What's selling in your store?
On this month's Retailer Insight page, we asked retailers -- What's selling these days? Are there styles, price points, colors or trends that seem to be stronger or weaker than others when it comes to your customers? Here's what they had to say:
WHAT'S SELLING MORE are accessories - of all kinds. People are still filling spaces in their homes to add that layer of texture and punch of color. For a while there, we did have an interesting jump on dini
IN THE HOME furnishings area, we have had success with table lamps (in particular, classical-shaped bases made from reclaimed wood). Bar carts, chaise lounges and side chairs have also been doing well for us. Decorative items under $100 have been selling, especially the more whimsical items such as stuffed animals made of leather and novelty gifts from our Men's Corner (model cars, billiard balls, aviation it
MATTRESSES, RECLINING sofas (motion), home entertainment, leather (stationary and motion) and accent chairs are selling well. Overwhelmingly, sofas in neutrals with accent chairs and decorative pillows in bright, dramatic colors. - Robert Price, vice president of merchandising, Art Van Furniture, Warren, Mich.
WE HAVE NOTICED a renewed interest in the purchasing of home furnishings, sofas, chairs, accent tables and chests since the beginning of the year. Coupled with a healthy dose of accessories, particularly art work, it's helped us begin 2011 with an upbeat attitude. Some of the pent-up buyers and clients of the last two years are saying they've waited long enough and that their homes are still a priority. It seems the biggest ongoing trend is the accepted mix of more modern art with traditional furnishings. - Eric C. Lackey, The Decorator's Edge, Thomasville, N.C.
WE CONTINUE TO sell rugs like crazy. Like fabric and art, they're often the starting point for a whole
BUSINESS IS GOOD. We're selling a lot of accent pillows and upholstered items such as occasional cha
WE MOVED OUR shop from Carmel Valley to Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., almost one year ago. Now my customer base is younger, with younger taste. I have moved into trendier, more monochromatic colors. I also find there is an easier attitude about spending (economically speaking). We're selling more high-end items and one-of-akind pieces. - Randi Andrews, Avant Garden and Home, Carmel, Calif.