It's September already? 2017 is moving right along, and we'll take this opportunity to reassure you that you won't see Halloween merchandise before the end of this month... and no Christmas until the cards arrive in mid-November. We just attended the New York Gift Show (quick summary, spinners are out, squishies, especially "slow rise" are in, and suddenly — cacti are very in!) There will be a lot of new things coming, but we'll focus on things that are actually here, (and you can check our facebook page for new arrivals.) For those who've just moved to town, we have Cambridge and Somerville notecards, the better to write the folks back home, and also some lovely flower notecards, as well animal mini notecards. And we have new pins and patches — our favorite might be the "Truth is Stranger than Fiction" item... which leads us to our item of the month! We also have another excellent napkin, new dish towels from our beloved Blue Q, a Statue of Liberty toothbrush or pen holder, and... pronounce your own Supreme Court rulings with our new Ruth Bader Ginsberg finger puppet. And a wonderful new book — Fresh Off the Boat — an Immigration themed take on the six word memoir series.

September happens to be classical music month and we have a music mug and paper napkins to celebrate that. Celebrate a birthday with one of our new cake tiaras, and then we have a guinea pig butter dish, a new dog mug a cat mug, a whale and shark salt pepper set, and a mermaid bottle opener. There is yet another book in the fantastic lenticular animal series called Wild, and then we have a little gem called Really Important Stuff My Cat Has Taught Me. Nice to pair with our new little glow in the dark kitties. We will have a few new t-shirts for your sartorial needs (NASA, I am not a Robot and Apocalypse Meow) and some new singing animals — Hank Hound, and just in time for National Talk Like a Pirate Day — Pirate Pete. We have some new silly little creatures called Poplings, and we'll end with a great new toy, designed for Crayola by our friend Rufus Seder — the Magic Scene Creator — really magic and fun.

Our summer sale is over and went well, but we will be participating in the Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale with our various retail friends and neighbors on September 23rd. And that's about it for this newsletter. We'll look forward to seeing you in September — any day but September 4th that is — we will be closed that Monday to celebrate Labor Day!