Marketplace has a new podcast for kids, "Million Bazillion!" EPISODE OUT NOW
My Economy

In this North Carolina toy shop, business is up — including back orders

Sean McHenry Jul 9, 2021
Heard on:
HTML EMBED:
COPY
Ali Cat Toys is a much busier place than it was in 2020. Courtesy Irene Kesselman
My Economy

In this North Carolina toy shop, business is up — including back orders

Sean McHenry Jul 9, 2021
Heard on:
Ali Cat Toys is a much busier place than it was in 2020. Courtesy Irene Kesselman
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Business is coming back to Ali Cat Toys in Carrboro, North Carolina, after a difficult 2020. Foot traffic is making a return, prices are increasing and supply back orders abound.

“We are seeing a lot of back orders,” said Irene Kesselman, owner of Ali Cat Toys. “We just started a new file folder because we have so many back orders. There’s a lot more invoices, there’s a lot more calls to be made to pay bills. It’s more time-consuming for my staff to kind of match orders to packing slips.”

To hear Kesselman’s full account, use the media player above.

Let us know how your economy is doing using the form below, and your story may be featured on a future edition of “My Economy.”









We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.