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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 Southern Link 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.” This is definitely true in the cold winter weather.

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, our own suggestion for avoiding a cold, or even just relieving a non-sickness related chill, is to hop in the tub! Your bathroom could use a little ambiance, though…Check out Marmalade of London, our new candle line with dreamy fragrances that whisk you away from the winter not-so-wonderland!

The most popular fragrance from the January show was the Pacific Orchid and Sea Salt: the fragrance of Coconut, Orange, Bergamot on a middle of White Flowers, Vanilla, Pacific Orchid with base notes of Amber and Sea Salt. And the most common candle format are the gorgeous glass candle jars, as you see pictured. Warm up your soul with a little soft glow in your bathroom (or store)!

Gift Boxed Glass Candle in Pacific Orchid & Sea Salt, SKU#83-12194, $15 a piece and

sold in a box of 4.

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

 

Lovable, On-Trend Fashion Accessories!

There are two major product lines that we LOVE to focus on at The Southern 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).

There is plenty to choose from in The Southern Link, particular with tgbBrands’ Whispers jewelry line. One pair 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.

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 Southern Link rep today!

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!

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 Southern Link rep today to find out additional pricing and order details, or order online at RetailersLink.com.

The Coziest Gifts!

In the retail industry, we are all keenly aware of which holidays are coming up next, and we spend a ton of time and effort preparing for Christmas, the New Year, and Valentine’s Day. What you may not have thought of is that Valentine’s Day is about much more than giving a gift to your spouse or significant other. What about your friends, the little ones in your life, or even…yourself?

Habersham Candle Company continued, during the January Gift Show, to be extremely successful with their GEO Wax Pottery Vessels! These beautiful vessels are unique in design and function; create atmosphere in any room with a succulent-filled wax vessel that circulates scent around the room, but leave the fuss of a hazardous candle behind. Habersham’s pottery is completely safe to use around children and pets, and can be used with cement tiles or metal bases (sold as accessories) that protect your furniture from the wax.

The best-selling GEO from the January show was the Lotus Blossom & Orchid 4″ square pictured to the left. The Beachcomber and Monarch Migration were also very popular! Click HERE to look at the catalog to see these items on page 4.

Pick up some Habersham GEO  and give them out to friends and co-workers to put a smile on their faces this February 14th!

Retailers: encourage your customers to treat themselves during Valentine’s Day with some new warming home decor from Habersham and forget about all the standard fanfare of chocolates and jewelry!

Call your Southern Link rep NOW to place an order with Habersham today!

Score BIG with this Winner!

Atlanta is fortunate enough to host the Super Bowl this year at Mercedes Benz stadium. But, just around the corner, a few weeks before the Super Bowl, there was another “Big Game” in town – the Atlanta January Gift Show! The Southern Link had so many best-selling products that it’s hard to know where to begin. In honor of Super Bowl 53, let’s take a quick look at one of our top Men’s Gifts lines – Alliance.

 

The Southern Link’s best sellers from Alliance are mostly from two of their dominant tool brands – True Utility and Nebo. Focusing in on what’s hot with Nebo Tools, we find the PAL+ – a 3-in-1 powerbank, flashlight, and folding knife that conveniently fits in your pocket, purse, or briefcase! This tool may be small, but it is mighty. The flashlight is rechargeable and 400 lumens, the knife features a 3″ folding blade that can be removed for safe travel, and the PAL can be used as a backup power source for mobile phones and other USB rechargeable electronic devices.

 

The PAL+ is $18.15 wholesale and has an MSRP of $32.99. SKU# 6715 and comes in a case pack of 12. Call your Southern Link Rep to order it TODAY while supplies last.

 

Watch the video below to see it in action!

All New Vendors at Link 2 Sales!

It’s show time, and there’s no better time for us to release some amazing new lines for you to view while at Market! The Southern Link is fortunate enough to showcase a whole breadth of different vendors, including tshirts, baby gear, jewelry, clothing care products, housewares,  and even pet products! Read below to find out more, or just stop by our showroom on the 16th floor of Building 2 this week and see them in person.

 

Baby Fanatic is the premier manufacturer of officially licensed NFL, MLB and collegiate baby and toddler products. Grown from a love of kids and sports, they offer unique children’s goods of the highest quality to fans everywhere, bringing them together with friends and family.

 

 

A unique t-shirt company with the latest trends and styles, Couture Tee has something for everyone! Their tees use bright, bold colors and large, eye-catching designs to stand out among the rest. Whether you are looking for something with southern flair or a comfy classic with a trendy twist, they have a collection you will love.

 

 

D’ears are unique fashion earrings that feature full color graphics and handcrafted in Finlayson, Minnesota. 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.

 

 

Frey creates exceptional clothing care products meticulously designed to smell better, treat your clothing better, and generally be better: for you, for others, for the planet. Unlike anything else you’ve experienced, Frey is inspired by the top fragrances from around the world, blended with essential oils, and comprised of over a dozen individual scents.

 

 

Shaving can be a chore, especially with today’s busy lifestyles. But, what if there was a way to make shaving fun again and pamper yourself at the same time? 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. Founded by two brothers, the name “Legacy Shave” reflects what is closest to their hearts – family and legacy.

 

 

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. All of the products are lovingly made in Britain. The candles are 100% soy wax with cotton wicks and essential oils.

 

 

Southern Sisters is a small Southern based small business that prints all of their beautiful designs at their workshop in Powder Springs, Georgia. This line features gorgeous flour sack towels and cottage pillows for the home. The 2019 collection offers more than 400 designs to choose from!

 

 

 

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.

 

Torched Products are made with an obsessive commitment to quality and craft. From the beginning, Torched established that they would create products with the highest quality while turning empty beer bottles into something new and sustainable. This is the perfect men’s gift line, featuring natural soy wax candles, high quality hot sauces, and barware items.

Show Schedule, Specials, and More!

January Market is fast approaching – less than a week to go! In preparation, check out the SHOW SPECIALS for The Southern Link by clicking below and viewing the Specials Book!

The Southern Link has a FULL SCHEDULE of food and events during the show, including the “Come Sail Away” Market Kick Off Party featuring the Yacht Rock Review! This is one party not to miss – in the Atrium of the Apparel Mart on Wednesday evening. See below for the rest of the schedule and plan your meals accordingly.

Click HERE to see the Full Schedule!

 

We are giving you a chance to win $250 in COLD, HARD CASH at the Show! All you need to do is schedule an appointment with your rep – and show up for said appointment.

For more details on winning $250, Click HERE!

Check out Lizzy James!

Layered wrap bracelets are Lizzy James’ specialty. Customize your jewelry by getting an engrave-able piece, or get charms that reflect your personality! In addition to bracelets, Lizzy carries chokers and necklaces, anklets, and wrap bracelets that can also be worn around the neck. All pieces are handcrafted by local artisans.

New Vendor Announcement!

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

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 Southern Link rep to order today!

 

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 Southern Link can help your customers share the love with enticing products from your favorite vendors! Here are a few of our picks:

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!

 

 

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.

 

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

Christmas IMMEDIATE shipping!

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

First, Gift Essentials Glass Decorative Christmas Trees are an adorable piece of holiday home decor that look fantastic on the mantle, a side table, or as a centerpiece. The trees are from five and a half inches to a foot high, and range from $6.75 to $20 wholesale. Pictured on the left is one of the six inch, best-selling trees for $10, that can come in a basic shipping box or a gift box. If the trees aren’t your store’s style, Gift Essentials has an entire catalog of Holiday goodies, that includes ornaments, wine accessories, sun catchers, wind chimes, and holiday drinkware!

 

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!

 

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 by calling your Southern Link rep, or by ordering online at RetailersLink.com.