What do three buildings, 55 floors, hundreds of booths and countless products of every possible kind (including an entire floor dedicated to Christmas decorations) add up to? Some may say it’s the greatest shopping mall on Earth. Others may say a labyrinth that only Pan himself could guide you through, but to most it’s simply the AmericasMart Atlanta Gift Show. It may sound overwhelming (just a little, right?), but to the hundreds of buyers that flock to Atlanta every July, it’s a shopper’s paradise.
Braving the heat and learning exactly why it’s called Hotlanta, Abigail Riggs Collection set up shop on the fourth floor of Building 3 for the five day show. Every show is different, with different pieces of the collection being the most popular. In Atlanta, people were constantly stopping to admire our vibrant silk scarves and the First Ladies. At one point, I even began to think that the Nancy Reagan Red First Lady was actually a tractor beam, drawing countless people into our booth to gush over the amazing color and craftsmanship.
Throughout the five days, I was able to connect with many people, introduce our company and spread our message of positivity and empowerment to buyers and exhibitors alike. It was here that I met the women of TIBA NU, a high-end salon and boutique in Nashville, Tennessee. Inspired by our philosophy and captivated by our handbags and scarves, they joined the ARC family and will carry our entire collection beginning this Fall! Check them out here.
The most rewarding part of attending these trade shows is explaining our mission to potential buyers (or just passersby) and seeing the moment it clicks for them and they too begin to connect the next dot. Just knowing that there are more people out there that are aware of who we are and what we do makes every show a success. Of course, I also don’t mind listening to people rave about how beautiful our products are…and it is always entertaining to see Santa waiting in line for a burrito during lunch.
Missed us in Atlanta? No worries…we will be at the ATS shows in NYC Aug 3-5 and Las Vegas Aug 18-20. Come see us and get inspired!