If it is your first time at one of these gigantic gift shows (the above hall is just one of several) like the Dallas Market Center — as it was for us this weekend — you might find yourself with more questions than answers. Such as:
Where do all these shiny plastic handbags actually come from?
Is there a remaining surface that does not carry the cheerfully stoic British WWII slogan ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’?
Might the population of small decorative birds now outnumber those found in the wild?
Ok, yes, we’re being a little naughty. Because underneath all the crazy color combos and bedazzlement, there is a fascinating range of products to be found, and it’s truly impressive to see first-hand the gears of American consumerism grinding away, despite the economic insecurities.
But there is one serious question we want to answer immediately: why were we there? We are delighted to announce that — drumroll — J. Falkner Cards have been signed by a very prestigious sales rep group, . Starting with this show in Dallas (and also one in Chicago), we will now be represented by their sterling group of sales people in approximately a dozen states, from the Midwest through to Texas.
It was a thrill to see our cards (above), beaming under the bright lights in Daniel*Richards chic, airy showroom. And we were privileged to meet a wonderful group of reps that will be out on the road, shopping our wares.
Daniel*Richards have a great roster of paper lines, from (home to the Jonathan Adler and Lily Pulitzer lines), to retail favorites like and . And now … J. Falkner!
Some snapshots from the show: A beachy color palette from Two’s Company (above) appealed to us. It made us wonder if maybe a white sailfish could be just the thing for our office, too.
If it’s Christmas in January, it must be a gift show. But somehow all this Christmas cheer — and imagine hallways full of displays like this (above) — makes us feel a little hungover.
But what’s not to like about the vivid charm of these handcrafted items (above)? And that, we suppose, is the spirit of adventure to be found at these shows: row upon row of obvious merchandise, and then spots of the sincere and charming.