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Zoltar the Fortune Teller

Zoltar the Fortune Teller – we were offered no proof that Zoltar has magical powers.

There’s a little bit of a retro trend that we’re seeing in the market this year, including gifts and collectibles reflective of the 50s and 60s, Victorian style furniture, a bit more lace in clothes.  It’s not a huge wave of change by far, but there’s certainly something about nostalgia out there.

Nostalgia also included movie memorabilia, ranging from modern day blockbusters to old classics and a lot of big names in between.  Hollywood is definitely not dead when it comes to merchandising, even if movie ticket sales have been trending down.  Star Wars was huge this year.  And Frozen is still very popular.

There’s also a lot of humor coming up in signage.  Art prints and posters in 2’ by 3’ size are more prominent and are definitely designed to make you stop, read and laugh.

 

Send More Tourists

Send More Tourists

Every Bite You Take

Every Bite You Take

 

 

Minion

Minion

 

There’s also more nontraditional statuary art out there.  Oversized, uncommon materials, but without a doubt, trending popular themes.

We don’t normally carry the unusual merchandise you see in this post, but if you fall in love with any of the wackadoodle items you see, just give us a yell.  We know people.

A Weekend at the Mart

We head out to merchandise and consumer shows on a regular basis to see what’s trending in the market and what manufacturers are getting ready for the coming season.  One of our favorite shows is the Rocky Mountain Gift Show, not only because it’s local, but also because of the broad cross spectrum of the retail market that it attracts.

Rocky Mountain Gift Show

Rocky Mountain Gift Show

The Rocky Mountain Gift Show brings together retail, tourism, jewelry, gift markets, home goods, apparel and many other specialty niches.  The fare ranges from things you’re afraid to touch to things you’re afraid to put down.  And that’s really the excitement of the market.  Not everyone wants taxidermied still life or human-sized animatronic manikins, but there’s also plenty of cute and cuddly that spans the show, as well as down to Earth and functional.

From cute...

From cute…

...to creepy.

…to creepy.

Saturday night the show hosts a banquet for all buyers and exhibitors, showcasing the fashions for the coming season.

Season fashions, courtesy of the Denver Mart.

Season fashions, courtesy of the Denver Mart.

The show is five days long.  It can probably stand to be a few days longer.  It’s hard to hit all of the vendors in this short a time.  We’ll show off some of the cool stuff we’ve seen in the next few days.

Happy Groundhog Day!

It’s tradition after all these years that once our Colorado prognosticator, Stormy Marmot, gives his Groundhog Day weather statement, we share it with our friends.

Groundhog Day 2016

Stormy Marmot predicts an early spring!

Once again Stormy is predicting an early spring.  We really have no objections to this as being snowed in does impact the retail world.

You can see Stormy’s full prediction at is site, Marmot Adventures.

Happy Groundhog Day!

And don’t forget, if you want to take on the weathermen, all you really need is your own marmot or groundhog!  We’re here to help you get started.