Last week was the LA Gift Show for wholesale buyers. Although the show is really getting smaller and smaller each year (the Las Vegas show is gaining ground), I still like to go to search for something new for my website. Plus, since I have been going there or working there for about 10 years, I know a lot of people and welcome the chance to visit with them.
Back to my search- I’m always on the lookout for new or unusual cat items, or products that you can’t find everywhere. That’s really hard these days with all the cat web sites and major store chains around, but I get lucky sometimes. The last find I had was the “Squaredy Cats”- Square shaped cats with a message. (Check them out on my site).
One find- some adorable cat kitchen items such as guest tea towels, spoon rests and mugs. The clincher for me for buying this line is because they donate a portion of their proceeds to the WSPA. The line featured 4 styles of cats. I’m starting out with the ever popular tuxedo cat and a personal favorite, the orange tabby.
Another find- in the craft section of the show I met an artist creating cat and dog art on jewelry, greeting cards and night lights. Since all the designs are her art, they will be a unique item to carry. I really enjoyed talking with her and hearing her story of how she got started and about her life. I’m happy to give my support to another small business woman!
These were my two main finds this time, although I’m looking into a line of pillows that can be personalized and also adding some Hello Kitty to my site (another personal favorite).
If you have any requests on certain products, feel free to comment or email me. I’m open to new ideas!