Registration opens for first Casual Market Atlanta
ATLANTA, Georgia – Registration is now open for the inaugural Casual Market Atlanta, an all-new outdoor and casual furnishings trade event that will be held at AmericasMart here from July 10 to 13.
In a statement, the organizers said they expect some 50-plus permanent showrooms and more than 100 temporary exhibitors to participate in the event. Hallmarks of the Casual Market experience including the International Casual Furnishings Association’s (ICFA) annual Awards Gala and charitable giving opportunities, plus new educational and networking opportunities will enhance the market experience for buyers and sellers alike.
At least three Canadian outdoor furniture specialists are expected to participate in the event including Jardin Couture, Ratana and C.R. Plastics.
“After years of envisioning, planning and building, Casual Market Atlanta is coming to fruition,” said Bob Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers (IMC), which owns AmericasMart and is organizing the event. “We look forward to welcoming Casual Market exhibitors and attendees to Atlanta as we embark together on a new era for the industry.”
Until last year, the annual casual market had been held at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.
“All attendees should take the time now to quickly pre-register for what promises to be an exceptional presentation of outstanding products for outdoor living,” added Jackie Hirschhaut, executive director of the ICFA. “I think that casual furnishings buyers will be very impressed by this sparkling new showcase of outdoor furniture and accessories.”
All-New Sourcing Experience
Casual Market Atlanta buyers will discover the latest in outdoor furnishings, accessories, fabrics and more in a purpose-built destination in AmericasMart Building 1. Resources from industry leaders and innovative newcomers including Agio, Castelle, Lloyd Flanders, Polywood, Summer Classics, Telescope Casual Furniture and many more are presented on six contiguous floors.
Nearly 50 permanent showrooms are on Floors 2-5 complemented by 100+ temporary exhibitors on Floors 6 and 7. A list of exhibitors is available at CasualMarketAtlanta.com/showroom.
The ICFA event will overlap with the Atlanta Market, giving Casual Market attendees easy access to some 6,000 complementary furnishings, gift, lifestyle, seasonal, housewares and gourmet lines. The Atlanta Market is scheduled for July 11 to17, 2023 buying event.
“The co-location of Casual Market Atlanta and Atlanta Market offer unmatched, business-building opportunities for buyers and sellers. Easy access to synergistic product categories fosters exploration, new connections and new possibilities,” Maricich said.
Longtime ICFA events are set to continue in Atlanta, including the ICFA Awards Gala, the Pink Out fundraising and the association’s annual meeting. Additionally, a celebration marking the ICFA’s 65th anniversary will be held on the first night of Casual Market Atlanta.
New events are also on tap for Casual Market Atlanta including a “New Buyer Welcome and Tour” to help acclimate buyers to the AmericasMart campus, which will be held in two sessions on July 10 and 11. “Outdoor Living with Vern Yip” features the celebrity interior designer leading a discussion on trends and new product introductions on July 11.
Registration for Casual Market Atlanta is open now at CasualMarketAtlanta.com.
For Casual Market Atlanta, showrooms are open Monday, July 10 to Thursday, July 13, from 9am to 6pm while temporary exhibits are open Monday, July 10 to Wednesday, July 12 from 9am to 6pm and Thursday, July 13 from 9am to 2:30pm. Permanent showrooms will remain open through Monday, July 17 for the duration of Atlanta Market.