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Subject: Seeking upscale catalog list
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: culturejam-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 04 Apr 2003 13:42 PST
Expires: 04 May 2003 14:42 PDT
Question ID: 186115
We are seeking a list of 20-50 upscale catalogs for possible product
placement/marketing. We are a manufacturer of hand-crafted blown glass
drawer/cabinet pulls, letter opener handles, etc. Some photos of our
product may be found at:

Here is a list of some design magazines that parallel our style and
play to our audience(catalogs may be listed in as well): Dwell, Elle
Decor, Conde Naste, Metropolitan Home, House Beautiful, Metropolis,
Nest, etc. We have already gone through and only
found a couple that might suit us, so that was not a sucessful search.
Subject: Re: Seeking upscale catalog list
Answered By: ragingacademic-ga on 04 Apr 2003 16:36 PST
Dear culturejam,

Thanks for your question.  First, let me request that if any of the
following is unclear or if you require any further research – please
don’t hesitate to ask me for a clarification.

Here’s a list of upscale catalogs I’ve identified through some on- and
offline research – if you feel that some of these do not meet your
needs, please do let me know.

Pottery Barn


Metropolitan Museum of Art
1- 800- 468-7386

Restoration Hardware
1-800- 762-1005

Camellia and Main

Crow’s Nest Trading
1-800-325- 9897

Source: The Plain Dealer; Cleveland, Ohio; Oct 25, 2002

Sur La Table

Williams Sonoma

Crate & Barrel

Source: Boston Globe; Boston, Mass.; Mar 16, 2003

J. Peterman

Smith & Hawken



F.H. Gillingham & Company
F.H. Gillingham & Company
16 Elm Street
Woodstock, VT 05091   USA

Hammacher Schlemmer

P.O. Box 994
Novi, MI 48376-0994   USA 
(800) 762-7145

also check out -

J. Marco Catalog
J. Marco Catalog
4935 Panther Parkway
Seville, OH 44273-8930   USA
(800) 948-3100

Terra Studios
Terra Studios
12103 Hazel Valley Road
Fayetteville, AR 72701   USA
(800) 255-8995

For writing instruments (e.g. letter opener) –

Colorado Pen Direct
2 Kalamath Street
Denver, CO 80223
(not online)

Myron Collection
205 Maywood Ave
Maywood, NJ 07607   USA

Fahrney's Pens
1317 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004   USA

For hardware accessories – 

Jim Leonard Antique Hardware
509 Tangle Drive
Jamestown, NC 27282  

Hand Forged Hardware
100 Daniel Ridge Rd
Candler, NC 28715-9434   USA

Scott's-Beckers' Hardware, Inc.
1411 S. Third St.
Ozark, MO 65721   USA

Paxton Hardware Ltd.7818 Bradshaw RoadUpper Falls, MD 21156   USA

Old Smithy Shop193A Rt. 13Brookline, NH 03033   

The Renovator's Supply
Renovator's Old Mill
Millers Falls, MA 01349   USA

Van Dyke's Restorers
PO Box 278
39771 S.D. Hwy 34
Woonsocket, SD 57385   USA

Woodworker's Hardware
PO Box 180
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379-0180   USA

Nexton Industries Inc.
51 S. 1St St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211  

American Home Supply
P.O. Box 697
191 Lost Lake Lane
Campbell, CA 95009
(408) 246-1962

Upscale gifts, etc.

Albritton Fruit
5430 Proctor Road
Sarasota, FL 34233  
(also gifts)

Some catalogs I have located using

I thought the following data may also be of interest to you –

Upscale Opportunity Online in 2003, in $billions
Upscale apparel sold online[*]                      6.2
Upscale apparel sold through stores and catalogs   62.9
Total Designer/Bridge/Better Markets               69.2

I hope this response adequately addresses your request.  Please let me
know if you are in need of additional information concerning this


Request for Answer Clarification by culturejam-ga on 05 Apr 2003 17:01 PST
I believe this question was misunderstood by the researcher. 

All of the catalogs mentioned were mass marketers, mostly of imported
items. None of those catalogs would be mentioned in the magazines we
specified. Of all the catalogs mantioned, only
comes close, and it's not really that close. Also, the data supplied
at the end of the answer was for the apparel market, not our market. does not carry hand-made craft items. is mass produced french country.
the met store carries mass produced art related items.
restoration hardware carries mass produced imported items. is mass produced faux french country carries kitchen goods. does not carry hand-made craft items. sells clothing. sells mass produced import items. is a generalmass merchandiser. does not carry hand-made craft items. sells mass produced import items. sells mass produced items. sells clothing and accesories, mass produced. only sells items from their studio sells mass-produced import items. sells pens... is out of business.
Scott's-Beckers' Hardware, Inc., Paxton Hardware Ltd. and Old Smithy
Shop are not catalogs, and have no Internet presence. is off-line. is a hardware store.

Clarification of Answer by ragingacademic-ga on 05 Apr 2003 21:30 PST
culturejam -

Thanks for your feedback.

I'm willing to keep working on this for you, but you do need to note
the following -

+ many of the catalogs mentioned would - and some do - advertise in
the magazines you mention.
+ All of the catalogs are upscale, and all are catalogs, although not
all are online (this was not a requirement in your original question)
- all came from catalog sources, and for many I was able to view a
.jpg of the mail order catalog cover.
+ My apologies that a couple were out-of-business - I relied on some
external sources as well as on research of my own, and given the large
number of retailers, did not verify every single one.

Identifying sources where you may be able to place merchandise for
sale is very different from identifying sources that will definitely
agree to feature your products in their catalog.  The latter is a
multi-thousand dollar consulting job, as I'm sure you are aware.

Your request was for "a list of 20-50 upscale catalogs for possible
product placement/marketing," which is what I went about constructing.
 I provided you with quite a few targets that may be relevant for the
specific products you included in the description - i.e. writing
instruments and hardware/furniture accessories - in addition to a
large range of upscale catalogs.  Of course, this has already taken up
a considerable amount of time.

Please let me know how you would like to proceed.  In any case, you
will have to provide a far more detailed definition of what it is you
are seeking.


Request for Answer Clarification by culturejam-ga on 06 Apr 2003 12:40 PDT
Dear Raging-
We are seeking catalogs that carry fine, hand-crafted items at luxury
item price points. These catalogs might feature hand-blown goblets for
$250-$1000 each, or a handbag for $400-$2000. These catalogs would
carry nothing mass produced. Thanks in advance.

Clarification of Answer by ragingacademic-ga on 08 Apr 2003 13:26 PDT
culturejam -

I continue to work on this and should get back to you shortly with some results.


Clarification of Answer by ragingacademic-ga on 13 Apr 2003 14:14 PDT
Dear culturejam -

Following some additional research, here are some more retail mail
order and Web-based retailers that may provide a better fit for the
type of merchandise you are trying to sell -

Lindsay Art Glass

Goddess Glass

Andiamo Glass Design

White Elk's Visions in Glass

This one looks somewhat promising, although you'd still be high end -

And - Millenium Crystal Company

However, you will find that most such sites/catalogs feature only one
artist, who typically is the catalog sponsor.

Perhaps you would like to try someone such as Neiman Marcus -

They definitely carry merchandise in the price category you mention,
although I would assume most of their merchandise is mass produced.

Some additional links that may be of assistance -

The American Craft Council at

may be able to assist you further.

You may also want to try -

And watch for the museum store directory to go online shortly -

Here's one live directory of museum stores -

And then of course there is the museum company -

I think you are in a unique situation - somewhere in between a gallery
and a high-end catalog in terms of pricing.  The challenge is that
unless you are online, few catalogs will take "one of a kind" type
products, so you would have to produce multiple items (of the same
design) for any buyer to consider you seriously for their retail

I think a far more logical step for you would be to build your own
site, and to promote it, mostly online, using search engines, link
exchanges, and perhaps well targeted ads in relevant publications.

I hope this additional information is of value to you.
Please let me know if this is still insufficient and we shall then
consider how to further proceed.

Subject: Re: Seeking upscale catalog list
From: nronronronro-ga on 04 Apr 2003 18:49 PST
In addition to ragingacademic's excellent answer, may be helpful.  good luck!

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