By  on June 29, 2009

While attendance may have been disappointing at the May market, vendors were encouraged by orders for key items in basics and fashion.

On the prowl for product that offers value, comfort and function, cautious merchants did not let the recession and tough retail climate stop their quest for newness and innovation. In many cases, manufacturers said retailers were frugal with open-to-buy dollars and are putting off orders until the last minute. But buyers have jumped on styles, categories and new fabrics and colors that could compel consumers to open their pocketbooks.

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