Cover Stories

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It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas…

Candles do well in stores year-round, but nothing compares to the holiday season, when 35 percent of candles are sold, according to the National Candle Association. In some part, that’s likely due to scent being... more »
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Hot Off The Press

The crafts movement is revitalizing an interest in letterpress stationery. Find out how and what makes this category just your type. The look, the feel of letterpress. The texture, imprinted messaging and handmade appeal of... more »

Sails to Sales

As the sea continues to exert its influence on a wider variety of giftware, the category is making a splash by differentiating into discrete nautical and coastal trends. There's something about the ocean that calms,... more »

Born in the USA

Today Chris Hazelwood sells in his shop the beloved American-made dishware he himself grew up using, the popular lines of Hadley Pottery of Louisville, KY. But along with helping continue a tradition for others, Hazelwood... more »

The Smell of Success

Candles may by and large be small, but their impact is anything but: U.S. retail sales of candles are estimated at approximately $2 billion annually; more than 1 billion pounds of wax are used in... more »

Paper Panache

Especially in an increasingly digitized world, paper has the power to endure. Even as the perennial giants in this category—greeting cards, journals, notepads and more—continue to reinvent themselves, they do so keeping an eye on... more »

Rinse and Repeat: Why Bath and Body Products Always Clean up Well

Natural products. Environmentally friendly ingredients and packaging. Made in America. Artisan. These are the phrases that come up repeatedly when industry professionals are asked about the latest trends in bath and body products. Trista Page,... more »
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Cultivating Profits in the Great Outdoors

The cherry-red, egg-shaped ceramic piece hanging in the storefront window stands out thanks to its glossy coloring, but passersby may not immediately know it's a birdfeeder. That's where the stuffed animal feline, peeking out from... more »

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September 23, 2017 - September 24, 2017

Peters Valley Craft Fair

Augusta, NJ
September 24, 2017 - September 27, 2017

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