Prep For Market Like A Pro

Prep For Market Like A Pro

The CTW Home Collection Must-Do List for Market

Whether you are an owner or buyer of a small, medium or large retailer, or an interior designer or event planner, going to Market each year is KEY to your success in order to stay on top of trends, discover the latest products and find innovative new ideas to keep your store or business relevant.

Here is the CTW Home Collection’s guide on how to strategize your way through Market

Plan Out the Markets You Want to Attend

Early on, plan out which events you need to attend throughout the year. Space them out and give yourself some breathing space in between. You will come back from each event with new, exciting ideas, products, and a slew of new contacts to follow-up with.

Be Prepared

Book Your Travel

If traveling from outside the area, book your travel plans well in advance to get the best deals. Be smart about locating a hotel nearby Market so that you aren't spending hours in the car. In fact, the closer you are, you can taxi, Uber or Lyft your way to Market to avoid any parking hassles.

If you do plan to drive to Market, make sure you set your GPS in advance and know where to park. Find out if you can buy a parking pass online beforehand.

Pack an extra bag, because you will likely come back with lots of fun, free swag from Market!

Print Out Your Badges Early

If possible, get your attendee badge ahead of time to save you long lines and hassle at Market. Once you register online, some Markets send you a QR Code, which you can then take with you to any of the convenient Scan & Go kiosks at Market to print your badge, which is helpful.

Make a List of Vendors to Visit

Review the show guide well in advance. Take the time to review the exhibitor list, read their profiles or look them up online, and mark which interest you or will benefit your business the most. Make sure CTW Home Collection is on your list!

Plan out the events or seminars you want to attend at Market

Nearly every market has various seminars and or special events for attendees. These sessions typically feature guest speakers — celebrity or industry professionals. These invaluable sessions will teach you the latest trade tech and trends to run your business.

Plan Where to Eat in Advance

Fueling up at Market is essential. Find the eateries on site and know where you plan to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

TIP: You can discover TONS of free food fare at Market — you just need to look. CTW Home Collection holds FREE breakfast, lunches, appetizers and drinks on various days. Follow us on Facebook to be in the know!

Check out our Gift Shows page to find out where CTW Home Collection will be at in 2019. Be sure to stop by our booth!

More Gift Show events will be announced on our site throughout the year. Stay tuned!

Don't forget to check out the website for each Market. Most have terrific planning guides.

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— CTW Home Collection

CTW Home Collection is a unique designer, importer, and distributor of retro, BOHO, farmhouse and vintage-inspired wares for the home. We carry a wide variety of attractively priced wholesale home decor and gift items. Stop by our showroom booth at upcoming Market events to learn more and be inspired!