Gift vendors report mostly positive experience at Unite 2016, although some didn’t like the reduced time on the floor because of the lunchtime General Sessions.
John McKinney, president of Swanson Christian Products, said the show had been “busy.”
“We’ve had a lot of customers and we’re hoping that we wrote a lot of orders, so we’ll find that out when we get back home,” said McKinney, who also pointed out that “setup was a piece of cake.”
One of Swanson’s most popular products at the show was a line of fashion purses suitable for carry computer tablets but mainly designed for women who have conceal carry permits.
“In today’s environment of concealed carry usage among the general public, the addition of a significant selection of Christian themed concealed carry purses is intriguing to us as distributors,” McKinney said in an earlier press release. “Is this a product that our retailers, and more importantly their customers will embrace? We believe it is.”
Carpentree was pleased with the interest buyers showed toward its new line.
“We’ve had a lot of new excitement over the Faith Collection line,” said Jordan Hobson, vice president of sales and marketing. “We just acquired that company at the end of September last year. We’ve got both Faith Collection and Carpentree under one roof in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We’ve purchased a new, 50,000-square-foot facility. We’ve got both companies shipping under one roof. We’ve had a lot of customers to our resin crosses and our new embellished canvases that Carpentree has released, so we’re looking forward to continuing that exposure and furthering the work that we’re doing in bringing people to Christ. It’s been a great show, and we’re looking forward to next year.”