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December 13th, 2018

New Vendor Announcement!

The Link Companies is proud to announce the following new additions to our fantastic line up of vendors:

Del Sol tshirt couple

 

Del Sol is color-changing clothes, t-shirts, and accessories to add a little fun under the sun! In fact, Del Sol is the world-leading brand of color-changing clothes and accessories. Del Sol’s color-changing products transform to bright, vivid colors with sun exposure and return to their original color indoors without sun. Featured collections include color-changing sunglasses (the frames change colors in the sun) and color-changing nail polish that really kicks a manicure up a notch! Be sure to stop by Link2Sales on the 16th floor and check out their products during the January Gift Show.

 

Crazy Cool Faith shirt

 

Crazy Cool Threads is a Faith based company that has set out to design on-trend quality Christ centered clothing to reach and influence people. The product line contains t-shirts, tanks, and long sleeved tees for women, youth sizes, and toddlers,  and accessories such as baseball caps. Each product has a message featured prominently that helps to share the Word of God. Popular designs include sayings such as “Saved By Grace,” “Fear Is a Liar,” and various pslams.

 

Hobby Life Bear

From the same Alabama company that does Crazy Cool Threads is Hobby Life – a lifestyle brand that brings hobbies into your everyday style. If you’re looking for outdoor, sports, and adventure tees, this is your brand! These shirts are unisex, making them the perfect gift for pretty much anyone in your life. Or, find one that represents your favorite hobby! Featured tshirts contain sayings like “Roam the Unknown,” “Let’s Go Camping,” and “Good Things Come to Those Who Bait.”

 

Tall Tails notes, “Dogs sleep as much as eighteen hours a day, while cats nap as much as twenty. They’ll catch some Z’s wherever they happen to be. So don’t they deserve something special to chase their dreams in unconditional comfort?” Good point! Thankfully, they have made it their mission to create beds, blankets and throws that are the epitome of comfort. The company began as a family-owned infant bedding, blanket and apparel company in 1933. Thanks to this background, you can rest assured that every Tall Tails product is crafted from durable, non-toxic materials and designed for easy cleaning. Tall Tails product line features dog beds and blankets, toys, collars, bandanas, and more!

 

Legacy Shave offers “The Ultimate Shaving Experience” with the world’s first shaving cream can attachment! Get a close shave without the mess and clean up. Founded by two brothers, Legacy Shave is rooted in the past but geared toward the future. That’s the idea behind Legacy Shave and The Evolution Brush – a unique way to bring that old-fashioned barber shop experience into your home. The name reflects what’s closest to the founding brothers hearts – Family and Legacy. This is the absolute pinnacle of men’s gifting!

 

D’ears Jewelry and Gifts is a family owned and run business from Minnesota. Their amazing earrings are manufactured right in rural Minnesota and the finished products exude fine craftsmanship and lifetime durability. D’ears was born November 2013, through the creative vision of Ken Matheson. In partnering with his wife Pam, son Jaron, daughter-in-law Leah, and her parents Dean and Donna Carroll, they have each contributed their individual talents to grow d’ears into a jewelry maker with distinctive handmade products in stores across the country. The latest featured products include laser cut wood jewelry from the finest organic wood laminates.

 

Marmalade of London is a British candle brand that creates a little indulgent luxury for every home, with every candle poured! They have a passion for fragrance and design which can be seen in their stylish and contemporary packaging. Fragrance is very personal and different scents can remind us of a person, a place or a moment in time. That’s why Marmalade has created  fragrances to suit all different tastes. All of the products are lovingly made in Britain. The candles are 100% soy wax with cotton wicks and essential oils. Marmalade’s bath and body products contain lovely natural ingredients including shea butter, vitamin E and aloe vera. The nearest they get to animal testing is by bringing the family black labrador, Plum, to work and allowing her to sniff the occasional candle or reed diffuser. She seems to approve!

 

Stop by at the January gift show to see these brand new products in person, or call your Link Companies rep to order today!

December 4th, 2018

Next up – Valentine’s Day!

We are at the point of the year when Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years, seem to eclipse all other holidays. But, we must be careful to keep the next heavy hitting holidays in mind! Valentine’s day is up next, and it’s never too early to start ordering gift items for all the lovers out there. The Link Companies can help your customers share the love with enticing products from your favorite vendors! Here are a few of our picks:

Abdallah Valentines

 

Abdallah Candies is so well prepared for Valentine’s Day that they have a whole catalog dedicated just to those gift items (click here to see the catalog). They also didn’t forget about St. Patrick’s Day, so the end of the catalog has a section for all the lucky leprechauns! Some popular selections from the Valentine’s products include the 8oz. Cashew Grizzlys – cashews, creamy caramel, and milk chocolate – for the wholesale price of $6.01. Or, try an adorable clear gift bag with a bow and filled with Milk Butter Almond Toffees – 7oz. bags for $5.17. Really trying to express your love? You’ll need the ultimate in heart-shaped boxes, the 24oz fancy fabric box with satin bow for $22.43, wholesale. Check out that Abdallah catalog and get your orders in!

 

With messages on their soaps and bath bombs like “UR Hot, UR Sexy, and UR Loved,” UR Bath and Body is all about messages of empowerment and love. Anyone can use this kind of pick-me-up in the bath and shower, and what better occasion for these messages than Valentine’s Day? Soaps, like the super flirtatious, UR Sexy, are $4 a bar, wholesale, and come in packs of five. UR Sexy’s fragrance is Indian Jasmine, Cedar Wood, Vanilla, Golden Amber, Italian Bergamot, and Ylang-Ylang. The ever-popular bath bomb is $3, wholesale, with a minimum of 3 bombs per scent. The UR Loved fragrance, available in the bath bomb and soap, is the soothing smell of warm vanilla bean. Crazy about this line and want to dip your toes in the bath? Get a starter assortment like the UR Boutique Package for $495 wholesale, featuring 50 Bath Bombs, 25 Soaps, and 24 Sugar Scrubs and is pictured above.

Cool and Interesting jewelry, known as CAI, has amazing picks year-round for gift jewelry! With unique initial necklaces in both gold and silver, an easily customized gift is right here at your fingertips. Their jewelry is sold in prepacked assortments, and also in single packs to make re-orders a cinch. Pictured to the left is a Message Bar Necklace – each necklace has script on the outside, and a special message on the inside that can be revealed by turning the necklace upside down. This kind of unique piece is perfect for a cute little Valentine’s gift! Wholesale on the necklaces is $12.50 in minimums of 2, and assortments are available. For Galentine’s Day, or a sweet gift for your mom, CAI also offers “Best Friends” and “Best Mom Ever” necklaces for $12, wholesale!

 

Don’t forget about the guys this Valentine’s Day! Any girlfriend or wife knows that buying for your man can be tricky. What exactly does heDuke Cannon Gift Set want or need? Duke Cannon’s men’s bath and body products are not only great if you want soap that really works, but the hilarious packaging and super masculine presentation is spot on to get any guy excited for a simple shower! Try something fun like the Soap on a Rope Bundle Pack that includes a Tactical Scrubber (with “rope”) and a Big Brick of Soap. For just $12.50 wholesale, these can be added to any order with ease. For the true outdoorsman, the Hunting and Fishing Soap Kit is the gift set he needs. includes a “Big Ol’ Brick of Hunting Soap” and a Heavy Duty Hand Soap.

Get any of these fabulous finds for Valentine’s Day by ordering from your Link2Sales rep, or by ordering online at RetailersLink.com.

November 27th, 2018

Christmas IMMEDIATE Shipping!

It’s the time of year when retail is nothing but hustle and bustle. Good thing RetailersLink has you covered with these awesome products that are all ready and waiting to ship to you IMMEDIATELY!

Worlds Softest Gallery

World’s Softest Socks Gallery Collection features a whole group of items guaranteed to keep your customers warm this holiday season! Check out the breakdown: SOCKS (of course) feature Footsies for $4.25, Crew Socks for $4.50, Knee Highs for $6, and Over-the-Knee for $7 (prices all wholesale). Get involved in the World’s Softest outerwear, too, with Toboggans for $9 and Scarves for $15!

 

Thomas Nelson has the absolute BEST in Gift Books! For the easy and intellectual gift for just about anyone on your list, check out the selection. Our favorite best-sellers include Emily Ley’s “Grace Not Perfection,” about a businesswoman and mother who realizes she simply cannot do it all! She shows the reader how she learned to simplify her life. And don’t forget about the #1 New York Times bestseller, Rachel Hollis’ “Girl Wash Your Face,” about the lies the author came to believe about her life and how she defeated each lie with confidence. Thomas Nelson also carries a huge selection of children’s books for the little ones on Santa’s list!

 

Candle Warmers Snowman

Candle Warmers has Santa Claus and Snowman diffusers to lift everyone’s olfactory spirits during Christmastime! The Snowman Medium Diffuser, from the Airome collection, diffuses a refreshing mist of water and essential oils for aromatherapy and natural benefits that can enhance your mood. This adorable snowman (pictured to the right) will amuse children and adults alike and is available wholesale for $17.50 to ship RIGHT AWAY! There is also a $9 (wholesale) Illumination Fragrance Warmer Santa Claus that can complete your store’s holiday collection. An easy gift, or just something to add to your own holiday decor!

 

This list would not be complete without mentioning Warmies extremely comfortable slippers! No matter where you live, slippers are the essential house shoe – particularly for those experiencing cold winter weather! There are two types of slippers – the Cozy Plush Slippers, scented with relaxing lavender and perfect for sore, aching feet. Pop these slippers in the microwave for the ultimate comfort and relaxation experience. The Spa Therapy slippers contain natural grain fillings and French lavender, and are made of luxurious fabrics for an aromatic sensation. Both are $10 wholesale!

 

All of these items can be ordered right away, online at RetailersLink.com!

November 12th, 2018

BIG NEWS at The Link Companies!

 

For Immediate Release: November 9, 2018
Contact: Brad Rosenkampff, Managing Partner

THE LINK COMPANIES ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION AND EXPANSION

Atlanta, Ga – The Link Companies, a leading manufacturers’ representative agency in the gift, home accent, lifestyle apparel and fashion accessory sectors, announces the acquisition of a prominent sales agency and territory expansion. The Link Companies will now have complete representation in the Northeast through Nova Sales Associates and territory managers in Ohio.
Nova Sales Associates (NSA) has an outstanding history with four decades of sales and service across 6 states. Always been a “shining star” in this region, NSA is led by Drew Weisinger and Phil Wacks. The territory managers will continue under their guidance and join The Link Companies team offering a permanent home at the Atlanta markets. Over the course of the next year, NSA will transition to The Northern Link.
Weisinger: “We are thrilled to be merging with The Link Companies. It’s a perfect opportunity for two companies with similar cultures and respected brands along with a mutual vision and shared desire to grow, to join forces and help our retail and vendor partners succeed.”
The Link Companies also announces the hire of territory managers in Ohio, establishing a new agency called The Central Link. Kelly Morris will be VP of Sales for this new agency. “For decades we have worked with Ohioans in our showrooms and we can now offer exemplary service with our professionals on the road, in their stores. We are very excited about this announcement and welcome the opportunity for growth in the Buckeye State,” states Fred Rosenkampff, CEO/ Managing Partner of The Link Companies.

For more information, visit: www.TheLinkCompanies.com
Brad Rosenkampff, CPO/Managing Partner 404.395.8031

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November 7th, 2018

Tabletop Trends

Thanksgiving is a time to come together around the table, to gather with our nearest and dearest. And no major feast is complete without the perfect tabletop decor! Thankfully, The Link Companies have several vendors that really lead the way when it comes to finding the perfect food servicing accessories.

SplitP Tabletop

First, take a look at SplitP Designs. We found this take on their “Sophisticated Grays” collection to be refreshing, adding just the right pops of orange to make this look very autumnal. The featured SplitP product in this display is the Dotted Line Table Runner and Cloth Napkin. The runner is 13″x 60″ and available at the wholesale price of $12.50. As they did in this display, the neutral colors of this item pair perfectly with any colors. Keep it around for Christmas, and reuse with red poinsettias!

 

Focusing on simplicity, another excellent piece to put in your store’s tabletop collection is from Sullivans TabletopSullivan’s. These quaint bud vases can be placed on the table with or without a flower. Either way, the sleek vase with a smooth finish can be re-purposed for multi season use, and, of course, make for a sophisticated centerpiece on the Thanksgiving table. Add mums, stems, or consult the professionals – use one of Sullivan’s useful design recipes to find the absolute perfect arrangement. These vases are included in Design Recipe: CM2845.

Park Designs’ Country, Rustic Living, and Farmhouse collections are a constant hit in the land of classic home decor. But, like their sister company, Split P, they also are champions in the realm of Tabletop and Food Servicing products! This featured item is the Tweed Table Runner in Espresso. With a new, innovative tweed construction, this hand-loomed table runner combines five shades of yarn in a basketweave pattern for a completely reversible table runner that gets twice the wear. Versatility is the name of this game, as this table runner is perfect for Thanksgiving, but can transform a spring tabletop just as nicely. At wholesale, this table runner is $12.50.

Melrose International has gorgeous products for the home and garden, and a robust mix of decor for the Holiday season. For the tabletop, they feature an abundance of vases, lanterns, and centerpiece items. Our favorites are the small vases pictured here. A mixture of texture and color blend perfectly in this trio of small vases. Each has its own imperfections, giving it a look of artisan craftsmanship. The trio is, wholesale, $12.90. Once again, this item is trans-seasonal, and you can feature it in your store right now for the Holiday Tabletop, and continue to carry it well into Spring for a whole different look.

Whether you choose to feature simplistic designs like the ones we featured, or prefer to show colorful or patterned decor in your store displays, both Park and Melrose are leaders in Tabletop and will certainly have some ideas for you! Find the catalogs and product listings on RetailersLink.com for online ordering.

October 30th, 2018

Stocking Stuffers!

It is never too early to start thinking about even the smallest details for Christmas. Make sure your customers know that your store is the best place to pick up whatever they need to make the Holidays shine the brightest, including STOCKING STUFFERS! Here are the Top  Items from The Link Companies that you should order and market as the best in “small” gifts:

  • Solid Cologne from Duke Cannon. Duke Solid CologneOther than the infamous “Big Bricks of Soap,” the solid cologne is the next best selling item from Duke. This lightweight container fits nicely inside a stocking for gifting, and, importantly, fits well inside a man’s Dopp kit for travel. It’s completely TSA friendly so no need for bag searches with this, and they’re made with natural and organic ingredients. At $12.50 a piece and in four masculine scents, you cannot go wrong with Solid Cologne. Fiesta Cutie Beans
  • Cutie Beans by FiestaThese little guys are part of a new collectible “blind box” that Fiesta has created. The idea is to purchase the blind boxes until you’ve collected all the different goodies inside! There are nine different adorable plush animals inside each assortment with the options of “Jungle” or “Aqua.” The toy includes the plush and a clip case, perfect for backpacks and keychains! Children of all ages will be delighted by these collectibles. The assortment, ideal for countertop display, contain 72 toys at $2.50 a piece.
  • Everlasting Hairbands from Vere. If you have long hair, you need a Vere hairband, end of story. This magical hairband never stretches out; you can use a hair dryer to shrink it down to size. It’s unbreakable, snag-proof, waterproof, crease-proof, comes in an array of glitter and metallic colors, and can also be worn as a bracelet! The small box packaging lends nicely to a stocking stuffer and can even be hung from a Christmas tree to make an adorable display at your store. A box of 5 hairbands is $7.50, wholesale. 
  • Clip-SEAS from First & Main. From First & Main’s FantaSEA collection adds a newer, smaller product to the plush lineup – clips! Use them as a keychain, or clip them to a backpack. There are 12 different sea creatures to choose from, including an octopus, crab, a gator, and a turtle. At only 4 inches, these little guys can sneak right into a child’s stocking, and can easily be merchandised at a store by hanging from available bags for sale. Clips are $1.90 a piece.
  • The Big Larry from Alliance Sports Group. Alliance is comprised of a number of brands, but for this list we’ve chosen NEBO. Maker of all things flashlight-related, Nebo does have a number of smaller items that are the perfect stocking stuffer size. Easy to display, many of the assortments come with a Countertop display unit. Big Larry is no exception, and with a Power Work Light of 500 lumens, it’s sure to outshine the other gifts. This little guy is a “Big” deal, with a magnetic base, four light modes, and new LED technology. For $12.75 a piece, get a 14 piece case pack.

Order any of these fantastic lil’ stocking stuffers right now by ordering online at RetailersLink.com.

October 23rd, 2018

Katydid Hat Special!

Ready to order some amazing hats? Katydid has a whole lot of hats for only $7.95! Check out the huge selection below and call your Rep today to order. This offer is ONLY available through Don Mar and The Southern Link, so call your Rep today!

October 22nd, 2018

Last Minute Fall Shipping!

Candle Warmers Beacon LanternIt is certainly beginning to feel like Fall outside, and we have some hot buys for you that will warm you up and ship immediately!

The National Candle Association finds that the majority of all candle sales occur during the Christmas/Holiday season. So, NOW is the time to sell candles! Candle Warmers is the perfect brand to buy and they are shipping immediately. New items just released a few months ago include three new fragrances: Caramel Apple, Mahogany Teak, and Spiced Pear. Two new gorgeous vintage style lanterns are new ways to warm your favorite fragrances. At $15.00 cost, the Beacon Lantern is not only a great way to create soothing vibes in your own home, but it makes a fantastic gift for the Holidays.

WSS Ragg collection

 

Now that your home is warmed by Candle Warmers, you might want to consider keeping your feet toasty with World’s Softest Socks! The Ragg collection is shipping right now and offers up both knee-high and crew length socks to keep your tootsies warm and protected from the elements! The Ragg collection is made with ultra soft knit for comfort, and comes in a space dye. Even better, you can now order Ragg slippers, toboggans, and gloves! The slippers have a nice, roomy fit, and come with a sherpa lining for super softness. The toboggans and fingerless gloves also are sherpa-lined.

 

Periwinkle Rose GoldAs for the ultimate women’s gift for the Holiday season, jewelry, Periwinkle has you covered with their Rose Gold Collection! This long lasting trend of rose gold jewelry is not going away any time soon. With Periwinkle’s best-selling assortments, you can’t go wrong. Both Rose Gold prepacks feature the gorgeous earrings, as pictured here, but one of them also contains bracelets. Take your pick – both assortments are $600 and come with a free display for maximum selling potential. A whole long list of Rose Gold bracelets, earrings, and necklaces are available for purchase outside of the prepack, as well!

 

We all know the old saying that half of your body heat is lost through your head. But anyone can easily attest that if your feet are cold, the rest of you is, as well! That’s why we are highlighting slippers from Warmies on this list. For $10-$12.50, pick up a pair of cozy, microwavable slippers with an extra thick foam sole and relax your aching feet. Just pop them in the microwave, warm them up, and feel relief. For the same price point, the Spa Therapy collection adds a lavender scent for aromatherapy, and comes in gorgeous gift packaging.

 

 

 

Park Designs‘ Holiday Collection is nostalgic, whimsical, and truly classic. In addition to every they offer in their year-round collections, such as tabletop pieces, pillows, and kitchen textiles, the Holiday collection also features unique items like tree skirts, stockings, and Santa Sacks. The Santa Sack is exactly what you’re imagining – the giant bag Santa Claus uses for his stockpile of presents! With a drawstring closure and at only $10 a piece, these gift bags are a fantastic way to start a new tradition in your home.

Order today through RetailersLink!

October 15th, 2018

2019 Color Trend Report

 

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The 2019 color trend predictions are in! Pantone’s color of the year will be announced this December. In September, however, Pantone chooses colors from the runways of New York fashion week to give us an idea of what to expect for color palettes in the new year.

 

The color picks are meant to transcend seasonality and, with their bright and vibrant hues, point us toward the future with optimism and positivity. Pantone’s take on the reds, oranges, and coral chosen for 2019 is that they reflect enthusiasm and joyfulness, enlivening fashion with a streak of energy. The most obvious and striking colors are a bright blue and hot pink, meant to be theatrical, cheerful, and majestic.

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Vogue has a bit of different take on the striking blue and fuchsia;  they are calling the blue a “digital blue,” reflecting the shades inside our social media platforms and evoking technology and the future. Also in Vogue’s notes is “whisky brown,” a color Pantone is calling a toffee tone, that looks like wood grain and warms the fashion color palette. The greens, a mossy shade and an olive, remind us of the natural world and how we connect with it. A few other colors we will see are lilacs (also called lavender), goldenrod yellow, bright orange that Vogue says is “vitaminic,” and gray that’s taking over for the black in the “little black (now gray) dress.”

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Not to be eclipsed, but rather combined with the fashion colors are the trends for home décor. Sherwin Williams has already announced their colors of the year for 2019, of which the main pick is called “Reflecting Pool.” We can see this greenish blue picked up in the “earthy” colors from the fashion palette, and looking through some of Sherwin Williams’ palettes, we can easily see the shocking fuchsia and a darkened blue that blur the lines between the digital and the physical. Take a look at the sidebar for tips on how to use these colors to your advantage.