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Tips to Sell More Sea-Themed Gifts, Quality Gifts and Home Décor Items

Tips to Sell More Sea-Themed Gifts, Quality Gifts and Home Décor Items

January 4, 2019 No Comments

Seaside mementos never go out of style and people love the crisp look of nautical décor in their homes, sometimes even miles from the nearest ocean. Read on as four shops in coastal locales identify some of their more popular sea-themed gifts and home décor items plus share tips on how they increase sales. At […]

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When Small Flames Can Ignite Big Sales <br>Selling More Candles at Gift Stores, Wineries,  Boutiques and Candle Stores

When Small Flames Can Ignite Big Sales
Selling More Candles at Gift Stores, Wineries, Boutiques and Candle Stores

January 3, 2019 No Comments

There’s something universal about candles. At home in a wide range of retail settings, candles frequently find their way into the hands of shoppers who arrived with the initial intent of buying something else entirely. Many retailers have discovered they’re a great add-on purchase and well worth the shelf space. Shopkeepers from a gift store, […]

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Kids Incorporated <br> The Latest Trends in Baby and Kid’s Apparel

Kids Incorporated
The Latest Trends in Baby and Kid’s Apparel

November 21, 2018 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald Posh Baby in Portland, Ore., has become a very popular go-to spot for finding must-have baby items in the Pacific Northwest. This fashionable kid’s lifestyle boutique, which specializes in the most stylish, eco-friendly products for children of all ages, features an ever-growing inventory of clothes, car seats, strollers, bedroom furniture, toys […]

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Gift, Florist, Party and Toy Stores <br> Giving Employees the Hours They Want While  Meeting Store Staffing Needs

Gift, Florist, Party and Toy Stores
Giving Employees the Hours They Want While Meeting Store Staffing Needs

September 27, 2018 No Comments

In a perfect world, managers would dispatch employee work schedules as a matter of course and everyone would be happy. The reality is unexpected emergencies and illness can arise among staff members, as well as vacation periods and special requests for time off, all of which can make a scheduler’s task challenging. Read on to […]

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Best-Selling Jewelry and Home Décor Items at Museum Gift Shops

Best-Selling Jewelry and Home Décor Items at Museum Gift Shops

July 30, 2018 No Comments

At The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, Chris Goins, general manager of retail, said jewelry is a top-performing category at the 2,821-square-foot gift shop. “We represent a diverse group of designers, and have a variety of styles from all over the world at accessible price points,” she said. “We sell an Italian line […]

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A Taste for Sales<br> Gourmet Foods, Snacks and Candy at Candy Stores,  Florists and Gift Basket Shops

A Taste for Sales
Gourmet Foods, Snacks and Candy at Candy Stores, Florists and Gift Basket Shops

July 9, 2018 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova Who doesn’t love an edible gift? Gourmet foods are tasty, a little decadent and won’t take up space in a closet. And while the contents of that gift basket may vary — from cheddar in the Midwest to champagne in tony Santa Monica — chocolate, plain or fancy, is the hands-down winner […]

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Back-to-School, Back to Sales <br>Selling More School Supplies

Back-to-School, Back to Sales
Selling More School Supplies

June 20, 2018 No Comments

By Sara Hodon Most adults would agree that as a kid, few things were as exciting as back-to-school shopping. From shiny notebooks to backpacks featuring the latest cool graphic, buying brand-new items for the new school year was a favorite time of year for many students. Social media has taken away some of surprise on […]

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Making Tee Sales Tops <br>Selling More T-shirts at Caves, Resorts and Beach Stores

Making Tee Sales Tops
Selling More T-shirts at Caves, Resorts and Beach Stores

April 30, 2018 No Comments

T-shirts are often tops with a capital “T” when it comes to sales. At resort shops, beach stores, and cave shops, these tried and true shoppers’ favorites are uniformly popular. At Cave Without A Name in Boerne, Texas, Patty Perlaky, the cave’s educational manager, said T-shirt sales improve as the result of stand-alone displays that […]

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Apparel and Fashion Accessories Sales Advice from the Experts  <br>Boutique Owners and Managers Reveal their Selling Secrets

Apparel and Fashion Accessories Sales Advice from the Experts
Boutique Owners and Managers Reveal their Selling Secrets

March 23, 2018 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova Angelina Rodriguez Pata knows why women still go to boutiques to shop, instead of buying online. “The biggest thing people struggle with is styling a piece,” revealed the owner of Blackbird Fly Boutique in Cleveland, Ohio. “They’ll say: ‘I love that, but I don’t know how to wear that.’ ” That’s where […]

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Tween Toy Favorites

Tween Toy Favorites

February 1, 2018 No Comments

Not quite teenagers, eight to twelve-year-old kids are by nature quite fickle. Quick to call a toy babyish, they definitely know what they like when they see it. When they latch onto a trend, it can spread like wildfire. Read on to discover how four toy stores in different locales cater to this mercurial age […]

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      – Never Too Spoiled, Philadelphia, Pa. 

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      – Nancy Cole, gift shop manager, Booth Society, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives, Spearfish, S.D.

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      Heather Mohorn, Momo’s Tree House, Philadelphia, Pa.

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      Susan Michener, Admission/Gift Shop Manager,  The Montgomery Zoo, Montgomery, Ala.

    • “I wanted to take a minute to not only tell you how much I use and enjoy my copy of Souvenirs, Gifts, and Novelties Magazine, but to share with you some good news about my husband’s and my business Her Majesty’s English Tea Room. We recently won the prestigious Icon award from Americasmart Atlanta. …Thank you again for a magazine that is a little bit like a work book. My husband and I both go through it in detail, always picking up a display idea, new product, or tip.”
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      Jacqueline Gillam Fairchild, Her Majesty’s English Tea Room, Dunlap, Ill

    • “Thank you for your wonderful magazine. I love getting it and we do a lot of business with your advertisers. I know that their marketing money is limited, so I make sure to mention that I saw them in Souvenirs, Gifts & Novelties magazine. Win-Win-Win. Everybody’s happy!”
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      Steve Fegley, Director of Retail Operations, the Science Museum of Minnesota

    • “The March/April 2017 issue just arrived and it really made our day! Thank you for featuring the LA Maritime Museum’s Sea Chest Gift Shop. The article was very well-written, and our assistant buyer is thrilled to see her photo included!”
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      Marifrances Trivelli,
      director and store buyer,  Los Angeles Maritime Museum,  San Pedro, Calif.

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