Harriet Carter started a home based mail order business out of her kitchen in 1958 in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. Carter’s children helped to package and fill orders. Some of the first orders for the company were decorative wood switch plate covers, which were made and stained to order, in the family basement.
Today, the company has grown substantially. From the original 4 page catalog, the company now prints more than 100 pages and typically ads 1,000 items each year to their inventory.
Harriet Carter still sells via mail order catalogs, but also has an online business as well. The company is known for selling gifts, household items, and useful items or tools for the home including kitchen utensils, candles, and “As Seen On TV” items.