Dallas Market Center reported an increasing number of return buyers and new buyers to its recent September Total Home & Gift Market.
Following an August show that exceeded expectations, the September 23-25 show welcomed 67% of the buyers compared with the previous year — a gain of more than 10% from August. Attendance by home and design buyers was 78% compared with the previous year and attendance by apparel & accessories buyers was more than 90% compared with the previous year.
In addition to a diverse set of buyers, the number of new buyers attending market in Dallas for the first time remained strong, representing 9% of total attendance. Over the last 90 days Dallas Market Center has seen a rapid increase in new buyer applications from across the Central U.S. and attendance from 47 states at trade events and open houses.
“What was uniquely successful about September Market was the opportunity for buyers to take time to conduct serious business before the holidays and the new year,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO. “We saw an impressive number of buyers who may normally visit in the summer plus a surge of new buyers making the decision to visit Dallas