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!
If 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.
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.
Let’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.