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October/November 2023 


10 Fabulous Finds 
Check out these products in a variety of categories. 

18 Made in USA

Make a hit with consumers by adding American-made items to your inventory. 

24 Handbags, Fashion Accessories & Jewelry 
Help customers get out the door in style with these fashionable products. 

28 Floor Coverings & Textiles 
See which patterns and designs are trending for tea towels, placemats, and more. 

32 Gourmet Food 
Find tempting treats and comfort foods to put on your shelves. 

36 Summer Shows Report 
Discover what trends retailers and industry representatives noticed at the summer markets they attended this year. 

40 Retail on the Road
Get ideas to incorporate into your store from retailers in different parts of the country. 

46 Business Briefs 
Going green: small but mighty; everyone has opinions — and you should use them; housewares customers: why they buy; prepping your place in the sun; new ideas for small biz Saturday. 

50 Change Is Good (Right?) 

Keep things fresh in your store by following these weekly, monthly, and seasonal tips. 

56 Ludlow Thorston Gallery 

In Island Heights, New Jersey, Nell Thorston continues to run the small gallery she and her late husband, Lud, opened more than 40 years ago. Visitors enjoy looking at Lud’s original watercolors and the gift items Nell carefully selects to complement the art. 

ON THE COVER: The Vintage Pearl first began in 2007 as a creative outlet for Erin, a stay-at-home mom of four. What began at a kitchen table has grown into a flourishing business and is now carried in hundreds of locations. It is the perfect unique and meaningful gift! Visit for more information.