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February 26th, 2019

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail…

Easter is right around the corner on Sunday, April 21st this year! This holiday is the absolute perfect excuse to prepare your store for spring. This means out with the winter blues, and in with the springtime hues – pastels, Pantone’s color of the year, CORAL, and all modes of floral and plants! Your customers need to see displays that put them in the mindset for upcoming warm temperatures and outdoor events. Do not be shy with color, and front load any candy, Easter basket fillers, and inspirational products.

Split P Egg Shaped Bowls

Split P has no shortage of gorgeous Springtime home decor. The entire front of their 2019 catalog is splashed with floral patterns for placemats, table runners, curtains, and dishtowels. Sprinkled throughout many of these collections are more bunnies, in the form of candle and votive holders and ceramic figures. Our picks for the Easter holiday from Split P are the pastel-colored Egg Shaped Bowls. In yellow and pink, the bowls are exactly the right dishes to hold your multi-colored Easter eggs, a side dish, or even some candy! They are aluminum and enamel, food safe, and need to be hand washed. Measurements are 6″ x 4″ x 3″.

Egg Shaped Bowls, Yellow is SKU# 4400-350, Pink is SKU# 4400-351, Wholesale $10.00, Min. of 2. 

 

Of course, no child’s Easter basket would be complete without some plush! Little bunnies around the store are also a fantastic way to say “It’s Easter!” First & Main has an adorable collection of Jelly Bean Bunnies – plush toys in 6 bright, assorted colors to spruce up and complete your store’s Easter table, or even add some decoration to your front windows.

Jellybean Bunnies, SKU# E2462, Order 6,12,18…(up to 42 pcs.) $2.50 ea. Cases of 48, $1.50 ea.

Custom Easter

 

Custom Decor is recognized for having a huge selection of home and garden decor, and they certainly go all out for their Easter collection! Pretty much any Easter theme you can imagine – bunnies, eggs, inspirational, and florals – is featured. These artist-created designs come in a wide variety of products, the most popular being yard flags and floormats. Other items include hanging signs, mailbox covers, and magnets.

Three Bunnies Flag, SKU # 3614FL, 28″x 40″, Wholesale $12.00, Min. 2
Any of these products, and many more, can be ordered by calling your Link rep!. Catalogs for all of our lines are available on our website’s Vendor Portfolio (click the HERE to see). And, we have an ecommerce site where you can order certain lines online: www.retailerslink.com.

February 19th, 2019

Do you have a Cold in the Cold?

If you have yet to get a cold this winter, count yourself among the lucky! But, for the rest of us with the sniffles, sneezes, aches and pains, it’s time for a little TLC for our bodies. The Link Companies certainly sells the kinds of products that your customers can use in this time of chilly weather and chicken soup!

Something you may not think about on a regular basis is the state of your facial skin, particularly your lips! Not only are lip balms an easy item to sell at the cash wrap, but they are an essential part of a daily skin care routine to prevent chapped lips and even skin cancers. According to Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care, and associate clinical professor in the department of dermatology at George Washington University Medical Center,”Skin cancer in this area can be particularly dangerous, which is why everyone needs lip balm with SPF.”FF Whoopie Lip Balm

Farmhouse Fresh, the brand with “scrumptiousness for your skin,” has the solution with their lip balm displays and gift sets. At the January show, a top seller was the Whoopie Lip Gift Basket. This 2 piece set in an attractive gift basket contains a lip polish made with wholesome U.S.-grown cane sugar and rich sunflower seed oil, and a creamy shea butter lip balm.

Whoopie Lip Gift Basket, SKU# 11901RT, $15 each and sold in a set of 3.

Want something less “giftable” and more of a “grab and go” item? Natural Inspirations has exactly the product your store needs: an SPF 30 Lip Butter Display. Featuring 6 essential oil flavors, this ultra-hydrating organic blend of beeswax, sunflower oil, and coconut oil contains SPF 30 to shield lips from up to 97% of the sun’s harmful rays. This 36 piece display was one of the best sellers from the January show.

SPF 30 Lip Butter Display, SKU# 236000, $71.64 wholesale cost for 1 display.

 

Warmies’ Spa Therapy line containing warmable neck wraps, slippers, and more seemed like the natural choice for relief from aches and pains associated with the common cold. But, even better, is the best seller from the January show: the Original Hot-Pak Herbal Heat Pack Assortment that offers “soothing warmth and comfort, is safe, quick, and easy to use, and scented with relaxing lavender!

Taking our suggestion rather seriously, we checked into the benefits of heat therapy. According to Healthline, “Heat therapy works by improving circulation and blood flow to a particular area due to increased temperature. Increasing the temperature of the afflicted area even slightly can soothe discomfort and increase muscle flexibility. Heat therapy can relax and soothe muscles and heal damaged tissue.”

Hot Pak Soft Cord Assortment, SKU# HPSOFTCORDKIT, $72 wholesale for 1 case, 12 pieces, 4 gray, 4 lavender, 4 blue.

Last, on our own suggestion to simply lay back and take a hot, relaxing bath, may we suggest aromatherapy from Candle Warmers? If you truly want to step out of the cold and relax, create the perfect spa-like atmosphere with all-natural essential oils! Candle Warmers Rest and Relax

Experience the soothing, calming aromatherapy of essential oils with the Rest and Relax Gift Set. Enjoy aromatically or topically to encourage rest and relaxation. Use oils individually or blend together for a variety of benefits. The set includes Cedarwood, Lavender, and Lemongrass in a gift box.

Rest and Relax Gift Set, SKU# ECOMBO6, $10 per set, sold in packs of 6.

As always, contact your Link Companies rep to inquire about orders, or check out our ecommerce site to place an order at RetailersLink.com! Stay well.

February 12th, 2019

Lovable, On-Trend Fashion Accessories!

There are two major product lines that we LOVE to focus on at The Link, especially for the ladies! In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are focusing on Spring 2019 trends in fashion jewelry and handbags.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, Spring and Summer 2019 jewelry trends, in contrast to the dainty necklaces we’ve seen in season’s past, are “playful and unapologetically bold!” Harper’s goes on to include categories of jewelry trends, including: blingy crystal (think crystal drop earrings), modern pearls (hoop earrings with pearl drops), 80’s hearts (heart-shaped earrings or large statement necklaces with a heart pendant), and “By the Sea” (jewelry accented with seashells).Periwinkle Tri Tone Hearts

When it comes to Coastal Jewelry, Periwinkle is just the ticket! Their extensive line of seashell laden pieces fits right in with the “By the Sea” trend. But, what you may not realize is how many other styles they have. Periwinkle has jewelry to suit any season, mood, or personality! Fitting in with the trends mentioned above are the Tri-Tone Hearts.

Large Tri-Tone Hearts, SKU# 810-5964, $5.50 (Retail $12.95), min. 2

Perwinkle Pearl DropPeriwinkle also has a fantastic selection of pearl jewelry, which connects with the “modern pearls” trend. One cute example are the Rose Gold Pearl Drops. They look strikingly similar to the jewelry shown in the Harper’s article, only with a much more affordable price point!

Rose Gold Pearl Drop Earrings, SKU# 810-5779, $5.50 (Retail $12.50), min. 2

There is plenty to choose from in The Southern Link, particular with tgbBrands’ Whispers jewelry line. One pair tgbBrands’ Whispers jewelry line. One pair of earrings of earrings is on the “we love it” list – the Gold Heart with Silver Foil earrings. (This item is also sold as a Silver Heart with Gold foil).

Whispers Heart Earrings, Item #WN002029, $3.00 a pair, min. of 2.

Fitting right in with the classic, yet “not-your-mothers” pearls trend, are the Silver Pearl Filigree Dangle Earrings:

Whisper Pearl Earrings, Item #WN001742, $3.00 a pair, min. of 2.

 

Similarly to Harper’s jewelry trend list, Vogue has a handy list of “six need-to-know bag trends to keep you one step ahead this summer.” This lineup includes: elegant belt bags (very refined fannypacks), sleek black small to mid-sized handbags, 90’s revival (busy patterns, snakeskin, and tie-dye), the “super natural bag” (bags that are handmade or woven out of straw or fabric), XXL totes that can carry pretty much anything, and soft “pouchy” bags.

Accent belt bag

There are plenty of on trend bags to choose from in Accent Accessories’ line. One very lovable choice is the Ashton belt bag. This convenient pack comes in three colors: brown, gold/silver, and black. There’s a zip flap closure, zip back pocket, lined interior with zip pocket, adjustable belt, and it’s vegan leather.

Ashton Belt Bag, $15 each, minimum of 2.

SKU for Brown: BG6926-58BRN

SKU for Gold/Silver: BG6925-58GDS

SKU for Black: BG6926-58BLK

 

 

Cappelli Straworld, a standout vendor for handmade handbags, certainly has this portion of the trend covered. Known for straw bags with beaded handles and straw hats, Cappelli has a number of bags both big and small that fit within our Spring 2019 trend parameters. We are namely thinking of the Bonita bag, a hand crocheted tote with braided handles and shells.

Bonita Bag, SKU# BAG1132, $33 per bag.

It’s not hard to find trendy fashion accessories that fit the aforementioned lists. To grab any of the products mentioned, contact your Link Rep or order on RetailersLink.com!

February 6th, 2019

The Groundhog Predicts…

Hot off the press and straight from Punxsutawney, PA, home of the infamous, weather-predicting Groundhog: Punxsutawney Phil predicts AN EARLY SPRING! Read from a scroll, Phil decreed, “Faithful followers, there is no shadow of me and a beautiful spring it shall be!” We are excited for the warmth, but regardless of the groundhog’s predictions, we all know that there would be no spring flowers without some April showers. Which brings us to the obvious order for your store – Umbrellas!

Vandor Color Change UmbrellaVandor Gifts is known as the brand for Pop Culture fans, featuring favorite characters from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Disney and more on all sorts of products. During the January Gift Show, Vandor revealed that they really upped their game with umbrellas. Now, you can order color-changing umbrellas that react to liquids and change colors when wet. Show these off easily in-store, as they did at the Gift show, by using a spray bottle to get the umbrella to change color! Designs for the color-changing umbrellas include Wonder Woman, Disney Villains (shown to the left), Harry Potter, Nintendo’s Zelda, Marvel’s Venom, Harley Quinn, and Deadpool.

Order them in packs of 3 for $10 a piece.

Vandor Wonder Woman UmbrellaIf that’s not enough to wow your customers, Vandor also offers LED umbrellas that light up and have a handle that doubles as a flashlight! Don’t lose your way in that spring rain. This battery-operated umbrella has two settings, static and strobe. Check out Star Wars, Nintendo’s Zelda, and Wonder Woman designs.

The LED umbrellas are available in packs of 3 per style at $17.50 a piece.

Of course, the April Showers will surely bring Spring Flowers, and Custom Custom Decor Geranium Butterfly FlagDecor has the most beautiful spring-themed decor for your garden and home. Each season we look forward to new designs from this company, as their team consistently comes up with fresh designs. Known mainly for their flags and floormats, Custom Decor has majorly expanded their selections to include stepping stones, bird and plant feeders, crates, rain gauges, and more, all featuring this gorgeous artwork. To the right we are showing off one of their new Spring prints, the Geranium butterfly design. Add color to your store’s display with Custom Decor’s products!

Galleria Reverse Close Umbrella

Our top-selling line, Galleria, has standard umbrellas, but it’s the Reverse Close umbrellas that really stand out. Think about it – you’re running from a building to your car with bags and umbrella in hand. Once you get to your car, you sit down, umbrella still outside, and as you close the umbrella, all the rain sprays right back toward you! To avoid this problem, Galleria offers umbrellas that close by allowing the top to slide down first, essentially closing inverted and wicking the rain water away from your body. Not only are these extremely functional, but they are absolutely beautiful! Designed with famous art prints from impressionist painters like Monet and Van Gogh, these double-layered umbrellas will brighten any rainy day.

CounterArt Country Fresh Placemat

They display easily – hang them from the lighting fixtures in your store, or stand them up on the floor. Hang them on an arm extended from peg wall, with one standing in front to show off. Best yet, use them in Spring-themed window displays!

Reverse Close Umbrellas come in the Tall Stick style, and a Short Folding Umbrella. Both are $15 wholesale and come in 3 pieces per style.

Now that we’ve covered the rain, let’s get to the flowers. With artwork of bright, colorful floral displays, CounterArt has Spring collections by artist Lisa Audit that will add the finishing touch to a house after some Spring Cleaning. Products included are placemats, lazy susans, mugs, cheese boards with spreaders, serving trays, and glass cutting boards. These items display wonderfully in stores, as they add a nice pop of color to functional products.

The round placemats to the right are $1.75 each for a pack of 12, and $1.65 each for a pack of 24.

So there you have it – options for both the April showers AND Spring flowers! Contact your Link Companies rep today to find out additional pricing and order details, or order online at RetailersLink.com.