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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 Southern Link for our existing vendors! You may find some pleasant surprises.

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.

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 Southern Link rep, or order on our ecommerce site, RetailersLink.com! If you don’t know your rep, please visit our website and contact us for assistance.

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!

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.

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 Southern Link rep right now. Check this link if you are unsure of who your rep is. Or, you can order online at our ecommerce site, RetailersLink.com.

Happy Spring!

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!

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.

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 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.

Further tips: 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 from our ecommerce site at RetailersLink.com, or you can contact your Southern Link rep for more information about ordering!
 

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail…

Easter is right around the corner on Sunday, April 21st this year! This holiday is the absolute perfect excuse to prepare your store for spring. This means out with the winter blues, and in with the springtime hues – pastels, Pantone’s color of the year, CORAL, and all modes of floral and plants! Your customers need to see displays that put them in the mindset for upcoming warm temperatures and outdoor events. Do not be shy with color, and front load any candy, Easter basket fillers, and inspirational products.

Thomas Nelson is the Christian publisher we represent at The Southern Link, and they have so many inspirational books for Easter that it’s hard to just name a few! Their best-selling books from the past few months include an excellent choice for an Easter gift: “365 Devotions to Embrace What Matters Most” by John Michalak. This book is designed to call the reader back to the relationships and activities that bring them the most joy, and to step away from the kind of daily drudgery that clouds our vision. With a beautiful, springtime floral cover, this handsome little devotional is perfect for your store’s Easter display!

365 Devotions to Embrace What Matters Most, ISBN: 978-0310003588, Wholesale $8.00, Min. 2

For very small children, try a book from the adorable and timeless Precious Moments collection. This is an excellent Easter book for any little one!

Precious Moments Little Book of Easter Blessings, ISBN: 978-0718098667, Wholesale $5.00, Min. 2

Southern Sisters was a brand new vendor at The Southern Link during the last gift show in January. It’s easy to see why we chose to rep this line! They create gorgeous, hand-designed flour sack towels and cottage pillows with artwork for all. Some of the designs are funny (there’s a whole collection of black and white drawings of sassy ladies saying things like, “I heard you, I’m just not listening”) and others are simply beautiful artwork for all seasons and occasions. They have a complete Easter collection rife with bunny rabbits, baskets, wreaths, and eggs that will display amazingly in your store and your customer’s household! One of our favorites is shown to the left.

Easter Bunny Flour Sack Towel, SKU# FSTEB, Wholesale $6.49, Min. 2

 

Of course, no child’s Easter basket would be complete without some plush! Little bunnies around the store are also a fantastic way to say “It’s Easter!” First & Main has an adorable collection of Jelly Bean Bunnies – plush toys in 6 bright, assorted colors to spruce up and complete your store’s Easter table, or even add some decoration to your front windows.

Jellybean Bunnies, SKU# E2462, Order 6,12,18…(up to 42 pcs.) $2.50 ea. Cases of 48, $1.50 ea.

Any of these products, and many more, can be ordered by calling your Southern Link rep!. Catalogs for all of our lines are available on our website’s Vendor Portfolio (click the HERE to see). And, we have an ecommerce site where you can order certain lines online: www.retailerslink.com.

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!

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!