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BEST OF MARKET!

It’s been a record breaking week at the January gift show in Atlanta. A great economy, positive buying environment, happy customers and wonderful new products makes for a tremendous show! Here are some of the top selling products from The Link Companies’ showrooms mid-way through the market.

 

tgbBRANDS had another incredible offering as they introduced the Kindred Links jewelry collection. The company makes it easy by showcasing the successful launch with a super starter package and eye- catching display.

Limited Quantities left – Item KL91 -02 for  $1,362

 

Vere had a big splash with their fun, fashionable and functional Prism bags! They Everlasting Hairbands have  continued to be their best seller and retailers are stocking up for Spring!

Item ASRTSG – 150 Everlasting Hairbands  for $225

 

 

 

Tall Tales made its Southern Link debut with smashing success (and helped get a puppy adopted too!). Customers love their free display package and certainly love the quality of their dog products at phenomenal pricing. It’s all right here for your store and every retailer should have these pet goods on hand.

Item PFX100 – Tall Tails Fixture Program for $1,250

 

 

Warmies is a smash hit with stores and it showed at market! The microwavable plush animals, slippers and wraps retail phenomenally well and customers responded with orders after empty shelves at Christmas. Get their latest assortment that offers a free floor display and the perfect amount of Warmies to keep the shelves full!

Item WARMIES-60 – Wooden Floor Display with 60 warmies for $725.

 

Call your Southern Link Rep TODAY about these Best-Sellers, before they disappear!

 

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.

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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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 Southern Link has several vendors that really lead the way when it comes to finding the perfect food servicing accessories.

 

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! Check out their catalogs and call your rep today to learn more, or find them on RetailersLink.com for online ordering.

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 3 Items from The Southern Link that you should order and market as the best in “small” gifts:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.

Order any of these fantastic lil’ stocking stuffers right now by calling your SouthernLink Rep or ordering online at RetailersLink.com.

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 your Southern Link Rep.