Retailers looking to update their inventory can find items from back-to-school to baby at the city's largest trade show underway at the Javits Center. NY1's Roger Clark filed this report.
Tara Riceberg calls herself the curator of happiness. She is looking for unique items to seek at her Los Angeles gift shop called Tweak and website bestgiftstoreever.com.
"The things that I'm attracted to are things that make your life more convenient, things that make you smarter, and things that make you smile," says Riceberg.
If you've ever wondered how new products find their way into stores, the answer is here. Riceberg is one of the estimated 25,000 retailers visiting the NY Now trade show at the Javits Center. The five-day event runs through Wednesday, and features 100,000 home and lifestyle products from 2,600 companies. It's like one giant Shopping Channel—but for store owners and buyers.
"It's open to retailers that are either brick and mortar. They could be national chains, specialty gift, online retailers, catalogs, even mall kiosk operators that are coming to buy product for their business to resale," says Scott Kramer.
Coming to the twice a year show has paid off for Scott Freeman: his Huntington Beach, California based business makes soap and we are not talking Ivory here.
"Well as a small business it gives us an ability to show our product to customers all over the east coast and people from all over the world come to the NY Now show," says Freeman.
Walter and Margeaux Kent have also had success with their Peg and Awl line out of Philadelphia, which makes products out of reclaimed materials.
"Meeting retailers, meeting press is really great too. And meeting other makers too has been amazing as well," says Walter Kent.
The show also honors the best new products through a public vote on its Facebook page. Randi Mohr showed me some including a bottle opener that you can use with just one hand, though I had a little trouble with it. There is also a nifty two-sided knife that cuts and spreads.
"It really combines two tools that you have in the kitchen, and this is by Berti, so this is a great example of combining two functions and making easier for you in your home," Mohr says.
The show is trade only so it's not open to the public, but there's a good chance everyone will be seeing these products on store shelves in time for the holiday shopping season.