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June 2016 Issues of the Merchandiser Magazine

May 31, 2016 by publisher  
Filed under Back Issues

Merchandiser magazines are available here in digital form. Click on the cover graphic to open each issue.  Read More →

Introducing Kobey’s Summer Night Market

May 20, 2016 by mbrophy  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

by Meaghan Brophy As of June 2nd, Kobey’s Swap Meet will be celebrating Thursdays with a new night market. Due to shopper demand, Kobey’s will be open from 3pm – 8pm every Thursday until September 1st. Kobey’s was founded in 1976 by Monte Kobey at the Midway Drive-In. Originally the market had only 13 vendors and 200 shoppers. In 1980 the market moved to its current location in the San Diego Sports Arena. From there, the swap meet was an overnight success. Now in it’s 40th year, Kobey’s has over 20,000 shoppers each weekend and over... 

iDrink: Carbonation Systems for Every Occasion

May 19, 2016 by mbrophy  
Filed under Supplier Zone

by Meaghan Brophy Douglas Wang founded iDrink in August of 2014 when he partnered with a larger overseas manufacturer who had been in the soda maker business for over 16 years. “We realized that in the home carbonation category there was not a lot of competition and not enough quality products to address consumers’ needs,” explains Wang. “From that realization I took the responsibility of starting iDrink, and promoting iSoda and Drinkmate products.” iSoda The original iSoda is a countertop home carbonation model. It... 

Miami Wholesale Show: A Successful Start to the Season

May 12, 2016 by mbrophy  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

by Meaghan Brophy Miami Wholesale Show recently concluded their first of two trade shows for the 2016 season. The order-writing event ran from April 3 – 5th, 2016 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Show owner Michael Finocchiaro says that the show boasts buyers and exhibitors from over 40 countries including the Caribbean, Central and South American, and Europe. “This show is the major gateway show to Latin America and the Caribbean,” explains Finocchiaro. Although the Miami Wholesale Show is in its 7th year of operation, Finocchiaro... 

How to Switch Off an Irate Customer

May 12, 2016 by luke  
Filed under How-To Zone

by John Tschohl Despite the obnoxious behavior, loud shouting, screeching voices, clenching fists, pointing fingers, red faces and all, most irate customers have a sad message. Most likely they are trying to tell you that they are feeling hurt, ignored, disrespected, unappreciated and unloved. It’s easy to get flustered or upset when you’re confronted with an angry customer; and, if you don’t know how to respond, you can easily make the situation worse. However, when you respond calmly and with empathy, you can stay in control,... 

Unbeatable Deals at Bargain City Galleria Auctions

May 11, 2016 by mbrophy  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

By Meaghan Brophy Bargain City Galleria is a specialty shopping center located in Cumberland, RI. The destination features over 100 unique stores and merchants. Ed Migley, Manager of Bargain City Galleria and Chief Resident Auctioneer of Studio 300, explains “We transitioned a year ago from Big Flea Superstore to Bargain City Galleria. We redid our features, created more storefronts, and built Studio 300.” Studio 300 is a multipurpose stage and theater located in the center of Bargain City. The studio features 18 65-inch TV monitors,... 

Fantastic Indoor Celebrates 27 Years

May 11, 2016 by LisaE  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

by Lisa Evans For 27 years the owners of the Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet have been fostering small business and encouraging entrepreneurs in the Las Vegas area. Located at the corner of West Oakley and South Decatur Blvd, just 2 blocks off of the Vegas Strip, Fantastic Indoor Swap has hundreds of vendors with vibrant booths and business that run the gamut of brand new products and food vendors and concessions of all kinds. New products are delivered weekly to the vendors so the product selections are always fresh. Darla Adams of Fantastic Indoor... 

Rada Cutlery: Exclusive to Independent Sellers

May 11, 2016 by mbrophy  
Filed under Supplier Zone

By Meaghan Brophy Rada Cutlery has been supplying 100% Made In The U.S.A. cutlery and kitchen supplies since 1948. All of their knives and cutlery have a lifetime guarantee. To date, over 145 million pieces have been sold nationwide. Their products are exclusive to independent sellers- meaning they do not wholesale to big box stores or chains. Individuals, flea marketers, owner-operated stores, online sellers, and fair vendors can take advantage of offering this recognizable, in-demand brand. Dan Kielman, VP of Marketing and Sales, says their... 

SJT Introduces Dean Russo Licensed Products

May 6, 2016 by mbrophy  
Filed under Product Zone

by Meaghan Brophy SJT Enterprises, a gift and novelty supplier since 1985, recently acquired licensing of artist Dean Russo. Russo is based out of Brooklyn, NY. He is known for using vibrant colors and bold, abstract patterns to give a unique voice to his favorite subject: animals. SJT is utilizing Russo’s artwork on their best-selling wooden plaques. The plaques are all made in the U.S.A. and 7″ x 10.5″ in size. Wholesale pricing is $4.50 each. “Dean’s artwork is a huge seller on t-shirts and many other products,”... 

Watermelon Festival at Fleamasters

May 5, 2016 by LisaE  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

Fleamasters Fleamarket plans to host their sixth annual Watermelon Festival to celebrate the local crop of watermelons with watermelon-themed activities, music and plenty of old-fashioned, family friendly entertainment in Ft. Myers, FL from May 27 – 29, 2016. This year the market plans a few extra surprises as the market itself is celebrating their 30th year in business. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the season, enjoying all the delights the market has to offer. “We’re challenging folks to come out for the watermelon... 

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