In my last post I reported that we were going to the Seattle Gift Show and promised to report what we found.
The Seattle gift show continues to grow and was larger than ever –taking up almost all of the huge Washington State Convention Center. There were over 800 companies exhibiting –all wholesale vendors looking for resellers.
You may be turned off by the term gift, but don’t be. Gift in this context is a very generic term. A gift show is actually a small merchandise show. There were sellers of everything from clothing to jewelry, housewares to garden tools and decor, pet items, toys and games, collectibles, all manner of kitchen items including gourmet specialty food suppliers and everything in between.
A show like this is niche market heaven for an eBay seller. There were literally niches within niches that you could explore. If you are really serious about building an eBay business and finding products to sell on eBay, then you will want to get registered and attend a wholesale gift show.
We came home with two bags full of wholesale catalogs and price lists. Most importantly I only ran into one supplier who would not agree to letting us sell online. We found a line of very unique garden fountains from a small manufacturer who will drop ship for us. I found another line of expensive ($100 to $300) framed art prints, who after discussions, offered us the exclusive rights to his product on eBay if we could guarantee a minimum monthly volume –and he also agreed to drop ship for us.
We saw tons of new products –some that interested us and many that didn’t, but it did give us an idea of what the hot product areas will be in the coming year.
Two areas that we noticed were very busy were upscale pet products, pet transporters, pet jewelry and clothing and even pet spa products. The other area was spa, bath and skin care products. There were probably double the number of usual suppliers and their booths were very busy.
Garden art, tools and decor was another hot area. It seems that all the baby boomers are at the point where their kids have finally left home and they are turning to gardening and outdoor entertaining.
January through March is wholesale trade show season, so look for a trade show coming to your area and find the hot products that will let you make money on eBay in the coming year. The next season is August when the trade shows will feature the hot products for the Christmas season.
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