Notes From the Road, Spring 2014 (Final)

From the road…

After Turkey we flew back to Germany and did some business there too.

In summary, we were in 6 different countries in 10 days – it felt a bit like the movie “Around the World in 80 Days!” We’ve ended our journey back in familiar China – traveling on the new railway system here that has finally connected the most northern parts of China with the southernmost city where our offices are located.  Hungary II_NFTR

Our next release is going to be full of new surprises for everyone! Thank you all for allowing us to do what we love to do – you inspire us to keep creating!”

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the summer markets!

From the road… Tamra!

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Notes From the Road, Spring 2014 (Part 4)

From the road…

“We met a new friend, Ahmet, and his family – they are third generation rug weavers. I never knew there was so much to know about rugs! The best weavers in Turkey live in remote villages mainly in the regions of Anatolia. When working in the workshops that weave these intricate rugs, Ahmet and his family also gather and purchase old items from these remote villages. Kilim_NFTR

Kilim Rugs – these rugs are amazing and are true masterpieces! Their ages range from 80 – 100 years old! Kilim rugs are used as a way to communicate in many of these remote villages. Kilim rugs are like a language: people write about their dreams of being married, acceptance of marriage, future children as well as other wishes and dreams.  Read more »

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Notes From the Road, Spring 2014 (Part 3)

From the road…

The people we met along the way were amazing characters – each with their own story. Hungary is rich in history and they are not shy to tell you all about it!

We stopped at so many places and each time we stopped we found a new bread bowl or an old wheat sack with the family’s initials on the outside.

It was truly a unique experience and we hope our customers will enjoy the finds and the effort that went into hunting them down!

Then, because it simply was logical as it too ended in “y,” we were off to Istanbul, Turkey. In an hour and a half you can really be somewhere different! The world is amazing – Istanbul is HUGE – exotic and full of life! I used to think Europe was old until I wandered the streets and ruins found in Istanbul. There is no end to the shopping you can find there, but we had our sights on some old things as often old is better – it comes with a story.

Stay tuned to hear more about Istanbul, Turkey. We can’t wait to share our new release with you at the summer markets!

From the road… Tamra

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Notes From the Road, Spring 2014 (Part 2)

From the road…

“Who goes to Hungary the end of January? I now know not a lot of people it was freezing! What a beautiful country when it’s covered in snow, though. We saw a lot of the country in 5 days.

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Hungary’s a very small country – about half the size of my home state of Oregon. We gathered some amazing found items that we will be introducing during the summer markets! Read more »

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Notes From the Road, Spring 2014 (Part 1)

Before the shows were over a small group of three from Creative Co-Op headed out for quite a journey!

About every three years the Creative Co-Op product development team plans a longer than usual trip that includes hunting for antiques or rare finds – inspirational food that leads to inspirational items.

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24th Annual ARTS Awards

Thank you to our Facebook friends at the Dallas Market Center (http://www.facebook.com/dallasmarketcenter) for posting imagery capturing the excitement the evening of the 24th Annual ARTS Awards. Below is our President, Robert Wang, accepting Creative Co-Op’s 2nd consecutive ARTS Award for Home Accents. Thank you to all of our customers as you are truly the inspiration for what we do!

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Learn More About Licensed Artist Leigh Standley of Curly Girl Design, Inc.!

Leigh Standley is the artist, writer and owner of Curly Girl Design, Inc. In its ten years, Curly Girl Design and Leigh’s line of clever and colorful greeting cards and art have taken the industry by delightful storm.

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The iPad 3 Winner from the Dallas Trade Mart!

Creative Co-Op congratulates Erica of Erica’s Eclectic Mix in Englewood, CO on winning an iPad 3 from the Creative Co-Op showroom at the Dallas Trade Mart!

Erica with her brand new iPad 3!

“Up to my eyeballs in boxes, but my new iPad helps me through! Thanks Creative Co-Op for such a great prize, I look forward to opening all my new goodies and carrying your wonderful gift line,” says Erica. “I am doing a ‘Bluebird of Happiness’ theme going into the holidays, my new iPad really makes me HAPPY! So I’m off to a great start!”

Creative Co-Op is happy for you too, Erica!!

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The iPad 3 Winner from The Atlanta Gift Mart!

Congratulations to Pat Brown of The Ginger Bread House in Danville, VA for winning an iPad 3 simply by visiting and registering in the Creative Co-Op Atlanta showroom this summer!

Pat with her iPad the day of its arrival!

“I think it was cool to register for the gift on the iPad at the service desk in your showroom,” says Pat. “I have been a Creative Co-Op customer for a long time – always finding great gifts for our store to sell, at very fare prices, and this just seems to get more and more important every season. We, as buyers, must be very mindful of this even more then ever and you folks seem to understand this. Keep up the good work!”

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Smart Retailer Magazine Admires the Creativity of Our Showroom Designers!

Check out what Smart Retailer magazine had to say about our showroom in Atlanta here.

A Christmas Tree shaped display from Atlanta

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