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Living Tiny Goes Mainstream

Tiny House Living

While tiny house living has been around for decades, the trend really took off during the Great Recession as consumers looked to control costs while still living in their “dream spaces.” Now, the tiny house movement has become mainstream. Homes …

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5 Uncomfortable Retail Realities Bringing New Opportunities

retail

You’ve felt the winds of change. In this new decade, retail realities that once seemed like figments of the imagination are now commonplace. Robots work alongside humans in big boxes, and customers can have an entire shopping experience on the …

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The Art of Paint

Paint Splash

Last year, Chicago, Illinois celebrated the 20th anniversary of the popular “Cows on Parade,” a collection of 334 uniquely painted fiberglass cows sponsored by area businesses, painted by local artists and exhibited on sidewalks and plazas around the city. For …

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Made in USA

Made in USA

According to Consumer Reports, eight out of 10 Americans would rather purchase products that were made in the U.S. than ones that were imported. Due to its popularity, many well-known brands, such as KitchenAid mixers, Igloo Playmate coolers and Whirlpool …

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The Comeback Kid

Ranch Home

One of the most popular home styles selling today may surprise you. It’s not the trendy farmhouse. It’s not modern. In fact, it hasn’t been popular since the height of the ’60s and ’70s, but it is quietly making a …

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Rising Home Construction Rates Boost Lumber Prices

lumber prices

Builders are constructing more houses now than at any time before last decade’s foreclosure crisis, and the increased construction activity is resulting in higher lumber prices, reports The Wall Street Journal. Since last June, lumber futures have risen more than …

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The Pulse on Impulse Aisles

According to a CNBC article, the average U.S. consumer spends $5,400 each year on impulse buys. Data from Brandon Gaille Small Business & Marketing Advice indicates that 90 percent of people today make occasional impulsive purchases and 75 percent of those …

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As Seen on YouTube?

In the 1990s, “As Seen on TV” branded products moved from the small screen to retail. During that time, many home improvement stores incorporated the products into inventory and displayed them on end caps. Around 2014, as the novelty of …

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