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From a 1920s novelty shop to a nationwide theatrical distributor

Keran S Caufield, Sr got into the novelty business by way of a circuitous route. 

An Irish immigrant, Caufield opened a photography studio in Louisville, Ky., in 1920. Business was good and there were usually a few people waiting their turn in the studio’s outer office. Caufield, using the $15.00 he had received in an accident settlement, bought some magic tricks. Practical jokes sold well in the busy waiting room as patrons waited for their photos to be developed. Soon the novelty business outpaced the photography business and he put away his camera and opened Caufield’s Novelties.

The store’s magic tricks, practical jokes and toys sold well even through the Depression years. While novelties were not something people had to have, they were inexpensive and lighthearted and the local public continued to purchase them, despite the hard times. 

Caufield's continued to grow and expand its mix of Holiday Decorations and 
Seasonal merchandise with the continued dedication of the Caufield family and staff.

Today, Caufield's is one of the largest theatrical distributors in the nation, actively stocking thousands of items. Caufield's manufactures, imports and distributes merchandise to locations across the nation and the world abroad. 

We sincerely thank you for visiting our web site and hope if you see something of interest you will give us the opportunity to add you to our century's worth of satisfied customers.

Market Street in the 1970's

We were located at 228 West Market Street until 1987.

Current location in 1987

We moved to our current location at 1006 W. Main Street in 1987.

The hearse

Our famous 1946 Cadillac hearse sits outside of our store during the month of October.