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Stacy Downs, McClatchy Newspapers , Published May 09 2012

Plenty of new merchandise from big names at Target

May is seeing a slew of breaking bull’s-eye news. In stores and the online catalog at Target.com:

The Shops at Target recently began partnerships with independent stores across the country; their items became available this month. Privet House of Connecticut designs preppy dinnerware, home decor, garden accessories, stationery and gifts. Polka Dog Barkery of Boston makes summer-colored doggie dishes and harnesses. Those with a sweet tooth will savor The Candy Store of San Francisco with its swirl lollipops, taffy and licorice Scotties. Another round of Shops at Target is scheduled to start in September.

Designer Todd Oldham’s Kid Made Modern collection of art supplies and crafts, inspired by his 2009 book, is debuting May 20. It includes colored pencils, multi tone crayons shaped like gems, board-book and wood jewelry kits. Nothing is more than $20. We think this line will be for children of all ages.

We learned earlier this month that Nate Berkus is teaming up with Target for a collection of 150 home products, prices from $6 to $150. It includes a chevron-patterned duvet, ikat-link towels, herringbone window panels, braided jute rugs and a metal lamp. The decorative accessories include lacquered tortoise shells, ceramic urns, hammered metal bowls in gold, a fabric-covered tray, throw pillows with stud accents and objects with snakeskin finishes. They’re scheduled for release Oct. 21.