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Buyers’ Favorites Roundup – Spring 2018

February 20, 2018

Our buyers have just returned from the markets, and they’ve purchased with an eye toward bringing in items that’ll help you further connect with those you love. They've stopped by to tell you about some of their favorite finds for spring 2018. Happy “Traveling”!

Kay's Favorite New Thing for Spring

Every year, Baby Room buyer, Kay Weir, hunts through the Children’s Apparel Market to find adorable outfits, accessories, and toys for babies and toddlers. One of her favorite additions for spring 2018 is the Little Jellycat Collection, featuring 100% cotton blankets with a coordinating Bashful Bunny plushie, chime rattle, and bunny booties. She’s also excited for you to meet the brand new Cordy Roy Lobster and Flamingo!

Marcia's Favorite New Thing for Spring

Marcia Hardin, buyer for The Little Traveler’s Home Decor, Floral, Bath, Linens, Paper, and Toy departments, has returned from her winter buying trip with a discovery that’s inspired a whole new area of the Bath Shop. Now find ultra plush robes, spa slippers, and spa wraps by Bella il Fiore, gifts perfect for graduates, brides, bridesmaids—and YOU. Like Bella il Fiore says, all girls deserve gifts that are as fun and fabulous as they are.

Leslie's Favorite New Thing for Spring

Throughout the year, our fashion buyer, Leslie Waterson, scouts the style markets to bring you a great selection of seasonal apparel, accessories, and jewelry from around the world. This spring, her favorite discovery at market! As in the soft shade of light pink you see on the Tribal jacket she’s holding in the photo. She loves it because it’s flattering on everyone, giving a fresh glow to all. Find it across the board in fashion—clothing, handbags, jewelry, and accessories.

Annette’s Favorite New Thing for Spring

Annette Shamloo searches the markets for artisan products from developing nations for our Fair Trade Gallery and for holiday decor for our Christmas rooms, where we celebrate all the festive seasons throughout the year. One of her favorite finds for spring is traditional and elegant Easter decor by Bethany Lowe. Give your home a splash of soft pastels and watercolors with bunnies, birds, chicks & lambs.

Heidi's Favorite New Thing for Spring

Our Gourmet buyer, Heidi Brothers, has returned from the Fancy Foods Show, where she discovered lots of great new foods for you to try. She’s especially excited about the The Zen of Slow Cooking, a product that adds serenity to the kitchen and provides employment for adults with disabilities. These award-winning spice blends are specially crafted for crock pot and Instant Pot cooking. With a special needs son, co-creator Meg Barnhart of Lake Forest (who remembers coming to The Little Traveler as a child!) wanted to incorporate a way to help individuals with disabilities. She’s partnered with Planet Access Company, a Des Plaines, IL organization that provides training and employment for adults with developmental disabilities, to do all the labeling and heat-sealing.

Check out Meg and Melinda from the Zen of Slow Cooking on ABC Chicago.

Nancy's Favorite New Thing for Spring

Our Housewares buyer, Nancy Jones, has made her way through hundreds of products at the Atlanta and Chicago home markets to bring you the most ingenious items for your kitchen. She’s super excited about Fancy Panz, featured on the Today Show & Rachel Ray. It’s a clever system for dressing up, transporting, and protecting foil pans. When you leave the party, just take out the disposable pan and bring your Fancy Panz home with you.

Pat's Favorite New Thing for Spring

Pat Bokina has returned from the Atlanta home markets, where she found beautiful, elegant, and unique items for our Gift Galleries. She’s thrilled to add the advanced technology and artistry of Bulova to our extensive collection of wall clocks. Included with her new finds are weather resistant indoor/outdoor clocks. Keep track of time while relaxing on your patios, decks, and screened-in porches.

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