When I tell my co-workers at the JMM and my friends and family that I will attend the New York Gift Fair on behalf of the Museum Shop at the JMM, I hear, “Oh, what fun, that must be so much fun!” I tell them that attending the gift show is work, very hard work. It’s the miles of walking the various levels of the Javits Center, visiting some of the over 10,000 vendors, some of whom I know, most I don’t, but I am always looking for new merchandise, and buying that very special and unusual piece for the Museum Shop. It’s the difficulty of deciding whether what I am choosing will also be the choice of visitors to the JMM; it’s trying to put myself in many, many shoes.
But, I must admit, that I love the challenge of shopping. I love to look for unusual jewelry items that are within reach of our shoppers, I am always on a treasure hunt for new vendors for tabletop pieces. The designs beckon me to try them in the shop, whether they are for a holiday or for general use. This visit I looked for those amazing cookbooks that would tie in with our upcoming exhibition, Chosen Foods.
The endless searching brought up some gems. I was joined in this quest by Susan Press, our CFO at the JMM. She walked with me for two of the three days I spent at the show. We found great pieces of jewelry, fantastic cookbooks, unusual menorahs and items for children for the Chanukah holiday coming in December.
When you visit the Museum Shop, you will be in for a treat. You will find that special gift for yourself, your friends and family and cookbooks that will bring out your creativity. And you too will love the results of our shopping trip to the New York Gift Show!
See you at the JMM in the Museum Shop!