greetings and Gift, Home, Kitchen & Dining, Childrens Gifts and Toys, Garden and lots more! With 2,500 UK and international exhibitors showing what they have to offer we certainly had a lot of walking to do.
We visited around 6 halls throughout the day finding our existing suppliers and browsed others as we walked around. We added to our ever-popular suppliers hoping these will be a great addition to our ranges. We love the relationships we make with our suppliers and that we are able to see what's new and on offer each year at the Spring Fair.
After a coffee to get us ready for the long day, we set off in the search of any brands that jumped out to us. Putting names to faces at the stands throughout the day was great, it was lovely to meet people we email most days. Seeing our suppliers new products displayed like a shop was great, if only our warehouse looked so organised and colour coordinated - watch this space!
We found some lovely new Bits at the Sass & Belle stand, adding to our popular collection of decorations. Keep your eyes peeled for some new themes emerging for 2020 Christmas...yes CHRISTMAS!
We headed to Widdop for a quick refuel (free drinks and sweets are a no brainer, must haves for an energy boost for all the walking we did). We browsed the new ranges, some great mens ranges to come soon! We loved their colourful, organised displays, take a look at this gorgeous birthdays range we are adding to. With new Disney themed ranges and baby too their stand definitely gave us some ideas to add to our ever popular Disney mug range!
We then visited United Odd Socks as we heard they’d got some new socks in!! We chatted about all sorts of funny sock sets and even saw their new CHRISTMAS, yes Christmas in February!!, sets which we can’t wait for. Always a laugh to be had with the United Odd Socks staff.
Time for food...the best part of the day! There’s loads of food stalls at the show dotted all around. We went for this amazingness! Sat and browsed the catalogue and devised out next plan of action and how to get to the stalls we wanted to see.
We visited Wrendale designs who are also from Lincolnshire so a local business for us. We just can't get over their amazing display and huge range, always bringing out new designs and art work. We added to over ever growing range and oh wow it's amazing!
Gisela Graham and Heaven Sends displayed their homeware, Christmas and Easter ranges and we were able to see some items we’d ordered ready for Easter 2020!! Their stalls are like a show homes, all displayed and set out so nice. And again, more fuel stops of free biscuits and drinks.
We were able to walk round the Sil stall and scan all the lovely homeware pieces we liked, creating a wish list that we can purchase when we find the room... our warehouse needs an extension.
We visited lots of brands throughout the day and could see the trend of bee's emerging through the various ranges with our suppliers. We already stock a large range of bumble bee decorations and gifting ideas which we can't wait to add onto.
We can’t wait to get all our new products listed in time for Easter and Mother’s Day which are out next big occasions. A successful day all round, apart from the M6 toll we accidently ended up on the way home and the tired feet after all the walking!!