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New Brands With The Southern Link

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The Southern Link has picked up several new brands that we are excited to showcase! Take a look at some of the highlights.

  1. Thomas Nelson – A subsidiary of HarperCollins, this publisher began in Scotland in 1798! They are a world leader in Christian content and inspirational product.
  2. Vere – The maker of the Everlasting Hairband with a one year warranty! Unlike other hairbands, Vere’s product will shrink back to the original size after use by simply soaking it in warm water.
  3. Yankee Candle – The most recognizable name in candles, and the world’s #1 candle brand! Yankee hardly needs an introduction, and we are thrilled to have them.
  4. Galleria Umbrellas & Gifts – This brand has the exciting new technology of a reverse folding umbrella, as well as gorgeous tote bags, scarves, and accessories.
  5. Boelter Brands – An industry leader in licensed drinkware and sports products, Boelter provides gear for over 300 colleges and universities, the MLB, NFL, Indy 500, the Olympics, and more.

To find out more about these amazing vendors, talk with your rep or give us a call at 800.877.5465!

 

Our Mother’s Day Picks

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It’s not too late to get our Mother’s Day picks in your store! We have something for every mom and every budget! From fragrance to candy to the latest fashion trends, we have picked items to delight moms of many styles and tastes.

1. Inis is the best fragrance line in our industry! They have a complete line of skincare products and home fragrance products as well. It’s a clean, fresh unisex scent much loved around the world.

2. Cottage Garden creates music boxes in all styles and finishes. Music boxes are fab keepsake gifts for moms, especially the boxes designed for personal messages and photos. There are so many to see. Go take a look! Ask your rep about the Mother’s Day Special and how you can get both free freight and express delivery!

3. Itsa Girl Thing tees are perfect for fun and creative moms with funky spirits. Some shirts carry the southern theme, but there’s a shirt for everyone no matter where you live. Colorful mugs, koozies, tumblers and headbands are also available for mom!

4. People are obsessed with Skinny Coconut products! It’s the only raw, pure coconut oil out there!  Their sugar scrubs and facial oil are addictive. And their soaps smell fresh and clean. The thing about Skinny products is that once you start using one product, you’ll want them all!

5. Virginia Gift Brands have great gift packs this year! So, moms can get their favorite scented candle with the crackling wick, a reed diffuser and a car vent freshener too. Click on the link to take a look at other thoughtful gift packs for mom.

6. Lizzy James wraps and stacked bracelets are irresistible because of the quality and the creativity. It’s hard to settle on just one Lizzy James bracelet; customers will want to collect them!

7. Brownlow’s whimsical zippered pouches make a cute gift for mom. With funny sayings and colorful designs, they appeal to many different interests and tastes.

8. Candle Warmers’ essential oil diffusers are super popular right now. There’s so much news circulating about the many health benefits of essential oils and shoppers are on the hunt for attractive decorative diffusers and quality oils. Candle Warmers has both!

9. Accent Accessories’ new bandana scarves are great for Moms who love the latest fashion trends. Can’t have enough of these! We keep seeing these all over Instagram and We must say, We want some!

10. Abdallah Candies! Chocolate is always a welcome gift, especially if it’s Abdallah. A box of truffles or creams and all their decadence are sure to make mom smile.

Have any questions about our Mother’s Day gift picks? Leave us a comment or call our offices at 800.877.5465 (LINK) and we’ll be happy to help.

 

Introducing True Utility

trueutillogoAsk your rep about True Utility! They are all about not wasting space and self sufficiency! This British design company specializes in stainless steel gifts, gadgets and clever key ring accessories. These make great gifts! They provide customers with minimalist and practical solutions to everyday problems –whether they need to fix something, write something down, see in the dark, trim their nails or simply need somewhere to stash their cash. True Utility pocket tools make sure customers are ready for whatever may come next. Here are some of the handy gadgets they create:

 

True Utility gadgets available from The Southern Link-Pocket Tools

-Pocket Flashlights

-Multi Tools

-Pocket Knives

-Lighters

-Keyring Accessories

-Bags

 

Our Show Bestsellers are Must-Haves for Your Shop!

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Our January show at AmericasMart was a record-breaking success and a lot of fun! It was great to spend time with both new and old customers. And it’s always wonderful to be a part of the vibrant environment at the Mart! We’re so excited to share with you our bestsellers from this year’s show! Take a look and contact your rep to get these lines in your store!

 

Lizzy James

People can’t get enough of Lizzy James wrap bracelets. Customers love their versatility and creativity and have difficulty settling on just one! Many wrap bracelets can also be worn as necklaces! Click on the link above for more information on this great-selling accessory line!

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Blue Sky Wireless

Blue Sky Wireless® strives to bring the latest in fun and trendy gadgets, novelty items and licensed goods to your customers! Their 3-D Virtual Viewer is popular and fun as are their Minion 3-D Deco Lights, licensed hover toys and Mensa games. Click on the link above to see all the fun gadgets from Blue Sky Wireless!

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Virginia Gift Brands — Farm Grown Candles

Farm Grown® is a new authentic home fragrance line from the makers of Woodwick! It strongly reflects the best of America. Their 100% soy wax is made from soy beans grown by American farmers. From the wick to the wax, you get nothing short of 100%. The glass containers are also right in line with the farmhouse chic decor that’s so popular right now!

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Skinny & Co.

It was non-stop for Skinny & Co. at this year’s show! It’s not just about their great packaging though it is pretty fantastic! They feature the only 100% raw, pure and alkaline coconut oil in the world! Coconut oil is all the rage in personal hygiene and wellness these days. Customers love the health benefits and the look of Skinny & Co. products.

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Check out these and more show bestsellers on our Pinterest board! Have questions about these items? Leave us a comment!

To Market ! To Market!

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Come See Us In Atlanta!

It’s time for the largest, most comprehensive market of the year at AmericasMart in Atlanta –The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. So, mark your calendars for January 10-17 and call your Southern Link rep to make an appointment to stop by our showrooms. We look forward to seeing you and we have so much planned for our customers including: show specials, fun events, prize opportunities, delicious food and drinks to help you get through the long days.

Here’s what you need to know:

Where: AmericasMart Atlanta – Building 2, Suite 1613

When: January 10-17

Find your rep here and make an appointment today!

Browse our vendors.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook during the show so you don’t miss anything. Click on the social media links at the top right of this page to join us. We’ll be posting throughout the days during the show! Click the photo below to go to the registration site. Can’t wait to see you at market!

 

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Is Your Store Holiday Ready?

shopdecorHo, ho hopefully by now all of your holiday shipments have arrived and you’re ready to enjoy all of the excitement that the season brings! Here are five important questions to ask yourself to be sure your store is ready for a successful holiday season. We’re so excited to share these great merchandising tips and holiday gift ideas with you!

1. Do you have the right product to create a cohesive theme display to grab customers’ attention? Nothing says it’s the holidays like holiday colors! Arrange red and green items with greenery and ornaments to draw shoppers to your display. Or, if your prefer, create your display with silver, gold, or white elements –or any combination that will lead customers to your gift displays. Once you have your theme, be sure you have plenty of holiday themed gifts to incorporate. Some products to consider include: festive outdoor holiday decor from Custom Decor, holiday-themed coasters and cheese servers from Counter Art, fun gift items from Brownlow, and seasonal scented candles from Virginia Gift Brands. Click on the links to see selections of holiday themed items for your store.

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2. Do you have some new hot items in your store? There are always going to be those shoppers who are looking for the latest trends. So, be sure to stock up on a couple. Some fun items this year are Feisty Pets –the best selling plush on Amazon right now, Pure Drinkware –keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12, and the Deco Boom Bowl that you set a music device in and it amplifies the sound +15 decibels with great acoustics. Really clever! Click on the links to take a look at these sure-to-sell items.
collage23. Do you have some unique items that differentiate your store from your competition? Of course,
you want to be different! Seek out product lines that your competitors don’t carry. Consider the popular wall art line (below) from Second Nature by Hand –made in the USA from reclaimed materials. Chala is another truly unique line. Chala’s handbags are on trend this year with brightly colored appliques and graphics. And Hearthwick candles from Virginia Gift Brands are housed in beautifully designed vessels.

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4. Does your store put shoppers in the holiday mood? Play festive music, nestle pinecones, greenery and clusters of ornaments within your displays. Incorporate twinkle lights where you can. All of these small things go a long way to leading customers through your store and putting them in the shopping mood. Your goal is to keep customers thinking about gift giving and buying. Incorporate some of the gift items we mentioned above and include some classics like those from Park Designs (below).

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5. Do you have items for everyone?  Women are the primary shoppers during the holiday season but that doesn’t mean they only buy for other women. Be sure to include gifts for men, babies, kids and friends. Even if you only include one of these groups, you can get a great turn on just one table or 4 foot wall display that highlights your unique products. This year consider Duke Cannon products for men (below), Stephen Baby items for babies (below), Feisty Pets and perhaps Virginia Gift Brands Reserve Collection.

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Our Pinterest board is filled with these and other great ideas for holiday gifts for your store. Take a look! Comment below with any questions. We’re happy to help!