Toronto Gift Fair – Sourcing new merchandise for Above & Beyond

Do you ever wonder where all of the stuff in our store comes from? We source most of it from a trade show!
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Twice a year, we head to Toronto to shop the Toronto Gift Fair. “For more than 25 years, it has attracted an international audience of buyers who [go] to network, conduct business, see new trends, celebrate innovation and engage in new business opportunities with the Canadian manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, distributors and suppliers who exhibit [there]”. For us at Above & Beyond Home Decor, it provides us an amazing opportunity to access new suppliers and order new merchandise from our favourite suppliers.

We love the Toronto fair because it allows us to source Canadian companies for our store. We think it’s important to be able to bring you products from Canadian companies – such as Mercana and Cuddle Down.

We also love to go to the show because it provides such insight into the current and upcoming design trends. Did you know that we buy for Christmas right after Christmas – at the January show? Everyone assumes that the show is tons of fun – and it certainly is exciting – but it’s a lot of work too! We have five days to shape the merchandise of our store for the next six months. It’s a lot of walking and a lot of decisions! What is the best way to incorporate this new trend into our merchandise? Is this something our customers would want? What colour stories will be incorporated into our merchandising next season? What are we missing? Will this new supplier fill a gap in our store? When should this order be shipped?

This time next week we will be in Toronto looking for beautiful new merchandise for our store. We’re excited to go and so excited to share what we find with you guys.

Before we leave, we would really love to hear from you! What are you looking for? What is our store missing? Please let us know. Comment on our Facebook post or come in and visit us before we leave at the end of this week. Talk to you soon!

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