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March 26th, 2019

Reminder: Father’s Day and Graduation!

Retailers: Don’t forget that May is the time for Graduation ceremonies, and June 16th is Father’s Day! If your store feels a little slow right now, these two events are an easy way to get your merchandise back into the groove of things and to pull customers in. The Link definitely has the product to appropriately stock your shelves for both events, and some of these items my be things you already order! Now is the time for restocking and preparations, so check out our picks for Graduation and Father’s Day below and get your orders in NOW.

Brownlow I Am Loved Signs

Brownlow Gifts has excellent gift options for any graduate! We immediately thought of their gorgeous journals that can be used for taking notes in class, or just writing about new and exciting college adventures! Brownlow suggests “Internet Password Books” on their website for graduates. This is a great little notebook for jotting down passwords that students will need for the various websites they visit. There is no shortage of dorm room decor, either. An adorable gift idea are the “I Am Loved” canvas signs pictured to the right!

Brownlow coin purseBrownlow Canvas Signs, $5 wholesale, min. 2.

Another easy gift option? Make sure your store is stocked up with coin purses; the idea is that the gift-giver can fill the coin purse with cash or gift cards for the graduate. Show an example of this at your cash wrap!

Brownlow Simple Inspirations Coin Purses, $1.50 wholesale, min. 4.

 

Another great idea for a graduation gift is inspirational jewelry from Ellora! An easy option for your store is an Ellora pre-pack collection, and the one we chose for Grad Gifts is called “Life’s Adventures.” Each of these necklaces comes on a metal card with a silk tassel – reminiscent of a graduation tassel for sure, and reusable as a bookmark or a keepsake! All jewelry is gold or rhodium plated brass, adjustable and branded.

Ellora “Life’s Adventures” pre-pack, 32 pieces, 4 per style, Assorted Gold & Silver, $288 wholesale. Note: the photo below does not show every style – there are 8 total. See catalog here for all styles.

Ellora Grad

Father’s Day has limitless possibilities, depending on what the dad in question is into, of course! For the sake of your store, iDuke Tower of Powert’s easy to keep it general. What child or wife doesn’t want to give their dad a good chuckle while keeping him smelling fresh and well-groomed? This is where Duke Cannon enters the scene. The Duke is not a shy brand of men’s grooming products. With items like the “Big Ass Bar of Soap,” you can pretty much guarantee that your customers will stop and check out the Duke in your store.

Since the products are so popular, and pretty much create an entire men’s gifts or grooming section unto themselves, many retailers at the January Market ordered The Tower of Power bundle! Described as “the Mother of all Duke Cannon bundles,” this display comes filled to the brim with Duke product. It is 5’8″ tall and sits on a 2’x 2′ pallet. Make room in your store for it!

Duke Cannon Tower of Power Bundle, SKU: 03TOWERBUNDLE, $2795 wholesale (see contents on p.55 of the catalog found here).

There are some really unique finds in some of our brand new lines! An All Star idea for men’s gifting are candles from Torched Products. With assorted barware, beer cap maps, coasters, hot sauces, and more, beer candles are only one part of the tremendous offerings from Torched! However, we can certainly say that the candles are their most sold product and would be a fantastic pick for your store. Made from amber beer bottles, these candles are a premium natural soy wax blend and handcrafted in Tampa, Florida. Gear your store’s scent collection toward the summer with seasonal beer scents like “Blood Orange IPA,” “Grapefruit Hefeweizen,” and “Summer Shandy.” All of the candles are cut from real repurposed bottles at a 20 degree angle, and they are not even remotely sharp at the edges. The burn time on an 8oz beer candle is 60 hours, versus the 11oz Bomber candle that burns for 80 hours and the 28oz Growler candle (the largest) that burns for 200 hours.

The item to get for Father’s Day preparations? Certainly one of the Candle Kits! Candle Kit 1 contains 6-8 best-selling scents and a free display; 48 Beer Candles, 24 Bomber Candles, and 12 Growler Candles. See candle sizes for comparison to the left!

Torched Candle Kit 1, SKU#KIT1-SS (Spring/Summer scents), $699 wholesale, 24″H x 16″W x 13″D.

Does your store carry themed gifts like Marvel, Harry Potter, or Star Wars? Vandor Gifts has options for the Graduate AND for Father’s Day! Check out Harry Potter journals for the graduation section. There are even fountain pens and desk sets in the Harry Potter line! The journals below are felt, and are themed around each “House” in the book series.

Vandor Harry Potter Felt Hardcover Journals, $5 wholesale, Min. 3. Find them here in the catalog on the bottom, p.3)

Vandor HP Journals

Want to sell to the nerdy dads? Try some nostalgic mugs from Vandor, and send them back to their arcade days! An excellent example is this Space Invaders mug that reacts to heat.

Vandor’s Space Invaders 20 oz. Heat Reactive Ceramic Mug, SKU# 56161, $8 wholesale, min. 4.

Vandor Space Invaders mug

No matter what you choose to stock your store with, The Link Companies has a plethora of choices. To order, simply call your rep, or stay right here to order through our ecommerce site at RetailersLink.com!

March 19th, 2019

NEW Product!

Springtime is time for growth in both nature…and in our product lines! So, as you wait for the trees and flowers to bloom, check out what’s new at The Link Companies for our existing vendors! You may find some pleasant surprises.

Farmhouse Fresh is exploding with business in regards to their HI Bio Hemp Collection! Many people’s first reaction when they hear about Hemp Oil products is that it will “get you high” or that it contains the same elements as illegal marijuana plants. This is not so. CBD is short for “Cannabidiol,” which comes from hemp or marijuana plants. It CANNOT make you intoxicated, as it does not contain the THC that creates the “high” one would get from marijuana. Farmhouse Total Swellness

The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill legalized the sale of all parts of the Hemp plant (which CBD is derived from) and thus, products can be made for skincare using Hemp Seed Oil that is rich in Fatty Acids. This is where Farmhouse Fresh steps in with their Total Swellness Collection, crafted with full spectrum Hi-Bio Hemp Oil. These products brighten and illuminate skin, reduce and soothe redness, even tones and texture, and more! The products can be bought separately, but are sold as an awesome starter pack. The images below show what the pack contains.

Farmhouse Fresh Total Swellness Starter Kit, $548 wholesale and comes with complimentary display materials.

Total Swellness contents

First, Coco & Carmen by tgbBrands just released their Fall/Winter 2019 Pre-Order catalog! Shipments for the pre-order items will begin in early July. This is the absolute best way to get the products you want for your store without worrying about anything being out of stock or backordered. Last year at this time, Coco’s OMG Jeans flew out of the warehouse and onto store racks to become a huge hit with customers! Don’t miss out on current trends.

 

As for what we can expect, there are four trend stories that have emerged in Coco’s apparel: Lady Soul, Walking on Sunshine, Dusty in Memphis, and Electric Youth. There are some examples of each, in order, pictured above. Lady Soul is a smart, sophisticated look with deep colors, sleek lines, and faux fur. Walking on Sunshine is all about ultra-comfy, high-neck sweaters and casual pants in camo and denim. Dusty in Memphis is definitely sassy: embroidered denim, snake print, and edgy cropped flare pants. Electric Youth is what it says – playful, youthful colors like bright greens and pinks, slouchy sweaters, and fun denim! And because they are epicly popular, OMG Jeans are back in so many new styles.

Save the Girls Eyeglass

Next up is another product that can truly help your body in a specific way. In this case, these vertical eyeglass purses with a touchscreen help women avoid keeping phones in their bras or pockets where harmful radiation can be super close to the body. Of course we are talking about Save the Girls! The product is the remodeled Vertical Eyeglass Purse. It has a new magnet clasp, a cash pocket, a pocket under the credit cards slots, an embellishment piece on the front lip of the eye glass purse, and comes in red, blue, and black. Your customers will find the solution to losing their sunglasses with this purse!

Save the Girls Vertical Eyeglass Purse. SKUS – Black: EG-1004BL. Red: EG-1005RD. Blue: EG-1000RB. $18.49 Wholesale, Min. 1.

 

Alliance Sports Group has tools and gadgets for many different situations; their brand Nebo is the king of ultra-bright flashlights, Quarrow is a fisherman’s paradise of products, and True Utility takes the pocket knife to a whole new level! Both Quarrow and Nebo have released brand new catalogs recently, and there are some highlight-worthy products. Our picks are Nebo’s amazing new flashlight products, particularly the Nebo Eye Smart Sensor Light!

This is an easily mountable area light that’s ideal for security purposes and contains a motion detector. The eye is magnetic and can rotate, and also turns off in daylight to preserve power. There are 3 light modes – 100% (260 lumens) runs for 2.5 hours and 24 meters, 30% (100 lumens) runs for 7 hours and 15 meters, and security flash (260 lumens) that runs for 6.5 hours and reaches 24 meters. Sell them at your store from the handy case pack!

Nebo Eye, SKU# 6776, $15 Wholesale, $24.99 MSRP, 16 per case.

 

 

Just in time to sell for summer, Couture Tee released a small Tank collection! Couture Tee already has your t-shirt basics covered with incredibly comfortable cotton tees for men and women with fun, Southern sayings like, “Born Country,” and “Down Home Southern Girl.”

Now your customers can keep it ultra cool with tanks that are perfect for the summer heat! Part of the “Comfort Collection,” all tanks are sold in sizes S-2XL. See all Tank prints here.

Couture Tee Comfort Tanks, $11 wholesale per tank (min. 1) in sizes S-XL, $12.5 for size 2XL (min. 1) and $168 for a prepack.

To find out more information or place an order for any of these hot, new products, contact your Link Companies rep, or order on our ecommerce site, RetailersLink.com!

March 12th, 2019

Put a Little SPRING in Your Step!

At The Link Companies, we think about two things when winter turns the corner to Spring: vacations and outdoor entertaining! It is true that Springtime is short-lived in a lot of places, particularly in the South, where our company is located. A month of milder temperatures and some rain and then – BAM! – onto the sweltering heat! But that doesn’t mean that we cancel our outdoor plans. Or, that we don’t take the chance to travel out of town to less rainy locales! Take a look at some products that will help your store’s sales sail into the hot temps of summer with ease!

Tidewater Gold ShellsIf your store is located near a beach, there’s a strong chance you may have heard of, or already carry Tidewater sandals. If not, join in for some fabulous flip flops that your customers won’t want to miss! Even within the company (showroom managers and reps alike), we all know that Tidewater makes the most comfortable flip flops. We love them for the fit, but our customers love them for the sales; all of Tidewater’s sandals can be bought as as pre-packs, OR by individual size. There are not a whole lot of shoe companies who let you break packs to place an order, and Tidewater invites it. Need a re-order for only a few sizes? No problem! Take a look at at the best selling style, Gold Shells.

Tidewater Gold Shells Sandals, SKU#B63000, 12 pack is $132.

We all look forward to more time outdoors, and one big draw is nature. Particularly if you can find it right in your own backyard! Gift Essentials has tons of products for your store’s outdoor section, including beautiful wind chimes, funky, outdoor thermometers in the shapes of animals, and delightful birdbaths for the yard. And to draw everyone’s favorite miniature bird – hummingbird feeders! Gift Essentials does make a variety of standard hummingbird feeders, but the real attraction is the “Hummer Ring” – this is a ring that attracts a hummingbird directly to your hand to feed on a sugar solution! Children love it (as do many adults). Try the best-selling 24 piece display of Hummer Rings.

Gift Essentials 24 pc. Hummer Ring Display, SKU# BE108. $62.00 Wholesale.

Viv and Lou Cover Up Pom

Next up, for your vacationing customers, it’s a great idea to think of what to pair with the Tidewater flip flops. And we have just the solution – the very popular Pom-tastic Cover up’s from Viv & Lou! Viv & Lou is a lifestyle brand that carries everything from totes (for women) and backpacks (yes, for kids!), to Apparel and Accessories. Their Beach Bags were a huge hit at the January Market and come in a variety of vivid patterns. They do offer monogramming, so if your store also offers this service, it’s the perfect product to buy. The only items that outsold the Beach Bags were the Beach Cover ups! Any woman in a bathing suit can grab this versatile throw-on and go. It comes in Mint, Hot Pink, Navy, and White, with adorable little pom-poms at the edges. The top seller is the pre-pack containing all colors.

Viv & Lou Pom-tastic Cover Up Pre-Pack, SKU# PACK-POM19, $224.00 for the pack.

Merritt Reflections RainbowLet’s talk about outdoor entertaining. One huge concern with picnics or gathering is the wind! Paper plates and cups too easily blow away, causing a mess to chase after in your yard. Merritt International has the casual tableware products made of melamine, acrylic, and shatterproof Tritan that completely solve this problem. The plates and drinkware are much too heavy to simply blow away, but they certainly look gorgeous on your table and are still lightweight enough for outdoor use! Children can drop them and they do not break. The melamine looks and feels like ceramic, wood, or stone. The classy, acrylic drinkware resembles fine crystal or glass. Each year, Merritt comes out with a new collection that surprises and delights us, and we are sure your customers will feel the same way. A best seller is the acrylic Reflections 8 oz. Wine Glass.

Merritt Reflections Rainbow 8oz. Wine Glass, SKU# 21730. $5.00 Wholesale, Min. of 12 per order.

 

If your store doesn’t carry Katydid’s Collection yet, you need it! There are three main product categories: Headwear, Apparel, and Accessories. Known initially for their ball caps featuring funny sayings like “Beach Please,” Katydid has completely expanded over time to include much more! Women’s tshirts, tanks, and totes are a big part of the collection, and there are now chic accessories like brightly colored earrings and luggage tags! This line has your women’s gift department totally covered. Other than the obvious luggage tags, the vacation accessories to focus on are, of course, Swimsuit Cover ups. Whether you are a float-in-the-river kind of girl, a pool-side diva, or a Beach dweller, there is a cover up to strike your fancy. Try the white Cover ups to match any kind of patterned bathing suit. With an amazing price point, this will definitely appeal to your swimming customers.

Katydid White Swimsuit Cover up with Pink Trim, SKU# KDC-CCU-9506_WHT_PNK. Wholesale $11.50, Min. 1.

 

 

Melrose is the King of Spring when it comes to Home & Garden! Bring a little of your outdoor space into your home with their absolutely beautiful Wreaths collection. Or, use them to decorate your front door or patio. Having any of their greenery in your store will certainly remind customers that spring is here! One of our favorites from the extensive Melrose collection are the lanterns. For spring, bathe your patio, porch, or balcony in candlelight with these white, metal lanterns. With timeworn details and the classic “X” design, these lanterns are tall, with room for multiple candles inside.

Melrose Set of 2 Lanterns 18.75″ height, 25.25″ height, SKU# 74344, 1 set is $76 Wholesale.

Order any of the products for your store’s Spring product lines by contacting your Link Companies Sales rep right now. Or, you can order online at our ecommerce site, RetailersLink.com.

Happy Spring!

March 5th, 2019

Mommin’ Ain’t Easy…

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching! This year, it is on Sunday, May 12th, and as Retailers, it’s best to make plans way ahead of time to make this holiday count as a memorable experience for your customers! This week, we have some tips on how to do just that. Because, after all, moms are the everyday heroes that deserve the best.

One excellent source of store participation is a contest. Encourage your customers to post pictures of their mothers (or other beloved women in their life who are moms) and tag the store on social media. Choose a prize and have a drawing in the store. This kind of technique encourages your customers to think about who they wish to buy a gift for in the first place, and why it’s important to honor this woman. It also encourages more social media and online engagement, as well as in store participation as they will need to come to your place of business to pick up their prize!

Anju Block printed bagsSpeaking of excellent presence on social media, Anju Jewelry is exemplary with their outreach to retail customers and wholesalers. This company gives opportunities to local artisans in India by having these experts craftsmen and women create the beautiful pieces that comprise their collection. And they don’t just have jewelry! One excellent idea for Mother’s Day is Anju’s Block Printed Bags. There is a large array of bag prints and styles, including crossbodies, ID pouches, duffle bags, and totes. Check out their frequently updated Instagram account here.

It’s easy to focus on family-themed holidays when you’re selling products from a family-owned company like D’ears! This jewelry company has been in business since 2013 and all of their handcrafted earrings and necklaces are made at home in Finlayson, Minnesota by the owners, or other collaborating artists. The actual jewelry is made by pressing a special ink into extremely lightweight material, resulting in a product with depth to its color and design. The wired earrings and pendants are embellished by hand with hypoallergenic silver-plated copper wire. One of our favorite picks for your Mother’s Day collection is this gorgeous, richly colored butterfly necklace! This is part of a large collection of butterfly and dragonfly necklaces that would perfectly suit many nature-loving mamas.

Sappho Longwing Butterfly Necklace, SKU #4649X, $9.50 Wholesale.

Brownlow Mom mug

Continuing to boost online engagement, be sure to have a section on your website that highlights Mother’s Day gift ideas, just as you would have in the store.

You could easily create a Mother’s Day section with all of Brownlow Gift’s adorable Mom-themed products. From tea towels to wooden signs, spatula and notepad gift sets and more, Brownlow has Inspirational products for any woman, let alone moms. Our favorite pick from their extensive collection is the mug pictured to the right.

Simple Inspirations “Your Mom” Mug, SKU# 62635, $5 wholesale, mult. of 4.

Another addition to your store’s collection of Mother’s Day gifts is Cottage Garden’s Mom-themed music boxes. Their solid wooden music boxes are not just themed for mothers, but also represent other women in our lives that can be celebrated as moms on Mother’s Day; there are music boxes for sisters, daughters, Grandmas and more. Our favorite pick from their extensive collection is what is featured on the cover of their 2019 catalog and pictured to the right.

Rustic Elegance Music Box, SKU #ML211DG, $18.50 Wholesale.

Create an in-store display geared toward the holiday. This can be as simple as a table at the front of the store, or a section near the cash wrap that highlights some products that would work as Mother’s Day gifts. Fresh floral displays always help to make this area look beautiful and eye-catching. Use products you already sell in your store for this section as well. Journals, recipe boxes, mugs, jewelry…there are so many options! And don’t forget to include a touch of Mother’s Day in your window display. Advertise any specials or sales you may have going on for the occasion and products that match up to your in store display.

As always, you can purchase many of our products, including those from Anju and Brownlow from RetailersLink.com, or you can contact your Link Companies rep for more information about ordering!